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I always love baking, but I especially LOVE it in December. Not only are you making memories with your children, but plates of cookies make excellent gifts. Here’s a list of our favorites. What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
- The BEST Sugar Cookies ~ I know, I know, that’s a big claim to make, and I stand by it 100%. My SIL, a true sugar cookie lover, once told me that my sugar cookies are better than the ones at Starbucks (that she LOVES). No matter what, we make these cookies every year. Even last year, when I had pneumonia. That’s how important it is (mostly to my husband) that we have these cookies. Frosting the cookies is an activity our family does together, but I’m sure that’s apparent by the level of expertise in design. For tips on how to make them, check out this blog post.
- Snickers Cookies ~ These are so simple, yet so yummy. It’s peanut butter cookie dough wrapped around mini snickers bars. I leave off the chocolate glaze, personally. The most time consuming part is unwrapping all the candies, but it’s the perfect job for the kid that wants to help. Tell me I am not the only one with children who aggressively demand to help with baking.
- Candy Cane Cookies ~ Cuteness counts with cookies, and these definitely are. I use peppermint extract instead of almond, and don’t put crushed candy cane dust and sugar on them. But you do you 😉 Here’s a video of Violet giving a tutorial on how to roll the cookies. Super cute!
Side note, I have an obsession with cookbooks. I don’t know if I will ever stop buying them. I just got this cute one, that’s exactly like the “Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book” from 1963. I am a little annoyed that cookie is misspelled, but I’m sure Betty had her reasons.
- Peanut Butter Fudge ~ This is the creamiest peanut butter fudge I’ve ever had. I also love candy cane fudge. The peanut butter fudge is a bit more involved than the candy cane one, but totally worth stirring a boiling pot of molten sugar for seven minutes. Kids can help with the candy cane one, though, and smash up the candy canes.
- Toffee ~ This is my absolute favorite! I have always wanted to make toffee, but was completely intimidated by having to use a thermometer in any candy recipe. But I put on my big girl pants, and bought this candy thermometer spoon. There is a digital read out of the temperature at the top of the handle and then spoon itself takes the temperature while you stir. Genius. Guess who’s going to make caramels for the first time with it this year… this girl!
And of course, gingerbread houses need to be made too! Trader Joe’s and Bed Bath & Beyond both have super cute kits this year. What’s one of your favorite traditions to do with your family?