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Growing up I have precious memories of baking hundreds of pounds of Italian cookies before Thanksgiving. Normally I would stay home for a couple of days from school and we would bake from sunset to sunrise. People around us would eagerly await their tray of fresh Italian cookies.
There would be Christmas carols playing in the background and the floor covered in flour. Sprinkles would be absolutely everywhere and there would be a stack of no less than 5 large stainless steel pans in the sink. Although my grandparents we clean-a-holics, this mess didn’t bother them. We would eventually clean up at the end of the day singing and dancing to Rocking Around A Christmas tree.
I do everything I can to give my kids these kinds of memories. Every year we too take a few days to make our friends and family trays of homemade cookies and candies. Even though we have our traditional cookies, they always get to pick a new recipe to try.
This year, we were so excited to find Hallmark’s new Northpole Collection at Walmart. With fun cookie baking supplies and adorable bowls perfect for gift giving, we are going to have some very happy recipients! My daughter asked to have some friends over to help us bake. The loved using the rolling cookie cutter and sprinkle bell!
And of course there is no better way to end a long fun day of Christmas carols and baking then with an adorable Christmas story, homemade cookies, and a glass of hot chocolate!
- 1 1/4 cups butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped candy canes
- 1/2 powdered sugar
- 1 package white chocolate peppermint candies
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Begin by cream butter and sugar together.
- Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition.
- Mix in vanilla.
- In a sperate bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips and chopped candy canes.
- Make one inch round balls and dip into powdered sugar.
- Gently press in chocolate candy.
- Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!