2nd Day of Cookie – Gingerbread Teddy Bears

We couldn’t help ourselves when we saw these cute teddy bear cookies! With Christmas only a few days away, we were excited to make a little toy lookalike cookie in the famous gingerbread flavor. While it may not be as fancy as when Queen Elizabeth I would make gingerbread characters for her honorary guests, these little bears are too adorable not to try. These cookies are prepping me for the next holiday activity tonight with my fiancé, gingerbread house decorating!

These gingerbread teddy bears are such a fun activity for little kids! The trick was that we used 3 different sizes cookie scoops to make our lives easier. We made these with my nephew and it was a blast!

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6th Day of Cookie – Pecan Pie Bars

My favorite pie during the holidays is easily a pecan pie. A cold slice of homemade pecan pie is the best leftover from Thanksgiving, am I right? I’ve even thought about asking for pecan pie for my birthday in April! This little bar is packed with all the ooey gooey crunchy pecan pie tastes and textures. If you are a fan of pumpkin pan like my family and I, you should definitely give this one a go!

Is pecan pie your favorite? What is your favorite around the holidays?

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7th Day of Cookie – Chocolate Amaretti

I’ve come to love marzipan after I tried a slice of cake with it at a famous local bakery near my house. I have had it before in desserts however, it was normally overpowered by whatever flavor it was with. This sweet slice of cake had the marzipan as the star and it has since become a favorite of mine. Between my new found love of marzipan and my Italian heritage, this Chocolate Amaretti cookie seemed like the perfect 8th day of Christmas cookie.

This cookie used a food processor and only took 5 ingredients to make! Super fun, easy, and they are delicious! We did make them a little big larger than tablespoonfuls, the cookie scoop used was 1 ½ tablespoons. I preferred these to be larger than the normal cookie and would highly recommend trying it as well. 

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9th Day of Cookie – Mimosa Butter Cookies

We are in the single digits in our countdown to Christmas 2020! What better way to celebrate than with a little booze? Mimosa’s are a tried and true brunch drink with our families. For mother’s day we do mom-osa’s and every other time it’s the classic orange juice sweet drink as an option on the menu. Mimosa’s are my favorite brunch drink so the idea of putting that into a cookie, hello perfection. Excuse me while I drink a mimosa while eating these mimosa butter cookies and celebrate only 9 days before Christmas! We have to finish the champagne we opened right?

This citrusy butter cookie gave a new flavor profile to our 12 days of cookies after the peanut butter and oreo brookie, peanut butter crackles, and pudding thumbprints. Do you have a favorite drink at brunch?

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10th Day of Cookie – Marbled Pudding Thumbprint Cookies

This cookie stood out to try because it looked super easy and the biggest bonus… we already had the ingredients! I always love when we have the ingredients for a cookie! At my house, vanilla pudding mix is a staple for one reason: cinnamon rolls. My cinnamon roll dough uses vanilla pudding mix and you never know when you need to make a batch right? We were right about this cookie, it was fun and came together beautifully. The smooth pudding with the crumbly vanilla and chocolate cookie made for an enjoyable combination.

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11th Day of Cookie – Peanut Butter Crackle Cookies

It was a busy day at work but being able to have a calm, delicious moment of bliss with a cookie was much needed. I flipped on some Christmas music, sat by our beautifully decorated tree, and enjoyed the moment. I’m definitely team coffee most of the time but this peanut butter cookie called for a cold glass of milk. It’s so easy during the season to get so stressed out that we don’t stop to just enjoy. Enjoy the lights, the music, the love that surrounds us. If 2020 gave us one gift, it was the gift of remembering to be embrace these moments.

I hope all of you have a chance to take a minute to eat a cookie and enjoy the season.

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12 Days of Cookies 2020 Edition – Peanut Butter and Oreo Brookies

We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to continue our annual tradition of 12 Days of Cookies leading up to Christmas because… well… 2020. However, with all the events in 2020 cancelled, I’m happy to announce that our families 12 Days of Cookies will continue this year! It might feel a little different but with extra precautions in place, we decided it was a tradition we could keep this holiday season.

What better way to start out with a gooey, crunchy flavor explosion! I’ve made a brookie in a brownie pan, so putting that into a bite sized cookie seems like quite possibly the best idea since sliced bread! This one was a hit because not only was it a nice gooey chocolate brownie, but it is combined with a peanut butter cookie that has actual peanuts for a crunch. This one will be hard to beat, but there are 11 more days so we will see!

Comment below with an annual tradition you are excited to continue this holiday season!

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2nd Day of Cookies – Macarons

We have made what feels like thousands of different cookies over the years but surprisingly, we have not tried making the classic Macaron. What better time than two days before Christmas and on a day off work! These cute little treats are going to be used for a Christmas get together with both my boyfriend and mine families tonight. Have you make macarons before? What is your favorite flavor?

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5th Day Christmas Cookie – Glazed Apple Oat Cookies

This apple spiced cookie is reminiscent of the flavors you would find in an apple pie; so warm and cozy. It’s perfect for a cold winter night, especially when that winter night is only 5 days away from Christmas! As of today, I have officially finished all of my Christmas shopping. Now all I need to do is wrap the gifts. I enjoy wrapping gifts at this time of year though. Wrapping gifts is almost therapeutic for me around Christmas. A fun Christmas movie on and a big cup of hot coffee while I wrap makes for a relaxing night. How do you feel about wrapping?

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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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