2015 Christmas Cookie Boxes

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Well Christmas came and went like a whole season of Parks & Rec AM I RIGHT?  I can't believe I haven't posted anything on here about my cookie boxes! HELLO! 

Well anyway, here it is! 

Here are most of my ingredients. See.. I'm that type of person that likes to take one trip from the car to my kitchen when I come back from the market. Imagine that.....  

Here are most of my ingredients. See.. I'm that type of person that likes to take one trip from the car to my kitchen when I come back from the market. Imagine that.....  

This year was especially stressful for me because I had tons of friends and family asking for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies.  

Let me just warn you... Gluten-Free and Christmas DO NOT MIX. I used brown rice flour for almost all of my cookie doughs and after making over 6 dozen cookies, I realized that they tasted like sand. BLEH!  

So I had to start from the beginning, toss all of my cookie doughs and get back on track... However, after all of that went down, I'm very happy with how the cookies came out.  

 

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Here they are!  This year I made:

1. Chocolate Salted Rolo Cookies  

2. Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

3. Almond Biscotti

4. S'mores Brownies

5. Cookie Dough Fudge  

5. Jam Spritz Cookies

6. White Chocolate Covered Gingerbread Sticks  

7. Lemon Bars

8. Coconut Macaroons  

 

Recipes for these babies coming soon!  

If you want tips on managing baking TONS of cookies over a span of 1-2 days, feel free to ask! This is my 3rd year doing it and I feel like I have it down. Uh-oh's and all ;)  

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Healthified Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey friends!! Happy Monday. I am SO SO excited to share this with you. I have been wanting to make the perfect "healthified" Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for a while and I have finally perfected it!! These little cookies are made with a gluten-free oat flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil (amongst other things) which means they have NO butter, NO gluten, no dairy and NO guilt! HECK YES!

I could not stop eating these. They. Are. Dangerous. These little guys are crispy on the edges and soft and pillow-y on the inside. You must must must try!!

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Cup coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 egg, at room temperature

1 teaspoon butter emulsion/extract

1+2/3 Cup Gluten-Free Oats, pulsed to a flour

1/4 Cup coconut sugar + 1 Tablespoon raw honey OR 1/4 Cup dark Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 Cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

 

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.

2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment OR a large mixing bowl, mix together the coconut oil, egg and butter emulsion/extract. In a separate bowl, blend together the oat flour, coconut sugar, honey, baking soda and salt. NOTE** If you choose to use brown sugar, add it now in place of the coconut sugar and honey. Add the flour mixture to the oil mixture and mix until combined. Dough will be wet. Then fold in the chocolate chips with a large spoon.

3. Using a Tablespoon sized scoop, scoop up dough and place each ball 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Lightly press down on each cookie. These cookies do not spread! 

4. Bake for 8-11 minutes, or just until they are lightly browned. Once they are done, remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for at LEAST 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to let them cool completely. 

Makes 20-22 Tablespoon sized cookies. 

My 2015 Christmas Cookie Box Round-up

If you were wondering why I haven't posted in a little while, this is why. 

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So. Many. Cookies. Every year I make boxes and boxes of cookies for family and friends. This year I made at least 18 dozen with my dads wonderful lady Cristi. We were in the kitchen all stinkin' day but maaan, was it fun! I'll be sharing with you all the cookies that I put in my cookie box this year. Recipes to come! Happy holidays, friends. I love you all and I hope you have a beautiful holiday with your family and friends. 

 

Starting with my cut-out sugar cookies topped with my favorite easy glaze, red sprinkles, green sprinkles, Christmas sprinkles and peppermint crunch. 

Starting with my cut-out sugar cookies topped with my favorite easy glaze, red sprinkles, green sprinkles, Christmas sprinkles and peppermint crunch. 

My all time favorite oatmeal cookies- recipe on my blog!!

My all time favorite oatmeal cookies- recipe on my blog!!

Red and green Spritz butter cookies. You can never go wrong with these babies! 

Red and green Spritz butter cookies. You can never go wrong with these babies! 

Mexican Wedding Cookies. These buttery cookies are to die for!

Mexican Wedding Cookies. These buttery cookies are to die for!

Lightly glazed Gingerbread Cookies- yum! Christmas staple 

Lightly glazed Gingerbread Cookies- yum! Christmas staple 

Vanilla almond biscotti. Heck. Yes. 

Vanilla almond biscotti. Heck. Yes. 

White Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge! recipe on my blog 

White Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge! recipe on my blog 

Same fudge as above but I subbed semi-sweet chocolate for white chocolate 

Same fudge as above but I subbed semi-sweet chocolate for white chocolate 

My perfect chocolate chip cookies with M&M's! 

My perfect chocolate chip cookies with M&M's! 

Almond Shortbread Bars with Blackberry jam. Holy cow! I made these into cookies as well. 

Almond Shortbread Bars with Blackberry jam. Holy cow! I made these into cookies as well. 

And there you have it! What cookies did you make for your friends? Feel free to share some photos with me! 

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Nutella Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

I could not be more excited that Christmas is coming up. I see people ice skating at ice rinks, christmas trees are being sold, and the weather is... in the 70's. Oh, LA.

Well every year I make boxes and boxes of cookies to give away for family and friends just before Christmas. Throughout the year I experiment with TONS of cookie recipes that can potentially be put in these boxes and sent off to the bellies of loved ones. Therefore, I must have deeeelicious cookies to send out because I love my friends and I do not want them eating burnt or dry cookies. It's like, the rules of feminism.

  Here is one of my all-time favorite oatmeal cookie recipes. Stuffed with Nutella, of course. I have tried so many oatmeal cookie recipes and I was never truly happy with the outcome- until now! I had learned that you can get a very different texture when you use different types of oats. Did you know that? I tried everything from oat flour, instant oats, thick/thin old fashioned rolled oats until I was left with a cookie that made me swoon! These chewy and buttery-tasting cookies have the perfect flour-oat-sugar-butter ratio and the Nutella inside makes them to-die-for!

If you're making cookies for friends and family this year, I strongly suggest you try out these bad boys. 

Recipe makes 24 cookies or 12 cookie sandwiches. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature

1+1/4 Cup dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 Cup granulated sugar  

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract  

2 Cups all purpose flour

1/2 Cup old fashion rolled oats

1+1/2 Cup instant oatmeal  

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 jar Nutella (you will use about 1/2-3/4 cup total)  

 

DIRECTIONS: 

1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Set aside.  

2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. 

3. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients- flour, old fashion and instant oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then, add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until a dough is formed. 

4. Using an ice cream scoop, a spoon or your hands, shape the dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut: 1-2 heaping Tablespoons) depending on your preference. Place the balls 3 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes, depending your oven. They should be a very light golden brown around the edges and have puffed up completely. Then remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for at LEAST 5 minutes. These cookies are very soft and fragile when right out of the oven. They need time to firm up! Let cookies cool completely.

 

5. Using a spoon or a knife, spread about 1 Tablespoon of Nutella in between two oatmeal cookies to form a sandwich. Continue with the rest of the cookies- you should have about 12 cookie sandwiches in total.