Nothing quite says holidays like fresh baked Christmas cookies. Am I right?! Those cookies that come out only once a year, to put the merry in Merry Christmas and make my home just feel like Christmas. It’s a wonderful tradtition to bake cookies at home with my children and it’s one of their favorites too. Christmas music blaring, dancing, being together and sneaking a taste of all those delicious cookies. Nothing better! I am going to share one of my family’s favorite Christmas cookies recipes of this year.
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Cookies
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp peppermint extract
white chocolate chips
crushed candy canes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined.
Mix in eggs, one at a time. Blend in vanilla extract and peppermint extract.
With mixer on low speed, slowly add in the flour mixture, mix until well combined.
Scoop dough out by a rounded tablespoon and shape into balls. Space 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Flatten cookies slightly.
Bake one sheet at a time for about 8 minutes (cookies should appear to look slightly undercooked).
Let cool and then transfer to wire cooling rack for 5 minutes.
while cookies are cooling, melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring between intervals until melted and smooth.
once cookies are cool and icing has melted, dip half the cookie in white chocolate then transfer to parchment paper. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane bits. Chill to let chocolate set about 10 minutes
If you happen to have any left after 10 minutes, store in an airtight container.
These are eaten so quickly at my house, there’s none left from this first batch so I guess that means I’ll be making these again. I guess I should just double the batch and maybe they’ll last a few hours.
Not to be outdone by Christmas cookies, I’ve been searching far and wide for a centerpiece I can use at our table this year. And I wanted it to be unique, festive and something that wouldn’t die (looking at you fresh florals). This very simple DIY project was just the thing and it was even easier and cuter than I thought it would be.
First, gather your supplies. The Christmas house is an ornament that I found at Hobby Lobby (told you I live there!) that lights up. I took it on a field trip with me to Target to find a jar that it would fit inside. I grabbed some fake snow and a small pack of Christmas trees that are used for crafts (4 pack for $5 at Target).
First you put the snow in the jar. Turn on the house lights on the ornament. Place the ornament in the jar and arrange the trees around it. Bury the house and trees in the snow a little (all about the details).
I am so happy with the way this turned out! I placed it in a tray I had with some festive ornaments to put it all together.