I have planned for a couple of weeks to bake today, but for now I'm taking a break to share my baking list with you. These are the goodies I am making, and links to where I found them. If you haven't done your Christmas baking yet, these are very good recipes, and they are easy to make. I employed my KitchenAid mixer to help me, as well as my husband (who is home for the holidays--yay!) and my children.
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
We love red velvet cake, so I was really interested in making these. I modified the recipe just a bit, and replaced lemon zest with crushed candy canes and an 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract. Of course, I had to sample one when they were done, and they are fabulous! Click here for the link to the recipe.
|Picture courtesy of Duncan Hines|
Chocolate Chip Cookie Base
The reason I say "base" is because I usually make a chocolate chip cookie dough, but then I modify the goodies. Rather than just sticking with semi-sweet chocolate chips, we add things like mini M&M's, white chocolate, dark chocolate, nuts, etc. When I'm trying to get rid of several left-over ingredients at once, I call them "garbage cookies". Click here for the link to the recipe I used as the base.
|Picture courtesy of Hershey|
Classic Rolled Sugar Cookies
I have an old Betty Crocker cookbook that's maybe 20 years old. However, the recipes are still classics, so I went with the classic rolled sugar cookie recipe. My neighbor loves it when I make these. I think because it saves her from baking them. She has put her order in for this year too! Since I need to chill the dough in the refrigerator for two hours, I don't have completed cookie pictures to show yet. I doubled the recipe that's in my cookbook, but the following link contains the recipe already doubled. Click here for the link to the recipe.
I'll never claim to be a genius when it comes to Christmas cookies. I always like to go with classic recipes that are easy to manage and easily modified to put my custom spin on it. It saves me time that is better spent visiting with family and friends.
I have a few more recipes to get started on, so I'll post those when I get them done. I hope you have enjoyed what I posted so far, and I look forward to sharing my next batch of recipes with you!
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