Thursday, November 10, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies #1

Welcome to Still Woods Farmhouse and the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!  I am so exited to bring to you a little of my passion at Christmas.  Each Christmas, I put on a cute apron, turn on the Christmas music, and head to the kitchen to begin whipping up batches of cookies.  It's in my genes!  I come from a long line of bakers.  As small children, my sister and I would eagerly await the packages of goodies from our grandmothers.   With my dad in the military, we lived far away from our relatives.  A box of homemade Christmas treats were so special to us.  One grandmother made all kinds of cookies and pies, while the other made delicious candy and cakes.  I take after my paternal grandmother, the cookie baker! My mother is also a Christmas cookie baker.  She has a long list and makes everyone's favorites.  She often bakes over 13 variety of cookies just at Christmas.  Everyone loves her homemade goodness! Who doesn't like homemade cookies?!

For the 1st of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies, I am sharing with you my youngest son's favorite cookie.  They are called Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirls! Sounds great, don't they? These are a delicious, quick drop cookies.  Did you hear that?  Quick, to my ears!  Let's get cooking!

The Starting Line-Up:
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup of softened butter
6 ounces of softened cream cheese
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of good semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla.  Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt is a separate bowl.  Gradually mix the flour mixture to the creamed mixture.  Mix at a low speed until the flour is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture.

Fold the melted chocolate chips into the mixture.  Be careful not to over mix.  I put a little in at a time and kind of "cut" the chocolate in.  You want a marbleized look to the cookie.

Drop dough by spoonfuls or a cookie scoop onto a parchment lined cookie sheets approximately 2 inches apart. I always use a cookie scoop.  The one I used here is about an inch and a half wide.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool completely before storing.

Look at this yumminess.  Don't look at the tacky manicure!  These cookies also freeze well.  I'll share tips for freezing cookies in my next post.

Santa loves these cookies!  We leave a plate of them for Santa each year.  I hope you like the 1st of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies.  Stop by next week for our second cookie! I love to read your comments so leave a message and let me know what are some of your favorite holiday cookies or baking traditions:)

Blessing and happy baking from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  1. We have a family tradition of baking as well. Only ours is candy. My girls, daughter in laws,and grands get together and make candy all day. It is so much fun! Aprons are involved as well. :) Love the story about your cookie heritage. These co sound yummy and I will give them a try. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. I have a friend who does candy. My maternal grandmother made the best divinity. We compare all divinities to hers! What a great day that must be when you all get together to make candy. A memory maker for sure!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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