Beyond the Veil: Our Favorite Christmas Cookies
If there is one season we wish would never end, it would be Christmas season. Christmas movies, the best playlists, beautiful wrapping paper, memorable ornaments, champagne (lots of champagne)...we could go on and on. So on this Christmas Eve-eve, as we're wrapping up our wrapping and playing Elf on repeat (#spiritanimal), we thought we'd share our favorite Christmas cookie recipes with you!
Emma: Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Originally from Sally's Baking Addiction
1 and 1/4 cup (160g)all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cup (190g) yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (I typically use vanilla cake mix - you just need the DRYmix)1
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (180g) chocolate chips (I used a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months. (Then bake as directed adding 1 minute to the bake time without thawing.)
Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Shape your cookie dough balls to be "taller" than they are wide, as pictured above. Press a few chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie dough balls, if desired. That makes a pretty cookie. Make sure to keep dough chilled when working in batches.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Mine take 10 minutes exactly. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. You can also press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will melt down and stick from the warm cookies).
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Allow to come to room temperature and continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well - up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well - up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.
Emma uses holiday sprinkles to bring some Christmas-flair to this recipe!
Kaitlynn: Seven in One Bars
1/2 c. melted butter
1.5 c. crushed graham crackers
One 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. butterscotch chips
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.3 c. sweetened flaked coconut
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. Evenly layer with chocolate chips, coconut and butterscotch chips. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the layers.
Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars and serve! Store covered at room temperature.
We want to know some of your favorite Christmas (or winter holiday!!) cookies. Share the recipes in the comments below!
We're closing up shop for the next few days as we celebrate with our loved ones! We'll see you all next week!!
Kaitlynn + Emma