merry chrismukkah!

please tell me you remember the o.c.

because i totally loved it.

and i totally love saying merry chrismukkah!

for reals.

anyway…

i normally don’t post on fridays but i figure since you might not have baked cookies for santa yet, i’d share my faves so you could get on that. and since this is all about cookies for santa and this time of year is all about family time, you should get in the kitchen with kiddos and bake some of these.

hot cocoa thumbprints

hot cocoa thumbprints

ummmm these were delightful and i’m slightly obsessed with the marshmallow buttercream.

brown butter snickerdoodles

brown butter snickerdoodles

not only am i in love with snickerdoodles but brown butter… oh i don’t have words.

double dark chocolate cookies

double dark chocolate chip cookies

mmmmm dark chocolatey double chocolateness. (and yes that’s a perfectly acceptable description.)

cookie dough frosted sugar cookies

chocolate chip cookie dough frosted sugar cookies

soft sugar cookies and cookie dough buttercream. what could be wrong with that?

chocolate chip rice krispie cookies

chocolate chip rice krispie cookies

a family classic.

cake mix chocolate chip cookies

cake mix chocolate chip cookies

pressed for time? these are your go-to. ohhhhh and since i’ve posted these, i’ve started with chocolate cake mix and andes mint chips. oh.my.geez.

vanilla bean sandwich cookies

vanilla sandwich cookies

want to really impress the jolly fat man? make him a batch of these. don’t feel like making him sandwich cookies. just make the vanilla cookies. perfectly vanilla.

baklava cookies

baklava cookies

one of my favorite desserts made into cookie form by one of my favorite chefs. winning.

peppermint sugar cookies

peppermint cookies

is there anything better than peppermint this time of year?

almond sugar cookies

almond glazed sugar cookiesi love almond anything and i hear so does santa.

do you have any cookies that santa requests?

i hope that you and your family are having a very wonderful holiday season!!

kisses.

hot cocoa thumbprints

i don’t even have words.

let me start with this…

i had initially written the body of this post friday night while, like many others, i was glued to my tv trying to take in the day’s events. normally, i’m a complete smartass and sarcastic and any other word you can think of similar. that is my honest personality. but with these events, i feel that i can take a moment from that. i can be serious and honest. especially since it feels like anything i have to say is irrelevant. my heart is absolutely broken for the people in the community of newtown, ct. it weeps the deepest tears.

like i said, i was going to be smartassy about my cookie exchange that was inspired by the food blogger cookie swap. but that smartassiness can be put aside for one post. i am not a serious person by nature but in light of what happened, i’m going on the serious side of the cookie exchange.

i am so thoroughly excited that i participated in the food blogger cookie swap and was inspired to host one with my friends. while not everyone that i would have liked to have been there could attend, the friends that were involved hold an absolutely unbelievable place in my heart and i could not have been happier than to have them all together. at this time of year, especially with what has transpired recently, i feel like it is a time to hold your family close to you, even if its family who do not have the same blood running through their veins. my friends are some of my most cherished “things”.

i take this serious note because there are two things that help me… cooking and writing. i know there is very little i can personally for the community of newton other than send my deepest, heartfelt prayers that they find peace but if i could, i would send every single person that lives in that community these cookies.

hot cocoa thumbprints

hot cocoa thumbprints

  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 c semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/4 c sugar + more for rolling
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. sift together flour, cocoa and cinnamon; set aside. melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler until smooth; set aside to cool slightly.
  2. beat together butter, sugar & salt until pale and fluffy. mix in yolk, vanilla, and melted chocolate chips. on low speed, mix in the flour/cocoa mixture and mix until just combined. refrigerate 1 hour, covered.
  3. preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment/silpat.
  4. put 6 tbs of sugar into a bowl for rolling. using a cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into 3/4 in balls; roll in the sugar to coat. place balls 1 in apart on the cookie sheet; press center down slightly with your thumb. bake 10 min. press centers again with the end of a wooden spoon making 3/4 in indentations. bake until slightly cracked and set, about 5 min. cool completely before filling with marshmallow buttercream.

marshmallow buttercream

  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  1. beat butter until creamy. add in marshmallow creme, beat 2-3 min before adding the  vanilla. on low, beat in 1 c of powdered sugar at a time; beat 2-3 min more.

these cookies were absolutely fantastic. and that buttercream… well i’m kinda obsessed. as in this is my new favorite buttercream and it will be making an appearance again. you can bet on that.

oh and you might notice mine aren’t rolled in sugar… because i totally forgot so just pretend like its there k?

hold on a little tighter to those that are dear to you tonight.

kisses.

cookie recipe adapted from: martha stewart’s cookie cookbook, buttercream recipe from: how sweet eats

cowgirl cookies

y’all.

i know.

i’m a day late than what i’ve been posting.

and i was on a good roll….

BUT it’s totally for a good reason.

see i participated in the great food blogger cookie swap this year. and today’s the day to share the recipes with everyone!

i’m totally jazzed that i participated in the cookie swap this year. aside from being a really fun idea, this year all the bloggers paired up with cookies for kids’ cancer which raises money to fund finding new ways to treat pediatric cancer. how awesome is that?

so what exactly is the great food blogger cookie swap you ask?

well it’s really simple…. you sign up to participate and then lindsey and julie match you with a total of six food bloggers, three for you to send a dozen cookies to and three that send you a dozen cookies. so doubly awesome!!

i was paired with maggie over at mag-pie’s and more, jad over at new south food company and deanna over at a teaspoon of spice. they were the (hopefully) happy recipents of some cowgirl cookies. when i decided that i was going to participate i knew whatever i made had to come with an extra bonus. and i’m totally obsessed with the idea of giving mixes in a jar so these were a natural to make. i mean how much fun is it to not only receive the cookies but to get a jar so you can make some cookies later?! awe.some.

cowgirl cookies

cowgirl cookies

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/3 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c cooking oats
  • 3/4 c m&m’s
  • 3/4 c peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. preheat oven to 350F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper / silpat.
  2. mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl. in a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just incorporated.
  3. roll the dough into 1 1/2 in balls and place 2 in apart on the prepared cookie sheet. bake 10 min; remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing to a cooling rack.

and if you want to gift the jar of mix to someone, it’s so simple. just add the following layers into a 1 qt mason jar being sure to really pack everything down and pass along the directions along with the wet ingredient list:

  1. flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt – mixed together
  2. oats
  3. m&m’s
  4. peanut butter chips
  5. brown sugar
  6. white sugar

so that’s what i made… what did i receive you ask?

well….

julie over at pb fingers sent me my first package which had her grandmother’s(!) sugar cookie recipe. i totally think she did her grandmother proud!!

next up was maivy over at maivy’s musings sent me what she called “i want to marry you” cookies. they were chock full of oats and all kinds of chocolately toffeey (totally a word!) goodness.

and finally jess over at little house big heart sent soft and chewy gingersnaps. i’m convinced that she just KNEW how much i love gingersnaps. i mean for real.

and at least to me, the very best part of this was it totally inspired me to do a cookie exchange with my girlfriends. i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of getting us together and eating cookies and gossiping. it was an absolute great time and i’m really really really loooking forward to creating an annual tradition with all of us…

kisses.

recipe adapted from: bakerella

peppermint white chocolate frosted brownie bites

i don’t know about where you are but down here is weird.

what i mean by that is that it kinda feels like the holidays are in full swing but then i step outside and i lose the feeling. i mean it’s supposed to get to close to 80F here today and i just can’t seem to quite find the holiday spirit when it’s hot outside.

and worse than that…

i feel very wardrobe challenged. i mean with the temps where they are, i want to be in shorts and sandals but my head is telling me it’s december and it’s boot season and i look forward to boot season so i need to be wearing boots. and then try shopping… i mean all the stores have these cute sweaters and longsleeve shirts but i’m here dying of heat.

this all makes me very sad.

what doesn’t make me sad though is baking this time of year. it’s like you can bake everyday and it’s completely acceptable to have a mound of cookies, brownies and cake on your desk for breakfast.

holla!

i’ve been craving a brownie recently. i’ve also been craving a cupcake with all it’s glorious buttercream on top. and i remembered i had these little gems pinned and it solved both! and bonus… they’re all pepperminty which is totally a flavor of the season! yay!

peppermint white chocolate frosted brownie bites

peppermint white chocolate brownie

  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs milk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 12 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  1. preheat the oven to 375F. spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with mini cupcake liners.
  2. sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. in a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs and vanilla. add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until it’s all incorporated. fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  3. spoon about 1 tbs of batter into each of the muffin wells. bake 10-15 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the bites comes out clean. remove from the oven and let cool 1 min before cooling completely on a baking rack.
  4. make the buttercream: beat the butter; add in the melted white chocolate. beat until creamy. add in the powdered sugar, milk and peppermint extract. mix 2-3 min until it’s smooth and fluffy.
  5. frost the brownie bites and sprinkle some red sprinkles on top.

even though these aren’t “cookies” they would make a great addition to your holiday cookie swap. and you could even change out the white chocolate for semisweet and make them peppermint double chocolate.

what holiday baking do you look forward to most?

kisses.

recipe lightly adapted from: shugary sweets