Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

These Christmas cookie recipes are my go-to: this will be my 3rd year in a row of baking these four recipes and I can promise you that they are all so so so good.  My big baking day is going to be next Friday and I already can't wait!  These recipes make tons of cookies, so I love to deliver some to the neighbors, bring them to Christmas parties and of course, eat way too many of them myself.

Without further ado...


Peanut Butter Blossoms
via Epicurious

Ingredients
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
30 chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Directions
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and a second rack in the lower third, preheat to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Place 1/2 cup sugar in a separate small bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter -- beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl occasionally, until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on medium until fully incorporated, about 1 minute.  With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Roll the dough into walnut size balls, roll in sugar, and arrange on baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.

Bake, switching cookies between the upper and lower racks about halfway through, until just starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the cookies from the oven and press a chocolate kiss into the center of each.

Cool the cookies on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grinch Cookies)

Ingredients
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cups semisweet chocolate chunks

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  

In a large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms.  Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.

Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set.  Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.


The Best Snickerdoodles

Ingredients
DOUGH
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream or tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

FOR ROLLING
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions
To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butters, sugars and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 3 minutes.

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the egg + vanilla and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, baking soda, cream or tartar, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.

Using a medium 2 inch cookie scoop or teaspoon, form approximately 14 equal sized mounds of dough (2 heaping tablespoons each), roll into balls and flatten slightly.

Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to 5 days.  Do not bake with unchilled dough as cookies will be thinner, flatter and more prone to spreading.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine the rolling ingredients: sugar + cinnamon and stir to combine.  Dredge each mound of dough through cinnamon sugar.

Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart and bake for about 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.


Oreo Balls
via Mix and Match Mama

Ingredients
1 package of Oreo cookies
8 ounces of plain cream cheese, softened
2 packages of Bakers White Chocolate, melted

Directions
In a food processor, finely crush an entire package of Oreo cookies.

Mix the crushed cookies and cream cheese together in a bowl.  Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.   Freeze for 10 minutes.

After, dip each ball into the melted white chocolate and place back on wax paper.

Top balls with WHATEVER!  You could do sprinkles, crushed Oreo's or my favorite: melted dark chocolate.

Place baking sheet in refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.

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Are you drooling yet?!  What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes?   

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40 comments

  1. All of these cookies look freaking delicious!!!! I would be totally ok if someone gave me a batch of any of these!
    Thanks for hosting a fun link up girl!

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  2. Yup, you totally have me wanting to bake cookies this weekend! I LOVE snickerdoodles but haven't had them in forever! And those Grinch cookies look amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. Yum to all of these, lady!!!! I'll take a box, haha!

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  4. Snicker-doodles are my all time favorite - something about them is just so good! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. My husband happened to be sitting here with me as I was reading this post and he insists those Grinch cookies get made sometime soon! He's totally right - they sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorites! I loveee mint so I will have to try the grinch cookies!

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  7. Marking this to come back to later. I make the peanut butter blossoms every year, but I think those Grinch cookies need to be added to the rotation and those Oreo balls are to die! Yum!

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  8. OH.MY.WORD... they all look delish.
    A friend knows from him every year, I just want those Peanut butter Blossom cookies. They are so good ... luckily, the hubs eats them up fast so I dont have temptation lingering too long :)

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  9. Oreo balls are sooooooo delicious! It's been a while since I've made those!!! Yum!

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  10. Oh man, all of these sound amazing!! Tomorrow night, I'm making Toll House Christmas m&m cookies for my co-workers. I feel like I need to make those Oreo balls!

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  11. My husband loves mint chocolate chip so I'm definitely going to making these, and those oreo balls, yes please!

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  12. All of these look amazing! Peanut Butter Blossoms and Snickerdoodles are my favorite!

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  13. mmmmm those oreo balls look so good and i want to make the grinch cookies! peanut butter blossoms, sugar cookies and nerds are my favorite! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  14. Yum to all of these! I love to make sugar cookies, oreo balls, Christmas candies and chocolate chip cookies. I always look forward to baking tons of treats for the holidays. Then we put together plates or a dessert buffet for family.

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  15. These ALL look delicious, but I am majorly eyeing up the 'grinch' cookies! Nothing beats peanut butter blossoms though-they are seriously a Christmas staple!

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  16. These all look amazing! Okay, I have never, ever heard of mint chocolate chip cookies... love that you call them Grinch cookies! I think my kids would LOVE those and we will have to try them out this year!!!

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  17. Cookies are seriously my biggest weakness! That first one with chocolate and peanut butter?? Sign me up!

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  18. I love Oreo balls! This post made me want to bake so bad!

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  19. All of these look amazing!! The Grinch cookies are SO fun!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  20. I love peanut butter blossoms! They are one of my favorite cookies for this time of year. Also, oreo balls are amazingly delicious!

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  21. Ok all these look awesome!! I love making Oreo balls, so easy and yummy! I may try those peanut butter blossoms for our work holiday party!

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  22. Oreo balls are to-die for, more so than just the regular cookies. I could eat an entire tray!

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  23. Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to make those Snickerdoodles!

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  24. I think my little sis and I are going to attempt grinch cookies with grinch punch!

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  25. I take those Oreo balls (minus the white chocolate) and bake them into cupcakes. They're AMAZING!

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  26. Ooooh those oreo balls look DELISH! And peanut butter blossoms are one of my oldies but goodies, they just say Christmas <3

    Green Fashionista

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  27. Those grinch cookies are calling my name!

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  28. Those Grinch cookies look delicious!

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  29. I am hoping to change up my usual baking recipes this year, and you've definitely given me lots of inspiration - I think the peanut butter ones are going to happen next week!

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  30. Yum!! I'm making snickerdoodles tonight! And oreo balls are always a hit. People LOVE them and they're so easy to make!

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  31. mmmmm all of these look delish! good thing i can't bake otherwise i'd be as big as a house!

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  32. I am drooling over the cake pops! I've been dying to make those for years now. My roommate made some this week, and although I didn't try the cake pop, I licked the icing off the pan lol.

    Kaitlyn-Danielle.blogspot.com

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  33. Mmmm peanut butter blossoms are my favorite! I can't wait to make those this year! I think I might need to try the cake pops too though.

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  34. Oh my goodness yessss! Saving ALL of these!

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  35. I tried to make oreo balls last year and they were definitely a big mess.... supposedly they were tasty, but they definitely weren't pretty. I'm craving ALLLLL the grinch cookies right now. You can drop some off to me next weekend, deal? Deal.

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  36. ooooh the mint chocolate chip sounds so good, I've never made those but I am pinning this for sure!

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  37. Wow these all look sssooo yummy. I cannot wait to try all of them out!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  38. Peanut butter blossoms are one of my all time favorites! They're good with a Reese's cup on them, too! I mean, I love PLAIN peanut butter cookies... when you add chocolate to the mix - *drool* lol

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  39. Oh my! I'll take one of each, please! But the snickerdoodles are my favorite! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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