Whoa! Double posting day! Two projects I’m involved in required posting today, so please enjoy double the Betsylife! Since Christmas is creeping closer, I thought I would bake a bajillion cookies, then post about them every day for a week. Starting tomorrow, all the cookie recipes will also be paired with gift ideas. Although I’ve been having a hard time finding the holiday spirit this year, I’m hoping this week of festive posts will bring on the cheer!
This year I got involved with the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I was assigned three bloggers, and had to send one dozen cookies to each of them. In turn, I received a dozen cookies from each of three other bloggers. What a fun project this turned out to be! Not only did I have a great time deciding what to make for others, but I loved receiving the cookies from others, and seeing their own ideas and inspirations.
Now, I’m partial to coconut anything, but I wasn’t sure that would be a good, universal cookie to send to strangers. Instead, I opted for a cute twist on a classic sugar cookie. I saw this Family Corner reindeer cookie idea on Pinterest, and set out to find and excellent sugar cookie recipe to replace the store bought dough the recipe calls for.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
- Sprinkles or colored sugar, for decorating
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.
I rolled my dough into an oval log, and put it in the refrigerator for an hour. To make the cookies, I sliced 1/2 inch thick slices from the log and pressed the pretzels into the top of them. After a bit of experimenting, I learned that the MnM’s would have to be attached after the cookies were baked. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, quickly place the MnM’s for the eyes and nose. If you move too slowly, the MnM’s will not adhere. If they don’t, or if they fall off, you can nuke each complete cookie in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds so the MnM will melt a little and adhere to the cookie.
I packed up all my reindeer and shipped them off across the country! Tip: Whether you’re shipping cookies or not, put a piece of bread in the storage container with them to prevent the cookies from drying out!
Now what kind of post would this be if I didn’t share the awesome cookies I received as well? The first batch I got were these incredibly delicious, not to mention beautiful limoncello cookies from Meredith of In Sock Monkey Slippers. I wonder how she knew of my intense love for all things lemon?
Next I received Mexican Wedding Cookies AND White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies from Life of a Modern Housewife. Mexican wedding cookies are one of my all time faves, and the gingerbread blondies were absolutely fantastic!
Lastly I received some classic sugar cookies from Lauren Lott. Lauren, you didn’t list your blog on your note! Email me so I can add it to this post! Nothing says “Christmas” like a classic sugar cookie. These really brought me back to my childhood
How fun was that?!? Stay tuned this week for more details on my cookiepocalypse, and for some great gift ideas for you last minute shoppers out there!