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Holiday Cookie Recipes

 

Christmas cookies at TidyMom.net

Bake at 350It’s the end of the month, and time for Bake at 350′s Flavor of the Month party!! This month’s theme is…….COOKIES!!!

This should be a fun one, I’m sure most of us baked some cookies in the past month – come along and share your recipes!!

I spent so much time baking and decorating butter cookies for Drop In and Decorate, and another 100 for my family and friends, I didn’t do too many other types of cookies this year.

You can find my Butter Cookie and Royal Icing recipes here.

I also tried Bridget’s Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookie recipe as well. Our recipes were similar but just enough different for a nice change!! I also tried Bridget’s tip of using cold butter so I didn’t have to refrigerate my dough! GENIUS!! – Was a little difficult to mix up when you don’t have a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer {cough cough}…..but it was nice not having to chill my dough!

Rum Balls recipe at TidyMom.net

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cup crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3/4* cup powdered sugar (*additional sugar
  • needed for rolling)
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup rum

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together crushed vanilla wafers, sugar, cocoa and nuts. Blend in corn syrup and rum.
  2. Shape into 1inch balls, and roll in additional* powdered sugar (tip- I cover my hand in powdered sugar while I roll the balls, so they don’t stick to my hands so bad). Store in an airtight container for several days to develop the flavor.
  3. Roll again in powdered sugar* before serving.

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Spritz Cookie Recipe for holiday baking at TidyMom.net

Shortbread Spritzer Cookies

Shortbread Spritzer Cookies

I use the recipe that comes in the box with my Wilton Cookie Press

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter; softened
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 4 c Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till fluffy; add flavorings, egg, and milk and stir till well mixed.
  3. Sift or mix flour and baking powder together, then add to dough (this is more easily done in two or three parts), mix with hands if necessary.
  4. Dough will be very stiff. If you want to color the dough, divide your dough and add color now and mix well.
  5. Push dough into spritzer gun and press shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet. You can press sprinkles into the cookies before baking.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes, no longer! This is a rich cookie but holds its shape well and does not need to be refrigerated before shaping.

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Krispie Peanut Butter Balls | aka buckeyes  recipe at TidyMom.net

Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

Yield: About 5 dozen depending on the size

Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

My family has made these for years, it wasn’t until I started blogging that I realized how many others make these and how many variations there are. Most people call them Buckeye’s. What ever you call them, and however you make them… peanut butter balls covered in chocolate are ALWAYS a big hit!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1-1/4 cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter and Rice Krispies with spoon, then use hands to combine. Roll into 1-2 inch balls.
  2. Put chocolate chips in bowl with shortening and melt in the microwave. Roll peanut butter balls in chocolate (I tip the bowl to the side and use a spoon to push around), and place on wax paper until chocolate sets.
  3. Chill covered in refrigerator or freezer. When hard you can store in the refrigerator or freezer. Wrap them well and they can stay in the freezer for months. They are really good right out of the freezer!

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Chocolate & Caramel Covered Pretzel Rods  at TidyMom.net

Chocolate & Caramel Covered Pretzel Rods

Chocolate & Caramel Covered Pretzel Rods

This year I tried something different with my Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods….I added caramel between the chocolate and the pretzel!! These went over REAL well- the caramel ones were gone before the plain chocolate pretzels!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 bags of Pretzel Rods
  • 1 package Caramel wraps (by the apples)
  • 1 bag Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Take one of the caramel wraps and cut it into strips
  2. Wrap strips around pretzel rods (I pulled caramel and I twisted and wrapped, so usually one strip of caramel was all that was needed for each pretzel rod.
  3. Place a handful of candy melts on 2 pieces of wax paper on a plate. Microwave for about 30 seconds, the stir with a spoon, microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again,
  4. repeat until melts are all soft and blend together when you stir.
  5. Dip pretzel rods in chocolate. By having your chocolate on the wax paper, you are able to lift the wax paper and get the pretzel covered real good! – Use your spoon often to scrape all of the chocolate back to the center. When you run out of melted chocolate, melt some more!
  6. I used one bag of chocolate melts for 2 bags of pretzel rods.

Notes

*add sprinkles right after you roll in chocolate and place on wax paper to set. (I sprinkled Jimmies on the caramel pretzel rods, and colored sugar on the chocolate only rods- so it was easy to tell which ones had caramel!) Last year I drizzled with white chocolate as well, you can see those here.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Shell in your Pocket says:

    Oh how I love the chocolate and pb krispie cookies…they were a childhood favorite of mine!

    sandy toe

  2. 2
    Shell in your Pocket says:

    Oh how I love the chocolate and pb krispie cookies…they were a childhood favorite of mine!

    sandy toe

  3. 3
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I love your cookie collage!!! You always have the coolest pictures!

    I'm thinking Kitchen Aid needs to send you a mixer with all of your baking….or your need to win PW's next giveaway. That anniversary edition is beautiful!!!

  4. 4
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I love your cookie collage!!! You always have the coolest pictures!

    I'm thinking Kitchen Aid needs to send you a mixer with all of your baking….or your need to win PW's next giveaway. That anniversary edition is beautiful!!!

  5. 5

    This was a delicious post! Great recipes!

  6. 6

    This was a delicious post! Great recipes!

  7. 7

    Cheryl…
    I know those run cookies are yummmmmmeee!
    Everything you make is just perfect!
    I've been racking my brain about SPONSORS!
    I'll email with some of my ideas!
    XXOOXX

  8. 8

    Cheryl…
    I know those run cookies are yummmmmmeee!
    Everything you make is just perfect!
    I've been racking my brain about SPONSORS!
    I'll email with some of my ideas!
    XXOOXX

  9. 9
    Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy says:

    Krispy PB Balls? I've never seen them that way! I always just make them as boring old PB balls! I am so trying that recipe next year. Found you on Bake at 350's Flavor of the Month linky. Happy New Year to you!

  10. 10
    Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy says:

    Krispy PB Balls? I've never seen them that way! I always just make them as boring old PB balls! I am so trying that recipe next year. Found you on Bake at 350's Flavor of the Month linky. Happy New Year to you!

  11. 11

    Your pictures are all so yummy!! Those Krispy Peanut Butter Balls look amazing. Anything with peanut butter is alright by me.

  12. 12

    Your pictures are all so yummy!! Those Krispy Peanut Butter Balls look amazing. Anything with peanut butter is alright by me.

  13. 13

    All of your Christmas cookies look wonderful! I really like the look of the "Believe" and "Merry Christmas" cookies in the bottom center picture :)

  14. 14

    All of your Christmas cookies look wonderful! I really like the look of the "Believe" and "Merry Christmas" cookies in the bottom center picture :)

  15. 15
    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    They all look so delicious, I could go for a cookie right now. Wish I had one of those Krispie Peanut Butter Balls :)

  16. 16
    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    They all look so delicious, I could go for a cookie right now. Wish I had one of those Krispie Peanut Butter Balls :)

  17. 17

    those rum balls look great! thanks for the ideas!!!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  18. 18

    those rum balls look great! thanks for the ideas!!!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  19. 19
    HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS says:

    Thanks for all those great recipes. Can't wait to try those rum balls ;)

  20. 20
    HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS says:

    Thanks for all those great recipes. Can't wait to try those rum balls ;)

  21. 21

    All of your cookies are beautiful. Until I saw the picture of the rice krisp peanut butter balls I had forgotten how long it had been since I made them. Time for me to get into the kitchen and bake something besides my sugar cookies. Great post and thanks for the recipes!

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  3. Tidymom says:

    Several of my favorite holiday cookies like rum balls & Krispie Peanut Butter balls #CookieWeek http://su.pr/7tCZFk @thepioneerwoman

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