Cookie Day

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Warning... if you're hungry do not read this post right now. 

Yesterday was our 10th annual cookie day and I'm still full. My step mom and her aunt started this tradition years ago and it has grown into a full fledged cookie sweat shop. Just kidding. But we did make a shit ton of cookies.

It was so great to spend time with family and Hadley had so much fun playing with everyone and showing off her new babbling sounds (which are so freaking cute I can barely stand it). She also officially started crawling a few days ago and was moving and grooving!

My dad set up this epic egg nog bar that had everyone pretty tipsy hammered by the end of the night. The egg nog is even home made!

My sister Devon made these adorable and super easy treats. Lay out some pretzels, put a hershey kiss on top and plop in the oven for a few minutes. Once the kisses have softened pull them out and push a M&M on top! Badabing badaboom!

white chocolate haystacks: white chocolate, pretzels, peanuts

lemon crunch balls

peanut butter blossoms

Josh loves mint and chocolate together so I had to add a recipe in the mix for him this year! You know you've made it in the family if you get a cookie in your honor ;) These york peppermint patty fudge cookies came out so delicious and super minty. I've used Sally's Baking Addiction in the past for tons of different events and she never fails. The only change I made to these cookies is I used mint and chocolate chips in the dough instead of just semi sweet chocolate chips. 

And now on to my favorite cookies... the double chocolate cherries. Which I have now dubbed "Rudolphs".  

These cookies are melt in your mouth good. And they're pretty so it's a double whammy of goodness.

I'm obsessed with all things chocolate and have loved maraschino cherries since I was a young broad. Whenever we were in a place with a bar I would always walk up to them and ask for a bowl of cherries. It was my signature move at the age of four. I still do it now but the bartenders don't seem to think it's as charming at the age of twenty-five. 

My cousin Lindsey and I have been making these bad boys since we started this tradition. They take a bit of time to make but are well worth it. Here's what you'll need...

For the cookie: 
2 sticks butter with sweet cream, softened (we used Land O Lakes)
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

For the frosting:
3 1-oz squared semi-sweet baking chocolate
2 tbsps butter with sweet cream
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsps half & half
1 tbsp cherry juice (from maraschino jar)
halved cherries

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Beat butter, brown sugar & sugar in large bowl on medium speed until smooth & creamy. 

Add egg & almond extract, continue beating. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed.

Stir in chocolate chips and chopped cherries. 

Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 13 minutes. Cool completely.

Melt chocolate and butter (I used the double broiler method). Once melted take the bowl off heat and add powdered sugar. Stir in half & half and cherry juice until smooth. If the frosting seems too thick add more cherry juice. 

Frost cooled cookies (use a knife or make a piping bag with a ziploc) and place halved cherry in the middle. 

And there you have it... little Rudolphs! 

Mason jars make perfect little gift boxes for all of these cookies. 

I hope you all enjoyed your last weekend before Christmas!!! And second to last weekend of 2013. Holy shit. 2014 is almost here and that is just bonkers. So much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. 

Happiest of holidays to you all :)

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