Secret Kiss Snowball Cookies

It’s day two of my Week of Christmas Treats and I’m super excited about today’s recipe. Chocolate and mint are like the Christmas version of peanut butter and jelly. A match made — in the North pole. 🙂

A few weeks ago, I asked readers what their must-have holiday cookie is each year. The question had a bit of an ulterior motive, as I was looking for some more ideas for this week of cookies. Melissa, over at I Was Born to Cook, said that her must-have cookie is Hidden Kisses. I was intrigued, and filed the idea away. It must have been what I was thinking of when I impulsively bought a bag of Mint Truffle Kisses at the store the next day. Then last week Nikki, from Pennies on a Platter, shared a similar cookie, but with a chocolate cookie base. I just knew the chocolate version would be a perfect match for my Mint Truffle Kisses.

I was right, the pairing was awesome. Like an Andes Mint cookie. Mine did spread a little more than Nikki’s, but once they were rolled in powdered sugar it didn’t matter. Knowing that Jesse prefer chocolate/peanut butter, I also surprised him by using Reese’s cups in a few of the cookies instead. He seemed to think those were the bomb, but also was a fan of the mint truffle cookies. Personally, for this season I prefer the mint. 🙂

 

 

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

I sure hope you’re ready for some cookies, because I’ve got a weeks worth coming your way! Just like last year, I’m going to be sharing a new cookie recipe every day this week.

To kick start the week, I bring you Giant Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies. When Jesse came home and saw these cookies on the counter I even heard him say, “Wow, these cookies are huge!” It may not come across perfectly in the photo, but they are!

These cookies are a bit drier than the typical peanut butter cookie recipe that I use, but that provides a sturdier cookie base that won’t spread and is over an inch thick. Of course, the best part of the cookie is the chocolate. Basically a full pound of giant chunks of semi-sweet chocolate. Yes, Santa will require a full large glass of milk with these cookies.

 

 

 

Tis the Season

Starting Monday I’m going to be dedicating a whole week to Christmas cookies and treats. I can already feel my waistband tightening. Mmmmm….

But, if you just can’t wait and need to bake something this weekend – check out some of these ideas from last year!

Thumbprint Cookies

Homemade Milano Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Almond Flavored Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Still want more? Not to worry, I have a few more ideas –

Butterscotch and Pecan Pumpkin Cookies

As I promised on Monday, today I have a pumpkin recipe to share! These cookies have been a work in progress in my mind since the summer (when baking with pumpkin felt like wearing white after labor day). I envisioned a soft, cakey cookie with a punch of butterscotch and the warmth of spiced rum soaked pecans. Now that fall is in full swing, the cookie of my dreams has finally come to life!

Every year my mom and her sister make a sweet treat called Bourbon Balls to give away for Christmas. Bourbon Balls are basically nuts that have been soaked in liquor and dipped in chocolate. Inevitably, there is always at least one jar of soaked nuts left after all of the Bourbon Balls have been made. One year I decided to throw the leftover soaked nuts into my favorite pumpkin blondie recipe and I could not believe how amazing they tasted. You couldn’t really distinguish the bourbon, but there was this added warmth that was incredible. That’s what I had in mind when I thought of these cookies.

In order for the flavor to really shine through, I would recommend soaking the pecans at least 24 hours ahead of time. Of course you don’t have to soak your pecans in spiced rum, it’s not like you can go wrong with the pumpkin, butterscotch, pecan combo on it’s own. You could probably even get away with a shorter soak. But if you do take the time to do it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.