Blogmas Day 11: Christmas Cookies

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I am a cookie fiend. I’m not afraid to admit it. I love cookies more than any other sweets, candy or junk food out there. And, of course, if they’re homemade than even better!!

I don’t make cookies often (cause they’ll be gone within 30 minutes of coming out of the oven), but when I do I don’t really get fancy. For years I’ve stuck to the same few cookie recipes and when it comes to the holidays I don’t variate. Why change a good thing? So my favourite Christmas cookies are really just my favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies with a holiday spin!

I’ve always followed the Martha Stewart recipe when it comes to my chocolate chip cookies. They’re so soft and gooey – and the perfect combination of salty and sweet. That’s the important part….mmmm salty! But for my holiday version I add one little step! I smash up a few candy canes and throw those in too! So simple, but really takes it up a Christmas-y notch!

Here’s the recipe:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1.2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) room temp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

AND MY HOLIDAY ADDITION:

1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Preheat your oven to 350F. Whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside. Using an electric mixer is always better…but I don’t have one. So using your arm muscles combine the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla and eggs and mix well for a few minutes. Add the flour mixture until combined, then stir in chocolate chips and candy canes. Using a tablespoon drop balls of the dough about 2 inches apart on a parking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes!

Want them more cakey? Add less butter and less sugar. Want them thinner? Add more butter and more granulated sugar than brown sugar. Martha Stewart can explain it better here.

What are your favourite holiday cookie recipes?! I’m sure you’re much more adventurous than I am, but I’ll be sitting here stuffing my face so I don’t care.

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