Hello, again! I’ve been looking forward to blogging about this weekend ALL. YEAR. LONG. My mom and I started an annual holiday season tradition where we spend an entire weekend together baking all of our Christmas cookies in one fell swoop.
We start out by making a list of all our family’s traditional Christmas cookies that we simply HAVE to make (since we can’t make all the cookie recipes we’ve accumulated over the years). Then, we rotate in a new recipe or two – usually cookies or holiday treats we find on Pinterest that complement our cookie platter, adding a new flavor or color or some sort of variety to our goods.
After the baking weekend is complete, we’re off delivering trays of cookies to friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy. We’ll freeze whatever cookies are left and grab a few here and there to put together cookie trays throughout the month of December.
These Melted Snowmen Bark were new this year, an easy Pinterest recipe you can recreate here.
And of course, we made 3 batches worth of our tried and true Sugar Cookies (recipe here, just decorate for Christmas!).
We keep a little baking journal for this weekend and jot down things like how many batches we made of a certain cookie, how many sticks of butter we used in all our recipes (2016 baking weekend = 34+ sticks of butter!) or how early in the day we cracked open a holiday beer while we baked — my personal favorite, the Widmer Brrr winter warmer.
The cookie lineup varies every year, but for 2016 we made a total of 12 different holiday treats, including:
- Bird’s Nest (thumb prints)
- Pecan Tassies
- Grinch Cookies
- Sugar Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Spritz Cookies
- German Chocolate Caramel Bars
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- Peanut Butter Truffles
- Melted Snowmen Bark
- Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Salted Caramel
- Homemade Caramel
Note: the homemade caramel and peanut butter truffles are not pictured below (camera shy).
I wanted to share the recipe of my personal Xmas cookie favorite, German Chocolate Caramel Bars. Now, I’m no scientist but I’m fairly certain that one bite of a German Chocolate Caramel Bar triggers all the pleasure centers of the brain…
The two German Chocolate layers take on a brownie-like quality once baked, sandwiching a gooey, creamy caramel and chocolate chip chunks. They’re awesome and have always been my favorite Christmas “cookie” since I was a kid. If you’re a fan of any turtle-like dessert, this one is for you!
Enjoy! With sprinkles on top,