25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 24 – Cookies for Santa

What kind of cookie did you leave for Santa as a kid?! For me, it was always nothing but chocolate chip and a big glass of milk!!

Santa must have to eat millions of cookies tonight (living the dream for sure!) so it’s important that your cookies are little bites of pure goodness! I went with this super easy recipe:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or white chips or even raisins if Santa is into that!)

How to Make Them

1. Preheat oven to 375F. With a mixer, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl add the baking soda, salt, and flour. Add the dry mix to the wet and mix until combined.

3. Stir in the chocolate chips. With a spoon, scoop out the mix and place the balls on a lined baking tray. No need to flatten down. I made my cookies pretty small (about 1 inch)

4. Bake for 9 minutes or until the edges are brown but the cookies are still soft.

5. Put out for Santa with a tall glass of milk!

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 2 – Shortbread

A little late getting this post up, but I was up into the wee hours of the night whipping up dozens and dozens of little treatsies yesterday and decided I should try and be a bit awake at work today! Day 2 of 25 Days of Christmas Baking was Shortbread! These buttery bites are a Christmas requirement for many.

I was flip-flopping all day long with what recipe I want to do, so the only answer in the end was… BOTH!

Shortbread Cut Out Cookies

First up was this recipe for Easy Christmas Shortbread Cookies from The Café Sucre Farine. They’re both butterylicious and beautiful, and can confirm that they ARE as easy as it says on the tin!

The recipe gives some decorating tips and calls for a peppermint glaze and buttercream piping. I opted for some lemon glaze and sprinkles instead and think they look pretty cute!

Whipped Shortbread

I also made Mini Chip Butter Crisps, which have been a family favourite since I was very young. I think the recipe came on the back of carton of butter way back in the day. This one is a whipped shortbread cookie, which is literally the same ingredients as your typical shortbread cookie but just beating the dough for longer which adds extra air to the mixture.

I get a couple people asking for this recipe each time (which is apparently way too much because my recipe is coated in buttery fingerprints).

What You Need

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter or margarine
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • Christmas sprinkles

Directions

  1. Cream the butter/margarine with a mixer. Beat in the icing sugar and vanilla.
  2. Add in the flour and salt mixture one part at a time and blend until nice and smooth
  3. With a wooden spoon, mix in the chocolate chips
  4. Form the dough into 1 inch balls by hand and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Press dough balls down with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour and top with some sprinkles.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes and enjoy! These cookies freeze VERY well (and actually taste even better frozen!)
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