Cranberry Fizz

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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.I’m a huge fan of easy cocktails. When I go to a fancy bar and look at the amazing combinations of flavors and bizarre concoctions they come up with, I realize the drinks I make at home simply can’t compare. What I do make, however, are simple drinks that taste good. What more do you need, really?

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love. If you want a fancy drink with black walnut bitters and habanero infused absinthe, you’re best bet is to visit any of the trendy bars in Portland, Oregon. You’ll never see me come up with something crazy like that. What you will see are drinks like this Cranberry Fizz.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.This tart and tasty cocktail starts with 100% cranberry juice, fresh orange juice, and sugar. I basically make a simple syrup by cooking these things together, but I take it a step farther and continue cooking until I end up with a thick ruby red syrup.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.You can turn this into a non-alcoholic mocktail like I did for my kids by just mixing this syrup with sparkling water, or in my case sparkling cranberry lime water. That, all by itself, is downright delicious. If you’re looking to make a cocktail, however, an ice cold shot of vodka does the trick.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.Just to make this drink extra pretty, I love freezing fresh cranberries in ice cubes. When you add a few cranberries and only fill the ice cubes wells half way up and let them freeze, you can top them with more water and freeze in order to get the cranberries to get frozen in the middle. Enjoy!

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.

Cranberry Fizz
 
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Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 2 drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • juice from one orange
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cranberry juice, sugar, and orange juice and cook until reduced by half while swirling occasionally, about 15 minutes.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. To make cocktail, combine sweetened cranberry syrup with vodka. Mix well. Divide between two ice filled glasses. Top with sparkling water.

Fruity, tart, and sparkling cocktails are always so refreshing and this Cranberry Fizz, spiked with vodka, is an easy drink you’re sure to love.
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Copycat See’s Bordeaux

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I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See’s Bordeaux!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The day has come. This is my 12th day of holiday treats, thus completing my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series. Woohoo!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Have you ever had a See’s Bordeaux? I grew up on that stuff. Every Christmas and Easter there would be no shortage of See’s candy around us, and I would always go for the Bordeaux first. I’ll take this creamy, rich, sugary bon bon over anything with nuts or caramel. I’m one of those uniquely talented folks who can identify every See’s candy from the outside before even taking a bite. I had to avoid biting into that nasty one that tastes like fruitcake, afterall. When I figured out I could actually replicate my favorite bon bon from the comfort of my own kitchen, I was a little thrilled, to put it mildly.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The inside consists of brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, and coffee. No wonder it tastes good, right? Those four ingredients alone could satisfy every sweet tooth craving I’ll ever have!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

I’m not the best chocolate dipper in the world. In fact, I think I kind of suck at it. Because my first dip wasn’t very pretty, I ended up throwing them back in for a double dip and that did the trick! I didn’t have chocolate cake sprinkles like you see on the real Bordeaux’s but knew I had to pretty them up a bit, so I just put my extra chocolate in a plastic bag, snipped off the corner, and drizzled it on top. Perfection.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

Before I took my final photos, I threw my dried bon bons in the freezer with all of my other holiday treats. I can’t remember if i simply ran out of time or ran out of daylight, but the final photos didn’t happen on the day I made them. Pity, because once you stick them in the freezer and then pull them out, the chocolate loses its shine, but we’ll just pretend I didn’t do that, mmmm kay?

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

The inside is a wonderful, sweet, rich, creamy, naughty center. Again, had I not been in a rush and actually allowed these beauties to come to room temperature instead of cutting a frozen one in half, they would have looked even more awesome, but I’m not too proud to admit my mistakes! It didn’t stop me from eating them either!

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

Be sure to scroll down past the recipe to see all of my past year’s holiday treats too!!!

Copycat See's Bordeaux
 
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I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 30 bon bons
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (I used a 0.11oz Starbucks Via pack)
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Using a heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together over medium high heat and bring to boil. Allow to boil for about two minutes.
  2. Stir in cream, instant coffee, and salt and allow to come to a boil again for about 30 seconds while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add sifted powdered sugar to mixture and stir in well until a consistent dough is formed. Chill until mixture holds shape similar to play dough, about 2 hours.
  3. Roll sugar dough into 2-inch balls and set on a wax paper lined sheet. Freeze for about 10 minutes for easier dipping.
  4. Melt chocolate and butter at 50% power in 1 minute increments in microwave, stirring after each minute, until melted.
  5. Dip candy balls into melted chocolate and allow to set on the wax paper. Either sprinkle with chocolate cake sprinkles or pipe a very thin stream of chocolate on top, if desired.
  6. Store in airtight container.

I wanted to see if I could replicate my favorite brown sugar bon bon to share as a holiday treat and the result was a perfect Copycat See's Bordeaux!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies

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Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!

Day 11 of 12!  We’re almost done!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’d better get all these treats packaged up and mailed off. My poor family may be watching all of these posts, wondering where the heck their package is!

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!

I first made little merengues like this at Halloween. I turned them into ghosts and set them on top of chocolate cupcakes. Those were pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. Meringues are really quite easy to make and they’re quite forgiving as long as you don’t make them too big and you give them the proper amount of time to dry in the oven. These little treats are essetially egg whites and sugar. No flour means they’re gluten free without the hassle of actually trying to make them gluten free, and the egg whites mean that they’re full of healthy protein and basically good for you. Right? Right. Okay, we’ll go with that. Either way, they’re a fun little addition to your holiday treat line up and they are rather easy to make. They just take a little bit of time. My recommendation is to make them in the early evening on a night when you’re using your crockpot instead of the oven, let them cook, and before heading to bed all you need to do is turn the oven off and crack the oven door. Then, they’ll be perfect in the morning!

Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!

Be sure to scroll down past the recipe to see all of my holiday treats from 2014 & 2015.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
 
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Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 120 grams egg whites (about 4 eggs worth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 200 grams superfine baking sugar (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • green gel food coloring
  • sprinkles of your choosing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Note - if you don't have super fine baking sugar, you can run it through your food processor for a minute or two to turn it into a finer grain.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on low-medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the sugar, a little at a time, and continue to beat until the meringue holds very stiff peaks. When you think they're done, rub a small amount in between your fingers to ensure all the sugar has dissolved. Do not over process; you want them to have a nice sheen. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint extract. Add enough green gel food coloring to achieve desired color.
  4. Use either a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch star tip, or just a plastic storage bag with the corner snipped off. Transfer the meringue to the bag and, holding the bag vertically, pipe with even pressure little swirly mounds about 1-2 inches tall. Be aware that the larger and taller you make your meringues, the more likely they are to fall over during the drying process.
  5. Bake the meringues for approximately 90 minutes or until they are dry and crisp to the touch. Turn off the oven, open the door, and leave the meringues in the oven to finish drying several hours, or even overnight.
  6. Store in air tight container and they will keep several days at room temperature.
  7. Makes 20-24 Meringue Ghosts.
Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies are a light and crisp bite sized sweet treat that everyone will love around the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows

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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s’mores will never be the same!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Welcome to day 10 of 12!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I couldn’t NOT make marshmallows, right?  I mean, I made peppermint marshmallows last Christmas and strawberry marshmallows over the summer, so I’ve started my own personal trend and anticipate making at least a couple different kinds of marshmallows each year going forward. It’s kinda my thing now.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

I never quite know if my marshmallows are going to turn out when I deviate from my original recipe. For example, I pretty much took my original recipe and added melted dark chocolate to the mix for this version. I really wasn’t sure if that would completely ruin these marshmallows by changing the consistency, but I’m beginning to realize that marshmallows are incredibly forgiving. These were absolutely wonderful!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Can you imagine how good these would be melted on a graham cracker or floating in a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate? I don’t have to imagine it, I’m able to remember it, because I did both!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

And since I was dipping all sorts of things in chocolate this year, I figured I might as well dip some of these marshmallows in chocolate. Yeah, that was a good decision.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

If you’re looking for a new treat to make and have never tried making marshmallows, they’re not only fun to make but they’re really fun to eat!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Chocolate Marshmallows
 
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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 100 marshmallows
Ingredients
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used ultra fine baking sugar)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with the ice cold water and give it a swirl to ensure the gelatin doesn't clump. Let sit.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Heat on medium high with the lid on for a few minutes to bring it to a boil. Then, remove the lid and heat on high heat until a candy thermometer reads exactly 240 degrees F. As soon as it reaches temperature, remove it from the heat.
  3. With the whisk attached to the stand mixer, start mixing the gelatin and water on low speed. Slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl. Once all of the hot sugar mixture has been added, turn the speed to high and continue to mix until you get a beautiful white marshmallow mixture that is just warm to the touch, about 8-12 minutes. While this is mixing, melt chocolate in microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring after each minute. With the mixer still running, add melted chocolate and mix for one more minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray as well as a rubber spatula. Add about 1/3 of the corn starch blend, then shake the pan to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Use spatula to transfer the marshmallow mixture from the bowl to the baking dish and spread into an even layer. Top with half of the remaining corn starch mixture, and spread it across the top to cover. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered 4-10 hours.
  5. Lift the marshmallows out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into desired shapes and then roll each individual marshmallow in remaining corn starch mixture to coat all sticky sides.
  6. Store in air tight container. They can also be frozen, if needed.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Striped Chocolate Cookies

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Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Welcome to Day 9 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I can’t believe I actually finished all of my recipes!  I still have three more to post, but they are all done and photographed. Whew. I don’t know how I did it, but I am so ready for a vacation.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

These cookies almost didn’t happen, folks. When I plan out a dozen holiday recipes, the rolled cookies are usually the ones I end up loathing. After I make super simple treats like buckeye balls or peppermint patties, I find myself asking “WHY?” when I start the process of mixing, rolling, refrigerating, etc. Because of that, this recipe alternated on and off my list several times. In the end, I finally committed and I’m so glad I did!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

First of all, I have to admit that these are one of the best tasting cookies I’ve ever made. The chocolate layer is rich and dark and the white layer has a hint of peppermint. Its the perfect flavor combination. Plus, the texture is downright perfect.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Second, I have to admit I’m a huge fan of how cute they turned out. My first objective was to actually turn them into little spiral pinwheels, but as I started to roll the dough layers, it was clear that was not going to happen… successfully. It was at that point that I stacked them and I’m so glad I did!  I almost named them jailhouse cookies because it looks like they’re behind bars, but I opted for a more obvious name.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

If you make one cookie this year, this should be it. I’m giving my vote to the striped cookies and I’m electing to stash away some for myself. Enjoy!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 6 dozen
Ingredients
Peppermint Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Chocolate Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
For the peppermint dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, confectioners sugar, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and peppermint extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
For the chocolate dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
To make the striped cookie:
  1. Roll each of the doughs to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick and do your best to make them the same size. Using a cup of water, wet your finger tips and barely moisten the top of one dough and the bottom of the other so that when you stack them, they stick together under gentle pressure. Using a straight edge (I used a long frosting spreader as a guide), use a pizza cutter to cut the stacked dough into 1 inch wide strips. Its important that these strips are straight and uniform length.
  2. Stack these bi-colored strips, moistening each layer so that they stick when stacked. Continue stacking until you have the desired height (I did a total of 8 layers). Use a sharp knife to cut 1/4 inch thick cookies. Trim any uneven edges with a sharp knife.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the cookies at least 1/2 inch apart from one another and bake in preheated oven until the white dough is just beginning to brown, about 16 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  4. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to cook to reduce spreading during baking.
  5. Store in airtight container in freezer for longer storage.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Day 8 of my 12 Days of Holidays Treats series already? Wow!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

The funniest thing I have to say about this recipe is this: When I asked my husband if he wanted to try one, he made an ugly face and said “I don’t like peppermint patties”.  Then, later on he must have forgotten what I had made because he ate one and said “Those are really good”. So typical.

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

The funny story I have to go along with this recipe has to do with my video. We recently got into making food videos because all the cool kids are doing it. We’ve been trying really hard to knock out two videos a week – one for an old recipe and one for a new recipe. Well, this week our new recipe was these peppermint patties. Having never made them, I just assumed they’d be really easy so they’d be a perfect choice for making a video. Well, these are quite easy to make, but the chocolate part took a wee bit of finesse. You see, the first time I tried dipping one of the peppermint slices, it was at room temperature. If you put a room temperature mixture of powdered sugar, butter, and cream into a bowl of warm chocolate, what do you think happens? Well, if you guessed that it melted, you’re smarter than I am. I lost about three casualties to the warm chocolate bath before I figured I had to try a different method. I ended up going with the piping method, which ended up being quite the catastrophe off camera as well because we lost the tip somewhere in the bag and melted chocolate flowed freely everywhere. Sort of funny, mostly not funny, now that I look back. Long story short, we figured out how to successfully coat them in the chocolate and I also managed to make a couple other recommendations in the recipe if you need alternative methods. Either way, these little bite sized chocolate peppermint bombs are pretty much to die for and the homemade version blows anything pre-packaged out of the water!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Patties
 
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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • optional: crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and heavy cream. Mix them with a stand mixer and paddle attachment or a hand mixer until the mixture comes together. You may need to use your hands to form the final sugar dough.
  2. Over a long sheet of plastic wrap, form the peppermint dough into a long log, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. When ready to make the candy, combine the chocolate with the butter in a bowl and microwave at half power for one minute at a time, stirring in between each minute, until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Slice the peppermint dough into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Lay out a piece of wax paper to put your finished patty on.
  5. I found three ways to successfully coat them in chocolate without having them melt in the bowl of chocolate. First, you can pipe the chocolate onto the wax paper, add the peppermint slice, pipe more chocolate on top, and then use a toothpick to spread if needed. Second, you can freeze the individual slices and then dip in the chocolate. Third, you can allow the slices to sit out until they dry a bit and then dip them.
  6. While chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  7. Store in airtight container or storage bag. Freezes well.

Recipe adapted from Oh Nuts

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

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Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

Welcome to day 7 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

That means we’re more than half way done and I’m happy to say that I have actually completed all twelve of the recipes. I have yet to edit all the photos and write the posts, but at least everything is made and is ready to be packaged up and shipped off to my relatives. Christmas cards? Check. Cookies? Check. And its not even December. Woohoo!

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

Today I’m sharing with you these amazing cookies. The most important thing that I can tell you about these cookies other than about how incredibly good they taste, is that they flatten out when cooking. Beware! There is something you can do to prevent this, however. I cooked these in three different batches so I know exactly what works best. First, I love to bake on stone but also have a very large metal baking sheet and often use both when I cook so I can determine which works best with either recipe. The metal sheet works best with this recipe because it gets hot faster. With a stone, it heats up at the same rate as your cookie. that’s perfect if you want a golden cookie top and bottom, but not if you want your cookie in and out of the oven as quick as possible.

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

Second, you want your dough COLD. The colder it is, the less it will spread. The batch that I put in the oven after the dough had come to room temperature completely flattened out. You may even want to consider rolling your balls and popping them in the freezer for 5 minutes prior to cooking. I did this and it worked great!

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

One of the things I really love about these cookies is that the cookies, themselves, aren’t very sweet. In fact, they’re rather boring except for being incredibly soft. But, when you top them with that warm brown sugar frosting that immediately sets with a beautiful sheen, everything instantly becomes right in the world. The final product is a gorgeous simple and classic cookie that everyone will love!

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

 

Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
 
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Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 3 dozen
Ingredients
Cookies:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Brown Sugar Frosting
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
Pecan halves or chopped pecans for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (several minutes). Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the chopped pecans. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Once the dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies will flatten out while cooking if the dough isn't VERY cold. You may also choose to create your dough balls and freeze 5 minutes prior to baking. These also cook best on a metal baking sheet as opposed to stone. Bake for 10 minutes or until set. The cookies should just start to lightly brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare your frosting. In a pot over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and salt.
  7. Then, stir in the confectioner's sugar. Whisk or beat with an electric mixer until smooth. The frosting will firm up as it cools.
  8. Add about 1 tablespoon of frosting to each cookie. You must work quickly while the frosting is hot as it will immediately set. If it starts to not look so pretty when you add it to the cookies, heat it slightly to bring it back to the consistency you like. Top with a pecan half.
  9. Store the cookies in an air tight container once fully cooled and the frosting has set.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

Super soft Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies with a brown sugar frosting are an easy to make treat perfect year round, or for the holidays, that everyone will love!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Eggnog Fudge

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The holidays just aren’t the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.

The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.

Day 6 of my 12 Days of Holiday treats already? Its not even December yet! Trust me, I’m not normally this prepared. Except when it comes to food. Food rules my life in the best way possible.

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Every year I make some kind of fudge during the holidays. First year was my five minute fudge that was wildly popular and even mentioned on The Tonight Show! Next year was my Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge which arguably may have been the best thing I’ve ever made. I was all about browned butter that year. This year I present to you eggnog fudge. Kinda perfect for Christmas, dontcha think?

The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.

You ever look on the back of a marshmallow creme jar and there’s a fudge recipe?  Its a very popular recipe that has been around for years and years that basically tells you how to make fudge with sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow creme, and chocolate. This recipe basically uses that one as a starting point but I also referred to my friend Jaime Lyn of I Heart Naptime because she made a beautiful Eggnog Fudge. The end result was this rather easy to make holiday calorie cube, as I like to call it!

The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.

Besure to scroll past the recipe below to see all of my holiday treats from 2014 and 2015. Warning – very high sugar and fat content below!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

 

Eggnog Fudge
 
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The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 100 pieces
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized pot over medium high heat, combine sugar, butter, and eggnog. Allow to come to a full boil while stirring to avoid scorching until the mixture reaches 234 degrees F. As soon as the mixture hits temperature, remove it from heat and stir in the white chocolate until it has fully melted. Add the marshmallow creme, vanilla extract, and nutmeg and stir until smooth.
  3. Immediately pour into prepared pan and allow to fully cool at room temperature. When ready to cut, transfer to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into 10x10 rows. You can soak the knife in a glass of hot water and wipe clean in between cuts, if desired.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze. Best if eaten within three weeks.

The holidays just aren't the same without homemade fudge, and this Eggnog Fudge made from a traditional recipe is a sweet and easy Christmas dessert.

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits

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Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.
Have you ever had someone give you a cookie kit before? Every year I tell myself to make a bunch of them to hand out to friends, co-workers, and teachers and I never have. That is, until this year. I finally put together some of my own homemade cookie kits and I was not only impressed with how easy they were to make, but they made a super tasty cookie as well!

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

I couldn’t just put a kit together without trying it out first, now could I? Okay, okay. The fact that I had a major cookie craving may have played into the fact that I made a batch as well. You caught me.

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

When I was trying to think about the kind of cookie kit I wanted to make, I figured I had two options – chocolate candy pieces or dried fruit. I wanted something colorful that would look appropriate for the holidays. I ended up going with cranberry and white chocolate because the tart of the cranberries pairs so well with the sweet and creamy white chocolate, plus who doesn’t love red and white at Christmas time? The mix also contains pecan pieces and rolled oats for texture, and the rest of the ingredients you’d expect in a cookie like sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

I picked up a few sparkly fabrics to decorate the lids only to realize they were tulle and rather transparent. Thanks to my quick thinking and lack of other craft materials in my house, I figured a brown coffee filter would do the trick between the metal lid and the tulle. It ended up looking super cute and only took a few minutes to make.

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

These cookie kits are super easy to make, whether you’re putting together one or twenty at a time. They’re one of those homemade, inexpensive gifts that make for a really nice gesture. Who wouldn’t want something like this where they only have to mix in three wet ingredients and 12 minutes later they have warm delicious cookies in front of them? I would… which is why I kept a couple kits for myself!

Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
Mason Jar Cookie Kits
 
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Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun to make gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 18 cookies
Ingredients
layered in jar:
  • 1 cup plus 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
additional ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
For the mason jar:
  1. Use a clean 1 quart or 1 liter jar. First combine the flour with the baking soda and salt. Then, mix the sugars together before adding to jar to prevent clumping. Then, to layer add half of the flour mixture to the jar, followed by the oats, then the remaining flour mixture. Top with layers of the sugar mixture, then the cranberries, followed by the white chocolate chips, and finally with the chopped pecans.
For the directions:
  1. Create gift tags with the following instructions: Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, cream 1/2 cup very soft butter until smooth. Stir in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. 3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on wire racks.
Cranberry White Chocolate Mason Jar Cookie Kits are fun homemade gifts that beautifully display the dry ingredients of a tasty holiday cookie.
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Gingerbread Crinkles

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Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Welcome to Day 5 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

It’s pretty much a given that you have to include some kind of gingerbread treat at Chritmas time. There’s just something magical about the taste of gingerbread. Or is it the smell? Oh how I love the smell of Christmas. Yesterday was the day after Thanksgiving. I absolutely hate to shop, so any Black Friday shopping is done from the comfort of my home office. I learned my lesson 8 years ago after standing in line at 4am on a freezing morning with a newborn in tow just to get into Toys R Us to buy a train table that didn’t fit in my car. Never again. Anyway, since that year of bad Black Friday decisions, our family tradition has been to get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Living in Oregon, I get to choose from the freshest, most gorgeous noble firs from a farm just down the street. Now, my living room is filled with the sent of Christmas! Oh, how I love the smell.

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

If you want your kitchen to smell divine, you must make these cookies. I’ve made crinkles before, but I’ve always just rolled them in powdered sugar. This time, however, I rolled them first in granulated sugar and then powdered sugar. This helped in two ways. First, it gave the outside a surprise crunch which made my mouth very happy. Second, it protected the powdered sugar from dissolving into the melted butter so it made the cookies extra pretty.

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Not only do these cookies taste amazing, but they are so visually pleasing. I don’t know what it is about a soft and chewy crinkle, but they are pure goodness!

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see all of my holiday recipes from the last couple of years.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

 

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Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 3 dozen
Ingredients
cookie:
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
for baking:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugars, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt at low speed until combined. Stop the mixer and add the butter. Mix at medium-low speed until the mixture is sandy and the dry ingredients are coated in butter, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and, with the mixer running, gradually add the molasses and heavy cream. Mix until the dough is evenly moistened, about 20 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix until thoroughly combined, about 10 seconds.
  2. Transfer the dough to a large piece of plastic wrap, shape into a disk, wrap tightly and freeze until firm, 20 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, refrigerate the dough 2 hours or overnight.
  3. To bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Roll chilled dough into tablespoon sized balls. Roll each dough ball in the granulated sugar first until coated and then roll again in confectioners sugar until coated evenly. Place the sugar coated dough balls 1-inch apart from each other on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cookies until set in the centers, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven when they start to crack. Do not over bake. Cool the cookies on the sheets 2 minutes, then remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

recipe inspired by If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Crinkles are a soft and chewy cookie full of molasses and holiday spice. They are the perfect Christmas treat!
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