Dec 7, 2012

It's Christmas time! Let the BAKING COMMENCE!

Every year I make easily 30 dozen cookies for friends, family, parties and co-workers.  Cookies are a great gift and a great way to recognize someone during the holidays without spending a small fortune!

I have 3 recipes that I make every year.  They are SUPER secret, but I will share 2 of them here.. for you.

1. Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

Ingredients:
1 C butter, room temperature
3/4C white sugar
3/4C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder
2C mint chips or Andes Mint chunks



Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 375
2. Cream butter and sugars until well blended, add one egg at a time and vanilla, mix on high for 2 minutes.
3. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and Cocoa powder, add to butter mixture while mixing continually
4. Stir in mint chips
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes. Remove to cooling racks.

The best part about this cookie - it is as easy to make as a chocolate chip cookie, but seems somehow fancier.  Tasty and perfect with a tall glass of milk.  Definitely one of Santa's favorite cookies!


2. Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies 


Ingredients:
2 1/2c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2c sugar
1/2 c butter
1 c Libby's 100% Pumpkin
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla




Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Combine dry ingredients
3. Cream butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin until well mixed
4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
5. Bake 15-18 minutes.  Allow to cool and drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Store loosely covered.

GLAZE: 2 c sifted powder sugar, 3 tbs+ milk, 1 tbs melted butter, 1 tsp vanilla - mix until smooth, add milk until right texture for drizzling

Why I love this cookie: It is a nice color contrast to the chocolate mint cookies, it is YUMMY and pumpkin is super popular! :)  Again, easy to make, and fancy to look at.  A real crowd pleaser. 

3. The cookie I am not sharing: Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies... maybe next week :) 

WHAT DO YOU THINK: What is YOUR favorite Christmas Cookie?

Linking up with Bloggers for Christmas and Frugal and Focused Recipe Swap.
 

7 comments:

  1. Oh my, the chocolate mint cookies sound delicious!

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  2. Both of these look delicious! Thanks for linking up.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day (I'm the one planning dinner and lunch... but only because I need too!).

    I love the combination of chocolate and chips, but never tried these cookies... I may have to bake them soon (if I can find mint chips around here.)

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  4. I tell you... they are to DIE for! :) Glad you stopped by!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by unsearchable riches! Those cookies look really yummy, I'm gonna try (pinned) those pumpkin ones! Now following you ;) www.myunsearchableriches.com

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  7. Looks yummy! Last year I discovered the Rolo Pretzels! That's all I ate last year. And this year I've discovered the Saltine Cracker Toffee! Yummy!

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