Monday, January 20, 2014

Winter Holiday Cookies

This past holiday season, my go-to contribution was cookies.  Gingerbread with chocolate chip cookies, Middle Eastern spice chocolate chip with cranberries cookies, peanut butter with white chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal with butterscotch chip cookies... batch after batch.

I know it sounds like I made a lot of elaborate cookies, but they were all incredibly easy because of the shortcuts I took.  All of the cookies were from mixes I bought on sale at Target.  At holiday time, they have a great assortment of flavors: gingerbread, molasses, oatmeal, peanut butter, sugar, snickerdoodle - and of course chocolate chip - and all under $2 each.  To add a creative twist to a regular mix, I like to include things like dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, crystalized ginger, butterscotch chips and blended spice mixes. 

One of my favorite cookies I like to make is from a standard chocolate cookie mix (my favorite is not an inexpensive one from Target, I hate to say.)  I add 1.5 teaspoons of this fantastic spice blend from a wonderful local farm, made from warm winter spices like cinnamon, cloves, alspice and rosebuds - yum!  It adds a festive, spicy undertone to a classic cookie.

Try some of your own flavor combinations.  There are so many things - dried fruit, nuts, candy chips - you can add to a standard cookie mix to jazz it up into something yumtastic!

Spiced chocolate chip cookies - YUM!

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