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2016 Recipe Round up

Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Well, this is it, the last recipe of the 12 Days of Cookies.   I hope that you've enjoyed the recipes that have been shared!  Thank you so much to Carlee and Ellen for hosting, and letting me join in. 

I knew that I wanted to include gingerbread cookies during this event, to me, it's a flavor that means Christmas.   I searched through tons of recipes for cut out cookies, gingersnaps, but nothing really grabbed me.   Then I found this recipe from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen, and I knew it was the one.     I've done the traditional chocolate crackle cookie, some lemon ones too, but I'd never seen it done with the flavor of gingerbread.

This was another one that I thought the guys wouldn't go crazy for, but I was wrong.  My son especially loved them.   They definitely will become a regular addition to my Christmas baking list.   Thank you so much Haley for this amazing recipe!





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       Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

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Easy Cannoli Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Cannoli purists, look away.  Today's recipe is Easy Cannoli Cookies from Crazy for Crust.  These cookies give you the taste of a cannoli while using simple ingredients.   I used a cookie cutter to make mine a bit more festive.  I also added a bit of green food coloring to the beaten egg.   I used half the mini chips in the filling and then dipped the edges in the other half.   You could substitute part of the vanilla for orange extract.    Thank you to Dorothy for sharing the recipe!


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                           Easy cannoli cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  2                     refrigerated pie crusts -- from a box
  1                     egg (+green food coloring, if desired)
     1/4           cup  turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
  2        tablespoons  heavy whipping cream
  1                cup  whole milk ricotta cheese (do not substitute low-fat)
     2/3…

Homemade Jingles Cookies- 12 days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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I don't remember many store bought treats from my childhood, but I do remember Jingles cookies.   I loved dipping them into milk and watching the milk change color from the red and green sugars.   My sister and I would fight over the crumbs and the pile of sugar in the bottom of the box.  Thank you Aimee at Shugary Sweets for sharing the recipe and prompting a fun trip down memory lane!



Coffee Cake Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Things have been totally chaotic here-  we bought a house, moved over Thanksgiving and have been doing some renovations.   None of this stops my guys from asking, what's for dessert?   Cake mix cookies to the rescue!  Doesn't really get much simpler than this one- 3 ingredients and boom- cookies.   Thanks so much to Angie at Eclectic Everyday for the recipe! 





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                           Coffee Cake Cookies


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  1            package  Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake and Muffin Mix
  1                     egg
  5        tablespoons  vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350.   Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Add cake mix, egg and oil in a large bowl, stir to combine.   Make sure that all the ingredients are incorporated.    Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, portion dough onto the prepared sheets.    Make an indentation in each cookie and fill …

Raspberry Coconut Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Here we go, day 8 of the 12 days of Cookies!  I don't make many sandwich cookies, but these Raspberry Coconut Cookies caught my eye when I was searching through the Taste of Home website. 

I used whole milk, it's what we have on hand.   I used a cookie scoop to get nice uniform cookies so it was easy to assemble the sandwiches.   I used seedless raspberry preserves, since it's what my family prefers.  They'd also be great with cherry or strawberry.   Don't be tempted to pile the filling on, or you'll have a real big mess on your hands!   Thank you to June B for the recipe  :)




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                        Raspberry Coconut Cookies


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     3/4           cup  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
  1              large  egg
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2               cups  all-purpose flour
     1/2      …

Double Chocolate Snowballs- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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We're looking at our second possible snowstorm of the week, so what better recipe to share today than Double Chocolate Snowballs?  I'll take these cookies over the real variety of snowballs any day.    

I was out of unsalted butter, so I used regular.   I am a big fan of the Penzey's Dutch Process cocoa, so that's what I used.   I went for the second coating of powdered sugar as well.   These were deliciously messy, great with a nice cold glass of milk or some cocoa.      Thank you so much Dorothy at Crazy for Crust for this recipe!



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           Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies - Crazy for Crust


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  1                cup  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  powdered sugar
     1/4           cup  unsweetened cocoa powder (used Penzey's dutch process)
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
  2 1/4           cups  flour
     1/2 …

Cherry Kiss Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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For the 6th day of Cookies, I turned to the Simple & Delicious Cookbook to find my recipe, Cherry Kiss Cookies.  I'm not normally a fan of red food coloring, but I did use it in these, and they'd look beautiful on a cookie tray.  I like dark chocolate, so I used those in place of the regular Hershey Kisses that were called for. I knew this one would be a hard sell to the guys, they don't really go crazy over anything cherry, but I do.   They both loved them, so much so that I had to hide a few so that I could get pictures.    Thank you to Joy Y for sharing the recipe!



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                           Cherry Kiss Cookies


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  1                cup  butter -- softened
  1                cup  confectioners' sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  2          teaspoons  maraschino cherry juice
     1/2      teaspoon  almond extract- used van…

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Growing up, Christmas was a huge gathering at my paternal grandmother's house.   The aunts and my grandmother would cook and bake for days leading up to the holiday.   All I remember is the desserts  :)  Pizzelles, rosettes, tarts, totos and sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles.   I've searched for years trying to find that sugar cookie recipe!    These Tender Italian Sugar Cookies are from Taste of Home, and while they are not exactly like the ones I remember growing up, they are delicious and easy to make.

I made zero changes to this recipe.  I used a cookie scoop to get uniform balls.    The base cookie isn't very sweet, but is balanced nicely with the icing.    You could easily change up the extracts if you wanted to.    Thank you so much to Weda M for the recipe!





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                       Tender Italian Sugar Cookies


     3/4           cup  shortening
     3/4           cup  sugar
  3   Eggs
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  3      …

Jumbo Brownie Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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Day 4! These Jumbo Brownie Cookies from Taste of Home are the best of both worlds- the chocolately soft center of a brownie, with the crisp edges of a cookie.   I knew right off the bat that I wouldn't be using the chocolate called for- I am the only dark chocolate fan, and 60% would be way too much for my guys.  I used Nestle Dark Chocolate chips instead, which are 53%.    And even though it says the espresso powder is optional, I highly recommend it.   You don't taste COFFEE, it just brings out the chocolate flavor.  

These were fantastic with a nice cold glass of milk.    I might make them smaller next time for easier dunking, and because to the guys, no one eats just one cookie, not even when it's a jumbo one.   Thank you to Rebecca C for sharing her recipe!


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                          Jumbo Brownie Cookies


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  2 2/3 cups  60% caca…

Coconut Washboards- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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When I chose my recipes for the 12 Days of Cookies, I tried to find a variety of flavors.  Coconut was something I knew I wanted to include, so I searched the Taste of Home site and found these.    I loved how simple the ingredients were, things that almost every baker would have in their pantry.  I know I always seem to have a half a bag of coconut waiting to be made into something.    

I'm not a big fan of handling food, so while I made a few of these in the traditional washboard shape, I scooped the rest with a cookie scoop and then pressed them with a floured glass before making the marks with the fork.      Like many old fashioned cookies, these aren't overly sweet.   My son thought they needed a "little something", so I dipped them in melted chocolate and then sprinkled them with nonpareils.    Now I know exactly what recipe to pull out when I find that coconut in the baking cabinet!   Thanks so much to Tommie Sue S for sharing the recipe!



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Salted Caramel Thumbprints- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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I am a salted caramel fanatic.   Coffee, candy, you name it.   When I saw this recipe from Land O Lakes, I knew it was going on my holiday list.   Super simple thumbprint base filled with a delicious homemade caramel.   My only change to this one was to use kosher salt instead of the sea salt, it's what I always keep on hand.     I used a cookie scoop to get nice uniform cookies, and a Pampered Chef gadget, Mini Tart Shaper, to make the indentations.  






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                    Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies


     2/3           cup unsalted butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
  2  egg yolks
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
  1 1/2           cups  all-purpose flour
     1/3           cup  firmly packed brown sugar
     1/4           cup unsalted butter
  2        tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
                        Sea salt (I used kosher)

Combine 2/3 cup butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl ofte…

Snow Day Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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It is so good to be back!   We are settling into our new home after moving over the long Thanksgiving weekend.     The holiday was sort of a non-event due to all the chaos, so I'm even more excited about Christmas, especially baking cookies in my new kitchen!

The first recipe I'm sharing is from Taste of Home, Snow Day Cookies.    I'm not sure who is more excited to get that phone call in the morning calling for a snow day, my son or myself.   :)   This is the perfect "everything but the kitchen sink" cookie that will make a snowy day complete.  

I was skeptical when I saw the chips and pretzels, but they give a nice salty element to balance all the sweet ingredients.    I made zero changes to the recipe, but I will make one next time- double the batch.   These disappeared really fast!    Thanks to  Brittney M from GA for sharing the recipe!






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