Best Christmas Cookies Ever

Best Christmas Cookies Ever

My daughter, Leigh, made this cookie recipe from Allrecipes for all of her friends for holiday presents. They came out so good that we had to make them again for Christmas this week. This recipe is foolproof and easy. I love the icing with a touch of almond extract if you like a light almond flavor. Make sure you have your cookie cutters on hand and plenty of flour on your counter for rolling the dough. Feel free to half the recipe if you want to make a smaller batch, but we warn you. Your family and friends won’t be able to stopping eating these! Thank you Leigh for all of your help!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lately, I have been on the hunt for a gluten-free cookie mix that is all natural with no preservatives. And most importantly…one that tastes good. Guess what? I found one. Simple Mills is all-natural almond flour based baking mixes that are naturally gluten-free and paleo friendly. The beauty of the mixes is that they only contain real ingredients, such as baking soda and coconut sugar so they’re not filled with preservatives like other mixes.

Simple Mills Cookies

I am so excited to be a part of their “12 Days of Cookie Campaign,” and each cookie during the campaign connects to a specific personality type. I am creating a cookie recipe that fits my personality, “classic and traditional.”  I used their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix to create these Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe reflects my personality of my classic and traditional fashion sense, but also because if you follow me, you know I like to take a classic traditional recipe and put my healthy twist on it. In this recipe, I added cacao powder instead cocoa powder because I like its chocolate flavor and that it is made with less processing. It gives the traditional chocolate chip cookie an extra health boost and scrumptious chocolate kick.

These cookies are perfect to give as gifts over the holidays, especially if you have friends or loved ones who like gluten-free and paleo sweets. Those cookies are so easy to prepare, only 15 minutes, perfect for the holiday rush.  Follow Simple Mills and their cookie campaign and amazing products and recipes on social media channels below. Be sure to check out the Pinterest account as there are board gift ideas for every personality.

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Hanukkah Sugar Cookies

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My daughter and I are always looking for a super easy sugar cookie recipe this time of year to make holiday cookies for Christmas and Hanukkah. My friend, Ashley, used this recipe from Allrecipes.com, and these Hanukkah Sugar Cookies are amazing!  These are really light, soft and not too sweet. Just be careful, you can’t stop eating them once you start. This recipe is also really simple and perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas or anytime of the year. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts at sundown tonight and until the evening of December 24th. The story of Hanukkah is one of revolution and miracles. Jewish people light menorah candles, one a night, for eight nights, gift gifts and eat fried potato pancakes (latkes). People always get confused on lighting the candles and which way to start so here you go:

On the first night of Chanukah, set one candle to the far right of the menorah. On the following night add a second light to the left of the first one, and then add one light each night of Chanukah—moving from right to left. Each night, light the newest (leftmost) candle first, and continue lighting from left to right. In other words, we add lights to the menorah from right to left, and we light from left to right. Happy Hanukkah from my family to yours!

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Your family and friends will be so so excited when you share these tasty treats! Beautifully delicious Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic gift, and guests will love them. The maple crunch packs a flavorful punch, and these cookies become a delicious addition to your go-to holiday recipes. For added indulgence, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool. These are made with Nature Path’s Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal (which my kids and I love). These crowed-pleasing treats are so yummy I strongly suggest keeping a few for yourself! Check out how low in calorie there are too!

Calories per serving: 116, Fat 8g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 8mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6.5g, Protein 1.5g

Turtle Cookies

I know I say it often, but my daughter, Leigh, is an amazing girl. No new task is too much of a challenge for her, and she is becoming quite the cook and baker. She recently found this recipe for Turtle Cookies on Pinterest from the Pixelated Crumb, and she had to make them. I admit that I helped her a bit, but these came out incredible. She said, “These taste like a chocolate lava cake” while they were warm, and she was correct. The caramel makes this cookie even better. OMG! We both agreed (as well as my two boys) that these are some of the best cookies we have had in a long time. Thank you Leigh for this fantastic cookie recipe find!

No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

I made these No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies a few weeks ago, and they were too good to be true. Not only are they a “No-Bake” cookie recipe, but they are filled with my favorite ingredients: Nutella, peanut or almond butter, dark cocoa powder, oats and almond milk. These are an ideal afternoon gluten-free snack or dessert. I think I definitely need to make a batch for Mother’s Day.

Last Minute Holiday Gifts: Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

Wow, cookies are in abundance this time of year, and instead of racking my brain trying to create something new to give as holiday gifts, I decided to go back to a tried and true favorite. Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies are so incredibly fabulous. This recipe is adapted from a “Cooking Light” recipe that I have made many times. What I love about it is that it is lightened up a bit since it has no butter. Instead, it uses Canola oil, water and egg whites. These cookies come out soft and moist with just a hint of peanut butter. Feel free to substitute semisweet chocolate chips or even mini chocolate chips if you like. These are great to give as gifts to neighbors and teachers as well as to leave out for Santa on Christmas eve.

Candy Cane Gingersnaps & Cookie Cookbook Giveaway-“Cookielicous”

When I saw this cookie recipe for Candy Cane Gingersnaps, I was wowed. This recipe, as well 149 other creative cookie recipes can be found in the recently released book, “Cookielicious” by Janet Keeler, Food Editor of the St. Petersburg Times. This awesome cookie cookbook is a compilation of reader’s favorites and staff original cookie recipes. What a great holiday gift idea! Chapters include “Anytime Cookies”, “Sharing Cookies”, “Chocolate Cookies”, “Kids Cookies” and “Holiday Cookies” with recipes such as Lemon Raspberry Thumbprints, White Christmas Shortbread, Chocolate Walnut Puffs and more. If you would like the chance to enter to win this giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite holiday cookie recipe. The winner will be drawn this Friday, December 3rd.

Holiday Bake-Off: Pecan Pie Bars Plus Awesome Bakeware Giveaway

I’m so excited to share one of my newest all-time favorite holiday recipes: Pecan Pie Bars. They are beyond amazing and are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Honestly, they are better than pecan pie, and they are so easy to prepare with no-mixer needed. Perfect for holiday parties, holiday gifts or family dinners, these Pecan Pie Bars last several days so they can be made ahead of time. The secret ingredient in this recipe is  “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter“. Start the holiday season on the right track by choosing better for you foods that are delicious! Using “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” can make a difference as you add fresh, buttery flavor to the foods you love, while reducing saturated fat and cholesterol compared to butter.

This recipe is a part of the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” Holiday Bake-Off later this week where I will receive an all expense paid trip to New York City for a Test Kitchen Tour at Unilever. I will be competing against some of the most talented baking bloggers I know.  Also, I am announcing an awesome giveaway of some of my favorite baking products below. You can use some of these to make this recipe and enjoy year round. One lucky winner will receive all 3 of these products (see below) plus a coupon for a free “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product”. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. Entries close this Friday morning, November 12th. Part of the judging includes how many comments I receive so please enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below. This giveaway is to U.S residents only. Good luck and wish me luck too!

  • Dualt 5 Speed Chrome Hand Mixer

  • Le Crueset Enameled Stoneware Batter Bowl

  • Nonstick Baking Pan

My Favorite Cookies: Alison’s Cowgirl Cookies

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Who isn’t looking for an awesome cookie recipe? The only problem I had with these was trying to give them a name. They are filled with my favorites: peanut butter, chocolate chips, crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies), and they are fabulous. We were loving them when they came out of the oven, and my daughter took some to school, and she said kids were almost fighting over them. Try them, and you will see exactly what I mean.