Friday, December 10, 2010

Baking Cravings

How delicious do these cookie truffles look? I'm very tempted to try this recipe from Framed Cooks out... my mouth is watering as I type. Yum!

1 16 oz package Nutterbutters or Oreos
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 14 ounce package candy melts

1. Place all but 6 cookies in food processor and process until ground to fine crumbs.
2. Put crumbs and cream cheese in bowl and mix until completely combined.
3. Form dough into one inch balls
4. Melt candy in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each heating, until melted.
5. Coat each ball in candy and place on cookie sheet covered in wax paper.
6. Chill in refrigerator until candy is hardened.
7. Do what you will with those 6 extra cookies.

I'm not a big eggnog fan, but there's something intriguing about these eggnog cookies from Two Trick Pony. Might be worth trying...

2/3 cup sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
Combine sugar, butter, egg, salt, spices and vanilla, beat on medium until light and fluffy. (2-3 minutes) Add flour, beat on low for 2-3 minutes.

Slice into 1/4 inch cookies, choose desired cookie shape.
Bake at 400 for 6-8 minutes or until slightly golden on bottom.

And of course, you can never go wrong with White Chocolate Cranberry cookies, like these from Baking Bites. They're a festive alternative to the good ole' Chocolate Chip.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg, followed by melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Gradually incorporate the flour mixture, mixing until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie to allow for spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies turn lightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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