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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza

Last week I finally got around to doing some holiday baking! It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until I get some cookies in the oven. Every year I look forward to making up dishes of fresh baked holiday treats for my friends and family. I always aim to create a selection of flavors that way there will be something everyone will enjoy. Here's a rundown of the cookies that made my baking list this year.

Peppermint Sugar Cookies

I was looking around at of my favorite food blogs and We Are Not Martha had this intriguing peppermint sugar cookie. I knew I absolutely had to make it! This recipe successfully combines two of my favorite holiday treats: candy canes and sugar cookies. They were so good I wish I made a double batch.

Buckeyes

These bite sized peanut butter and chocolate treats are always a hit. Brown-eyed Baker's recipe is simple and you can keep baking other cookies while they set in the fridge. Horay for multitasking! Plus Kelsey and I had a lot of fun dipping them in chocolate.

Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

These are so simple and tasty. I’ve always made Peanut Butter Blossoms in the past, but this year I decided to give the thumbprint technique a try. There will be a new tradition in my house! It’s so simple and they travel much better than the traditional blossom cookies (my chocolate kisses always wind up falling off!). This recipe was delicious and inventive! I made two batches a PB&J version and a dark chocolate filled version.



Pecan Pie Truffles

My co-worker Rachelle sent me a link to these scrumptious looking truffles back around Thanksgiving time. I finally decided to give the recipe a try and WOW I’m glad I did! They were relatively easy to make and I did them at the same time as my buckeyes so it was très convenient. Warning: These have a kick to them so if you’re not a fan bourbon you might want to sub in dark spiced rum.

Macaroons

My mom has been raving about the delicious and easy macaroon recipe. I decided it was about time I gave it a try. It was so simple I wound up making two batches; one batch dipped in chocolate and one batch plain with cranraisins in it.



Orange Drop Cookies

My aunt Noreen makes this great citrus cookies every year for Christmas. I didn’t have her recipe, but I remembered it had orange and cranberry flavors so I went hunting for a similar recipe. These sweet citrus cookies were a light and fresh addition to my Christmas cookie platter.

White Chocolate Oatmeal

I knew I wanted to make a nice chewy oatmeal cookie so knew this recipe from Smitten Kitchen would be perfect. I kept everything the same except instead of raisins and walnuts I added a 1/3 cup coconut and 3/4 cup white chocolate chips. They were an excellent alternative to traditional oatmeal raisin cookies.


4 comments:

  1. wow...what a great assortment of cookies!!! Now I'm hungry!!!
    Buon Natale!
    Dennis

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  2. Everything looks awesome, but those peanut butter thumbprints look to die for!!! Now I suddenly want to make more cookies :)

    Sues

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  3. hope you had as great of a Christmas as these cookie look YUM! Happy New Year!

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  4. the ones in the right corner look just liek the ones i have here at home! theyre SO GOOD!!

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