Christmas Cookie Favorites!

December 16th, 2010

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? Is there one that you have to have every year? Here are a few favorites…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: I love these! delicious bites of brownie cookies. They are really easy if you need to bring something to a holiday party because everyone loves them and they pack easily!

Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies: These are my family’s favorite!  One year I didn’t want to make them in an effort to save some calories.  Well, my family was not to happy so I had to make them anyway.  The key is to not over cook them so they remain soft.

Depression Bars: It really is not Christmas without these… delicious!

Macarons: These are not traditional Christmas cookies but this year I have visions of red and green macarons. I’ll keep you posted on what transpires.

Truffles: A great gift idea! or for private consumption!

Getting out of a Slump and Giveaway Winner

December 1st, 2010

Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions for helping me get out of my slump…  Some of the common themes included baking something tried and true (such as chocolate chip cookies) and giving them away… mmm… well, I decided to make my family’s favorite chocolate chip cookies… and bring them to school for the last week of class… Also, I am happy to announce that LAURA is the winner of the WEBstaurantStore giveaway!  Congratulations!

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

These are my family’s favorite holiday cookies… a Christmas can’t go by without me baking them…  ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter (don’t use reduced fat)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well.
3. Add the dry ingredients (can always mix the dry ingredients on wax paper and then add).
4. Shape in 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. (for soft cookies take them out at 12 minute when the cracks in the cookies still look a little moist. They will continue to cook a little after you remove them from the oven and will not become as hard.)
6. Remove from oven and press the kiss on. Allow to cool until the kiss has rehardened.