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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (Bars & Brownies): Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

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Welcome to the 12th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies! This year, I am focusing on brownies, blondies, and other bar cookies.

A note about cooking bar cookies: If you have trouble with burned edges and raw centers, try using a metal pan instead of a glass or ceramic pan. This is especially true of  bigger pans, 9×13” or larger. You can also bake the batter in 2 smaller square pans instead of one larger one to get more evenly baked bars and brownies.

DAY 1: Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

This is an easy to make dressed-up brownie dessert that starts with a boxed brownie mix. Raspberry jam is swirled into both the brownie layer and the cheesecake layer.

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RECIPE:

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Eleventh Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Recap

A list of all 12 of this year’s Christmas Cookies:

Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!

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DAY 1: Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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DAY 2: Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

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DAY 3: Bear Paw Cookies

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DAY 4: Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

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DAY 5: Raspberry Almond Thumbprints

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DAY 6: Coconut Cornflake Sandies

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DAY 7: Slow Roasted Spiced Almonds

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DAY 8: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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DAY 10: Maple Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

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DAY 11: Mint Chocolate M&M’s Cookies

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DAY 12: Loaded Chocolate Chip Sandies

For more ideas of how to Light the World with kindness and service the rest of this Christmas season, here is a link to a calendar of ideas:

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For more cookie recipes, check out the previous ten years of Christmas cookie ideas:

1st Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2009)

2nd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2010)

3rd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2011)

4th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2012)

5th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2013)

6th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2014)

7th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2015)

8th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2016)

9th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2017)

10th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2018)

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Eleventh Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Bear Paw Cookies

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DAY 3: Bear Paw Cookies

An easy and fun alternative to regular chocolate  chip cookies. Bake your favorite plain cookie dough (or use the dough below) and add two different sized chocolate chips after baking to make a paw print pattern.

Use a very small cookie scoop (or make 1” balls)  so that the paw print pattern covers most of the cooked cookie.

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Recipe adapted from Kitchen Fun

RECIPE:

Bear Paw Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen small cookies
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¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 Tbs vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
About 1 cup of regular-sized chocolate chips plus about 1 cup of larger baking chips (like Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips)

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

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

Using a small cookie scoop, place level scoops on baking sheets, about 2” apart (I can get 20 cookies on a baking sheet). Roll scoops of dough into balls (about 1” in diameter); return to baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes, or until baked through. Cookies will still look very pale. Don’t overbake. While cookies are still warm, press one large chocolate chip and three small chocolate chips into each cookie to make a paw pattern. Cool cookies completely on wire racks.

Makes about 4 dozen small cookies.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen Fun

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Top Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (Honorable Mentions)

These cookies did not make the Top 12, but were close runners-up. If you are looking for more baking ideas, these are sure to please! Also included are some of our favorite Christmas candies.

Honorable Mentions:


Chocolate Walnut Puddle Cookies

Chocolate Walnut Puddle Cookies

Christmas Fortune Cookies

Christmas Fortune Cookies

Almond Toffee Triangles

Almond Toffee Triangles

Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies

Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies

Peanut Butter Snowflake Cookies

Peanut Butter Snowflake Cookies

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Christmas M&M Cookies

Christmas M&M Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies

Rocky Road Cookies

Snickerdoodles

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Almond Toffee Sandies

Almond Toffee Sandies

Caramel Pecan Bars

Caramel Pecan Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

Favorite Christmas Candies:

Homemade Caramels

Homemade Caramels

Chocolate Nutella Fudge

Chocolate Nutella Fudge

Turtle Pretzel Snaps

Turtle Pretzel Snaps

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark Snowflakes

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles

Christmas Caramel Chex Mix

Christmas Caramel Chex Mix

Lots More Christmas Cookies and Treats:

1st Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2009)

2nd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2010)

3rd Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2011)

4th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2012)

5th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2013)

6th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2014)

7th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2015)

8th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2016)

9th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies (2017)

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Top Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

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DAY 11: Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

The votes for the top two favorite Christmas cookies in our house were very close. These were the runner-up.

My linzer cookies are not a traditional European linzer cookie which usually has an almond flour based dough that is spiced with cinnamon and fruit extracts. The traditional cookie also comes out crispy rather than soft. (I am almost always in the soft cookie camp.) I use one of my sugar cookie dough recipes to make these, but roll the dough thinner than I do for regular sugar cookies. As long as you don’t overbake them, these cookies stay soft and tender after baking.

These cute cookies are also a great addition to a wedding cookie table.

Linzer cookie cutters usually come in a set. This is a Christmas set, but there are also other fun varieties. To keep the dough from sticking to your center cookie cutter, dip it in flour before each cut (tap on counter to remove any excess flour). A toothpick is a good way to get out the center piece of dough.

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Save those tiny centers. They make great tiny sugar cookies!

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Warm the jam in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir until smooth. Frost a bottom cookie with the almond frosting and top with a small dollop of seedless raspberry jam. Place a cut-out cookie on top and press down slightly.

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This recipe makes a lot of cookies. I will usually use half of the dough to make Linzer Cookies and the other half to make regular sugar cookies.

ORIGINAL BLOG POST (2009): Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

RECIPE:

Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

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Cookie Dough:
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
About 7 – 7 ½ cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Filling:
1 cup butter, softened
2 Tbs heavy cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 lb (about 4 cups) powdered sugar
12 oz jar seedless raspberry jam, about 1 ½ cups

 

For Cookies: In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar, butter, sour cream, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Mix in 4 cups of flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Chill for 20 minutes to 1 hour for easier handling.

Roll dough fairly thin, about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut cookies with a linzer cookie cutter or use small round cookie cutter and smaller designed cookie cutter to make tops and bottoms.  Be sure to cut out even numbers of cookie tops and bottoms.

Bake at 375°F for 5-6 minutes; do not brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before filling.

For Filling: Combine butter, cream, vanilla and almond extracts in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar. Frost the bottom side of each solid cookie (without the cut-out) with a small amount of frosting.

Heat raspberry jam in the microwave for about 20 seconds to make it easier to spread. Use a small spoon to place about ½ tsp raspberry jam in the center of the frosting on each cookie.

Place top cookie (with cut-out design) over filling and jam. Store in refrigerator.

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Top Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

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DAY 10: Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

A slightly fancier shortbread, these are one of my very favorite cookies. Orange flavored not-too-sweet shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate; I love this flavor combination.

The dough is shaped into a log, refrigerated until firm and then sliced into rounds to bake. Dipping only half the cookie keeps the fingers much cleaner than trying to dip the whole cookie!

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You can also shape the dough logs into squares or triangles if you are looking to provide some variety of shape on your Christmas cookie tray. I wrapped my dough log in plastic wrap and then pressed it into an empty plastic wrap/foil box and used the box edges to form the mold for the dough.

 

ORIGINAL BLOG POST (2012): Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread

RECIPE:

Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

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1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp pure orange extract
1 tsp fresh orange zest
2 1/3 cups flour
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil or shortening

Use a mixer to cream butter and sugar  until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and orange extracts and orange zest. Gradually blend in flour.

Roll the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap dough log in clear plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice dough with a sharp knife into 1/4″ slices, reshaping dough into circles, as necessary. Place cookies onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove immediately to wire rack to cool.

While cookies cool, heat chocolate and coconut oil (or shortening) in a double boiler. Dip half of each cooled cookie in the melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.

OPTIONAL: You can also shape the dough logs into squares or triangles if you are looking to provide some variety of shape on your Christmas cookie tray. I wrapped my dough log in plastic wrap and then pressed it into an empty plastic wrap/foil box and used the box edges to form the mold for the dough.

(Recipe adapted from Smells Like Home)

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