National Cookie Day is December 4th, and Mad Minis wants to help you make it a delicious day! To help celebrate, Channel 2 asked me to be on Sunday Brunch, where I demonstrated a Chocolate Peppermint Mad Mini Ice Cream Sundae.
History of Cookie Day
For those of you who may not know, National Cookie Day started as an “unofficial” national holiday in 1987 by the Blue Chip Cookie Company. On National Cookie Day, I like to celebrate by having a cookie with breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also for a snack!
The word“cookie” comes from the Dutch word“koekie”meaning little cake. There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented. This is because they traveled well however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards. Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. Today, Chocolate Chip cookies are by far Americas favorite.
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We’ve barely finished off the Turkey and already my mailbox is full of Christmas cards. I love baking Christmas Cookies and delivering them to friends and family. Growing up in a small town in Southeast Kansas, we would go Christmas caroling then deliver cookies and candies to the elderly. Great memories. Christmas cookies are an easy and quick treat that always brings a smile.
Christmas cookies have been a holiday tradition since Medieval Europe. If you are going to venture into baking your treats, you can take comfort in knowing that all cookies have a few simple ingredients like sugar, flour, eggs, and butter. Additionally many recipes commonly include baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract and sometimes brown sugar too. Beyond that, you are free to embellish till your gift-wrapping heart explodes.
Christmas Cookie Recipes
There are a million cookie recipes on Pinterest. You can check out my Christmas Cookie Pinterest Board for more ideas. Here are my two favorite cookies that I am going to be making by the dozens this holiday season.
Traditional Christmas Cookies:
Use this basic sugar cookie recipe to create traditional Christmas cookies. With a little practice, you will be creating perfect Pinterest-worthy photos. For this cookie, I default to the queen of domestic culinary bliss Martha Stewart. For this recipe, you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Find the details for putting together this cookie HERE.
Peppermint Mocha Christmas Cookies:
When I saw this recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com I knew I, and everyone else, would love them. It’s like your favorite Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino in cookie form. One of my new favorite Christmas Cookies of all time. To make this cookie you will need.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 large candy canes, crushed
For details on how to make these to Christmas Cookies head over to Sally’s Baking Addiction, or jump to the recipe by clicking HERE.
Soft & Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I found this recipe at thedomesticrebal.com. I wanted a cookie that looked like Christmas and I think this one fits the bill. We did decide to add some chopped pecans just for some spice. For the recipe you will need:
¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
For details on how this all goes together, head over to The Domestic Rebel or jump to the recipe by clicking HERE.