Cookies for Santa

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M&M Christmas Cookies, recipe provided below (adapted from Lil' Luna)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup sprinkles (or mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.
  • Fold in sprinkles.
  • Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.
  • Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.
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Chocolate Kiss Cookies, recipe provided below (adapted from Baked by Rachel)

Ingredients

  • 1/2C unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4C granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 2C all purpose flour
  • Milk chocolate Kisses, unwrapped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a small bowl, set aside. 
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval. Repeat until fully melted. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by salt and baking powder. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in cocoa powder, followed by melted chocolate. Add flour one cup at a time, increasing after each addition. Mix until fully incorporated. If dough is too sticky to work with, chill for 15-20 minutes before continuing. 
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop and shape dough into smooth balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place sugar coated dough balls on prepared baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Immediately press an unwrapped chocolate kiss into each cookie. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely and allow chocolate to set. 
  • Once chocolate has completely set, cookies may be stored in an airtight container. 
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White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies, a portion of the recipe provided below. For the full recipe visit Cooking Classy.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp shortening
  • Red and green candy melts (or tinted royal icing)