This week it's all about cookies. One of my favorite things about Christmas is baking. I love how the smell of certain cookies can bring me right back to my childhood.
My biggest holiday baking tip is this: bake and freeze. I bake all of my cookies the first week of December. Once they have cooled, I put them in Ziplock gallon freezer bags and put them in the freezer.
Throughout the month, whenever I need them - we're going to a party, an event at work, filling treat boxes for coworkers - they are ready. The cookies stay fresh and defrost in minutes. It is such a huge time-saver during the crazy fun month of December.
Like most people, I have traditional cookies that I make every December.
Dip and Decorate Cookies
My mom used to make them when I was a kid and I still make them every year. They are so good. They are also a great cookie for gifting - they're sturdy and don't break easily. The best part of these cookies is you can make them for any holiday - just change up the color of the sprinkles and you have a Valentine's Day cookie, Easter cookie, baby shower cookie, birthday party cookie, 4th of July Cookie, Halloween cookie - the possibilities are endless! Change up the chocolate you use - milk, semi-sweet, dark, white - and you have a different cookie each time. You can find the recipe HERE.
Everyone knows (and loves) the tradition peanut butter blossom cookies. We haven't made them in years because my daughter has a peanut allergy. I was so excited to stumble across this recipe last year on Pinterest. They were an instant hit in my house.
These are made with cookie butter (found at Trader Joes). If you don't know what cookie butter is, you should. It is delicious. If you don't have a Trader Joes near you, you could substitute Biscoff Spread (usually found near the peanut butter in your local supermarket).
You can find the recipe for a new family favorite of ours HERE.
Another family favorite at Christmas time are Rolo Cookies. They are a chocolate cookie with a Rolo hidden in the middle. They are absolutely delicious.
These are a great cookie for gifting because they are sturdy, not crumbly or easily breakable. Make them today. You will not be sorry.
- adapted from Hugs and Cookies
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
bag of Rolos, unwrapped
sugar in a dish for rolling cookies
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Beat butter and sugars with a mixer until well combined.
- Add the eggs and vanilla. Continue mixing until blended.
- Add in the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until blended.
- Once dough has formed, take about a tablespoon of dough and wrap it around a Rolo so the Rolo is hidden inside.
- Roll the cookie in sugar and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9 minutes.