Monthly Archives: November 2013

100 Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies Recipes;  More than 100 ideas, photos, and Christmas cookies recipes.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coconut Cookies Candy Cane Fudge Brownie Cookies

It’s nearing Christmas, and after all, this is a cookie blog, so how could I not bring you a humongous collection of amazing Christmas Cookie ideas?

I asked some of my friends to share their favorites, and I was overwhelmed with great recipes for molasses cookies, peanut butter blossoms, mint chocolate cookies, tea cakes, and just about everything else you can imagine.  So many, in fact, I didn’t even have room for them all here.

I’ve organized them into categories for you:  Molasses and Gingerbread Cookies; Shortbread Cookies and Tea Cakes; Mint and Peppermint Cookies; Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies; and Other Great Christmas Cookies.  Just click on the picture to be taken to the corresponding recipe.

And drop me a comment while you are here.  Let me know, what’s your favorite Christmas cookie, and what new recipe are you excited to try?

 

Molasses and Gingerbread Cookies

iced-gingersnapIced Molasses
Cookies
I Heart Eating
gingersnap cookie recipeChocolate
Gingersnaps
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
healthy-ginger-cookiesHealthier Chocolate
Molasses Cookies
Running to the Kitchen
whoopie-pies-3-682x1024Gingerbread
Whoopie Pies
Diethood
GingersnapCookieSandwicheswithLemonCreamCheeseIcing21_thumbGingersnap Cookies
with Lemon Frosting
Keep it Sweet Desserts
3-gingerThree Ginger
Gingersnaps
Bake Love Give
2-Chocolate-Gingerbread-Christmas-Tree-Cookies-@createdbydiane-530x353Chocolate Gingerbread
Cookies
Created by Diane
gingersnap-mapleMolasses Maple
Cream Cookies
Law Student’s Wife
gingerbread-cut-outsGingerbread
Cut-Out Cookies
Bake Love Give
molasses-spiceMolasses
Spice Cookies
Corner Kitchen Blog
nantucket-gingerNantucket
Ginger Cookies
Cooking With Books
Gingerbread squaresClassic
Gingerbread
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
grain_free_gingerbread_men_2Gingerbread Men
Gluten and Grain Free
Texanerin
ginger-snap-682x1024Gingersnaps with
Cream Cheese Frosting
Diethood
chocolate-stuffed-gingerbread-cookies-600-wmChocolate Stuffed
Gingerbread Cookies
I Heart Eating
chewy-gingerChewy Ginger
Cookies
Alida’s Kitchen
White-ChocolateWhite Chocolate
Molasses Cookies
Julie’s Eats & Treats
molassescookies7R100% Whole Grain
Molasses Cookies
Texanerin
giant-ginger-6Giant Ginger
Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
gingersnap-christmas-time-1024x1024Ginger
Sparkles
Rachel Cooks
dbl-gingerDouble Ginger
Cookies
Noble Pig

 

Shortbread Cookies and Tea Cakes

Holiday-Funfetti-Shortbread-Cookies-RachelCooksHoliday Funfetti
Shortbread Cookies
Rachel Cooks
TeaCakes1Tangerine
Tea Cakes
Savvy Eat
Russian-tea-cakes-7Russian
Tea Cakes
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
chocolateshortbread2Chocolate
Shortbread
Persnickety Plates
Pecan SandiesPecan
Sandies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
orange-shortbreadOrange Creamsicle
Shortbread
Spabettie
shortbread recipeAlmond
Shortbread Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
cardamom-tea-cakesCardamom
Snowball Cookies
Savory Simple
Vanillekipferl - Christmas crescent shaped Vanilla shortcrust cookiesVanillekipferl
Crescent Cookies
Masala Herb Blog
Toffee-Almond-Snowball-Cookies-5Toffee Almond
Snowball Cookies
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
mintsurprisecookiesMint Surprise
Cookies
Kailley’s Kitchen
shortbreadShortbread
Cookies
Because I Like Chocolate
Spritzgebäck - Austrian German Shortcrust Christmas CookiesSpritzgeback
Shortbread Cookies
Masala Herb Blog
Almond-Crescents-5-wmAlmond
Crescents
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
almond-joyAlmond Joy
Cookies
The Pink Flour

 

Mint and Peppermint Cookies

melting-momentsMelting Moments
Cookies
Corner Kitchen
Mint-chocolate-muffin-top-cookiesMint Chocolate
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
peppermint-thumbprints-7Peppermint
Thumbprints
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate-Peppermint-CookiesChocolate Peppermint
Cookies
Around My Family Table
mint-cccMint Chocolate
Chip Cookies
Mom on Timeout
Peppermint-Thumbprints-1024x682Peppermint
Thumbprints
Lemons for Lulu
candy-cane-fudge-brownies-cookies-roxanashomebaking-2Candy Cane Fudge
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
peppermint-twistPeppermint Twist
Kiss Cookies
Alida’s Kitchen
peppermintmocha-685x1024Peppermint
Mocha Cookies
Shugary Sweets
Candy-Cane-ThumbprintsCandy Cane
Thumbprints
Crumbs and Chaos
Peppermint-Swirl-Cookies-VertPeppermint Swirl
Sugar Cookies
Simple Bites
candy-cane-blossomsCandy Cane
Blossoms
Cupcake Diaries
Peppermint-Mocha-Pudding-Cookies-title (1)Peppermint Mocha
Pudding Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
Peppermint-Patty-Fudge-Cookies-3Peppermint Patty
Fudge Cookies
Dinners Dishes & Dessert
chocolate-peppermint-4aPeppermint Choc
Sandwich Cookies
Snappy Gourmet
dark-chocolate-mint-cookiesDark Chocolate
Mint Cookies
Shugary Sweets
dk-choc-andesDark Chocolate Andes
Mint Cookie Cups
Beyond Frosting
Peppermint-Snowball-Cookies-6-titlePeppermint
Snowball Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
mint_chocolate_cookies_1GF Fresh Mint Double
Chocolate Cookies
Texanerin
Chocolate-Mint-Cookies-3-thumb-labeledMint Chocolate
Pudding Cookies
Dinners Dishes & Dessert
Andes-Mint-Filled-Cookies-1Andes Mint Filled
Chocolate Cookies
Inside BruCrew Life
Candy Cane Crunch Cookies 4Candy Cane
Crunch Cookies
Kitchen is my Playground
peppcookie-685x1024Grandma’s Peppermint
Puff Cookies
Shugary Sweets
Dk-choc-mint-chipDark Chocolate
Mint Chip Cookies
Law Student’s Wife

 

Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cookies

spiced-chocolate-crackle-cookies-recipeSpiced Chocolate
Crackle Cookies
Mom on Timeout
Cherry-Pistachio-Cookies-6Chocolate Cherry
Pistachio Cookies
Cravings of a Lunatic
Turtle Cookies 1Turtle Cookies
The Kitchen is
My Playground
buttermilk cookiesChocolate
Frosted Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Gluten-Free-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-The-Lemon-Bowl-1024x1024Gluten Free
Choc Chip Cookies
The Lemon Bowl
chocolate-cherry-thumbprints-2Chocolate Cherry
Thumbprints
Rachel Cooks
salted-caramel-chocolate-cookiesSalted Caramel
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Beyond Frosting
Chocolate CrinklesChocolate
Crinkles
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
choc-espressoChocolate
Espresso Cookies
Sheri Silver
orange_spice_cookiesOrange Chocolate
Spice Cookies
Wine & Glue
mexican-hot-chocolate-7aMexican Hot Chocolate
Sandwich Cookies
Snappy Gourmet
PB chocChocolate Peanut
Butter Cup Cookies
Cook Like a Champion
Reverse-White-Chocolate-Crackle-Cookie-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-Lead-TypeReverse White Choc
Crackle Cookies
Eat the Love
Hot-Chocolate-Cookies-Recipe-25recipestoXmas-roxanashomebaking-7Hot Chocolate Fudgy
Brownie Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
chocolate cookie recipeSalted Dark
Chocolate Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
choc-cherry-cookiesChocolate Covered
Cherry Cookies
Wonky Wonderful
turtle cups6Turtle Cookie
Cups – Hezzie-D’s
Books &  Cooks
dbl-chocBite Size Double
Chocolate Cookies
Back for Seconds

 

Other Seasonal Cookies

Eggnog-Cookies-6Eggnog
Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Gingersnap-Pumpkin-Spice-Sandwich-Cookies-1024x687Gingersnap
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Simply Southern Baking
Gluten-Free-Peanut-Butter-Cookies-RecipeGluten Free Peanut
Butter Cookies
Back for Seconds
cinnamon-roll-cookies-2-600-writing-wm-Cinnamon Roll
Cookies
I Heart Eating
linzer-cookies-6Linzer
Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Italian-Sugar-Cookies_blogItalian
Sugar Cookies
Very Culinary
Pignole-hero-480x320Pignoli Cookies
(Pine Nut Cookies)
Shockingly Delicious
alice-sugar-cookieAlice’s Sugar
Cookies – Susie
Freaking Homemaker
brown sugar cookie recipeBrown Sugar
Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
egyptian-fig-rollsEgyptian
Fig Rolls
What Smells So Good
Nutella-Eggnog-Cookies-roxanashomebaking-2Nutella Eggnog
Cookies
Roxana’s Home Baking
Chai-Cut-Out-Cookies-6-wmChai Cut-Out
Cookies
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
copycatjingles-685x1024Homemade
Jingles
Shugary Sweets
italian-cookiesItalian
Cookies
Noble Pig
Apricot-Amaretti-Cookies-Irvin-Lin-Eat-The-Love-LeadApricot
Amaretti Cookies
Eat the Love
zimtsterne1kR3Zimsterne
(Cinnamon Star)
Bake or Break
Brown-Sugar-Cinnamon-Coconut-Cookies-0980Brown Sugar
Cinnamon Coconut
Chocolate Moosey
snickerdoodles-white-chocSnickerdoodles with
White Chocolate Chunks
Corner Kitchen
Graham-Cracker-Cookies-with-Roasted-Pumpkin-Marshmallow-Filling-11_thumbGraham Cookies with
Pumpkin Marshmallow
Keep it Sweet Desserts
Cinnabon-Sugar-Cookies-2Cinnabon
Sugar Cookies
Inside BruCrewLife
White-Chocolate-Cranberry-Cookies-Soft-chewy-cookies-full-of-white-chocolate-chips-and-dried-cranberriesWhite Chocolate
Cranberry Cookies
Julie’s Eats & Treats
Speculoos-Recipe-4Speculaas
(Biscoff Cookies)
Eat the Love
coconut cookieCoconut Crispies
(Corn Flake Cookies)
Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Caramel-Kiss-Cinnamon-Spritz-Cookies-0901Caramel Kiss
Cinnamon Spritz
Chocolate Moosey
florentine-laceFlorentine
Lace Cookies
Edible Mosaic
meltawaysCream Cheese
Meltaways
Alida’s Kitchen
Spiced-Mushroom-Cookies-Pineappleandcoconut-7Spiced Mushroom
Cookies
Coconut & Pineapple
Peanut-Butter-Cup-Blossom-Cookies-2-labeledPeanut Butter
Cup Blossoms
Dinners Dishes & Desserts
Cookies-and-Cream-Crunch-Cookie-Bites-822x1024Cookies & Cream
Crunch Bites
Simply Southern Baking
Cinnamon-Spice-Bun-Cookie-Honey-Buttermilk-Glaze-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-1Cinnamon Spice
Bun Cookies
Eat the Love
Buttery-Toffee-Walnut-Cookies-689x1024Buttery Toffee
Walnut Cookies
Simply Southern Baking
Fluffernutter-Flourless-Peanut-Butter-Marshmallow-Thumbprint-Cookies-2-title Flourless Fluffernutter
Thumbprints
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
graham cracker cc cookies thumb2Graham Cracker
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Christmas cookies recipes

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Apple cheesecake bars recipe; An almond and cold cereal crust makes this apple cheesecake bars recipe truly unique.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Post Pebbles, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsIt’s been a rough week around here.  Everyone, and I do mean everyone, in this little family has been sick.

Fortunately for us, Robb got sick before the rest of us, and is now able to take care of us without worry of catching this horrible flu.  This stupid thing knocked me flat on my back for an entire week so far.  It will probably be more than that when it’s all said and done.

Honestly, it’s kind of nice to have this blog to voice my thoughts, because I’m certainly not voicing anything out loud today.

You know what you do when everyone is sick?  You buy paper plates.  And plastic spoons.  And lots and lots of cold cereal.

Apple Pie cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesApple Pie Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal.  All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk.  It’s a tragedy, when you think about it, because there is so much more that can be done with it!

To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.

Well, I didn’t use the whole box for the crust.  The rest of it will probably be poured into bowls and covered with milk.

By the way, if you hurry, you can grab your own box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or another Post cereal you like) for just $1.99 at Walgreens.  Pretty good deal, I think.

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsApple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Nothing against apples or cheesecake, but I love this crust.  It’s my favorite part.  It’s nutty and sweet, and you would probably never suspect it uses cold cereal as its main ingredient.

Plus, it gives us a fun little treat to snack on between the coughing fits!

More cheesecake bars you might enjoy:

Twix-Cheesecake-Bars-4Twix Cheesecake
Bars
eggnog cheesecake barsEggnog
Bars
no bake cheesecakeEasy
Cheesecake
5.0 from 2 reviews
Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 16
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 1½ cups Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
CHEESECAKE:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple pie filling
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. FOR CRUST: In a food processor or high speed blender, process cereal and almonds together, just until lightly crushed.
  2. Combine cereal mixture with melted butter, sugar, and flour.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-22 min.
  4. FOR CHEESECAKE: While crust is baking, whip cream cheese and sugar until well combined and soft. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Add pie filling and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Pour over crust, return to oven and bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
  7. Let cool before cutting and serving.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Caramel Apple Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
Sour Cream Apple Bars from Your Home Based Mom
No Bake Caramel Swirl Apple Butter Cheesecake from Chocolate Moosey

 

apple cheesecake bars recipe

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa;  This simple and delicious peppermint hot chocolate is made in a crock pot.  You will love this creamy peppermint slow cooker hot cocoa!

peppermint-cocoaThis shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

For probably two years, we have not had any tv at our house.  No cable, no satellite, not even Netflix.  Just one gaming system and one BluRay player.

This week, we finally entered this decade and splurged on a Netflix subscription.

Not a moment too soon, either.  It happened just as Robb got the flu.  He spent days feeling achy and tired and complaining about his inability to breathe.  He spent a couple evenings laying on the couch with the remote in his hand.

Next was The Lizard.  His bedroom is right beneath ours, and we heard him coughing and coughing at 4 in the morning.  I sent him to school with a handful of cough drops and a package of Kleenex.

Hippie Chick was next.  This girl literally called me from school during first period yesterday.  “I know school just barely started,” she began, “but I’m really sick.”

I guess it’s officially winter.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I took myself to Target with my handy-dandy coupon and stocked up on Kleenex.  You can do the same, you know.  Get your coupon here, while supplies last.

I figured the packed sinuses and sore throats in this house could use something warm to drink, something soothing and creamy.  I pulled out a pot to start mixing it up, but then thought better of it.  After all, half the family was napping, and the other half would probably be napping soon.  So I pulled out the slow cooker and went to work. Continue reading “Peppermint Hot Cocoa” »

Giant Ginger Cookies

Giant Ginger Cookies;  These giant ginger cookies are a holiday favorite, made extra large for big cookie lovers!

Giant Ginger Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesIt’s the very last day of Cookie Week.  The last day of bloggers banding together to share amazing cookies for the holiday season.

The last day of molasses, and eggnog, and peppermint, and blessed blessed chocolate.

It’s also the last day of the giveaway, which makes today your very last chance to win big.

Yes, yes, I might be a little overdramatic.  After all, cookie recipes cannot be stopped.  There are an infinite number of holiday cookie ideas out there to be discovered.

And next year, we will probably hold another fun Cookie Week event.

However, I thought these Giant Ginger Cookies would make a fitting finale to this year’s cookie week.  Wanna know why?  It’s because they are the very first recipe I ever put on this blog.

Giant Ginger Cookies

That’s right.  Clear back in December of 2009, this recipe was the beginning of my glorious blogging career.  This post had no photos, no stories, just a simple recipe.  And almost 4 years and over 300 blog posts later, they are back.

They’re back because they’re fantastic.

This is not my original recipe, by the way.  I wish I knew whose it was, so I could shake their hand.  I did make the odd tweak here and there, mostly to cut the recipe in half because 12 humongous cookies is quite enough, thank you very much.

Giant Ginger CookiesGiant Ginger Cookies

Before I say goodbye for today, let me share a couple ways you can make the most of this fun event.  First… Follow the COOKIE WEEK board on Pinterest!

 

Second, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!  We’re giving away a 9-speed Kitchen Aid hand mixer, a silicone baking mat, and lots of other awesome cookie baking supplies, and there are lots of ways to enter.

And last, be sure to visit all of these lovely blogs and see what they have created for you.  I promise, you won’t regret it.

Bethmännchen cookies by Masala Herb
Chewy Brigadeiro Pecan Bars by Food Lust People Love
Chocolate Cookie Thumbprints with Pepper Jam by Omeletta
Chocolate-Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies by i heart eating
Earl Grey Icebox Cookies by Crumb
Giant Ginger Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Simple Snowman Cookies from It’s Yummi!
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Homemade Thin Mints by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter
Miso Sesame Cookies by NinjaBaking.com
Peppermint Cream Thumbprint Cookies by Beyond Frosting
Salted Caramel Stuffed Toffee Chip Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Sandwich Cookies by Texana’s Kitchen
Shortbread Christmas Mouse Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic

More molasses cookies for you to enjoy:

Molasses Snickerdoodle recipeMolasses
Snickerdoodles
ginger-cookies-with-molasses-2Molasses Waffle
Iron Cookies
gingersnap cookie recipeChocolate
Gingersnaps

Giant Ginger Cookies
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Very large, soft, spiced molasses cookies.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter (or shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups flour
  • sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and spices and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined.
  4. Roll dough into large 2-inch balls, you should have 10-12 total. Place on a baking sheet with plenty of room between each. (Only 6 on a large cookie sheet at a time)
  5. Bake at 350F for 11-14 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

 

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies Recipes; These cookies use ground almonds and plum jelly for a lovely flavor.  Try this linzer cookies recipes this season.

linzer-cookiesIt never occurred to me to have a favorite jam or jelly.  I just like them all.  Strawberry, raspberry, apricot, plum… I like them all.

My mom’s favorite is plum jam, and since grandma has a plum tree, I’ve made jam a couple times.  I’m not going to lie, it’s fantastic stuff.  Plus it’s easy as pie to make, because you don’t have to peel the fruit, you put it in the jam with skins on.

Then there is my diligent and hard working sister-in-law.  She made plum jelly this year (no fruit) which is far more difficult.  You have to cook it down and strain it before you can even turn it into jelly.  “Why are you doing all this work?” I asked her.  “Because I don’t like jam.”

Not that I blame her, I guess we all have our quirky little food preferences that we will go to great lengths to work around.

She gave me a jar of the most beautiful dark and flavorful plum jelly you’ve ever seen.  It’s tart, full of flavor, and frankly, tastes fantastic with these almond Linzers.  I debated about parting with it but finally decided the cookies were worth it. Linzer Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies It’s still cookie week, by the way.  I hope you’ve been checking in and enjoying all the fantastic cookie recipes we’ve created for you.  Let’s have a quick recap, shall we?

Monday I shared Eggnog Cookies and told you all about the fun giveaway.  Have you entered yet?  You totally should.  There are a mega ton of ways to enter.  Take your pick! Continue reading “Linzer Cookies” »

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies;  These cute thumbprints are peppermint cookies with chocolate filling.

Peppermint Cream Cheese ThumbprintsIt’s day two of cookie week, and so far, my kids are thrilled that there are so many cookies in the house.

I’m thrilled to be able to finally freeze a few for the upcoming holiday season.  Having frozen cookies is one of my favorite things.

You know what else I love?  Listening to my kids make music.  Even when it’s terrible, I still love it.  The Lizard just loves learning chords and playing songs he’s heard on the radio.  He has practiced this kind of playing a lot and is getting pretty decent at it.  The other kids are nowhere as skilled (or as practiced) as he is, so when they want to re-create popular radio songs, they ask him to play while they sing.

As I’m writing this, The Hippie Chick is singing “Stay the Night” by Zed, while The Lizard works feverishly to figure out chords for her.  Both of them sound quite good… separately.  But the Hippie Chick’s super soft voice and the Lizard’s super loud playing make it tough for them to hear one another, and consequently they are not quite together.

As the only piano teacher they have ever known, I have faith that someday this will be a total work of art.  And even if it’s not, I still love it.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I love peppermint too.  I’ve wanted to make these cute peppermint cookies for some time now.  Do you remember when I told you how much I luuuuuurvve peppermint ice cream with hot fudge?  Mmmmm.

I bet these would be fantastic with a cup of dark chocolate cocoa, too.  I love the peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks, by the way, speaking of peppermint and chocolate and things I love.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite CookiesPeppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Thanks for dropping by cookie week today.  Be sure to come back for more fantastic cookie recipes all week!  And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, please do!

Then curl up with some of your favorite things and favorite people and have some peppermint thumbprints.

More great #cookieweek cookies!

 Coconut Macaroons by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Ginger Crinkle Cookies by Love and Confections
Loaded Oatmeal Coconut Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies by Beyond Frosting
Stuffed Chocolate Chip Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Cookies by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream by i heart eating
Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

 

More wonderful peppermint treats!

chocolatePeppermint Bark fudge with candy canesChoc Mint Fudge chocolate mintMint Popcorn Bark

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints
 
Cook time
Total time
 
A soft peppermint cookie filled with chocolate.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
COOKIE:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
FILLING:
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 T. whipping cream
  • 1 T. butter
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Add egg, extract, and food coloring and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and place on baking sheet. Tap the end of a wooden spoon handle into the center of the dough balls several times to create a deep well.
  4. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.
  5. In a saucepan, melt chocolate with cream and butter, stirring until fully melted and smooth. Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the center of each cookie. Let chocolate set (2-3 hours) before storing in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.

 

Eggnog Cookies

Welcome to #cookieweek my little cookie monsters! Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends! Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps or simply visit our Pinterest board!  Make sure you enter the giveaway with some fabulous prizes from KitchenAidKing Arthur FlourOXO,Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to help with your cookie making needs!

Eggnog-CookiesOur daughter, The Hippie Chick, finally tested for her brown belt last week.  It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you.  Getting that girl to actually hit someone is nearly impossible, and I find myself yelling things like “hit him!” and “harder!” while she is sparring.  You’d think she was sparring with people made of glass, the way she hits sometimes.

As a celebration, we went to a local fast food place for shakes.  It’s kind of a tradition.

It’s always interesting to see what flavors the kids will choose.  The Lizard is quite adventurous, and chooses something different every time.  This time was coconut cream, which was not too bad.  The Fruitarian, despite his fruit-loving reputation, usually opts for chocolate (that’s my boy!), but this time chose root beer.  Yum.

The Hippie Chick always chooses something bizarre, and this time she wanted an eggnog shake.

I opted to just get a spoon and take a little “mom tax” from everyone.  (The shakes are ridiculously humongous, so it’s no big loss for them to share.)  Eating a few bites of that eggnog shake really made me ready for winter baking.

Eggnog Cookies for #cookieweek from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I came home and immediately dreamed up these eggnog cookies.

Eggnog is kind of a weird thing, when you think about it.  I always love when eggnog season rolls around each winter, but I don’t actually drink that much of it, and I am never sad to see the season end in the spring.

The kids loved the eggnog cookies, but I think they were even more excited to know there was eggnog in the fridge, and more importantly, that they were allowed to drink it.

Eggnog Cookies for #cookieweek from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Maybe one of these days, I’ll have to share my homemade eggnog recipe with you.  Until then, these cookies will have to tide you over!

We have an amazing  giveaway lined up this week thanks to our fabulous sponsors,KitchenAidOXOKing Arthur FlourSilpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar.  

Four lucky winners will win one of the following:

Prize #1: 1 (one) KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer plus 1 (one) 4lb bag of  Zulka Pure Cane Sugar

Prize #2: 1 (one) OXO gift set including the following:  1 (one) 3-in-1 Egg Separator, 1(one) Cookie Press, 1(one) Autumn Cookie Disk Set, 1(one) 3 piece Cookie Cutter Set, 1(one) Bowl Scraper, 1(one) 2 Cup Adjustable Measuring Cups

Prize #3: 1 (one) King Arthur Flour gift set including the following: 1(one) King Arthur Unbleached All Purpose Flour -5lb bag, 1(one) Snowflake Cookie Cutter Set, 1(one) King Arthur Flour Pure Vanilla Extract, 1(one) Sparkling Sugar Collection, 1(one) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Wafers – 16oz and 1(one) 4lb bag of Zulka Pure Cane Sugar

Prize #4: 1 (one) Silpat Halfsize Mat and 1(one) 4lb bag Zulka Pure Cane Sugar

This giveaway is open to US residents from November 11, 2013 through November 16, 2013 11:59pm EST and will be picked from random draw.  The winners will be notified via email and have 72 hours to respond, if not their prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

How to Enter:

  1. Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with  your favorite cookie to bake during the holidays or for cookie swaps.
  2. Many more ways to enter in the rafflecopter widget!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

A little about our sponsors:

The iconic Kitchenaid stand mixer was born in 1919, from there stemmed an entire kitchen of  high-performance appliances -all created with the same attention to detail and quality.  OXO’s mission is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier.  King Arthur Flour was founded in 1790, as America’s oldest flour company they provided pure, high-quality flour to residents of the newly formed U.S., still going strong, they are the nation’s premier baking resource.  Silpat was founded in 1965 by M Guy Demarle in Northern France.  He was an experience baker seeing a better way to bake bread with forms using non-stick silicone coatings.  He invented the first non-stick baguete baking trays and a few  years later invented  and created the original Silpat.  Zulka Pure Cane Sugar is a Non GMO Project Verified “Morena” sugar – a term used to described granulated sugars that do not undergo conventional refining processes.  Zulka is perfect for baking, it tastes better, is less processed and is a cup for cup replacement.

Disclaimer: KitchenAid, OXO, King Arthur Flour, Silpat and Zulka Pure Cane are providing the prizes free of charge.  All opinions stated are my own.

 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies by Like Mother Like Daughter
Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookie Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chocolate-Filled Christmas Thumbprint Cookies by Food Lust People Love
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sandwich Cookies by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Cookie Cups by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Peppermint Raisin Cookies from It’s Yummi!
Classic Gingersnap Cookies by In The Kitchen With KP
Coffee-Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from Crumb
Dark Chocolate Andes Cookie Cups by Beyond Frosting
Double Chocolate Biscotti by Love and Confections
Eggnog Cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Extra-Chewy Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies from Omeletta
Fruit Coolers by Texana’s Kitchen
Gluten-free Elisenlebkuchen cookies by Masala Herb
Iced Molasses Cookies with by i heart eating
Nutella Cookies by Total Noms
Orange Cream Cookies by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons by 52 Kitchen Adventures
Rolo Brownie Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Saketini Christmas Balls from NinjaBaking.com

More eggnog favorites for you to enjoy!

eggnog cheesecake barsEggnog Bars Nutmeg Cookie recipeNutmeg Cookies eggnog mocktailBlack Cherry Eggnog
4.4 from 10 reviews
Eggnog Cookies
 
Cook time
Total time
 
A soft, cakey cookie made with eggnog, topped with eggnog frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4-5 dozen
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup prepared eggnog (store-bought)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 cups flour
FROSTING:
  • 6 T. prepared eggnog
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, eggnog, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and nutmeg and mix well. Add flour and mix until combined. It should form a very soft dough.
  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet. (*see notes) Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown. Let cool before frosting.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Frost cooled cookies, and store between layers of wax paper or parchment paper.
Notes
The kind of eggnog you purchase at the store is much different from the homemade variety. For this recipe, be sure you are using store-bought prepared eggnog in both the cookie and the frosting.

These cookies are cakey and the dough is quite soft. I recommend lining your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, to avoid sticking.

 santa cookies eggnog

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars

Easy nanaimo bars;  This recipe for easy nanaimo bars uses pumpkin spice pudding for a fall flavor profile.

pumpkin-spice-nanaimo-barsTrue story: This was my first time making Nanaimo Bars.  And it was the first time my family had even heard of them.

Me: I think I’m going to make Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: What?
Me:  Nanaimo Bars.
Robb: {pause}  Mah-what?

I explained to him all about the no-bake layered goodness, the chocolate, the coconut, the cream filling.  He just looked at me suspiciously.  Robb has no imagination for food.

Then I explained all about the Canadian origins, and about the first place I ever heard of them.  Which, strangely enough, was in one of my favorite movies, A Mighty Wind.  (See a trailer for the show here)  Then I did my best North Dakota / Canadian border accent, which netted me one genuine compliment from Robb.  {It’s one of the few accents I can pull off.}

Robb: What are they called again?  Mah-mine-ah?

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let’s not forget that it is now November.  I have no idea where this year went, and I can’t decide whether I’m happy or sad to have it behind me.  But that is beside the point.  The point is, it’s fall, and I needed some fall flavors in these bars.

Enter Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix.  If you can find it {you’ll probably only see it at Walmart} you should grab a couple boxes.  It’s nice to have some kind of special fall-flavored baked goods around this time of year.

Or, to be more precise, no-baked goods.  Whatever.

easy nanaimo barspumpkin-spice-nanaimo

Now that we’ve experienced Nanaimo Bar goodness, we’re going to have trouble forgetting it.  Perhaps I’ll tell the kids that if they can pronounce it, they can have a bar.  (cue evil laugh)

Mah-nee-nee?  Na-mine-ah? Mo-nah-nee-nah?

More pumpkin spice goodness for you to enjoy:

pumpkin krispiesPumpkin Spice
Krispie Treats
pumpkin-fudge-cookie-bars-6Pumpkin Fudge
Cookie Bars
pumpkin oat cookiesPumpkin No-Bake
Cookies

 

Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
 
Traditional no-bake nanaimo bars with a pumpkin spice twist.
Author:
Recipe type: No-Bake Desserts
Serves: 9
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
FILLING:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 box pumpkin spice pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
TOPPING:
  • 4-5 oz. chocolate (or ¾ cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 T. butter
Instructions
  1. FOR CRUST: Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa and sugar, and quickly stir to combine.
  2. Add egg before mixture becomes too hot, and mix well. Continue cooking and stirring another minute or so to let mixture thicken. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in cracker crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x9 pan, and let chill while you make the filling.
  4. FOR FILLING: Soften butter, and combine with pudding, milk and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over crust layer.
  5. FOR TOPPING: Melt chocolate and butter together in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each. Quickly pour over other layers, and smooth with a knife.
  6. Let bars chill for at least 1 hour before cutting into 9 large or 16 small bars. Keep in refrigerator, and serve chilled.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Moist chocolate banana bread; this is the best chocolate banana bread recipe I’ve found, and tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have this friend who is an avid cyclist.  And by “avid,” I mean “crazy.”  This woman regularly goes on marathon bike rides.  She is always telling us about her latest and greatest 50 mile ride up some mountain or another.

I don’t know how one rear end can take that much time on a bicycle seat.

I complain about piano benches, but they’re nothing compared to bicycles.

Some time ago, she was gushing about the amazing snack they had after their 30 mile ride up the canyon.  It seems someone had made chocolate banana bread and slathered it with peanut butter and honey.

The thought of it almost made me want to ride a bike up the canyon, just to get a slice.

Almost.

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through.  The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me.

And if I’m being completely honest, the thought of how this bread would look on this cutting board is the real reason I ended up making it.

I know I’m being biased, I know I am… but The Lizard (our oldest son) made this board in his wood shop class, and when he brought it home, I gushed and gushed about it.  Maybe you saw where I immediately posted a photo of it on Instagram?  That’s the kind of mom I am.  The Lizard said, “You haven’t even had it 2 minutes!!”  Then he took immense pride in the number of likes and comments that photo got on Instagram and Facebook.  (Oh yes, I copied the photo to Facebook.  Did I mention how excited I was?)

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI had intended to be the best mom in the entire world, and send peanut butter on chocolate banana bread sandwiches in sack lunches for the kids.  Buuuuuuutt…  it was Sunday afternoon and that bread just kept calling to me.  And calling.  And calling.

My resolve lasted approximately 45 seconds before I sliced into this baby and smeared it with peanut butter.  The entire loaf was gone within minutes.

Now that I have experienced this particular snack, my butt is going to need that 30 mile bike ride up the canyon.  Was that part of your master plan, Lish?  Because if it was… brilliant.  Just brilliant.

More banana recipes you’ll love:

homemade-banana-pudding-recipehealthy-banana-muffin-recipeeasy-hummingbird-cake

 

4.3 from 3 reviews
Chocolate Banana Bread
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips.
Author:
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, and mix until banana is mostly mashed and mixed in. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Chocolate Banana Pancakes from Mandy’s Recipe Box
Chocolate Banana Cupcakes from Love and Olive Oil
Frozen Banana Copycat from Eat the Love