Cookie Swap – The Perfect Cookie Recipes for your Exchange!

In case I haven’t said it enough yet, I LOVE this time of year!!! As you know from our 13 Days of Christmas Baking, I love to bake and share different cookie recipes with you guys to help take some of your Holiday stress away and so I decided to also participate in a Virtual Cookie Exchange with a few other bloggers. I am super excited to share their goodies with you guys, so get your baking supplies out and your mixer ready…it’s gonna be a fun week!

white chocolate cranberry biscotti : our personal contribution!

One of my favorite treats to make for Christmas, these Biscotti are full of tangy cranberry flavor and bursts of white chocolate chunks…they are wonderful for a cookie tray or gift on their own! 

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Snikerdoodles: try it like it

A classic Christmas cookie with a nice cinnamon flavor, these cookies can be made in advance and placed in the freezer until ready to swap!

peppermint white chocolate brownies: Mom knows best

Who doesn’t love a good brownie recipe!? Especially when said recipe is topped with white chocolate and candy cane pieces…Mmm!

Christmas candy cookie: my pinterventures 

This cookie is LOADED with goodies (from coconut flakes to nuts) and finished off with red and green M&M’s to make it an all around delicious Christmas cookie!

 ginger snaps: lydia’s flexitarian kitchen 

A simple and delicious cookie, full of ginger and just the right amount of sugar, these cookies are great with your after dinner coffee or tea!

candy cane cookies: craftcore

Who hasn’t had a candy-cane cookie before!? They really are a favorite for many people, including those with kids, as they are so cute and festive! You make the cookie to look like little candy canes by dying half the dough and wrapping it into the shape.

gingerbread: a mom’s perspective

Ok, this is my favorite one in the exchange!! I looooove a good gingerbread cookie but have never (eeek) tried to make them myself! Her recipe is simple and she has some great decorating ideas in the post as well! Maybe I should give it a try!?

Here is a photo of all of our Cookies!! Enjoy!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – Day 13!

Here is it guys, the very last day of our 13 Days of Christmas Baking…until next year anyways!! This Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe is another classic, one that I truly believe you need to make (and will WANT to make) year after year once you have had a taste! They are topped with Peppermint Kisses which go perfectly with the chewy chocolate cookie, and add a nice festive touch.

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Now, if you have been following along you will notice this post is 2 days late and with good reason! We were baking up a storm all weekend so that we can bring you even MORE goodies over the next couple weeks!! You didn’t really think we were done for the season did you?! I can’t tell you how excited I am to share some of these new treats with you, and if you are looking for a sneak peak of what is in store…well…just one: Shortbread Macaroon Bars!!! Yum!

Ready to get baking?! Check out the original post for these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies here!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies - a chewy chocolate cookie topped with peppermint kisses!

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies – a chewy chocolate cookie topped with peppermint kisses!


Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies – Day 11

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies- A perfect blend of tangy sweetness that compliments any Christmas tray!

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies- A perfect blend of tangy sweetness that compliments any Christmas tray!

These Lemon Snow Drop Cookies are guaranteed to melt in your mouth and combine the perfect mix of tangy lemon with sweetness according Meegan from Meegan Makes who was gracious enough to share this delectable cookie recipe with us for our 13 Day Christmas Baking Frenzy! These are a nice and easy cookie, with basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand, so you can whip them up anytime you are in the mood! I think they will be the perfect addition to our goodie trays this year, and a nice compliment to all the chocolaty goodness that normally fills our tummies!

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup powered sugar +more for rolling
  • the juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Follow along for all 13 days of Christmas Baking! Find the cooking instructions linked below!
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full cooking instructions at meegan makes: click here! 

Have you checked out the other 10 days yet?! Here are a couple of my favorites so far this year:

Enjoy <3

Classic Italian Amaretti Cookies – Day 10

This Amaretti Cookie recipe is a very special one for me, especially this year…you see, my mother in law (who was Italian) passed away last month from a brain tumor after a very long battle, and this cookie was one she used to make for every special event and holiday. I still remember when she gave me the recipe, “Meli, one day you will want these recipes, you know to make the cookies like how I make” and boy was she ever right! These Amaretti Cookies are so easy to make, they make a ton (8 dozen!) they are full of almond flavor and they go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee!

A Classic Italian Amaretti Cookie- a tasty almond cookie with the right amount of sweetness, makes 8 dozen cookies!

A Classic Italian Amaretti Cookie- a tasty almond cookie with the right amount of sweetness, makes 8 dozen cookies!

They are a wonderful cookie for freezing, and with the amount that they make you can bet you will always have some on hand for your holiday guests. Now, we made them in 1/2″ balls but next time I would go a little smaller, a little bit more bite sized is what I was going for!

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Aren’t they beautiful?! I love the almond on top, the crunch adds a nice surprise when you are eating the cookie, and if you are wanting to make them a little more festive you can always roll them in a colored sugar rather than white granulated sugar.

Classic Italian Amaretti Cookies

Classic Italian Amaretti Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 lg Eggs
  • 2 c White sugar +more for rolling
  • 1 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Almond Extract
  • 1 medium Lemon (need peel and juice)
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 5 c Flour (+/- depending on consistency of dough)
  • Almonds for tops of cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In stand mixer beat together eggs and sugar until blended. Add in oil, lemon (zest of full lemon as well as juice) and extract, mix well.
  3. In small bowl sift together your cocoa and baking powder, add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Dough will be very wet, you want to add your flour in 1c at a time and mix. Your dough should come together after the 4th cup, then you add by 1/4c increments until the dough is "workable" (you need to be able to roll with your hands into little balls). You will need approx 5c of flour, but may need slightly more or less depending on your wet measures.
  5. Pour 1c sugar into small bowl. Roll dough into balls (aprox 1/2") and roll into sugar.
  6. Place cookies on silicone mat or parchment paper and gently press an almond into the tops...the cookie will push down into a disc shape.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes (you want them slightly golden around the edge, this ensures you have a nice crunchy outside and soft inside!).
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Be sure to check out the other yummy treats in our Christmas Baking Frenzy (13 Days in total)!!


Classic: Brownie Biscotti – Day 8

Ooo time for another favorite from my Cookie Vault!!! These Brownie “Biscotti” are so incredibly easy to make and will satisfy any chocolate lover. While the name may trick you, these cookies don’t require multiple flips and turns in the oven and are actually soft and ooey on the inside, loaded with chocolate and pecans…simply delicious!

This is one classic cookie I promise you will make year after year, and if you want a recommendation...make a double or even triple batch as everyone loves this Brownie Biscotti and it will be the first cookie gone from your trays!

A delicious Brownie Biscotti- soft and ooey center that is loaded with chocolate chips and pecans! A perfect addition to your Christmas Cookie line-up

A delicious Brownie Biscotti- soft and ooey center that is loaded with chocolate chips and pecans! A perfect addition to your Christmas Cookie line-up

click here for the full recipe for this brownie biscotti!!!


Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

A delicious Candy Cane Cookie, perfectly soft and drizzled with white chocolate, it is the perfect cookie for dipping in your hot cocoa!

A delicious Candy Cane Cookie, perfectly soft and drizzled with white chocolate, it is the perfect cookie for dipping in your hot cocoa!

Today’s cookie is a lovely addition from Gina over at Kleinworth & Co that will definitely brighten up your cookie trays! It is a soft Candy Cane Cookie that is drizzled in white chocolate and coated in crushed candy cane pieces. It is loaded with peppermint flavor and a perfect cookie for dipping in a cup of hot cocoa!

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I mean, come on right?! Don’t they just look so yummy?! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get baking, and I am betting you have 90% of the ingredients on hand right now…follow along for the recipe below! Be sure to make a double batch so you have enough for yourself as well as gifting!

Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

Candy Cane Cookies – Day 7

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Topping
  • ¼ cup crushed candy cane crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted white chocolate

Instructions

  1. See site for instructions and the follow along for full 13 Days of Christmas Baking!
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What do you think so far guys?! We are a week into our Christmas Baking Frenzy, with only 6 days left!!! Have you made any of the goodies yet?! What are your favorites?? I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and check out what is in store!


White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti – Day 3

This White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti cookie recipe is full of so much goodness! It is perfect with a cup of coffee, or as a late night snack...the flavors combine everything we love about the Holidays, and hope you enjoy too!

This White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti cookie recipe is full of so much goodness! It is perfect with a cup of coffee, or as a late night snack…the flavors combine everything we love about the Holidays, and hope you enjoy too!

This is one of our FAVORITE cookies to make at Christmas time!!! It takes a little bit more time than most of our other cookies, but trust me they are more than worth it! These Biscotti are loaded with cranberries and almonds, with a hint of white chocolate and even orange juice (Mmm, I know right?!).

Christmas-Biscotti

Now, like the rest of our Christmas Baking Frenzy cookies, these Biscotti are perfect for adding to a goodie tray for a friend or neighbor, and are even gorgeous on their own in a simple mug as a teachers gift! (Or you could save them all for yourself…we won’t tell!). Be sure to make a double batch, these freeze great and will hold up to 3 months (in a sealed airtight container)!

White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 c Sugar
  • 3 lg Eggs
  • 3 squares White Bakers Chocolate (melted and cooled)
  • 2 3/4 c Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 c Orange Juice (no pulp)
  • 1/2 c Toasted, chopped Almonds (we use slivered, you can use whole and chop more)
  • 1/2 c Dried Cranberries (rough chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt, add to wet mixture and mix well.
  4. Add orange juice and extract, beating until well combined. Stir in chopped almonds and cranberries.
  5. Divide dough in half, place each half on a lightly greased and floured baking sheet and shape into a 9"x 2" "log" (see photos)
  6. Bake 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 mins. Cut each log into about 12 3/4" slices, place cut side down on baking sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes (turn over halfway through) and remove once each side is lightly golden
  7. *Make sure to check halfway through as each oven is different and you do not want them to burn
  8. Once cooled you can drizzle with semi-sweet or white chocolate!
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Here are some photos showing the progression of the delicious Biscotti!

Your Biscotti batter should be thick, and you want to make sure that the cranberries and almonds are mixed evenly throughout

Your Biscotti batter should be thick, and you want to make sure that the cranberries and almonds are mixed evenly throughout

Spread your batter into a "log" shape on your cookie sheet.

Spread your batter into a “log” shape on your cookie sheet.

They are ready when they get a nice golden brown! You want to ensure they look like this before flipping to go back into the oven for the final cook.

They are ready when they get a nice golden brown! You want to ensure they look like this before flipping to go back into the oven for the final cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies – Day 2

Peppermint Cookies- The EASIEST Christmas Cookies you will make this year, using boxed cake mix and a few other ingredients, you have the yummiest cookie to leave out for Santa!

Peppermint Cookies- The EASIEST Christmas Cookies you will make this year, using boxed cake mix and a few other ingredients, you have the yummiest cookie to leave out for Santa!

Today’s cookie is a simple Peppermint Cookie that uses boxed cake mix!! They take very little time to make and are very festive, making them perfect for your cookie trays! I am so excited to share this cookie from Sprinkles and Sawdust today, be sure to check them out and take a peek at their 31 Days of Handmade Christmas from last year to get inspiration for recipes, DIY and more!

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These are such a fun cookie for the kiddos to help out with, and they will love leaving them out for Santa on Christmas Eve!

Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies

Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz peppermint chips
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Did you miss yesterdays cookie? Not to worry, you can check out Day 1: Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites here!!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites – Day 1

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Okay guys I can’t even pretend to hide my EXCITEMENT that the 13 Days of Christmas Baking is back!!!!! I have literally been thinking up ideas and baking away for the past 365 days in preparation for this years list…and I even have some fellow bloggers along this year to share a cookie or two from their recipe box! Are you excited now!? I know, Christmas is still a few weeks away, but guys so many of these goodies can be made far in advance so you can freeze them and put them away for your Christmas trays (woohoo, anything to save time closer to the holidays and I am one happy girl).

So, be sure to follow along for the next couple of weeks to see all 13 Days of Christmas Baking and let me know which goodies you make!! I will also be sharing a few gift ideas and guides to make your Holiday Season even more stress free (you’re welcome)…and if you are like me, you have a TON of people to make trays for, I will be sharing some VITAL tips for packaging and sending your cookies away for their journey.

 

So, are you ready to get baking?! Today’s goodie is a delicious Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bite (adapted from Restless Chipotle). It is so easy to make, literally it takes 10 minutes to put together (plus chill time) and it will blow your mind! The peanut butter mixes with the pretzels to give a nice crunchy texture and then is covered in a delicious milk chocolate coating, sending your taste buds into Elf Town! Mmm! I tested out the recipe and made enough to bring to a family event, where they were DEVOURED…everyone is still asking me to make them again, but they will have to wait for their Christmas trays!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and Confectioner’s sugar in stand mixture until smooth
  2. Slowly pour in the pretzels and graham cracker crumbs and mix until combined
  3. Form small sized balls using your hands (about 1" diameter) and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Freeze until very firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate with shortening in a microwave safe bowl (check every 15-20 seconds and stir to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn)
  6. Dip the balls in the chocolate.
  7. Place back on cookie sheet and into the fridge to firm up.
  8. You can then transfer into truffle cups for a nicer display for gift giving!
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tips and tricks for the perfect “truffle” bites
  • You will have “chunks” from the peanut butter and pretzels (when mixing), but you want to make sure it is evenly mixed throughout
  • Rinse and repeat! You will have to rinse your hands a couple of times while working them into balls, this will prevent them from sticking to the peanut buttery mess on your palms
  • Place the dipped bites into the freezer to firm them up quicker if you are short on time, and then place into decorative truffle cups for gifting!
  • If you aren’t giving (or eating) these right away you can put them in a sealed freezer-safe container for up to 8 weeks and pull them out 30 minutes before serving (this way they can come up to room temperature)

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Crinkle Cookies

Christmas Baking Frenzy

Hey ya’ll!!

There are 43 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? There is no snow on the ground, in fact we are above 5 degrees where I am today, and the stores are now FULL of gift ideas for everyone on your list! I wanted to share with you all that in just a couple of weeks I will be doing my annual Christmas Baking Frenzy with my mom, sister and “second mom” (a great family friend!) and in light of that will be doing my first ever THIRTEEN DAYS OF COOKIES, BARS AND SQUARES to hopefully help get you in the Christmas mood! The picture above is one of our favourite ones, a chocolate crinkle cookie adorned with seasonal chocolate kisses (it will be one of the 13 days!).

Starting November 30 check back everyday for 13 days (a Bakers dozen) to find a new recipe for a delicious treat that we make year after year! They are great for cookie exchanges, teachers gifts, or even just putting yummy trays out for your Christmas guests. Along with each post I will give you a couple of gift ideas for a special someone on your list, and hope that you will share some of your favourite ideas with me as well!

Looking forward to starting this new daily post and inspiring you to change up your Christmas baking!

<3 Every one needs a little more creativity in their lives!