Saturday, December 14, 2019

RAINBOW CHRISTMAS COOKIE BOX

Well, I've baked and eaten more than my fair share of cookies this week.  I was hoping to get this blog post out sooner so you could have even more cookie inspiration before Christmas, but alas, this is just how things go.  There are only so many hours in the day, and I kept adding recipes. 😆

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After attending Christmas Camp Create back in November, I've wanted to rainbow all the things.  This is always a little true (see all the book rainbows in my living room), but definitely after visiting the most colorful house ever.  Which brings me to Christmas cookies.  Here is a selection of recipes that could help you make your own rainbow box, if you are up to the challenge.  As a bonus, you can sub out anything for something else, if it works better for you!

I book ended the rainbow with chocolate, because that seemed a good plan.  I made Hot Cocoa Sandwich cookies shaped like trees and added piping and dragees to dress them up a bit.  I will say that in the future, I would not use straight marshmallow cream as a center and would instead use a marshmallow frosting with a bit more stability.  These turned out to be pretty messy.  But they taste good!

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The red are Red Velvet Thumbprint cookies - another recipe from the Food Network Holiday cookie magazine that I had a blast flipping through.  I added a fancy sprinkle mix to the top, again, because I like a little bling on everything.

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I used this Candied Orange Recipe, and I will add that I dehydrated them for about an hour to dry them out, and in retrospect, I would have done even longer to crisp them up a bit more.  I also did dip some in dark chocolate and sprinkled sea salt, and those were unexpectedly tasty.

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Last year, I loved these Poppyseed Linzer cookies so much that I made them again.  This time in the shape of stars and using the Lemon Curd recipe noted instead of the orange glaze from 2018.  I feel like they are super Christmasy, and the lemon adds a nice pop of yellow.

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In keeping with an apparent citrus theme, the green cookies are Lime Spritz cookies.  It gave me a chance to use the cookie press that I've had for years and rarely pull out.  I sprinkled them with sugar to give them a little more sparkle.

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I made meringues again this year as well.  They are becoming a cookie box standby for me, because they are so light and versatile.  They can be made any color or shape your heart desires, and you can add whatever sprinkles to dress them up.

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The blue snowflakes are my very favorite, Classic Sugar Cookies.  Here is a blogpost from 2013 where I give all my recipes and basic tricks, and even in six years, I haven't changed any of those basics!  I still use two different kinds of frosting, because I feel like it makes for softer cookies.

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I decided that I should try making truffles and landed on these Champagne Chocolate Truffles.  When I ordered edible gold leaf from Amazon, I imagined it coming in sheets the size of origami paper.  Imagine my shock when each one is about an inch square. 🤣  Now I know.  I also added sea salt to the top of these, because I feel like sea salt and chocolate are BFFs and deserve to be together.

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Happy Holiday Baking!  For even more inspiration, here are some of the past Christmas Cookie Roundup Blog Posts I've done.

{2013} {2014} {2018}

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