Saturday, December 12, 2009

C Is For Cookie, Cookie, Cookie

It's almost 8 o'clock and I'm still in my sweats. But it's OK. For one, it's Saturday. And two, I got a ton of things checked off my list regardless. All from the comfort of my own dining room table.

First I signed, sealed, stamped and delivered all my Christmas cards. OK, so I didn't deliver them myself. But I did reach my arm ever so slightly out into the cold air to place them in my mailbox for our postman to retrieve.

Then I did a little Christmas shopping thanks to this modern invention known as the Internets. Crossed four people off my list and helped Santa out a little too. I rock.

Then it was cookie time! Do you do Christmas cookie baking? I try to do five or six batches each year to deliver to neighbors and share with family. I used to think I was hot stuff. The epitome of little Susie Homemaker. You should be so lucky to call me your wife or mother.

But then I read Amy's blog and I was humbled to my knees.

All I have to say is: Wow.

After reading Amy's blog I powered through my feelings of inadequacy and decided I'd still make my sorry little attempt to spread some Christmas cheer.

Last year I shared all six of my Christmas cookie recipes. This year I've already made the standard Nutmeg Sticks that our family is famous for and I plan on making my hubby's favorite, Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps, next week. But I threw out my sugar cookie cut-out recipe because it wasn't great. This year I used my mom's. Dough's in the frig. I'll post more later.

But in the meantime I've GOT to share two amazing new cookie recipes with you. Well, new for me anyway.

The first is the 2008 winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. The baker was featured on Oprah a few weeks back. And since Pillsbury is a hometown company I had to give it a try. The recipe can be found here but take note that I had trouble finding the Pillsbury refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough. So I made my own! I used the recipe on the back of my Jiffy Creamy Peanut Butter container. If you go the make-your-own-dough route then you should be forewarned that the recipe will make more than 24 cookies so you may want to make extra peanut butter balls.

The second recipe has made my sister-in-law, Nicky, famous. Well famous with my husband anyway. These cookies almost had him begging his brother to swap wives. They're that good.

Since we won't be seeing much of her on Christmas this year, I knew I had to give the cookies a try so my love wouldn't be crying into his eggnog. Here's the recipe and picture of my batch. I hope I did them justice!

Santa Surprise Cookies

2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 packages Snickers miniatures (I ended up using about 1 1/2 packages. It will vary depending on how big you make your cookies.)
1 bag Dove chocolates

1. Combine first four ingredients
2. Add eggs and vanilla
3. Add flour, baking soda and salt
4. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours
5. Form about a tablespoon of dough around each Snickers miniature, covering completely
6. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 for 10-12 minutes
7. Melt chocolate and drizzle over cookies


  1. Aww Jenny!

    Remember that I had 12 adults doing those cookies with me :).

    These look really yummy. I might have to try them myself.

    Hope all is well with you.

  2. 'Ctrl P' - Print! I'm going to try them today (along with my peanut butter blossoms!) Thanks for the recipe!

  3. 1500 cookies! Amazing. I can't even begin to imagine it.

    You DID have a productive day, by the way (even if you didn't make 1500 cookies). I think we may have to send New Year cards instead of Christmas cards this year... ;)


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