Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Recipe Round up

Another year is coming to a close, and it's been one of many ups and downs for me.  New job for my husband, losing my mom, buying a house, it's been a roller coaster.   I still managed to make my goal of trying at least 52 new recipes this year.     Wishing you all a happy 2017!

  1. Sausage Lasagna Rolls
  2. Lemon Rice
  3. Pomegranate Glazed Green Beans
  4. Quick Sandwich Cookies
  5. Ravioli Lasagna  
  6. Southern Fried Chicken Strips
  7. Key Lime Cupcakes
  8. Tropical Turnovers  
  9. Citrus Berry Shortcake
  10. Fried Lasagna 
  11.  My First-Ever Chili Dog
  12.  Strawberry Pie
  13.  Breaded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
  14.  Basil BLTs
  15.  Watermelon Salsa
  16.  Fresh Green Bean Salad
  17. Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches 
  18.  Strawberry Lemon Blossoms
  19. Blueberry Zucchini Squares
  20. Thin Mint Zucchini Bread 
  21.  Bourbon Brats
  22.  Pepperoni Lasagna Roll Ups
  23.  Where's the Beef?
  24. Pineapple Salsa
  25. Zesty Fried Green Tomatoes
  26. Creamsicle float 
  27. Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Sauce  
  28. Parmesan Chicken Sandwiches
  29. Ginger Plum Tart
  30. Spiced Ginger Coffee
  31. Caramel Apple Floats
  32. Bite Sized Apple Pies
  33. Apple Oatmeal Cookies
  34. Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes 
  35. Cinnamon Whiskey BBQ Chicken Melt 
  36. Pizza Quesadillas  
  37. Hot Fireball Cider
  38. Spicy Maple Chicken Tenders
  39.  Loaded Baked Potato Dip
  40. Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
  41. Mama Mia Meatball Taquitos
  42. Basil Garlic Bread  
  43. Nutmeg Waffles
  44. Snow Day Cookies
  45. Salted Caramel Thumbprints
  46. Coconut Washboards
  47. Jumbo Brownie Cookies
  48. Tender Italian Sugar Cookies
  49. Cherry Kiss Cookies
  50. Double Chocolate Snowballs
  51. Raspberry Coconut Cookies
  52. Coffee Cake Cookies
  53. Homemade Jingles Cookies
  54. Easy Cannoli Cookies
  55. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!




                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

       Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  3               cups  unbleached all-purpose flour
     3/4           cup  dark brown sugar -- packed
     3/4      teaspoon  baking soda
  1         tablespoon  ground cinnamon
  1         tablespoon  ground ginger
     1/2      teaspoon  ground cloves
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter -- softened, but still cool, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
     3/4           cup  molasses
  2        tablespoons  milk
     1/2           cup  sugar
     1/2           cup  confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, sugar, cloves and salt on low speed.    Add butter and mix at a medium low speed 1-2 minutes, until it resembles sand.   With the mixer running at low speed, add molasses and milk, for about 20 to 30 seconds.  Dough should be evenly moistened.  On medium speed, mix until well combined, about 10 seconds more.

Portion the dough into 2 disks, wrap them each in plastic wrap and freeze until firm.   You can also refrigerate the dough for a few hours or overnight.   I formed one large ball of dough, left it in the mixer bowl and covered the surface with Glad Press N Seal.

Heat oven to 350.   Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Using a 1" cookie scoop, make balls.   Handle as little as possible to not warm the dough.  Coat with granulated sugar, and then confectioner's sugar.   Place approximately 1" apart on sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set.   Be sure not to overbake.   Cool on sheets for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source:
  "http://www.ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com/2015/12/04/gingerbread-crinkle-cookies/"




Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 12

Chocolate Dipped Madeleines from Family Around the Table
Cinnamon Bun Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Cranberry Bliss Cookies from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Eggnog Snickerdoodles from Palatable Pastime
Gingerbread Crinkles from  Jolene's Recipe Journal
Magic Cookie Bars from Simple and Savory
Pecan Balls from The Chef Next Door
White Chocolate Gingersnaps from Making the Most of Naptime

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Easy Cannoli Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!




                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Easy cannoli cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  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           cup  powdered sugar
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
     1/2           cup  mini chocolate chips

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

Follow directions to unroll pie crusts and use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out shapes.   Re-roll the scraps and repeat.    Place on prepared sheets. 

Beat egg with food coloring and lightly brush onto each cookie.   Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.    Bake 10 to 11 minutes.   Cool on sheets for 1 minute, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks.  Whisk together ricotta and powdered sugar.    Add vanilla.  Fold in whipped cream and 1/4c chocolate chips.     Place filling into a pastry bag and pipe onto half of the cookies.   Top with the remaining cookies.    Put 1/4c of mini chocolate chips into a bowl and press the edges of the cookies into them, working your way around until the edges are covered.  

Store cookies in the fridge, and eat within a few days.

Source:
  "http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2015/02/2014-annie-movie-birthday-party-ideas/"




Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 11

Cherry Pistachio Icebox Cookies from Palatable Pastime
Chocolate Covered Cherry Snowballs from Cooking With Carlee
Easy Cannoli Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Manju from A Day in the Life on the Farm


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Homemade Jingles Cookies- 12 days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!




Homemade Jingles Cookies

  1                cup  unsalted butter -- softened
     3/4           cup  powdered sugar
  1 3/4            cup  all purpose flour
     1/4           tsp  kosher salt
     1/4           tsp  ground nutmeg
     1/2           tsp  pure anise extract
                        red/green sugar crystal sprinkles

Heat oven to 350.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Beat together butter and powdered sugar, add anise.   Combine flour, salt & nutmeg, add to butter mixture slowly.    Form into a ball, and place on saran wrap (I like Glad Press N Seal).   Roll into a log, secure the ends, and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cut cookies into 1/4" thick slices and place on parchment.   Sprinkle with colored sugar.    Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.   Cool for 1 to 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then move to wire rack to cool completely.




      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 10

Chocolate Mallow Drops from Making the Most of Naptime
Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Cookeis from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Family Around the Table
Homemade Jingles from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Kolacky from Cooking With Carlee
Palmiers from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings 
Turtle Chocolate Chip Cookies from Palatable Pastime


Friday, December 9, 2016

Coffee Cake Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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! 




                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Coffee Cake Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  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 with the crumb topping.  

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, let cookies cool on sheets 1 to 2 minutes, then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Source: "http://eclecticrecipes.com/coffee-cake-cookies"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Raspberry Coconut Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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  :)



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                        Raspberry Coconut Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
     3/4           cup  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
  1              large  egg
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2               cups  all-purpose flour
     1/2           cup  flaked coconut
  1 1/2      teaspoons  baking powder
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
                        FILLING:
     1/4           cup  butter -- softened
     3/4           cup  confectioners' sugar
  2          teaspoons  2% milk (I used whole)
     1/2      teaspoon  vanilla extract
     1/2           cup  raspberry preserves (I used seedless)

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, coconut, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 1-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten with a glass dipped in flour.

Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.

In a small bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves and a scant teaspoon of filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/raspberry-coconut-cookies?keycode=ZPIN415"



Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 8

Almond Butter Cookies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings 
Eggnog Hugs from Making the Most of Naptime
Hungarian Poppyseed Pinwheel Cookies from Palatable Pastime
Kourambiedes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Melting Moments from Cooking With Carlee
Muddy Snowballs from Family Around the Table
Raspberry Coconut Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal


Shared at The Weekend Potluck #251

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Double Chocolate Snowballs- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!


                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

           Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies - Crazy for Crust


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  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      teaspoon  salt
     3/4           cup  mini chocolate chips
                        Additional powdered sugar -- for rolling (about 1 - 1 1/2 cups)

Heat oven to 375°.   Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper.

Mix together butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla until fluffy.   Combine flour and salt, and mix until a dough forms.   Stir in chips.   Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to form balls, chilling dough if necessary.    Place on prepared sheets.

Bake 7 to 10 minutes, tops will lose their gloss and bottoms will brown slightly.   Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.   Roll balls in powdered sugar until well coated.  Return to rack to cool completely.  Roll a second time if desired.

Source:
  "http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2015/11/double-chocolate-snowball-cookies/"




 Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 7

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Classic American Sugar Cookies from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Gluten-Free Maple Chestnut Cookies from Caroline's Cooking
Maple Sugar Cookies from A Palatable Pastime
Nutty Triple Chocolate Cookies from Family Around the Table
Tangerine and Dark Chocolate Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Simple and Savory

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cherry Kiss Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!



                      
* Exported from MasterCook *

                           Cherry Kiss Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1                cup  butter -- softened
  1                cup  confectioners' sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  2          teaspoons  maraschino cherry juice
     1/2      teaspoon  almond extract- used vanilla
  6              drops  red food coloring -- optional (I used it)
  2 1/4           cups  all-purpose flour
     1/2           cup  chopped maraschino cherries
  54                    milk chocolate kisses -- unwrapped (used dark chocolate kisses)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cherry-kiss-cookies"




Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 6

Cherry Kiss Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies from Making the Most of Naptime
Jewelled Fruitcake Bars from A Palatable Pastime
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big
Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table
Soft and Spicy Molasses Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Spiced Pretzel Walnut Cookies with Chocolate Chips from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Susensky from A Day in the Life on The Farm

Monday, December 5, 2016

Tender Italian Sugar Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!




                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                       Tender Italian Sugar Cookies


     3/4           cup  shortening
     3/4           cup  sugar
  3   Eggs
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  3               cups  all-purpose flour
  3          teaspoons  baking powder
     1/8      teaspoon  salt
                        ICING:
     1/4           cup  milk
  2        tablespoons  butter -- melted
     1/2      teaspoon  vanilla extract
  2 1/2           cups  confectioners' sugar
                        Food coloring and coarse sugar -- optional

    In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
    Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
    For icing, in a small bowl, combine the milk, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Dip the tops of cookies in icing; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

Originally published as Tender Italian Sugar Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p11


Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tender-italian-sugar-cookies"



      Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 5

Chocolate Mint Thumbrints from The Freshman Cook
Clint's Favorite Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Lemon Sprinkles from A Palatable Pastime
Mocha Drop Cookies from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies from Feeding Big
Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies from Family Around the Table
Pebber Nodder from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Spritz Cookies from The Chef Next Door
Tender Italian Sugar Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Jumbo Brownie Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!


                      
* Exported from MasterCook *

                          Jumbo Brownie Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  2 2/3 cups  60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips -- I used Nestle Dark (53%)
     1/2           cup butter -- cubed
  4              large  eggs
  1 1/2           cups  sugar
  4          teaspoons  vanilla extract
  2          teaspoons  instant espresso powder -- optional (I used it)
     2/3           cup  all-purpose flour
     1/2      teaspoon  baking powder
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  1            package  semisweet chocolate chunks -- (11-1/2 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat; cool until mixture is warm.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla and, if desired, espresso powder until blended. Whisk into chocolate mixture. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture, mixing well. Fold in chocolate chunks; let stand 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly.

Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 3 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 1-2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/jumbo-brownie-cookies"




Welcome to 12 Days Christmas Cookies, hosted by FamilyAroundTheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes all week long in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas. Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 4

Eggnog Biscotti from Making the Most of Naptime
German Gingerbread Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Jumbo Brownie Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Lebkuchen from A Day in the Life on The Farm
Toasted Butter Pecan Cookies from Family Around the Table


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Coconut Washboards- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!


                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                            Coconut Washboards


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
     1/2           cup  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  shortening
  2               cups  packed brown sugar
  2                     eggs
     1/4           cup  water
  1           teaspoon  vanilla extract
  4               cups  all-purpose flour
  1 1/2      teaspoons  baking powder
     1/2      teaspoon  baking soda
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  1                cup  flaked coconut

In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add water and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; flatten with fingers into 2-1/2-in. x 1-in. rectangles. Press lengthwise with a floured fork. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 9 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/coconut-washboards?trkid=FBPAGE_CC_20151122_CoconutCookies"




Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 3

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars with Orange Glaze from Family Around the Table
Graybeh from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Great Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
 Coconut Washboards from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Friday, December 2, 2016

Salted Caramel Thumbprints- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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.  





                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                    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 often, until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

Heat oven to 375ยบF.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Make indentation in center of each cookie with thumb or end of wooden spoon handle. (Edges may crack slightly). Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely.

Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream. Cool caramel mixture about 15 minutes.

Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon caramel mixture into center of each cooled cookie. Let caramel set about 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops of each cookie lightly with salt.

Source:
  "http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/4288/salted-caramel-thumbprint-cookies?crlt.pid=camp.7yIerPB5MDK8"


 
Welcome to 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by FamilyAround TheTable and CookingwithCarlee. We'll be sharing delicious cookie recipes for 12 straight days in celebration of the holiday season. Perfect for your holiday cookie trays or party dessert table. Search #ChristmasCookies to see all the goodies these 12 days. Follow the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Pinterest board for more cookie ideas.   Please visit all the blogs sharing cookie recipes today:

Day 2
Devil's Food Mini Chip Cookies from Family Around the Table
French Sables from Palatable Pastime
Kleicha (Iraqi Date Cookies) from Caroline's Cooking
Super Duper Chewy Milk Chocolate M&M Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Pistachio and Apricot Oatmeal Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Rogaliki from A Day in the Life on The Farm
Salted Caramel Thumbprints from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Snow Day Cookies- 12 Days of Cookies #ChristmasCookies

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!



                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

                             Snow Day Cookies


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1                cup  butter -- softened
  1 1/4           cups  packed brown sugar
  2              large  eggs
  3          teaspoons  vanilla extract
  2          teaspoons  2% milk
  2               cups  old-fashioned oats
  1 3/4           cups  all-purpose flour
  1           teaspoon  baking soda
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  1 1/2           cups  coarsely crushed potato chips
  1 1/2           cups  coarsely crushed pretzels
  1                cup  semisweet chocolate chips -- (6 ounces)
     3/4           cup  milk chocolate M&M's

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and milk. In another bowl, whisk oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips and M&M's.

Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake 14-16 minutes or until edges are golden brown (centers will be light). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Source:
  "http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/snow-day-cookies"




 Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee.  We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies.  Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies.  We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness!  May your holidays be sweet!

Day 1

Anginetti from A Day in the Life on the Farm Candy Cane Cookies from The Freshman Cook Christmas Sprinkle Cookies from Family Around the Table Chocolate Coconut Layer Bars from Making the Most of Naptime Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread Cookies from Feeding Big Cookie Butter Crisps from Palatable Pastime Crispy and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures Cuppa Cookies from Cooking With Carlee Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies from Simple and Savory Melting Snowmen from Cindy's Recipes and Writings  Meyer Lemon Cookies from Caroline's Cooking Pizelles from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks Red Velvet Snowballs from The Chef Next Door Snowday Cookies from Jolene's Recipe Journal

 
Shared at the Weekend Potluck #250!