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Last Minute Christmas Cookies for Santa Claus

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Last Minute Christmas Cookies for Santa Claus

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Christmas means COOKIES! As well an abundance of other sweet and treats - and who doesn't love stuffing their face with cookies like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Cookie trays are a staple of the holiday season too. While everyone else gifts boxes of chocolate, just spend an afternoon baking and you'll have enough cookies to gift to all your friends and family.

Peanut Butter Blossoms


Possibly the most classic Christmas cookie, aside from Gingerbread men and decorated sugar cookies, is the peanut butter blossom. This is my modified version of it - turns out if you don't have Hershey kisses, you can totally still make them! I was halfway through making the cookies before I realized I forgot to buy chocolate kisses. 

I just so happened to have chocolate buttons, also known as chocolate melts, in my pantry that worked out just as well. And even though they don't look particularly traditional, they tasted just the same. I kind of look the 'sleek' look of an old favorite.


Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Another fun twist on a classic cookie: sugar cookie pinwheels! Colored sugar cookie dough is rolled thin and then layered to create this crazy effect.  For some extra fun, the cookies can also be rolled in sprinkles.

The best part about these pinwheel cookies is that they only look complicated to make!


Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

Cookies may be the champions of Christmas, but muffins are certainly a welcome addition to any cookie platter in my opinion. These chocolate muffins have a cheesecake filling that's colored with red, green and white sprinkles to add some holiday cheer.

Plus, I made my muffins mini so they are easy to sneak into your mouth in a single bite. And trust me when I say, these things are straight addictive!


Hot Cocoa Candy Cane Cookies

It's hard to celebrate Christmas and not find at least one candy cane in your house. These cookies use hot cocoa powder for their chocolaty taste and crushed candy canes for a burst of pepperminty goodness. 

It's like the holiday season all wrapped up into one cookie.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS

I'll be back next week with more delicious recipes!

Categories: Dessert , Holiday Recipes , Christmas

Tags: Cookies , Christmas Cookies

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Last Minute Christmas Cookies for Santa Claus

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (+ more for rolling)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • chocolate buttons or kisses, for topping

Here's How:

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and egg and beat until smooth.
  2. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until a soft dough forms. Measure out about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball.
  3. In a small bowl filled with sugar, roll the balls of dough so they are covered in sugar. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with silicone mats or parchment paper, about two inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven and gently press a chocolate button or kiss into the center of each. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Christmas Pin Wheel Cookies

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  • 2 cups flour + more for dusting
  • 1 cup butter, cut into squares and room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon green gel food coloring

Here's How:

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  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Mix in the egg, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Sift in the flour and beat until a soft dough forms.
  2. Divide the dough into three equal portions. When not working with the dough, keep it wrapped in plastic and chill in the fridge. Take a single portion and mix in the red food coloring until the dough is a sufficient red color. Repeat with the green food gel and another portion of dough. Leave the final portion plain. Wrap all three, separately, in plastic wrap and chill for at least and hour.
  3. Lightly flour a smooth surface. Working on one color at a time, roll the dough thin. Once it's about half a centimeter in thickness, transfer the sheet of dough onto plastic wrap and press a second piece of plastic wrap on top. I placed each of these flattened layers on a cookie sheet and chilled for another hour.
  4. Take all three sheets of dough out of the fridge. Remove the plastic wrap and sandwich the plain/white layer between the red and green layers. Gently press the layers together. Trim the edges so that they are all straight. Roll the layers of dough into a log shape. Wrap plastic tightly around the dough and chill again for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and cut into pieces an even 1/2 inch thickness. Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone mats. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed up and cooked through.
  6. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. They will finish baking on the hot tray. After about ten minutes, transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

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  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup + 1/3 sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup bakers chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Christmas sprinkles

Here's How:

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in thew water and vegetable oil. Beat in the white vinegar and vanilla until a smooth batter forms. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the cream cheese, egg, the remaining sugar and a couple tablespoons of your favorite Christmas sprinkles, for color.
  3. Grease a mini muffin tin and line with paper baking cups. Measure about a half to full tablespoon of batter into each cup. Then measure about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each muffin. Use a toothpick to swirl around the cheesecake filling.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the muffins are puffed up and the cheesecake as settled into the center. Rest in the tins for 5-10 minutes after removing from the oven then tip out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Peppermint Cookies

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup hot cocoa mix
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup white chocolate melts
  • 2-4 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Here's How:

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Stir in the hot cocoa mix along with the flour until a soft dough forms.
  2. Use a ice cream scoop to measure out portions of cookie dough. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat, about 3 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are puffed up and just beginning to crack on top.
  3. Remove the cookies from the oven and let rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  4. While the cookies cool, melt the white chocolate in a wide mouth bowl or jar. Crush the candy canes in a plastic baggie.
  5. Dip each cookie into the melted white chocolate so that it is covering half of the cookie in an even smooth layer. Place the cookies on a parchment lined surface. While the cookies are still wet, sprinkle the crushed candy canes onto each cookie as desired. Let the white chocolate set (you can speed this up by popping into the fridge for a few minutes). Enjoy!

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