Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Cookie Challenge

Our newlywed class at church is having a cookie baking challenge (errrr I mean exchange) this Sunday! As we left church last Sunday, I started getting excited about the event and told Reece I needed to prepare and start looking for recipes for the challenge. He laughed and said 'It's not a challenge, it's an exchange'. Riiiiiight. Ok Reece - not a challenge. That's what they want you to think! So, in the Christmas spirit of giving (the best cookie), please post your favorite Christmas cookie recipes in the comments!

So far I have found these 2:

Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


Molasses Crinkles



kristyo15 said...

Sounds like fun! My friend Heather (The Johnson's on my blog) posted a recipe on her blog for these and they looked AWESOME...

Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

1 batch Sugar Cookies, recipe follows
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
Divide the dough in half and add chocolate and vanilla to 1 half and incorporate with hands. Add egg yolk, peppermint extract, and crushed candy to other half of dough and incorporate with hands. Cover both with plastic and chill for approximately 5 minutes. Roll out doughs separately to approximately 1/4-inch thickness. Place peppermint dough on top of chocolate and press together around the edges. Using waxed paper or flexible cutting board underneath, roll dough into log. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove dough from the refrigerator and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place cookies 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat and bake for 12 to 13 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Sugar Cookie:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl

Andria said...

Ohhhh - those sound fabulous!