Over the weekend, we did make my favorite cookie -- Swistle's Mint-Chocolate. These definitely rule, and I am thrilled to report that both of my kiddos, like their mama, love the mint-chocolate combo in all of its forms. (Still a no-go for their Daddy, unfortch.... FOR HIM.) What could be more Christmas-y than pepperminty, chocolatey goodness? They're perfect. This year was the best batch I've ever made, due to DUH, making them smaller, and also DUH, letting them cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the cookie sheets. No crumbling! It was a thing of beauty! I foresee at least 2 additional batches being baked between now and December 25.
It has become my modus operandi to make few plain chocolate cookies before putting in the mint-chocolate chips, for DH. (They can't be any good, but I'm a giver.)
My childhood cookie traditions have gone by the wayside a little bit. Sniff! Number one for me was Sand Tarts, a version of Italian Wedding Cookies, and I have tried to make them each year but gotten nothing but flack from the current audience: They don't like nuts, they don't like powdered sugar, they don't like them Sam-I-Am. Babies. These cookies are an awful lot of trouble, so I have about decided they're not worth making if I, who shouldn't be forced to eat a whole batch, is going to have to enjoy all of them (or, okay, give them away).
Running a close second was Cathedral Cookies, (minus the coconut in that link) but those require colored mini-marshmallows, which I'll be darned if I can ever find anymore. So, sadly, that cookie might also be a thing of the past. I mean, they would still taste the same with white marshmallows, but they won't look like "cathedral windows." I guess we could call them "snowflake cookies" instead. They'd be dirty snowflakes, however, because of the chocolate, and my Grandmother definitely wouldn't like that.
We also had bourbon balls around when I was a kid. But DH doesn't do bourbon, and even I, who do do bourbon, don't particularly love alcoholic cookies. Meh.
Now back to the present-day issues:
- I like thumbprint cookies with raspberry or strawberry jam, and not just for the way they look on a Christmas plate! Yummy! (My kids/DH don't love fruity desserts, though.)
- We made these reindeer cookies one year and they were super cute (we even "frosted" them with Nutella) but they didn't really get eaten.
- I'm not so much into the "rolling dough" and the "cookie cutting" and the "icing." Bah humbug.
SO! What to do?! I need your help! I am on the hunt for delicious Christmas cookie recipes that my whole family will love and embrace. I am going to try, tonight, these Oreo Truffles. Perhaps they will suit DH's fancy a little bit and perhaps the kids won't notice the [whole brick of] cream cheese. You KNOW I'll eat 'em.
If I remember correctly, we had Some Fun several years ago re: cookies. This, then, is that "homemade" post we talked about way back then. What's your fave? What're your traditions? Go! :)