Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Candy Cane Hershey's Kiss Cookies

I kind of came upon this recipe accidentally. I needed to buy some chocolate Hershey's kisses for another recipe. But I had a coupon for $1.10 off 2 and they were on sale so I had to buy 2 bags. I thought I would try the candy cane kisses and I am so glad I did! The recipe is actually on the back of the package and it is amazing! I used green and red sprinkles and nonpareils instead of colored sugar like they recommend but otherwise I followed the recipe. I think you could use any kind of sprinkle you like as long as they aren't too big. These cookies do not only taste good but are also very cute! I just love a cute yummy cookie!

Matias helped me put the kisses in place so sorry if they aren't perfectly centered kisses!
Candy Cane Hershey's Kiss Cookie

1 bag Hershey's Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green sprinkles or nonpareils

Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. (I measured my dough with a Tablespoon to make sure all of my cookies turned out the same size) Roll in red and/or green sprinkles or nonpareils. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 - 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

M&M Christmas Cookies

These M&M Christmas Cookies are so yummy! They have M&M's and white chocolate chips. How could they not be good? We loved them! And I loved letting Matias sort the red and green M&M's! I hope your family enjoys them as much as we did!

M&M Christmas Cookies

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 Egg yolks only
Green and red food coloring
1 bag red and green M&Ms, separated 
2 cup white chocolate chips

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  In a separate bowl, mix butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients until combined. Add egg yolks and combine.
Separate batter in half.
To one half, add green food coloring and mix until well blended. Add red M&Ms and 1 cup white chocolate chips to green batter.
To the other half, add red food coloring and mix until well blended. Add green M&Ms and 1 cup white chocolate chips red batter.
Using a cookie scoop drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

I love baking and decorating cookies (and so do my kids)! So each week leading up to Christmas we made a different Christmas cookie. The first cookie was my Grandma's Sugar Cookie recipe. Titan got one cookie with icing and just picked off all of the icing while Matias and I finished icing the rest. It was so much fun and I love all of the memories we made! I've posted this cookie recipe before so here is the link to the recipe... Grandma's Sugar Cookies.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sugar Cookies

This is my Grandma's Sugar Cookies recipe that has been used in my family for years! I have posted this recipe before. Out of all of the cookies I made for Thanksgiving, these are still my favorite! They also freeze really well. So usually when I bake them I freeze half of them for later.

Berry Shortbread Dreams

I LOVE these cookies! They are delicious! They are the perfect size and perfect sweetness. The tart raspberry jam and the almond extract in the cookie meld together perfectly! 
These cookies will melt in your mouth!

Sorry, I had already packaged these cookies before I realized that I hadn't taken a picture. Not the best picture.
Berry Shortbread Dreams

1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1/3 to 1/2 cup seedless jam

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 to 3 teaspoons water

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the extract; gradually add flour until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center. Fill with jam. Bake at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spoon additional jam into cookies if desired. Combine powdered sugar, extract and enough water to achieve drizzling consistency; drizzle over cookies. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

I have to admit that I do not like these cookies because I do not like peanut butter desserts of any sort. I like peanut butter & apples, peanut butter & bananas and peanut butter & jelly, but no peanut butter desserts. I made these cookies for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. They were the first peanut butter cookies I had ever made! They said they were good! So if you like peanut butter desserts you will probably like these cookies!
The ones on the left have regular cream filling and the ones on the right have peanut butter cream filling.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

1 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 cup cream peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cream peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 to 6 Tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/8 inch thickness with fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool. For filling, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie.

*I made my cookies slightly larger so I had to bake mine longer. But I think smaller is better with these cookies because they are so rich! So next time (if there is a next time) I will make them smaller.

*I also did half with peanut butter filling and half with just the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk filling.

This recipe was from Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Theses cookies are AMAZING! They have a chocolate dough and chocolate chips! But the best part is that they are so so chewy and soft! I hate crisp hard cookies so anytime I say a cookie is good that means its soft and chewy! 
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars together until well blended and very light. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. In a separate bowl, stir dry ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix well. Add chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours. (if you want perfectly shaped cookies) Drop by rounded tablespoons full (or use a cookie scoop) onto greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. (I flip my pan around half way through baking to ensure even baking) Remove from oven and leave on pan for 2 minutes. Then transfer cookies to cooling rack. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love these cookies around the holidays! They are incredibly moist and the nutmeg just adds a little something special! 
Hope you enjoy them!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup Butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking Powder
1 teaspoon baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add to pumpkin mixture and blend well. Add chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. (If you want perfectly shaped cookies) Drop by rounded tablespoons (or use a cookie scoop) on to a well greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees fro 15 minutes. I always flip my pan around half way through the baking time to ensure even baking. Enjoy!