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Hola, everyone! In a rush over here today, but I’m bringing you the ultimate Christmas standard: Spritz Cookies, containing one of my favorite food groups – cream cheese!!

You’ve kinda gotta have a cookie press for these, although Katie (great name) from Modly Chic, promises you don’t have to (great name, BTW). But…you should probably get one, because they look so pretty.

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Cream Cheese Spritz Christmas Cookies

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It seems as though everyone has a sugar cookie recipe, some perhaps passed down through the generations. My family (hi, Mom!) had a sugar cookie recipe torn out of some magazine – probably a Better Homes & Gardens, or maybe a Woman’s Day. Every year it seems we’d lose this scrap of paper, and every year we’d search and inevitably find it, vowing to put it somewhere we’d remember to look first the next year.

These days my sugar cookie recipe is straight-up Betty Crocker in a bag, rolled out with a miniature children’s rolling pin, complete with bitty cookie cutters, frosted with out-of-the can vanilla, dyed in an array of colors. They make the perfect bite-size, pop-in-your-mouth cookies. Though I’ve got to say, as easy and delicious as ol’ BC is, I do miss the tradition of making the whole thing from scratch.

I’ve got you covered, or rather Megan, from A Dash of Megnut, has your holiday sugar cookies covered, with a regular and gluten-free option, for those of you with allergies and sensitivities. She’s shaped these lovely snowflakes into beautiful creations, complete with gorgeous royal icing.

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract (I like a strong almond flavor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, sifted**
**Gluten-Free Option:
        1 1/8 cup brown rice flour
        1/2 cup + 1 tbsp white rice flour
        1/2 cup + 1 tbsp potato starch
        1/8 cup tapioca flour
        1/8 cup cornstarch
        1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
Royal Icing:
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract (optional)

For the instructions, head over to A Dash of Megnut! Megan’s got an awesome blog, with a TON of gluten-free and vegan recipes.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Good morning, internets! I’m back at it again today, blogging consistently for 5 days in a row. I know, it’s really hard and I’m proud of me, too. Allow myself just a few more minutes to pat myself on the back, and generally gloat about how amazing and awesome I am (I’ll do this silently, because I fear it might be getting a little weird).

Anyhoo, today we’ve got a recipe from my friend Anne from A Squared, who I actually knew in real life from my old job, but had no idea she was a blogger, until I think I randomly followed her on Twitter or Instagram or something and I was all like, “Anne?” and she was all like, “Katie?” and then we figured out that we both were super cool bloggers in all of our spare time outside of the real world workforce.

Anne’s coming at us with some seriously delicious-looking Coconut Cherry Macaroons, made with unsweetened giant coconut flakes, which we all know is crazy talk, because the ones from Trader Joe’s are where it’s at, but I believe her when she tells us they’re good, because Anne’s awesome and wouldn’t lie to us, internets. They look super festive for Christmas, and I’m guessing they’d keep well for a few weeks, possibly in the fridge?

Coconut Macaroon

Coconut Cherry Macaroons with Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 6 cups unsweetened coconut flakes *She used these from Edward & Sons
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil

For the full instructions, head on over to A Squared, and tell Anne hello!! 

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

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I made it halfway through December without missing a day of blogging. I feel like this is a true accomplishment (pats own back). So today I’ve got something sweet and something savory. First up are these little beauties:

Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 prepared single pie crust (homemade or purchased, I used Pillsbury)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional
  • ¼ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chip for decorating

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Spend with Pennies. 

Pecan Pie Cookies

Images courtesy of Spend with Pennies

Next up are these bad boys:

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Ingredients:

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry,
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded (or a mix of your favorite cheeses)
  • 26-30 pieces thin cut bacon (or 18 pieces of thin cut bacon sliced in half lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (may sub sage or thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Half Baked Harvest

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Okie dokie, these little dandies are making me pretty excited. I love Twix and I love cookie bars. This recipe just makes sense.

Twix Carmelitas

 

Twix Carmelitas

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 milk chocolate bars
  • 24 caramels
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 10 twix minis, chopped

For the rest of the instructions and full recipe, please visit Oh, Sweet Basil

Carmelitas with Twix

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Sometimes you just need a boost of citrus – scurvy is no laughing matter. Get your citrus with these Lemonade Pie Cookies. They look like they might be a lot of work, but they use pre-made pie crusts and lemon curd – couldn’t be easier.

Lemonade Pie Cookies

 

Images Courtesy of Daydream Recipe

Luscious Lemonade Pie Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • Splash water
  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 1 jar (10 oz) lemon curd
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the rest of the directions and full recipe, please visit Daydream Recipe.

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