ChristmasCookie

I’m a planner. All part of having a Type A personality, I guess. I don’t mind. I’m weird. And orderly. And proud to be such. So, the second pumpkin everything starts infiltrating our lives (That’s a bit harsh isn’t it? Blessing our lives, not infiltrating), which I love by the by, my mind goes straight to its own little planning committee meeting. Mostly about food for the upcoming holidays, and lunches, of course. And outfits. All coordinating, as best I can. This holds true for all holidays for me. But right now, we are discussing The Christmas Cookie Baking.

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My Christmas cookies from last year (sugar cookie trees, salted double chocolate espresso cookies, soft ginger cookies and fruitcake bars). I can dig up these recipes if anyone wants them.

So, just know that I am planning ahead, not skipping Thanksgiving foods. Because…why, just why? That is my favorite food holiday. More on that at a later date. I have a few wonderful Christmas cookie recipes to share. I try to do new ones every year. By getting started on the planning part of this, it will help keep us (me) organized enough when the time comes to actually do the baking. Since I’ve already done these cookies, I’ll probably try something new. But maybe YOU can use some of these recipes!

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http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-cookies-10000001622526/

These are chocolate chip cookies, lightened up, but still so good. I love how the cookies are still in their scooped state, post-baked. They look like ice cream scoops.

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http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bevs_chocolate_chip_cookies.html

This is another chocolate chip cookie recipe, but using oats as part of the flour content. A little healthier, but hearty and delicious, and a bit rustic.

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Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites.

These were REALLY good. I think you’d need to keep them refrigerated, but that’s okay. I’ve received gifts before that required refrigeration and I didn’t mind. I am not sure anyone would mind if they received these little gems – an eggless chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed in between two salted pretzels and then dipped in chocolate. In this picture, they were freshly dipped in the chocolate, still resting on my Silpat.

And, it’s important to cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions, if you are kind (lol), because everyone deserves cookies. I’m an equal opportunity cookie baker (and eater). Here are two REALLY good gluten-free cookie recipes.

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http://food52.com/recipes/19209-divine-gluten-free-chocolate-cookies-no-seriously

And I’m not even kidding when I say that those chocolate cookies are some of the best I’ve ever had. I make them all the time.

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http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/gluten-free-peanut-butter-cookies

These GF peanut butter cookies are soooo good. They are nutty (obvi) and crumbly, in just the right way…melt in your mouth.

We love cookies in our house. Last year, as a little useful addition to my cookie bags for friends, I made non-edible cinnamon “cookie” cutout ornaments. They smelled so good hanging on my tree! I remember these from my childhood. Do you? But from your childhood (lol)?

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http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Other/Cinnamon-Ornaments

My kids love cookies. Especially the Publix ones that they EARN by being good the ENTIRE grocery shopping trip. I’m hardcore. I make them work for it. Hey, grocery shopping with two kids is not for the faint-hearted! Here is a picture of Bigs, last year, decorating a Christmas cookie at a Christmas playdate. He was very into pouring on the sprinkles. Did I say pouring? I meant dumping…with a quickness. Before I could stop him. Attaboy!

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Our family’s elf, Duncan (aptly named after our favorite place, Dunkin’ Donuts, of course – see here) was even caught, several times, getting into my decorating supplies. Everyone likes cookies around here.

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And, of course, and somewhat importantly, Santa enjoyed our cookies. Must be a fun job. Not the schlepping around of toys or ordering around a bunch of sweaty reindeer, but the eating of cookies. By the ton. And so many different kinds! If only!

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I hope you are able to use some of these cookie recipes. By starting now, you can plan out what you are going to do. This is somewhat [completely] hypocritical of me, as I currently have NO idea what cookies I am baking this year. Listen, I’ve been VERY busy. I’ve been schlepping around sweaty boys (similar to Santa’s duties). That keeps me busy. I’m going to get right on my cookie plans.

cookie doe

Cookie Doe.

The sweetest kind.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Kristin

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