Friday, November 12, 2010

Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies—Three For One Week!

12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

This week for Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies (week 7), I give you not one, not two, but three more cookies.  I’m just nice that way.  You’re welcome. 

I’ve been playing around this week with making smaller-sized mini cookies.  They are fun.  I love that you end up with so many more cookies by making them so small.  The first cookies I made were some Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies I’d seen a few weeks back that Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod made.  They looked like a great chocolate chip cookie and I just can’t resist mini treats.  We’re having some friends over next week and I think it will be fun to put out lots of little mini foods. 

Well, beat me up, I just looked through my photos and realized I didn’t photograph any of the mini chocolate chip cookies.  Go see them over at Maria’s.  Mine looked just like hers.  I realize now why I didn’t take any pictures.  I only baked off a dozen of the cookies and froze the rest of the dough in ready-to-bake minis.  I’ll have to take a few pictures when I bake off the rest next week.  Great cookie, Maria, thanks!

So the second cookie I made this week were some Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies that I’d found last year over at Baking Bites.  I loved these when I made them last year and posted about them.

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I followed Nicole’s recipe except that I didn’t have any crystallized ginger, so I omitted that and added a little extra ground ginger.  I also just baked off one baking sheet of these in mini-size and have frozen the rest into mini size balls ready to bake.  Make these if you like ginger cookies-they are so good with chocolate!

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And lastly (just for this week!), I made some mini Andes Crème de Menthe Cookies in mini-size as well.  Love these.  They are perfect.  This is also the recipe that is found on the back of the Andes mint baking pieces bag.  I followed it exactly. 

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These are kind of like Lays Potato Chips, “no one can eat just one”.

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I also froze probably another three dozen of these.  I think mini cookies are perfect for your Christmas cookie trays.  Wrap them in separate packaging, to keep the mint flavor/smell from getting in to all the rest of your goodies.  I’m silly that way.  I actually also think ginger/spice type cookies should be individually wrapped.  Just my little humble opinion.

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Okay, I’m done.  There you have it—three for one.  Enjoy!  And look at all those other links below.  It’s coming, don’t say we didn’t warn you. ;)  Happy Holiday Baking!



24 comments:

briarrose said...

Oh my the chocolate gingersnaps look wonderful. I'm certain I could resist a having a handful of the mint cookies either. ;) I hear the bag of mint and chocolate chips calling to me from the cupboard. Must make cookies!

April said...

3 cookies in 1 week! Love it!

Katie Rose said...

I've never tried chocolate and ginger together, these sound good :-)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

All of your cookies sound amazing! I need to get baking more cookies :-) Your post inspired me!

Lee Ann said...

Wow! You've been busy! They look great and love the mint cookies. I also like making mini cookies... I feel like I've had more but not really...

Megan said...

I'm impressed - your cookie dough actually made it to the freezer? That's more than I can say.

Pam said...

I WISH I could get my cookies so perfectly shaped like yours! Beautiful! I don't know about you, but my freezer's getting full! : )

Sue said...

Your cookies all look delicious! I, too, like to package the cookies up so that they each keep their distinct flavor and aren't one big blend! :)

Tracy said...

All of these cookies sound wonderful! You are a cookie-making machine!! :-)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

You ARE a cookie baking machine. They'll make a lovely tray for the holidays.

Mimi said...

I love all your mini cookies. I am leaving my baking for the last minute this year. It seems when I bake ahead and put stuff in the freezer it disappears, without a trace.
Mimi

Megan said...

You are so sweet to bring us 3 cookies this week. I like that idea! Then you can eat more cookies! Right?

Claire said...

Um...so both of these look GREAT! I will definitely be making the Andes cookies. YES!!!

Lisa said...

You've really been busy baking up a storm. Those chocolate gingersnaps look especially good.

jen said...

i think the chocolate ginger snaps sound great - an interesting combination. I have just finished making a mountain of chocolate balls, so think it will be a while before i get the chocolate out again, but when i do i may try this one.

Erinsgobragh said...

I want those Andy's cookies! MMMMMM.

Melynda said...

You have had a busy week! I love how perfect your cookies look.

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

Chocolate and ginger is such an amazing combination. When I go to Whole Foods or Cost Plus every now and then they sell this chocolate bar - the brand is Chocolove. Anyway it's dark chocolate with crystallized ginger inside - and geez it's so good. I keep breaking off little squares and popping them into my mouth. It's just a little different way with chocolate and if you haven't tried 'em before you absolutely gotta give that flavor combination a whirl.

Jacque said...

OH my goodness, your hours will be Christmas cookie heaven in another month and a half... what with all of those wonderful treasures stowed in the freezer.

They all look wonderful!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, they both look so tasty - I think I'd try the chocolate ginger ones first though!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yum! I love all those delicious cookies.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

All those cookies look soo good!! I love the Andes mint one. Bookmarked :)

Eliana said...

Hmmm - every cookie looks more delicious than the next :)

Amanda said...

They all look fabulous Katrina! Cookies sound great to me right now :)