6th Day Cookie – Caramel Stuffed Ginger Cookies

Is there anything better than stuffing a cookie with caramel?? This one immediately caught our eye with the stuffed caramel (again, YUM), and also the crystallized ginger in it. This is our gingerbread cookie for the year so I was especially excited that the crystallized ginger made the flavor pop in the best way.  There are only 6 days until Christmas and we are halfway through our 12 days of cookies! Comment below with what cookie you have been the most excited about so far!

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7th Day Cookie – Citrus Meltaways

We have had a few different flavors this 12 days of cookies so far. I’m sure you’ve noticed A LOT of them are going to have chocolate in them, #notsorry! 😉 This is the first citrus cookie of this year’s 12 days of cookie tradition. There is a pick between different citrus fruits or you can combine if you are daring. We went with orange because it is our favorite citrus flavor and it reminds us of the Christmas season. Since I was little my dad would always bring home a case of oranges during Christmastime. He got the tradition from his dad.

Excuse me while I go eat a whole bunch of these coin size treats. Comment below with which citrus fruit you would try this recipe with!

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8th Day Cookie – Pistachio Balls

It’s 8 days until Christmas and today’s cookie was super easy and fun to make! A drop cookie like this makes for the perfect weekday snack but still works wonderfully as gifts for neighbors/coworkers. The flavor profile of pistachio was exciting for us since we usually don’t work with pistachio in treats, we are normally eating them straight out of the shell! I’m hit or miss on pistachio but I did thoroughly enjoy this cookie with a hot cup of tea.

Does anyone else feel like this holiday season is flying by? I keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy every moment, especially because it’s my favorite time of year. One of my favorite traditions is to see the Nutcracker ballet with my mom. As soon as we see that, it is officially the Christmas season for me! Comment below with a tradition that makes you feel the Christmas season has started!

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9th Day Cookie – Chocolate Covered Minty Cookies

Drumroll please…Hello second day of the “copycat girl scout” series! It is 9 days before Christmas and these sweet treats were the perfect fill for a Monday night. Especially after a late Monday work night. The key is planning with this Christmas cookie tradition. I knew today would be a late one so the dough was made before work and chilled until I was able to be off work. Then it was as simple as slicing and throwing in the oven! Slice and bakes are perfect for busy days, well as long as the dough is made the night before or morning of. While making these (and tasting these), next time I would make sure to cut closer to 1/8 inch slices for a true Thinmint copycat. I’d love to hear what your favorite girl scout cookie is in the comments below!

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10th Day Cookie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

It’s 10 days before Christmas and I am beyond excited! I try to savor every moment of this time of year because I adore every little detail. I love the way the snow is illuminated by the house lights, I love how stores are filled with people shopping for someone they care about (sometimes you can catch when a stranger finds that perfect gift and their face lights up), and I love how the 12 days of cookies is an excuse to have a sweet treat everyday. 😉 This cookie is the start of a mini “copycat girl scout cookie” grouping. Ours didn’t turn out quite the same but that’s from drizzling with chocolate instead of coating the cookie entirely. We did cover two cookies entirely with chocolate and it did taste like a Tagalong girl scout cookie, so good!

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11th Day Cookie- Peppermint Macaroons

Is there a flavor more akin to Christmas than peppermint? I mean think about it, every year people go crazy for the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha (Including me) and stores have an array of treats from peppermint candy canes to peppermint hot cocoa. You’ll notice candy canes are sprinkled on this sweet treat but not just any candy cane… it’s topped with a crushed green, red, and white striped candy cane; my personal favorite! Even though I know it is the same flavor as the red and white striped, something about adding that extra Christmas color of green makes the candy cane taste better.  Side note, has anyone tried the kale candy cane that I heard about this year? While trying to remember what vegetable it was, I also stumbled across a rotisserie chicken flavored candy cane… so many questions.

On the 11th Day Before Christmas… Peppermint Macaroons

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Sweetest Time of the Year

Today kicks off the sweetest time of the year. Our annual 12 Days of Cookies starts today! I repeat, we are 12 days away from Christmas! This is not a drill! We are so excited to be sharing our tradition on the blog again this year. With the crazy schedules around this time of year, keeping this tradition alive has been so important to us. This year we did have a hard time narrowing down the new cookies to try. We tried to make sure there are different flavor profiles, but a lot of times the chocoholic in us won out.  This first cookie is compliments of Better Homes & Garden’s magazine. We hope you enjoy and definitely give this recipe a try!

On the 12th Day Before Christmas…. Cookies & Cream Drops

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