Roll-Out Sugar Cookies

Day Three of a Week of Christmas Treats, and today’s recipe has been a long time coming. I feel a little guilty that I haven’t yet shared this recipe. But better late than never!

I’ve been making this particular cookie recipe for 2 years now. The dough rolls out like a dream. The baked cookie holds it’s shape without sacrificing flavor or texture. And It’s the perfect canvas for both beautiful royal icing and tasty buttercream. It’s the same recipe I use when throwing a cookie decorating party and every year for Christmas. In fact, I’ll be tagging this recipe as a Baking Basic, because I think everyone needs a great sugar cookie recipe under their belt.

 

For decorating I used Sugarbelle’s royal icing recipe. I allowed the cookies to rest over night (I feel like decorating the same day leads to a funky royal icing texture/look) and then piped the outlines (with a pastry bag and small round tip) and let it dry for an hour or so. Once the outline was dry, I flooded the cookie with the desired color (using squeeze bottles). To make a the heart and swirl effects, while the flooded icing was still wet, I dropped small drops of a different color and then used a toothpick to drag through the dot. One day I’ll slow down and take pictures of my own process, but in the meantime there are lots of other super helpful tutorials.

To add to the fun I invited the girls I used to nanny over for cookie decorating fun. This was, I think, the third time I’ve decorated cookies with them, so by now they are pros.

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 –