Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossoms

The Christmas cookie exchange is not complete without peanut butter blossoms! This classic recipe is a favorite of mine and all thanks go to its originator, Mrs. Freda F. Smith of Gibsonburg, Ohio. She entered the Pillsbury bake-off in 1949 and while she didn’t win the grand prize, I’d say she wins in all our hearts for this delicious creation. Her recipe was honored again at the 50th anniversary celebration.

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Chocolate Cookies Topped with Sugar

Chocolate cookies topped with sugar

I just love cookies right out of the oven.  These chocolate cookies topped with sugar are no exception.  They aren’t technically a Christmas cookie but I think the sugar on top reminds me of snow.  The icy, crunchy kind of snow that shines when light is reflected off it.  Maybe I’ve lived in the desert too long.  Maybe I’m making that up.  But I don’t think so.  These cookies are SO.GOOD.  The secret to keeping them soft and chewy is to chill the dough for about an hour before baking.  This helps hold their shape and texture.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love this time of year with all the delicious types of cookies.  This cranberry white chocolate chip cookie recipe is really easy to make but be sure to take the time to soak the dried cranberries beforehand and then refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours before baking.  Trust me, this little bit of extra time is so worth it.  The cranberries will stay moist and the cookies will be soft and chewy, not thin and flat.  No one wants a flat, sad cookie!  

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