Holiday Baking & Gift Making

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When my mom invited me over to bake cookies with her I jumped all over it. Baking and the holidays go hand in hand. Feeding your friends and family is the ultimate way to say you care. Today I'm going to share 3 cookies that are guaranteed to satisfy.

First up, a pre made cookie mix from 3 Nutz Baking Co. These cookies are super addictive and the best part, they are healthier than your average. The Chocolate Chip Kookie Mix is Paleo friendly and gluten free. You just add eggs, vanilla extract and bake. How easy is that? You can also opt for an egg replacer to make the mix vegan.

I mixed together the prepackaged dry ingredients with 2 eggs and 4 tsps of vanilla extract. Mini chocolate chips (which distributed evenly in every bite) are packaged separately so they don't get broken up in the initial mixing of ingredients. This family run company seriously thought of everything.

The mix is pretty sticky and the final cookie shape is based on how you mold your raw dough. Too keep each cookie looking perfect I used a scoop. This was my first time with this gadget and it's life changing! No mess and a perfect cookie.

Since it is the holidays and that clearly means time to overindulge I dipped half the cookies in dark chocolate and sprinkles.

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Next up the easiest cookie you could ever "make", Reese's chocolate chip cookies. I put the word make in quotes because this cookie starts with pre made cookie dough. Buy the kind that comes in little square blocks. I used chocolate lovers cookie dough, but chocolate chip or peanut butter would also do the trick. Using a mini muffin pan stick each square in a hole. Bake according to the directions on the cookie package.

While the cookies bake, unwrap the same number of mini Reese's peanut butter cups. This is the hardest part of making this cookie, because it's real tough not to eat every opened candy.

When the cookies come out of the oven stick a Reese's in each one and let them cool. Pop out and eat package these babies up!

This cookie recipe is brought to you by my mother by way of my grandma. Audrey's Butterhorn Cookies are named after a lovely lady who used to live next to my grandma Lucy. These cookies are buttery, flaky and rolled in sugary goodness. I also happen to think they are the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of coffee or tea!

A note for all the cookie dough eaters:  do not eat this dough. You will think to yourself OMG this is missing something and you would be right. The cookie does not come together until the outer layer of sugar is added. You have been warned, but just like me you will probably STILL sample a scoop.

Audrey's Butterhorn Cookies
Yields 100 cookies

Dough Ingredients:

• 3 cups Flour
• 3 sticks Unsalted butter
• 2/3 cup Granulated sugar (Place an additional 2 cups of sugar in a bowl to roll cookies in after baking)
• 1/2 cup Almonds (skin on, grind in food processor until a dust consistency)

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Take a tablespoon of dough and roll it in your hands to form a crescent shape. Lay on parchment lined cookie trays. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool, but while the cookie is warm roll it in the 2 cups of sugar you set aside in a bowl.

Even Sawyer got in on the fun! Perhaps we have a future baker on our hands?

I wrapped up all the cookies in blue, silver, and chalkboard paper. Now all that's left is delivering my handmade treats.

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