Category Archives: cookies

12 Frilly Days of Christmas 2015, Day 5: [Recipe] Wow! Butter (or Peanut Butter) Sparkle Cookies

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One dough. Two cookies. That’s the super versatile time saver I’m offering you the next couple of days.

First up – a wow (or peanut) butter sparkle cookie. This cookie is part sugar cookie, part peanut (or wow) butter cookie. These cookies disappear quicker than any other cookie I bake at home. They’re also really quick to mix up and the recipe is quite easy to remember. I don’t even have to look it up anymore.

We use Wow! butter at our house, and it works beautifully in place of traditional creamy peanut butter in these cookies. We’re so used to wow butter now that we don’t notice anyway, but I’m not even sure you could tell the difference at all. It is completely interchangeable with peanut butter in this recipe. Whether you use wow butter or peanut butter, be sure not to use the natural kind – this recipe needs the creamy, sugar-added kind.

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12 Days of Christmas 2015, Day 2: [Recipe] Chocolate Crackle Cookies

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Chocolate crackle cookies.

All the recent years of my life I’ve seen these cookies, in many forms and called many different names, on holiday sweet trays. I confess that I hadn’t made them myself until just this year. The recipe I used, from the Lantic Sugar website, is wonderful. A couple of changes I made to the original recipe – I didn’t add the instant espresso powder and I made about 60 cookies out of a single batch, not the 36 cookies the original recipe yields.

These are wonderful cookies! They have a little bit of crunch on the outside of the cookie and a soft, chewy center. They’re a dense, dark chocolaty treat. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

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[Recipe] Classic Gingerbread Cookies

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I’m not sure if there’s any cookie that people think of more often during Christmas than a gingerbread cookie. Although not my personal favourite at Christmas (I’d quite honestly never made gingerbread cookies before this year), I’ll admit that I kind of fell in love with these spicy dunkers.

This gingerbread cookie recipe is very easy to prepare and pair well with a hot cup of tea. They’re also great to have the kids help with, since they love punching out the shapes with all kinds of cookie cutters.

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[Recipe] Cindy-Lou’s Grinchy Who-Wuzzles (Pistachio, White Chocolate, and Cranberry Cookies)

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“You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch…”

Growing up, my most favourite thing about Christmas was The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I LOVE The Grinch! To this day, I can still recite the entire story start to finish without missing a beat. My sister still calls me to let me know when it’s on TV.

While these cookies aren’t quite as green as The Grinch himself, I still think they pay a pretty good homage to my scowly green friend. Now don’t worry – I didn’t use termites, garlic, or bad bananas with greasy black peels in this recipe. I did use pistachio pudding mix, white chocolate, and cranberries though, and they are one fantastic little creation. If you’d like them to be a bit greener, just add a bit of green food colouring to the dough when mixing.

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[Recipe] My Aunt’s Almond Crescents (with gluten free variation)

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Aren’t these almond crescents the prettiest little cookies you’ve ever seen? I love that they’re so dainty and shimmer with their dusting of sugar. These cookies are perfect for the holidays. They melt in your mouth.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but when it comes to Christmas sweets, I am a firm believer that anything you put on a little sweet tray to share with company should be dainty, about the size of a toonie, and definitely no bigger than a saltine cracker. Just tiny, proper sweets. Two to three bites, max. These cookies are perfect!

This almond crescent recipe was originally made famous by my Aunt Glenda. She’s been making these cookies for years and they are much loved. I asked her permission to share this recipe with you when she gave it to me last year, but I didn’t find the time to blog them until this year. I made them last year too though, I couldn’t resist. Thanks Glenda, for being so generous as to share this great cookie recipe.

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