Sixth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Round-Up

Twelve more cookies on the books! Now it’s time to give them all away.

Here is the run-down of the cookies featured this year:

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DAY 1: Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies 1

DAY 2: Rocky Road Cookies

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DAY 3: Lofthouse Style Soft Sugar Cookies with Glaze Frosting

 Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies 1

DAY 4: Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DAY 5: Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Christmas Snickerdoodles

DAY 6: Christmas Snickerdoodles

 Chocolate Andes Cookies

DAY 7: Chocolate Andes Chip Cookies

 Chocolate Chip Cookies 1

DAY 8: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Frozen Snowflake Sugar Cookies 1

DAY 9: Frozen-Inspired Snowflake Sugar Cookies

 Lemon Pillow Cookies

DAY 10: Lemon Pillow Cookies

 Cookies and Cream Brownie Bites 3

DAY 11: Cookies ‘n’ Crème Brownie Bites

 Filled Almond Lace Cookies

DAY 12: Filled Almond Lace Cookies

Need more baking inspiration? Try these cookies from previous years of Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies:

First Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies
Second Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies
Third Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies
Fourth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies
Fifth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies

While sharing Christmas cookies with friends and neighbors is a wonderful tradition that we celebrate in our home, this is the true gift of Christmas that we celebrate now and throughout the year:

He is the Gift. He is Christmas.

Discover the Gift
Embrace the Gift
#Share the Gift

The first gift of Christmas was a simple gift given by a Father to all of his children, to us. He gave us His son, the Christ. He is the gift. This Christmas season, how will you share the gift?

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Filled Almond Lace Cookies

Filled Almond Lace Cookies

DAY 12: Filled Almond Lace Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies are a thin delicate cookie similar to a Florentine. You can eat them plain or drizzled with chocolate. Or dress them up by wrapping the hot cookies around a tube and then filling them when hardened. I filled them with vanilla custard and fresh raspberries, but you could also use sweetened whipped cream, chocolate mousse, or ice cream (soften before filling, then refreeze before serving).

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RECIPE:

Filled Almond Lace Cookies

Filled Almond Lace Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies (recipe below)
Filling (any combination of the following):

  • Vanilla Custard (recipe below)
  • Fresh raspberries, blueberries, or sliced strawberries
  • Whipped cream, sweetened
  • Chocolate (or other flavor) mousse
  • Softened ice cream

Melted chocolate

Prepare Almond Lace Cookie batter. Bake cookies (**SEE NOTE). Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Wrap hot cookies around a cylindrical tube, about 1” in diameter. (I used an empty vanilla bean jar. A cannoli form would be perfect.) Let cookie harden before removing.

**NOTE: Only bake as many cookies at a time as you have forms to wrap them around.

Place chilled custard, whipped cream, mousse, or softened ice cream in a Ziploc bag or pastry bag. Cut off one corner and pipe filling into cooled cookie shells. (If you are filling cookies with softened ice cream, place filled cookies on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and place in freezer until solid.) Drizzle filled cookies with melted chocolate. Serve immediately.

Almond Lace Cookies
——–(recipe from Brown Eyed Baker)

⅔ cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
¼ cup light or dark corn syrup
1 Tbs heavy cream
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups rolled oats
2 Tbs flour
½ cup toasted, finely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.

Bring the butter to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Reduce the heat so the butter slows to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the solids on the bottom of the pan turn light brown. Remove from heat.

Whisk in the brown sugar, corn syrup, cream, salt and vanilla to the butter and stir to blend well. Stir in the oats and flour, then fold in the almonds.

Drop teaspoons of the batter onto the baking sheets, spaced about 3 inches apart. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown all over and slightly darker at the edges. Transfer the baking sheets to a cooling rack and let sit until the cookies firm up, about 5 minutes. Using a spatula, gently transfer the cookies to wire racks until cool. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.

 

Vanilla Custard

¾ cup sugar
3 Tbs cornstarch
1 vanilla bean, optional
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla extract (if not using vanilla bean)

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and vanilla bean (Split bean in half and scrape seeds into the saucepan. Place bean pod in the saucepan as well). Stir in milk and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. While boiling, cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Return egg yolk mixture to the saucepan, stirring well. Return custard to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 2 additional minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla extract (if using) and remove vanilla bean pod. Pour into a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard (to keep from developing a skin). Chill until cool. Do not stir while custard is cooling.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Cookies ‘n’ Crème Brownie Bites

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DAY 11: Cookies ‘n’ Crème Brownie Bites

A simple cookie recipe that starts with a brownie mix and ends with a kiss.

I added white chocolate chips to the dough, but next time I think I will leave them out. You can use Hershey’s Kisses or Dove Chocolates to top the cookies. When I used the Dove chocolates,  I let them melt on the hot cookies and then swirled them with a toothpick into a rounded shape.

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RECIPE:

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Cookies ‘n’ Crème Brownie Bites

1 brownie mix (18-20 oz package)
4 oz cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1 pkg. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème Kisses or Dove Cookies & Crème Chocolates

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, cream cheese, butter and egg. Beat with a mixer until smooth. If desired, stir in white chocolate chips.

Use a very small cookie scoop (about 2 tsp) or teaspoon to drop balls of dough onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake.

Cool cookies for 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then press a Hershey’s Kiss or Dove chocolate into the center of each cookie. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

If using the Dove chocolates, let the chocolate melt on the warm cookies and then swirl with a toothpick.

Makes 48 small cookies.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Lemon Pillow Cookies

Lemon Pillow Cookies

DAY 10: Lemon Pillow Cookies

Soft and fluffy, like a good pillow. Just lemony. And edible.

A nice break from a season full of chocolate-dipped and candy-topped confections. Think of them as a much needed palate cleanser.

Recipe adapted from Yes to Yum.

RECIPE:

Lemon Pillow Cookies

Lemon Pillow Cookies
———–(adapted from Yes to Yum)

3 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
4 Tbs sour cream
2 Tbs milk
3 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
zest from one lemon (about 1-2 tsp)
½ cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, sour cream, milk, lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest. Gradually add flour mixture.

Place ½ cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll cookie dough into 1” balls (or slightly smaller) and roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 11-­12 minutes, or until the tops are set. These cookies will stay a pale color, even when they are baked through.

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Frozen-Inspired Snowflake Sugar Cookies

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DAY 9: Frozen-Inspired Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Want to brighten a little girl’s eyes this Christmas? Make these Disney Frozen inspired snowflake cookies together. She can be totally in charge of the sprinkles.

This is a different sugar cookie dough than I usually use. (That recipe can be found here: Sugar Cookies). I prefer the flavor of the other dough, but this dough is much easier to work with and creates super sharp edges. And no refrigeration of the dough is needed. When I am using a cookie cutter where sharp edges really matter, this is the dough I prefer to use. The recipe comes from In Katrina’s Kitchen.

I used Royal Icing (recipe below) to pipe thick lines, but you could also use this Glacé Icing. Cover lines with shimmery sanding sugar or thicker blue and silver sprinkles immediately after piping.

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RECIPE:

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Snowflake Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
————–(from In Katrina’s Kitchen)

Sugar Cookie Dough:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour

Royal Icing
Blue and Silver Shimmery Sanding Sugar or Coarse Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in extracts and egg.

In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and slowly mix into the wet ingredients. The dough will be stiff.

Do not chill dough. Roll dough out onto a floured surface to almost 1/4 inch. You want these cookies to be thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes and place on baking sheets.

Bake for 7-9 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Yield will depend on the size of your cookie cutter and the thickness of your dough. I got 25 cookies made from 4” snowflake cookie cutters.

Royal Icing
——(from Bake at 350)

2 Tbs meringue powder
scant ¼ cup water
½ lb powdered sugar
½  tsp light corn syrup

Combine the meringue powder and water in a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, beat until foamy. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat on low to combine. (Do NOT skip the sifting!)

Mix in the corn syrup. Increase speed to med-high/high and beat for about 3-5 minutes, just until the icing is glossy and stiff peaks form. (You should be able to remove the beater from the mixer and hold up and jiggle without the peak falling.) Do not overbeat.

To store for later use: cover with plastic wrap touching the icing and refrigerate.

Use a thick open circle decorator tip to pipe thick lines onto each snowflake. Sprinkle cookie with sanding sugar or sprinkles immediately after piping lines (on each cookie). Icing will harden quickly.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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DAY 8: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can never go wrong adding a thick, chewy delicious chocolate chip cookie to your Christmas plate. Cornstarch and an extra egg yolk make these soft and chewy.

RECIPE:

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Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 Tbs cornstarch
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (more if you like lots of chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by tablespoonsful onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Andes Cookies

Chocolate Andes Cookies

DAY 7: Chocolate Andes Chip Cookies

Andes mints now also come in packages of Andes Baking Chips. They make a great addition to a basic chocolate cookie. Can’t find the packaged baking bits? Just chop up a package of regular Andes. I prefer the kind that have one chocolate layer sandwiched between two green mint layers.

RECIPE:

Chocolate Andes Cookies

Chocolate Andes Chip Cookies

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup butter
2 ½ cups flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk or cream
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 bag (10 oz) Andes baking chips or 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped Andes mints

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

Combine chocolate chips and ¼ cup butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just barely melted. Or melt in microwave in a Pyrex bowl.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well mixed. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat ¼ cup butter with the white and brown sugars. Mix in eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat in melted chocolate. Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and beat until just barely combined. Stir in chopped Andes mints.

Drop by tablespoonsful onto baking sheets. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on pan and then remove to wire rack to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Snickerdoodles

Christmas Snickerdoodles

DAY 6: Christmas Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are always a favorite cookie around here. Jazz them up for Christmas by rolling them in red and green sugar.

With traditional snickerdoodles, the dough is dipped in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. When I make these with colored sugar, I mix the cinnamon into the dough, and dip the cookie balls just in the colored sugar.

RECIPE:

Christmas Snickerdoodles

Christmas Snickerdoodles

1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ cup each red and green colored sugar

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, cream of tartar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add to egg mixture. Roll into 1” balls. Roll balls in colored sugar.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DAY 5: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing fancy. just old-fashioned cookie goodness. These are traditional chewy oatmeal cookies. Add raisins or chocolate chips as you like.

RECIPE:

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs milk or cream
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 Tbs baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups rolled oats
1 ½ – 2 cups chocolate chips or raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.

Beat butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; mix well. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix. Mix in oats, chocolate chips (or raisins) and walnuts.

Drop  by tablespoonsful onto baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until barely brown around edges. Cookies will still look slightly undercooked in the middle. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 5-6 dozen cookies

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

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DAY 4: Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

We have finally found an m&m that our chocolate-adverse Little A will eat:

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Although I think there must be something wrong with me as a parent that I am looking for candy that my child will eat.

He isn’t happy, however, when I put them in a chocolate cookie. So does this make me a better parent for making sugar-laden treats that he has no desire to eat? Or an even worse mother for tempting him with something he likes, and then pulling the rug out from under him by enveloping it in the one thing he hates?

RECIPE:

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Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

2 ¾ cups flour
¾ cup Dutch processed cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2  eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ bags (9.9 oz each) M&M’s White Chocolate Peppermint candies, divided

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla extract until blended.

Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and mix until dough is smooth. Gently mix in one bag of M&M’s. Drop by scant tablespoons onto baking sheets. Press 2 or 3 M&M’s into the top of each cookie.

Bake at 350°F for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Don’t over bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies

**You can also use chocolate mint M&M’s or regular chocolate M&M’s

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