Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

Dessert, Holidays | December 24, 2015 | By

raspberry shortbread cookiesMerry Christmas Eve! These Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies are what we’ll be putting out for Santa Claus tonight. And Bryn has asked to put out carrots for the reindeer. 

These cookies are just perfect to me. They have an very intense almond flavor, which you all know is just my jam. I used this recipe from Cooking Classy, but increased the amount of almond extract. 

So what’s everyone doing for Christmas Eve? We’re enjoying a 65 degree day (!!!!) here in upstate New York by taking Beau for an extra long romp at the dog park and then getting a few last minute things at the grocery store. Yes, I’m taking two small children to the grocery store on Christmas Eve, but I forgot some treats for Christmas morning breakfast. 

Trevor and I have plans to finally watch the best Christmas movie ever tonight – “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and there will probably be adult beverages and some more gift wrapping involved. We have a full weekend of activities planned so it’s nice to have a couple days at home with just the four of us. I’m super excited for Christmas morning, and I think having kids on Christmas makes it even more fun.

Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and I’m going to take the rest of the week off, and I’ll be back on Monday with a recap of our holiday festivities! 

In the meantime, make these Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies and tweet me a picture. I love to see what recipes you guys are baking from my blog (shout out to my Aunt Marsha for making yesterday’s Lemon Ricotta Cookies!

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Day 2: Press Cookies 

Day 3: Peanut Blossoms

Day 4: Ultimate Ginger Cookies

Day 5: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles  

Day 6: Buckeyes 

Day 7: Lemon Ricotta Cookies 

Read on for the recipe!

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Dessert, Holidays | December 23, 2015 | By

Lemon Ricotta CookiesOkay, so I think these Lemon Ricotta Cookies are the second-to-last cookie recipe that I’m going to bake for this Christmas. While it’s been a seriously tasty couple of weeks, I’m in need of a little new year’s detox after all this sugar (ha! Watch, I’ll post even more sugary treats in January). 

Anywho, these Lemon Ricotta Cookies are really soft, and I absolutely love how citrusy they are. They’re intensely lemon-flavored with none of that weird, fake lemon taste. It’s just a pure, simple cookie that’s really tart while being sweet. It’s a great balance between all the heavy chocolate and peanut butter treats that I tend to gravitate towards. 

This recipe is originally from Giada de Laurentiis and I made zero additions or subtractions, which is pretty rare these days. All in all, its a great, easy to whip up kind of cookie. Case in point, I actually made these with Bryn and we both had quite a bit of fun (cooking with kids isn’t like my absolute favorite thing to do since it’s not very relaxing).

Read on for the recipe and enjoy!

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Day 2: Press Cookies 

Day 3: Peanut Blossoms

Day 4: Ultimate Ginger Cookies

Day 5: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles  

Day 6: Buckeyes 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Uncategorized | December 21, 2015 | By

pumpkin snickerdoodlesHey there! I know I went MIA for a few days, but I’m back with yet another cookie recipe. So I think its mathematically impossible to fit in 12 total cookie recipes this week, but I have four really good ones planned so that should make up for it, right? Today’s Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are actually really good for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

So I think one of the tricks for doing a really good grouping of Christmas cookies is doing a bunch of different flavors. I like to do cookies with chocolate, peanut butter, fruit, citrus, peppermint and more. It’s kind of nice to throw these sweet cinnamon pumpkin cookies into the mix. It also doesn’t hurt that these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are super chewy, which is one of my favorite qualities in a cookie. 

I used the recipe as-is from A Bitchin’ Kitchen, which is a super easy and straight-forward recipe. I chilled the dough overnight which I think is much better than the one hour that the original recipe calls for. 

Read on for the recipe.

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Day 2: Press Cookies 

Day 3: Peanut Blossoms

Day 4: Ultimate Ginger Cookies 

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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

Dessert | December 15, 2015 | By

Ultimate Ginger cookiesHey! I’m back with the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, and you’re going to want to run and make these Ultimate Ginger Cookies. They are just proof that Ina Garten reigns supreme with some of her recipes. These cookies are spicy without being heavy and just an awesome chewy cookie. 

I’ve really been on a ginger kick this Christmas season (see my Gingerbread Bundt Cake for even more proof). It’s just a great dessert flavor without being overly sweet. I really like the addition of crystallized ginger in these cookies, but it isn’t complete needed. If you have everything else, don’t worry about buying another ingredient. Just make the ginger cookies without and they’ll be just as good! 

My mom was the one who originally shared these cookies with me, and she had bumped up the ground ginger in the recipe and I totally agree. Bring on the spice!

Read on for the recipe!

Don’t forget! Enter my $50 Whole Foods Gift Card giveaway here! 

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Day 2: Press Cookies

Day 3: Peanut Blossoms

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 3: Peanut Blossoms

Dessert | December 11, 2015 | By

peanut blossomsLet’s just keep on rolling with the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies with a family favorite – Peanut Blossoms.

These cookies have been a classic Christmas cookie recipe for us. My Grandma Baldwin used to make these when I was little and they were always very popular. In the last several years, a co-worker of Trevor’s would give us a great mix of Christmas cookies that she’d baked, and these were also the first ones to go from the box (sometimes I’d never even get one and Trevor would’ve eaten them by the time they made it home!) 

These cookies are really straight forward. I actually made the dough the day before I baked them and it worked out really well. They were super chewy and moist without flattening out too much while baking. I let the cookies sit on the tray for a minute or two before adding the Hershey Kisses. You’ll also have to let them sit out on the counter for a few hours before you package the Peanut Blossoms up to let the Hershey Kisses harden back up. 

This is also a great recipe to make now and freeze later. They’ll hold up well in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. 

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Day 2: Press Cookies

Also, we’re in the last few hours of my Chemex coffee giveaway (sponsored by Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs!). Enter now!  

Read on for the Peanut Blossoms recipe!

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 2: Press Cookies

Holidays | December 10, 2015 | By

Press Cookies Since it’s Thursday, I thought I’d share kind of a throwback recipe for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies with these Press Cookies. These were a staple in my house growing up (and I’ve actually blogged about them before – making them the only recipe I’ve really covered twice). 

So why so much love for Press Cookies (which are sometimes called Spritz Cookies)? I couldn’t do a 12 Days of Christmas Cookies without them. My mom used to make dozens upon dozens of these and keep them in the freezer leading up to Christmas. Getting ready for a holiday party, she’d regularly pull out Ziploc bags with only a few left in them because my sisters and I would steal them out of the freezer. That’s also why most everyone in my family prefers them frozen over eating them at room temperature. 

Note: I haven’t included the recipe on this post, but you can click here to go back to last year’s Press Cookie post to get it! 

Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Day 1: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles 

Also, there’s still time to enter my Chemex giveaway so get on that (if you love free coffeemakers and organic Vermont Coffee Co.!) 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles and the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Dessert | December 9, 2015 | By

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough TrufflesI’m super excited to launch something that I’ve been planning for a while. Today, I’m kicking off the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. One of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays is to bake (of course) so for the next 12 days (that leads us right until Christmas Eve), I’ll be sharing a new recipe everyday!

Today, I wanted to do something kind of easy and you most likely have most if not all of these ingredients already in your pantry. Plus, this is a no bake recipe! 

I took the Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe from these Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites then dipped them in a dark chocolate coating. 

They are super quick and store really well in the freezer, which is key if you’re like me and like to plan ahead! 

One quick note on the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: I’m only doing this Monday through Friday so there will be no cookie posts on Saturdays or Sundays. A girl’s got to find some time to bake! 

Also, don’t forget: you have plenty of time to enter my Chemex giveaway here! 

Read on for the recipe.

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