For me, it’s really been a great couple of weeks celebrating the holiday season. From family parties, to my Mom’s birthday to Holla Days (with some LVT after) – I’ve had an absolute blast catching up and partying with everyone. And indulging. Lots and lots of indulging.
Let’s talk a little more about indulging since I brought it up. No, no – no lectures or resolutions. I want to talk to you about the cookies you should be making, when you decide to break your resolutions.
This year – I took a different approach to Christmas presents around the office and decided to bake for everyone. Would it have been easier to just get gift cards? Probably. Would my coworkers have appreciated it more? Perhaps. But I was going homemade, no if’s and’s or but’s about it.
I ended up making four recipes in total – one “tried-and-true” – and three “new-to-me”. Let’s start with the new and end with the tried and true.
*the cookies in the center of the platter I will talk about in another post*
You. Guys. For 20+ years – I did not eat or understand SnickerDoodles. And then a few years ago they made their way onto a cookie platter I couldn’t resist and I finally tried one. Can you believe how long I missed out?! It’s a real travesty. But now that I’ve been set straight – I’m trying to educate the world. EAT MORE SNICKERDOODLES PEOPLE! And if you are going to make them – use this recipe. It’s foolproof and yields the softest, most wonderful cookies.
Also – if you don’t read Jessica’s blog – do yourself a favor and change that now. In my humble opinion – she is THE best food blogger around.
I found this recipe on Pinterest (shocking, I know) and the picture was too adorable to pass up. Then, when I read how simple the recipe was – I knew it was meant to be. These are exactly as easy as they sound, and a definite crowd pleaser. My only note would be that you do NOT need 1 cup of sprinkles. That ended up being WAY too much for me. I made these a second time and used between 1/2 and 2/3 of a cup and it was perfect.
White chocolate & me? We do NOT mix. As a matter of fact – we hate each other. Because – EW – who likes white chocolate?!?!? So when I saw Ina’s recipe I thought it looked delicious – with some changes – if you catch my drift.
Where Ina’s recipe calls for white chocolate – I split that into 1/2 dark chocolate chips, 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips. The recipe itself is really easy. The only real prep that you need to do is chopping the dried apricots (1/4 cup). Aside from that you take 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup of shelled salted pistachios and that’s it. Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave, always making sure to stir thoroughly. Once all the chocolate is melted – pour it out onto a parchment lined baking sheet – and sprinkle the apricots, cranberries and pistachios on top.
Refrigerate for about 2 hours and then break into chunks. Based on how quickly this went in the office – I’d say the end result was a hit. Here’s the finished product:
These are always the crowd favorite. Do you need to get your way? Make these cookies and give them to the person you are trying to convince. Someone made at you? Make these cookies and all will be forgotten. That’s a guarantee.
So that’s my 2012 holiday cookie round up. Each year I try and switch things up but I might not do that next year since each of the cookies were so successful. Only time will tell.
Disclaimer: Recipe #3 was brought to you by Oh Nuts! I was offered two products of my choice in exchange for making a recipe. As always – the thoughts and opinions in this post are very much my own. I was much more successful this year than I was last year !