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Craveworthy Christmas Cookies

By: Kristen Finstad

 

From stocking-shaped, frosting-covered sugar cookies to your classic chocolate chip, Christmas cookie season is here! Whether you’re looking for some simple and delicious recipes for your office cookie exchange, or just looking to wow your family at this year’s celebration, we’ve got three recipes you’re going to want to try. Commence mouth watering.

 

This past weekend, I met up with Amanda and her mom, Linda, for a day filled with Christmas music and cookie baking. We each tackled one cookie variety, and then exchanged with each other so that we left with three types of cookies! Here’s what we made:

 

Kristen’s Recipe:

Candy Cane Oatmeal Cookies

What you’ll need:

1½ cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup dry oatmeal
1 cup peppermint crunch (or crushed candy canes)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Lightly spray baking sheets with cooking spray and then set aside.

 

In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter until creamy.  Beat in sugar and brown sugar.  Next, beat in eggs one at a time.  Finally, beat in vanilla.

 

In a second mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

 

Slowly beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated.

 

Stir in one cup of dry oatmeal and one cup of peppermint crunch.

 

Drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Remove from oven and serve warm or keep in an airtight container to be enjoyed later.

These are so simple, and yet so unique! I was so excited to try these out, and they didn’t disappoint! I highly recommend. 🙂
Linda’s Recipe:
So, get this: the recipe for this cookie is the exact same as the candy cane oatmeal, except different add-ins. You’ll see what I mean.
You’ll need:
1½ cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Lightly spray baking sheets with Pam and then set aside.

 

In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter until creamy.  Beat in sugar and brown sugar.  Next, beat in eggs one at a time.  Finally, beat in vanilla.

 

In a second mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

 

Slowly beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated.

 

Beat in two tablespoons of cinnamon.

 

Drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes.

 

Remove from oven and serve warm or keep in an airtight container to be enjoyed later.

And that’s it! Did you catch the one difference between the snickerdoodle cookies and the candy cane oatmeal cookies? Instead of adding in the oatmeal and peppermint crunch, you just add in cinnamon! Mix and Match Mama’s blog features so many more cookies that you can make with this same base dough – so if you’re looking to whip out a huge variety of cookies without stocking up on ingredients, this is your recipe. Check it out here.
Amanda’s Recipe:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If a brownie and a cookie had a baby, you’d get these. They are delightful, and surprisingly simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
~1/2 cup powdered sugar (for coating)

In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth and shiny.

In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the cocoa mixture with a wooden spoon just until smooth.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Prepare 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 2 inch balls. Coat each ball in icing sugar and place onto cookie sheets. Leave some space because they will spread.

Bake for 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies, and 12-14 minutes for larger cookies. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

There you have it! Three super simple, super delicious cookie recipes for all your holiday gatherings this year. Which are you most excited to try? Share with us in the comments!

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