Christmas Photo Challenge Day 9

Day 9: Treats. As some of you may know from my previous blogs, I don’t really eat much sugar. And to some, what I consider treats may be booooring. However, this is what I keep in my house. I buy the boxes of granola bars by the loads. Right now over my fridge, there’s at…

Hot Cocoa Cookies

HOT COCOA COOKIES Makes about 60 pieces  Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter 12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar 3 eggs, at room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 7.5 oz. semisweet…

Cranberry Pistachio Pudding Cookies

CRANBERRY PISTACHIO PUDDING COOKIES Prep Time: 15 mins Cookie Time: 12 min Yield: 36 pieces Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 (3.4oz) package instant pistachio pudding mix 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup dried cranberries Reynolds parchment paper…

Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PATTY COOKIES Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 8-10 mins Yield: 30 pieces Chocolate cookies with a fun surprise inside-a peppermint patty! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar…

Spitzbuben: Traditional Austrian Cookies

SPITZBUBEN Makes about 35 pieces Ingredients  250 g of flour, 1 egg yolk 1 pinch of salt 150 g cold butter 100g icing sugar 1 vanilla sugar Apricot jam for filling and powder sugar to decorate Directions All the ingredients for a quick pastry and knead about 2 hours Allow to rest in the fridge….

Melomakarona: Greek Christmas Cookie

MELOMAKARONA Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 30 Mins Yield: 30-40 pieces Ingredients 1 1/2 cups light olive oil or 1 1/2 cups corn oil 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature 1 cup beer (or more) or 1 cup orange juice (or more) 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 2 oranges, zest…