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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Cheesecake Blondies

Raspberry Cheesecake Blondies

DAY 8: Raspberry Cheesecake Blondies

An almond flavored blondie cookie topped with a raspberry swirled cheesecake batter.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Shortbread Brownies

Shortbread Brownies

DAY 7: Shortbread Brownies

An easy way to dress up a brownie mix (or use your own homemade brownie recipe for the top layer). Ghirardelli is my favorite boxed brownie mix, but you can you any brand made for baking in a 9×13” pan.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Pecan Toffee Blondies

Pecan Toffee Blondies

DAY 6: Pecan Toffee Blondies

These blondies are quick and easy to prepare, and full of nuts and butterscotch flavor. I use the Heath brand toffee bits in these bars.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

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DAY 4: M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

These cookie bars are quick to make, and delicious and fun to eat. They will satisfy kids and grown-ups alike.

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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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Eleventh Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies 2DAY 9: Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

Nothing says Christmas cheer like Sprinkles! These are sure to please both kids and adults.

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Christmas Sprinkle Cookies

  • Servings: 2-3 dozen small cookies
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1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ cups sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp salt
About ½ cup Christmas sprinkle candies

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

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt.

Using a cookie scoop, place level scoops on baking sheets, about 2” apart. Roll scoops of dough into 1” balls, then roll dough balls in sprinkles and return to baking sheet.

Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until baked through, but still pale. Don’t overbake. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on baking sheet before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 2-3 dozen small cookies

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