This year I made it my goal to make Christmas cookies. I also made it my goal to try a few new recipes.
I don’t have the time or energy to re-post the 4 new recipes I tried, but I wanted to try out a recipe review of sorts. Before I begin, a quick note, all of these cookies were delicious. —————————————————————————————–
The first was the one I was most excited about: Mama Pea’s Christmas Dough Balls.
The only way you haven’t heard about these is if you don’t hang out on the internet or you live in some sort of bloggy bubble (or so I was told a week ago, when I was hearing about these for the first time). Everybody is trying them. I don’t usually do what everybody else is doing, but sometimes I have to test out pop culture phenomenons…that’s just how I roll.
The recipe is SO easy!! And rolling the balls in toppings was fun! Sadly, mine ended up like flat underbaked cookies. Nothing resembling the pretty dough pictured above.
I read a few of her comments, and I’m not the only one with the problem. Perhaps there is some sort of miracle method of making them doughy? Whatever the case, I need a fail-proof recipe, not something that requires a magic touch. I don’t got dem magic touches.
p.s. Her blog is pretty freaking adorable every day.
The next recipe comes from a blog I frequently go to for recipes: Picky Palate’s Gingersnaps.
This recipe was also super easy, but some of the ingredients are not typically found in your pantry. I had to run out (*had to make Jonathan run out*) for ground ginger and ground cloves.
The gingersnaps were outstanding!
This is your next gingersnap recipe, hands down.
The next recipe comes from a blog I just found: Chocolate and Carrot’s Quick Saltine Toffee Bark.
Another very easy recipe. The sugar is very apparent in this “bark”, so you have to have a big sweet tooth for it to be enjoyable. These were Jonathan’s favorite.
Saltine Bark would be the perfect dessert to make with your kids as a project. Plus, kids gobble up sugar like crack.
The last recipe is from one of the blogs I regularly check out: The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch’s Chocolate Mint Creams.
This was by far the most difficult and by far the tastiest (in my opinion). Of course, I couldn’t find anything remotely similar to the “pastel cream mint kisses” the recipe calls for, but some white chocolate peppermint bark did the trick.
I will be making these again.
Worth the effort!
Do you bake holiday cookies each year? What recipes did you attempt this year?
I hope everyone is feeling the holiday love. If nothing else, I hope we are all surviving the crappy weather across the nation.