Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

DAY 2: Browned Butter Toffee Cookies

Made with or without chocolate chips, these toffee-studded drop cookies are always a  favorite. The browned butter helps develop a rich and nutty flavor to an easy to make cookie. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt for an extra punch of flavor.

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Thirteenth Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

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Welcome to the 13th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!

DAY 1: Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

This versatile chocolate cookie dough makes a wonderful backdrop for melted peppermint bark and crushed candy canes!

You can use any variety of peppermint bark, but I really like these thin chunks that are sold in bags, like chocolate chips.

Peppermint Bark Chips

Bake the cookies, and then immediately place several of the peppermint bark chunks on the hot cookies.

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When the peppermint bark melts, use a toothpick to stir the melted chocolate.

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While peppermint bark is still soft, sprinkle cookies with crushed candy canes.

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While we are cooking and baking this Christmas season, I hope that we will also find a way to Be Part of the Greatest Story!

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Sugar Free Blackberry Cobbler

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I know that it is snowing in some parts of the country today, but we are trying to hold onto summer for just a little bit longer! This sugar free blackberry cobbler is perfect paired with your favorite sugar free vanilla ice cream. Also delicious with blueberries, or a combination of berries.

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Kabob Koobideh

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The weather here is still unusually warm, which has extended our outdoor grilling season. These Middle Eastern spiced kabobs (affectionately called “meat logs” by my children) are a flavorful departure from burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken. I like to serve them with tzatziki, hummus, and warm pita bread.

If you don’t want to go to the trouble to make kebabs (or it is winter and you don’t want to dig your grill out of a snowbank), this meat mixture is also great shaped as meatballs and baked, or browned in a skillet.

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Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Shrimp and Asparagus

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Sheet Pan dinners are a quick way to cook a full meal on one easy-to-clean pan. This shrimp and asparagus meal can be on the table in under 30 minutes.

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Line your baking pan with foil for an even easier clean-up.

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Japanese Sukiyaki

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Happy 19th birthday Aaron! About a week ago, Aaron left for Germany to serve a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so we celebrated his birthday a little early. Aaron’s dinner request was Japanese Sukiyaki and Coconut Cream Pie Bars (pictured below).

Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Sukiyaki is a Japanese hot pot, served in the pot over a portable gas burner at the dinner table. Diners use chop sticks to take items out of the pot onto a bed of rice. Dipping hot items from the broth in raw eggs is traditional, but we didn’t want to risk salmonella with Aaron taking an international flight the next day.

Sukiyaki broth is a slightly sweetened soy broth. Thinly sliced beef and various vegetables, noodles, and tofu simmer in the broth until cooked through.

Here’s a photo from another time when we used slightly different vegetables:

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