Day 17 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking

Cookie of the Day: Rainbow Cookies

I’m officially calling this project dead. I once again did not make the cookie of the day. I could list the reasons, but I won’t bore you. For some reason we just seem to be getting busier and busier the closer we get to Christmas and I’m not even sure with what.I will be spending the next week baking but I think that will mostly be filled with cookies I’m familiar with, because they’re much faster for me to make and I wasn’t really overly impressed with most of the cookies on Epicurious list. I’m really glad I found the biscotti recipe on there and the brownie thins recipe.

Tonight I made three batches of cookies.

Raspberry Jam Shortbread Bars

My all time favorite Christmas Cookies

No Bake Cookies

And, More Peanut Butter Blossoms

I ran out of Hugs so I had to use some "candy cane" kisses

 

 

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Day 16 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking (and why I didn’t bake)

Cookie of the Day:  Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies

Once again I did not make the cookie of the day, but I do have a good reason this time. James got a wisdom tooth removed this afternoon, so I was busy helping him (although he doesn’t remember anything after the elevator ride up to the dentist office) and taking care of Jimi.

Here's James taking a little snooze in my car post surgery.

I did make a batch of Chex Mix and Muddy Buddies. They are delicious. There are about four other delicious sounding variations of Chex Mix on the box that I think I’m going to have to try out once we get through this batch.

Chex Mix

Muddy Buddies

Next Up: Rainbow Cookies

Day 15 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking

Cookie of the Day: Grasshopper Squares

I actually got these cookies made! However, I have yet to taste them as they’re still in the 2 hour (!) cooling process in the refrigerator. These cookies (bars?) take a LONG time to make so make sure you have plenty of time on your hands when doing them. My only complaint about making these, other than the time, was chopping 30 ounces of chocolate. It probably would have gone faster if I had a nut chopper but that’s on my list of needed gadget and gizmos.

I did not do a very good job of taking pictures of these as I was also trying to make dinner at the same time, so I was rushing through everything. I’ll update the blog with a picture of the cut squares in the morning.

Brownie Layer

Finished grasshopper squares chillin' in the fridge.

Next Up: Chocolate Roll-out cookies

Day 14 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking = Failure

Cookie of the Day: Raspberry Chocolate French Macaroons

Did you ever have one of those days where you just want to sit around in sweat pants all day on the couch doing nothing? Well I was having one of those days today, except I have a toddler so I can’t just sit on the couch all day and we had a busy day. Phone meetings, doctor appointment and running errands. Add all of that with a lack of sleep because everyone in the house is sick equals a completely exhausted household.

Basically that was my laundry list of excuses for why I did not bake cookies today. I attempted to bake the cookies but as I got out the ingredients I realized I did not have enough almonds and I was not about to drive 30 min (both ways) to go pick some up.

The closer Christmas the busier we get and the harder it becomes to bake these cookies everyday. I’m starting to feel like this project is getting the best of me.

I haven’t completely given up yet, I do want to finish it but my hopes aren’t that high…

Next up: Grasshopper Squares

Day 12 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking

Cookie of the Day: Trios

I cheated again. I did not make the cookie of the day today. But I did make a batch of cookies so that still counts, right? Although these Trios cookies looked fun and yummy, I did not want a couple extra jars of jam open in the house. I also needed something fast to make since James and Jimi are sick and like me to interact with them (crazy, I know).

I made a simple batch of peanut butter blossoms (you know, the peanut butter hersey kiss ones) with a recipe from the classic Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

The recipe is as follows:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Milk chocolate kisses (I used Hugs instead of kisses)

1. Beat shortening and peanut butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping bowl. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour.

2. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into each cookie’s center. Transfer to a wire wrack to cool.

These cookies weren’t anything new to me, so I wasn’t really challenging myself with these ones, but I did need to get them done and they’re pretty amazing. I got a free silicone baking mat with a subscription to Time magazine a while ago and finally gave it a shot with these cookies. I was surprised it actually worked.

Cookies on my baking mat ready for the oven

 

Yum, best served with a glass of milk :o)

Next up: Moravian Crisps

{I have a feeling I’m going to have to cheat and pick something else out instead of these cookies as well. 😦 }

Day 11 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking

Cookie of the Day: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

These cookies looked good in the picture on Epicurious but I was a little apprehensive about making them because I’m not a big peppermint fan…. well, mostly I’m not a candy cane fan.

I did not really make any changes to the recipe while making these cookies, except I used far more filling than the directions suggested for each cookie (that was the only way I could get it thick enough to roll in peppermint and I didn’t have any left over- win, win). Also, instead of using crushed candy canes I used some red and green peppermint chips that I had my mom pick up for me at an Amish store in Delaware (thanks Mom!).

I did make the mistake of not waiting until the cookies were completely cool before filling them so some of them got a bit gooey. These will be put into the freezer for a later date because we definitely have too many cookies floating around the house right now.

Filling the cookies up

Finished product

I was pleasantly surprised that these weren’t too strong of peppermint flavor for me. I think the chocolate balanced it out.

Next up: Trios

Day 10 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking

Cookie of the Day: Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

I got another late start on cookie baking today. Sorry. Things get pretty busy here on the weekends.

I was really excited to make these cookies because my all-time favorite Christmas cookie is a raspberry shortbread bar with a almond glaze (they’re not really Christmas cookies but for some reason my Mom only let me make them at Christmas time). Like most of these cookies so far, this one was quick and simple to make.

Mixing the butter into the flour mixture. (Why is the mircowave open?)

I did not have enough whole wheat flour on hand so I substituted the rest with regular all purpose flour. I think they turned out alright but I still prefer my usual holiday raspberry bars.

Wheat Shortbread Raspberry Cookies

Next up: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies