Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

Isn’t it funny that chocolate dipped strawberries represent romance. Have you ever tried eating one in front of someone? They are quite possibly the most unromantic food out there. Think about it. You take a bite and the chocolate breaks into dozens of pieces.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

At this point, you’re left with two choices: do I let the chocolate fall or do I try to catch the falling pieces with my mouth. Neither option is ideal. Despite being one of the most awkward treats you can attempt to eat in front of someone, the perfection of chocolate and strawberries together cannot be denied. That is why I especially love these cookies.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

For this recipe, I used my no-fail faithless chocolate chip cookie recipe. I found it years ago and have never strayed since. I know from past experience that strawberries are actually a very wet fruit and can drastically change baked goods, so I knew putting fresh strawberries in the mix was out. Freeze dried strawberries were the answer. Not only did they add the full flavor you’d expect from deliciously red ripe strawberries, but it added a wonderful moist chewy factor to the cookie.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

The cookies were already dynamite to begin with, but the strawberries made them over-the-top good.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.

So, if you were considering making a batch of chocolate covered strawberries to impress a loved one this Valentine’s Day, I urge you to consider all things and make these cookies instead!

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Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened Coupons
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup semi dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg, mixing well. Add flour mixture, and beat slowly to incorporate, then faster to blend well. Stir in chocolate chips and freeze dried strawberries.
  4. Drop batter in heaping tablespoons portions about 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until edges of cookies are brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool on pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store in airtight container, or freeze for longer storage.

Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.
Fewer things go better together than strawberries and chocolate, which is why these chewy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect dessert.
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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.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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Shortbread Cookie Bites

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Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Welcome to day 2 of my 12 days of Holiday Treats series!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I know. I know. Christmas is still over a month away and here I am posting Christmas cookies! Wanna know what’s even more weird? When you have a food blog, you make your Christmas cookies in October (if you’re organized) because you have to allow yourself time to edit the photos, write the post, and get it posted in time for people to actually see it before Christmas. Gone are the days when I do my Christmas baking the week before Christmas, while smelling my tree under the twinkle of the lights. Now, I just think of myself as being unusually proactive!

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

These little shortbread cookie bits are super fun for a few reasons. First, you get sprinkles throughout the dough as well as on top. Who wouldn’t love that? Second, you get a TON of cookies out of this one batch. Third, they’re small, so that mean’s they’re pretty much guilt free {sarcasm}. And lastly, you can change out the color of the sprinkles so that you can make these for any occasion! Think pink or blue or a combination of both for a baby shower, or just colorful sprinkles for a birthday.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

This is what the little cubes of dough looks like. I prefer to cook on a stone and by the time they’re done cooking, they are evenly browned all around, not just on the bottoms.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

Don’t they just make you want to get out the decorations and blast the Christmas tunes? Can you tell I love this time of year??

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

The almond extract gives these little cookies the perfect flavor and the fact that they are eggless means you can eat the batter. Who am I kidding? I never let the egg in cookie, cake or brownie batter stop me!  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to see all of holiday recipes from 2014 and 2015.

Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

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.
Shortbread Cookie Bites
 
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Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 100 cookie bites
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons sprinkles, divided
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Mix in almond extract and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and salt and mix until combined. Add in half of the sprinkles (set remaining half in small bowl) and stir to combine.
  3. Press dough into a half inch thick layer on prepared baking sheet. Cover surface of dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour (can be overnight).
  4. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Cut dough into 1/2-inch squares using a large sharp knife. Gently press each cube into the bowl of sprinkles to get more to stick to the top. Set cubes on ungreased baking sheet (note: they won't spread much if the dough is cold so you can squeeze a lot on). Bake in preheated oven 8 - 12 minutes and cool baking sheet.
  6. Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
Shortbread Cookie Bites are a fun bite sized sweet treat that can be made for any birthday or holiday by customizing the fun sprinkles you choose!

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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25 of the Best Holiday Cookies and a $400 Cash Giveaway!

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Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we’re giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we're giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

It’s the most WONDERFUL time… of the year!  Tell me you just sang that in your head just like I did while I was writing it. You did, didn’t you? I look forward to the holidays every single year. The enjoyment I get from my kids excitement. The smell of wonderful baked treats filling the house. The endless decorations and lights. The calming tradition of putting that fresh Oregon Noble Fir up in the living room and decorating it with the sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I love all of it. This will be my third year doing my 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog where I share twelve, YES 12 if you can believe it – holiday treats. If you’re curious about all the wonderful recipes I’ve made in the past, I’ll list some of them out here with links to the recipes, but I don’t want to post pictures because there are too many amazing recipes below. PLUS THE CASH!!! Read on for more details.  Okay, here are just some of my favorite holiday recipes, and have fun looking through all of my friends recipes below! 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

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

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Caramel Macchiato Cookies from Home.Made.Interest.

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Chocolate Crinkle Peppermint Blossoms from Real Housemoms

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Chocolate Frosted Christmas Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Around My Family Table

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Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Christmas Crinkle Cool Whip Cookies from Bread Booze Bacon

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Christmas Mint Cookies from Cooking on the Front Burner

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Christmas Sugar Cookies from Liz on Call

EGGNOG BISCOTTI are a crunchy, sweet cookies with a hint of nutmeg drizzled with a simple eggnog glaze!

Eggnog Biscotti from Real Housemoms

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Loaded Christmas Cowboy Cookies from Flavor Mosaic

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Melt in Your Mouth Shortbread Cookies from The Endless Meal

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Shortbread from Bread Booze Bacon

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Molasses Sugar Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Monster Cookie Bars from Dinner at the Zoo

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No Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Treats from Pink Cake Plate

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Oreo Cake Ball Christmas Tree from The Cards We Drew

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Penguin Cookies from Delightful E Made

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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies from Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Peppermint Oreo Truffles from It Is a Keeper

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Peppermint Twist Macarons from Savory Experiments

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Red Velvet Ooey Gooey Bars from A Night Owl

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Salted Caramel & Pecan Thumbprint Cookies from Real Housemoms

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Turtle Snickerdoodles from Garnish & Glaze

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Vanilla Chai Shortbread Cookies from Sugar & Soul

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White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies from Frugal Foodie Mama

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Blood Orange Bars

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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

I’m a lucky girl in so many ways. I could probably devote this entire blog to things that I am grateful for without even mentioning food, but when you add in food-related things that I am grateful for you’ll find that I’m never at a loss for words. Today’s blessing I shall talk about?  Pasture-raised organic-fed backyard happy chicken eggs. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Yolks so bright orange you’ll need to squint to marvel in their beauty and you’ll mistake them for the sun. Yolks so creamy you need a spatula to scrape them from the bowl when making scrambled eggs. Yolks so large you’ll wonder how they fit into the shell. Once you get a taste of these beautiful, multi-colored, hard shelled, no-two-eggs-look-alike little gems, you’ll never be able to go back to those pale-yellow-yolk thin-shelled with a big nasty white thing in the middle grocery store eggs.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Why am I going on and on about eggs and blessings, you might ask?  Well, I’m fortunate enough to have a past co-worker of mine deliver eggs like this directly to my door each and every week for half the cost of what they go for at the farmer’s market and this beautiful dozen shown above was given to me by yet another co-worker, CJ (aka super cool dude). You see, when you live in Portland, its not uncommon to know people with backyard chickens (or to see someone walking a goat or walking downtown in a batman costume for that matter), and I consider myself beyond lucky for knowing such people. I wanted to thank CJ for giving me 4 dozen of these beauties so I decided to make him some blood orange bars.  I think he is still waiting on the creme brulee I promised him though…

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

If you’ve ever had a traditional lemon bar or a variation like strawberry rhubarb lemon bars, you’ll know that the top is a tart and sweet custard-like concoction and it sits happily on a shortbread crust. I decided to add some zest to the crust as well as the filling and I wholeheartedly agree that was a solid decision. You must do that as well. You can substitute any kind of citrus in this recipe, but I just think the blood oranges are so darn pretty. Enjoy!

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.

Blood Orange Bars
 
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Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 12 servings
Ingredients
crust:
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
filling:
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup blood orange juice
  • 1/4 + 1 tablespoon cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, powdered sugar, and butter until it clings together. Press evenly into a 13x9 inch pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. While crust is cooking, beat together the eggs, sugar, and blood orange juice. Sift the flour and baking powder together and add to the flour mixture along with the blood orange zest. Mist until combined. Pour over the cooled crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to fully cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars.

Less tart than your traditional lemon bars, Blood Orange Bars taste more like an orange flavored short bread cookie and are considered highly addictive.
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No Bake Lemon Ladyfinger Cheesecake

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

Perfect for any celebration, this perfectly sweet NO BAKE LEMON LADYFINGER CHEESECAKE is a wonderful citrus dessert that everyone will love!

Perfect for any celebration, this perfectly sweet NO BAKE LEMON LADYFINGER CHEESECAKE is a wonderful citrus dessert that everyone will love!

When I sat down to write this post, I struggled to find a good title for the recipe. Did I want to call it something that would explain what it was?  (i.e. No Bake Lemon Ladyfinger Cheesecake)  Or did I want to call it what my brain was thinking?  (i.e. Oh My God There Must Be 1000 Calories in Each Slice But It Is Soooo Worth It Cake)  I opted for the shorter title, but am wondering if I should have gone with the longer one now.

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

I know what you’re thinking… but hear me out. I’m sure that 96% of you are thinking “Beets in cookies? Yuck.” You couldn’t be more wrong. You ever substitute applesauce for oil in a recipe because you’re trying to make it healthier? But then you can’t really taste the applesauce? This is kind of like that.

Heart Beet Pancakes are the made with sweet roasted beets and make the most delicious red velvet pancakes that are perfect for Valentine's Day.

I had never eaten a beet until I was well into my 30s and had signed up for a CSA at the farmer’s market where they gave me a box of produce of their choosing every week. It really forced me to step out of my comfort zone and cook/eat produce I would have otherwise never bought. That’s when my love affair with beets started. My kids love them too – not just because they taste good but because 24 hours later they get to witness a science experiment in the toilet when they see a rainbow of color. Okay – waaaaay too much info, especially when I’m supposed to be writing about cookies, but all you moms out there will understand.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

Week after week I would find beets in my CSA box and had to find creative ways to eat them. From there, I made all sorts of things like fresh beet soup, raw citrus beet salad, roasted beet and chevre crisps, heart beet (get it?) pancakes, roasted beet salad, and my not-so-green green smoothie. I dare you to find another food blog out there that posts all sorts of naughty food like me (unlike a health food blog) that has so many darn beet recipes. I just love them!

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

So this is how this recipe was born: I had a few beets in my frig that were meant for another round of beet soup, but I felt compelled to make a Valentine’s Treat. Almost all red velvet recipes call for red food dye. I’m guilty of this one as well in my red velvet fudge – delicious but it has the coloring. I honestly didn’t know if this recipe would turn out, but I took my base recipe for my faithful chocolate chip cookies and added the beet puree and some cocoa powder and, let’s just say, it didn’t disappoint.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

My standard cookies are rich and chewy. The addition of the beet puree makes these much more cake like. The husband and kids loved these and I was kicking myself yesterday afternoon when my 3 o’clock craving came around and I hadn’t brought any into work with me.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

I packed a couple of cookies in each of my kids’ lunches and my daughter gave one to her best friend. She said she loved it. I asked if she told her it had beet in it and her reply was “No way! I didn’t want her to think it was gross before she even tried it!”  Sounds like my daughter has already started using my old tricks on others too.

Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.

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.
Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies
 
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Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
beet puree:
  • 1 large red beet
  • 1/4 cup butttermilk
cookies:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup beet puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. To make the beet puree, wrap the whole beet tightly in foil and cook in oven for at least an hour until soft. When cool enough to handle, remove skins. Combine with the minimum amount of buttermilk in blender to create a smooth puree.
  3. In small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended. Add beet puree and vanilla; mix well and then scrape sides. Mix in egg, mixing well. Add flour mixture, and beat slowly to incorporate, then faster to blend well. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  5. Drop batter in 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart onto lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until edges of cookies are brown, about 9 minutes.
  7. Let cookies cool on pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks with a spatula. Serve warm or cool. Store in airtight container, or freeze for longer storage.
Made without artificial food dye, these incredibly soft and delicious Red Velvet Chocolate Chunk Cookies are made with beet puree and cocoa powder.
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