Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baking Beauty: Holiday Baking!

I've spent the last few hours baking up a storm!
Here is a platter of cookies I'm putting out for my girl's night tonight! I think chocolate seems to be this year's theme! :)

From left to right: Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey Kisses.

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
from the Pioneer Woman

Chocolate Chip Cookies:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter softened (2 sticks)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. combine, in small bowl, flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Gradually add flour mixture and stir in morsels. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes until lightly browned. coll 1 minute on baking sheet before moving them to cooling racks to cool completely.
(makes about 5 dozen)

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies:

Peanut Butter Cookies with Hershey Kisses:
Pilsbury Peanut Butter refrigerated dough (I know, I cheated!). Prepare as directed on package. While they are baking unwrap the Kisses. HINT: use a small bowl to put the trash in so you don't have wrappers all over the floor! Man, do those things fly! Remove from oven and immediately add a Kiss to each cookie. Let cool a minute or 2 on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling racks.

~Baking Beauty

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