Sorry I haven’t posted for the last two days… I’ve been baking my bum off! Well, not really my bum off, if anything I added to it! None the less these past few days have been crazy! Baking, shopping, cooking, baking more, movies (love Falalala Lifetime!), cookies, parties, etc. I really can’t complain because I absolutely love this time of year, but I’ll complain anyway because I’m tired! I managed to get my cookie day in, although it turned into a two-day event! I only made three types of cookies this year and they all turned out really good. The Santas are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie and I’ve been making them for years! Tomorrow or Saturday I’m going to do a full post on how to create those little guys and I promise people will LOVE them 😉
The cookie rundown:
1. Salted-Vanilla Chocolate Chunk
2. Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
3. Roly-Poly Santa Cookies!
I packaged them up in a Paper Source box and added some twine and a snowflake! Easy and cute.
Salted-Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cookies (wow, what a title!)
I got this recipe out of the Better Homes and Gardens Ultimate Cookie Magazine, but I altered it a bit. It was Vanilla-Salted Peanut Cookies with oats and raisins. I decided I just wanted chocolate and they turned out really tasty! I also added course salt on the top!
3/4 cup shortening
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 bag chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat shortening for 30 seconds, add brown sugar, baking soda and salt, beat until combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in flour. After all that beatin’, bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Add course salt to the top! YUM!
I’m not a huge cherry cookie fan, but I told Zan he could pick out any cookie he wanted me to make and I’ll make it, regardless if I like it or not 😉 And he picked one out I happen to not like… until I tasted it right out of the oven!! It was pretty good I must admit 😉
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
40 maraschino cherries, undrained
1/2 cup sweetened-condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugar and baking soda, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat in egg and vanilla and gradually add in the flour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart. Press down in the center of each ball with your thumb and add a cherry in the middle.
For the frosting, add the sweetened-condensed milk and chocolate chips into a sauce pan. When the chocolate is melted, add the cherry juice. Stir constantly so the milk and chocolate won’t burn.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of the chocolate sauce on top of the cherry and spread to cover the cherry only. Bake for 7-9 minutes.
Stay tuned for a GIANT post on how to make my favorite Roly-Poly Santa Cookies! They are a guaranteed hit at Christmas dinner this year!