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Holiday Cookie Extravaganza

Christmas Cake Balls

We don’t have much and I wasn’t sure what we could afford, so I came up with the idea to do a “12 Days of Cookies” gift for my parents, my mentor and my sis. I didn’t get to make a dozen types of cookies, stopping after nine. I ran out of baking steam when I got sick a few days before Christmas.

In the end, my family loved the cookies. Most of the recipes came from the little booklet included with the December issue of Food Network Magazine. They came out fairly well, though I wasn’t happy with the lack of strength of flavor in the lemon volcanoes and peanut butter tigers.

The runaway favorite of the entire deal? Cake balls. The very thing that decided to give me a meltdown.

What I love about them is the hard crunch of the candy shell and the soft, chocolatey inside.Christmas Cake Balls

We don’t have much and I wasn’t sure what we could afford, so I came up with the idea to do a “12 Days of Cookies” gift for my parents, my mentor and my sis. I didn’t get to make a dozen types of cookies, stopping after nine. I ran out of baking steam when I got sick a few days before Christmas.

In the end, my family loved the cookies. Most of the recipes came from the little booklet included with the December issue of Food Network Magazine. They came out fairly well, though I wasn’t happy with the lack of strength of flavor in the lemon volcanoes and peanut butter tigers.

The runaway favorite of the entire deal? Cake balls. The very thing that decided to give me a meltdown.

What I love about them is the hard crunch of the candy shell and the soft, chocolatey inside.

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Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

When he found dried cranberries at Winco in the bulk food section (love), he asked me to make him a batch of cranberry walnut cookies. Now, one thing you should know about my husband is that he’s crazy for whole wheat. I changed out all-purpose for whole wheat in my chocolate chip cookies and made him a very happy man, so I knew that whatever recipe I wound up using needed to use whole wheat too.

In the end, I took one I particularly liked for inspiration and played around. I think they came out pretty darn good — and I’m not even that particularly crazy about oatmeal cookies! These aren’t spreaders, they bake up soft, puffy and chewy with just a hint of spice.Cranberry, Oatmeal & Walnut Cookies

When he found dried cranberries at Winco in the bulk food section (love), he asked me to make him a batch of cranberry walnut cookies. Now, one thing you should know about my husband is that he’s crazy for whole wheat. I changed out all-purpose for whole wheat in my chocolate chip cookies and made him a very happy man, so I knew that whatever recipe I wound up using needed to use whole wheat too.

In the end, I took one I particularly liked for inspiration and played around. I think they came out pretty darn good — and I’m not even that particularly crazy about oatmeal cookies! These aren’t spreaders, they bake up soft, puffy and chewy with just a hint of spice.

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Cocoa Brownies

Cocoa Brownies

Finally, I found it. I should have guessed it would be from Alton Brown, one of my favorite and most trusted chefs ever. Once I made this recipe, I decided further research was really no longer necessary: this became my go-to brownie recipe. I would periodically have affairs, trying out different brownie recipes because they sounded interesting, but I always came back to this one. It’s decadent, fudgey and flakey, and definitely needs a cold glass of milk to wash it down.Cocoa Brownies

Finally, I found it. I should have guessed it would be from Alton Brown, one of my favorite and most trusted chefs ever. Once I made this recipe, I decided further research was really no longer necessary: this became my go-to brownie recipe. I would periodically have affairs, trying out different brownie recipes because they sounded interesting, but I always came back to this one. It’s decadent, fudgey and flakey, and definitely needs a cold glass of milk to wash it down.

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Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

I’ve seen them called Mexican Wedding Cookies and Italian Wedding Cookies. Honestly, I don’t really know how “traditional” these little cookies are, but I do know they came out quite well. It’s an easy, basic recipe, but as with many recipes calling for only a few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients you use will stand out. Wedding Cookies

I’ve seen them called Mexican Wedding Cookies and Italian Wedding Cookies. Honestly, I don’t really know how “traditional” these little cookies are, but I do know they came out quite well. It’s an easy, basic recipe, but as with many recipes calling for only a few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients you use will stand out.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies, they’re my favorite cookie. I grew up making batches of these, reading the recipe right off the Nestle bag for Toll House cookies. But it wasn’t until I watched Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode on these popular cookies that I discovered there was an entire world of chemistry behind my favorite little indulgence. Whether or not you melt the butter, use butter-flavored shortening, adjust the ratio of brown to white sugar, even the protein count of the flour you choose.. all of it can change this cookie from thin and crispy to puffy or chewy.Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies, they’re my favorite cookie. I grew up making batches of these, reading the recipe right off the Nestle bag for Toll House cookies. But it wasn’t until I watched Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode on these popular cookies that I discovered there was an entire world of chemistry behind my favorite little indulgence. Whether or not you melt the butter, use butter-flavored shortening, adjust the ratio of brown to white sugar, even the protein count of the flour you choose.. all of it can change this cookie from thin and crispy to puffy or chewy.

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Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

This was the most popular cookie of the past week, getting rave reviews from both from taste testers and guests. It’s a simple chocolate cookie, but swapping the traditional (and oft-overused) vanilla extract for almond gives it a nice twist. Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

This was the most popular cookie of the past week, getting rave reviews from both from taste testers and guests. It’s a simple chocolate cookie, but swapping the traditional (and oft-overused) vanilla extract for almond gives it a nice twist.

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