As a child, I would live for December: sparkly lights, friends and family all around, and lots and lots of Christmas cookies. It was all I wanted and more. Thinking back on my childhood, some of my fondest memories of December occur in the kitchen and include flour, butter, and sugar. Truly being my mother’s daughter, I live for baking, especially Christmas baking. As a tribute to my lovely mother, the Christmas season, and my love for anything sweet, I figured that I would share a few of my favorite, easy cookie recipes.
Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, beat together 8 ounces of peppermint Cool Whip (YES, THIS IS A THING) with two eggs. Next, add in 1 entire package of chocolate cake mix, and continue to mix together. Then, drop spoonfuls of the cookie dough into a bit of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar, coating the entire ball of dough. Place the sugar coated dough on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 8 minutes.
Mint chocolate crinkle cookies are easily some of my favorite cookies to bake, and eat, obviously. During December, my mom and I make two or three different kinds of these cookies, just switching the cake mix to a different flavor and using original Cool Whip. So easy and so versatile!
Melt one whole bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, following melting instructions on the bag. While microwaving, spread a generous amount of creamy peanut butter onto a few Ritz crackers. After melting the chocolate and starting a few crackers, dip the peanut butter covered crackers into the chocolate, completely coating it. Place these coated crackers on wax paper to set, and repeat until the desired number of cookies.
While these cookies are not technically baking, they are so good! These peanut butter masterpieces actually tasteexactly like the Tagalong Girl Scout cookies. My mom found this recipe a few years ago, and we’ve been serving them up every December since!
Peanut Butter Kisses
After preheating the oven to 375 degrees, mix together ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of white sugar, ½ cup of peanut butter, ½ cup of butter, and one egg until smooth. Next, add in 1 ½ cups of flour, ¾ teaspoon of baking soda, and ½ teaspoon of baking powder into the wet ingredients. Make little balls of peanut butter dough, dropping them into a bit of extra white sugar to coat them. Place the coated dough on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. After they are all baked, immediately place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of each cookie.
Peanut butter kiss cookies, to me, truly are considered classic Christmas cookies! These cookies may seem a bit more complex than the other two recipes, but honestly, peanut butter cookies are so hard to mess up! This chocolate peanut butter combo will have guests coming back for more, like my friends and family always do.
These few, simple recipes will, hopefully, help to kick off your Christmas baking this season. Just remember that this is the season of giving, and homemade baked goods are always a good idea! The treats may only last a few days (if you’re lucky!), but the memories made will last a lifetime. Happy Holidays, and get baking!
I'm a firm believer in finding bliss in the little things: falling leaves, best friend dates, and making the perfect cup of coffee. There's little in this world, I believe, that can't be fixed by a Taylor Swift song. Typically, you can find me with my nose in a good book or in the kitchen, baking some recipe that I found on Pinterest. I'm a textbook case of an INFJ personality, dreaming of professionally helping others find happiness and providing unconditional support.