12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar cookies are a refreshing variation to the traditional sugar cookie!  This is honestly one of my FAVORITE 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipes :)

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So, without further ado, I’m going to give you the Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies Recipe….and then show you how to make them into Elf on the Shelf Cookies!!lemon-snap-sugar-cookies-#elfontheshelf-final

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

In large mixing bowl, begin by creaming together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract.

In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients together.

Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blending well after each addition.

Form 2 balls of dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and flatten into discs approximately 2″ thick.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll dough out on well floured surface to approximately 1/4″ thick (slightly thicker for a more moist, soft cookie).  Cut into desired shapes.

Bake in preheated oven for 4-6 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with your favorite icing!

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To make them into Elf on the Shelf Cookies: 

I used a snowman cutter and cut the hat and top off at an angle.

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Then, using icing, pipe the trim of your Elf’s hat

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Fill in the face with a flesh-colored icing (and honestly, white is fine), and then fill the hat in with red icing

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Pipe in your hair and eyes, adding a little pink to the cheeks if you want for some color.  Some shimmery sugar will make the features stand out.  Using that same flesh colored icing again, pipe some icing into little ears for your Elf.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Elf on the Shelf Lemon Snap Sugar Cookies
 
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Fun lemon twist on classic sugar cookies
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In large mixing bowl, begin by creaming together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients together.
  3. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, blending well after each addition.
  4. Form 2 balls of dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and flatten into discs approximately 2" thick. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Roll dough out on well floured surface to approximately ¼" thick (slightly thicker for a more moist, soft cookie). Cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 4-6 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with your favorite icing!

 

 

Check out our fun Elf on the Shelf Ideas !! Over 30 and counting!

 

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Filled Christmas Stars

Raspberry Filled Christmas Stars Foundation Cookies are today’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies recipe!  So pretty and so sweet with a hint of tart with the berries.

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Raspberry Filled Christmas Stars

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Raspberry cake/cookie filling

In large mixing bowl, cream together shortening & sugar and add eggs.

Sift dry ingredients together and add, alternating with milk and vanilla.  Mix well after each addition.

Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4″ thick.  Cut into medium stars, cutting a small star from the center of each.

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Place the solid medium stars on cookie sheet and add a teaspoon of raspberry filling to the center of each and top each with the cut out stars.

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Carefully press the two layers together with a fork.

Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.

Allow cookies to cook on baking rack for 10-15 minutes and sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Filled Christmas Stars
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Raspberry cake/cookie filling
Instructions
  1. In large mixing bowl, cream together shortening & sugar and add eggs.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and add, alternating with milk and vanilla. Mix well after each addition.
  3. Roll dough on floured surface to ¼" thick. Cut into medium stars, cutting a small star from the center of each.
  4. Place the solid medium stars on cookie sheet and add a teaspoon of raspberry filling to the center of each and top each with the cut out stars.
  5. Carefully press the two layers together with a fork.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.
  7. Allow cookies to cook on baking rack for 10-15 minutes and sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar.

 

Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Date Nut Lollipops

I love the people at BenBella Books, they always send me the best cookbooks.  The latest book I received was Jazzy Vegetarian Classics by Laura Theodore.  Laura puts a vegan twist on American Family favorites.  This book would be a great gift for anyone, not just vegans because the recipes are so good.

Jazzy Vegetarian Classics Vegan Cookbook

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Classic American meals just became healthier and more delicious with Laura Theodore’s vegan twist on traditional family fare. With more than 150 quick-to-prepare and gourmet-style dishes, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics features Laura’s original creations, such as vegan shish kebabs and cauliflower steaks with sweet pepper sauce, and other spins on time-honored favorites, such as spaghetti and “wheatballs” and decadent chocolate-ganache cake. Filled with easy-to-follow crowd-pleasing recipes, this cookbook will make nutritionally dense and plant-based dishes your new family favorites.

 

Fun and simple to incorporate into anyone’s lifestyle, Jazzy Vegetarian Classics provides 10 wholesome full-menu plans for everything from weekday meals to special celebrations such as parties and holiday dinners. Laura even includes suggestions on how to present appetizing, plant-based meals in unique and festive ways, with her “Jazzy Music Pick” for each menu to help set the mood.

 

Written for everyone—from seasoned vegans looking for innovative new dishes, to casual home cooks interested in adding one or two plant-based meals a week to their repertoire—Jazzy Vegetarian Classics includes guides to the basics of vegan cooking coupled with a glossary of common ingredients. Laura also provides simple instructions on how to use a variety of substitutes for “veganizing” timeless main dishes, desserts, soups, salads, and so much more.

 

Put on some good music and embrace a healthy, delicious, and jazzy lifestyle!

 

Vegan Chocolate Date Nut Lollipops

Vegan Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops
 
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Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops Makes 8 to 10 lollipops Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults!
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Recipe type: Dessert Cookie
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips (grain-sweetened variety works well)
  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup whole pecans
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons dark, nondairy cocoa powder (optional)
  • Put the vegan chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat. Meanwhile, put the dates, pecans, and vanilla extract in a high performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium bowl, pour in the melted chocolate, and stir until well-combined. Put the date mixture in the freezer for 7 to 15 minutes or until the chocolate has set enough to roll into small balls.
  • Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, and quickly roll it into a ball. Roll it in one of the optional toppings until completely coated. Continue in this way, forming all of the remaining chocolate mixture into balls and coating them in one of the optional coatings.
  • Insert the end of a lollipop stick into each chocolate ball and place all lollipops upright in 2 separate mugs or shallow glasses, making sure they do not touch each other. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving. For a festive presentation, wrap each lollipop in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon. Stored in an airtight container, leftover lollipops will keep for up to 3 days.
Instructions
  1. Put the vegan chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium-low heat. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat. Meanwhile, put the dates, pecans, and vanilla extract in a high performance blending appliance and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture to a medium bowl, pour in the melted chocolate, and stir until well-combined. Put the date mixture in the freezer for 7 to 15 minutes or until the chocolate has set enough to roll into small balls.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture, and quickly roll it into a ball. Roll it in one of the optional toppings until completely coated. Continue in this way, forming all of the remaining chocolate mixture into balls and coating them in one of the optional coatings.
  3. Insert the end of a lollipop stick into each chocolate ball and place all lollipops upright in 2 separate mugs or shallow glasses, making sure they do not touch each other. Chill for 1 to 2 hours before serving. For a festive presentation, wrap each lollipop in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon. Stored in an airtight container, leftover lollipops will keep for up to 3 days.

Vegan Date Nut Lollipops Vegan cookies

 

 Jazzy Vegetarian Classics can be found online and at your local bookstore.  It retails for $26.95.

What is your favorite Holiday cookie? 

I received a copy of this book  to facilitate the review.  All opinions are my own.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks

Today’s cookie for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is a Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks recipe.  A mouthful to say but oh, so very good to eat!!12-days-of-christmas-cookiescocoa-sticks-final-1-654x1024

Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon candy flavoring
  • 1 cup melted white chocolate

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, using dough hook attachment of mixer cream together the shortening, eggs, and sugar.

In separate bowl sift together dry ingredients.  Begin alternately adding dry ingredients and milk and vanilla, mixing well after each addition.

Roll dough into sticks approximately 3/8″ around and 6″ long.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.

Allow cookies sticks to completely cool.

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Mix cinnamon flavoring and melted white chocolate until smooth.  I separated a small amount of mixture to color red to add a more festive look.

Once cookies have completely cooled, drizzle with the white & red cinnamon white chocolate.  Allow chocolate to set and serve!

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Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie Sticks
 
Cinnamon White Chocolate Cocoa Cookie
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Recipe type: cookie
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon candy flavoring
  • 1 cup melted white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, using dough hook attachment of mixer cream together the shortening, eggs, and sugar.
  3. In separate bowl sift together dry ingredients. Begin alternately adding dry ingredients and milk and vanilla, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Roll dough into sticks approximately ⅜" around and 6" long.

 

 

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Inspiration from Bing Smart Search #ThisIsBing

I want to thank Bing Smart Search for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to find some super yummy Christmas Cookies recipes! When I decided I wanted to do the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies feature, I realized quickly I didn’t want to just do the cookies that my family has known and loved for decades.  I wanted to kind of go out of the comfort zone and try some fun NEW (to us) ideas.  Having fallen in love with Bing last June at BlogHer Food Conference, naturally, I turned to Bing Smart Search for some insipiration for ideas.

The result of my Bing Smart Search is in progress already, and you can find all of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Recipes on my site.

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It occurred to me that perhaps not everyone knows HOW to use Bing’s Smart Search, but let me tell you, you want to. I may even give you an assignment.  (Homework: do a Bing Smart Search for Robert Downy Junior. Enjoy the results. Or George Clooney.  Ryan Gosling perhaps?) I learned more about this great new search super-engine when I was in Seattle last month, and I want you all to “get it” like I do, because the results you find when you use this tool are SO much more than just links.

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With Smart Search, youou’ll get results from contacts on social media and from the internet in general.  Bing Boards are going to offer very visual content with multiple images in each (which is always a help when I am trying to make new recipes or do some new cooking technique or cut of meat I haven’t attempted before).  Plain old searches are a thing of the past with Smart Search.  And I’m telling you, being an example of it, once you Smart Search, you won’t go back.  You’ll never want to! I went over to “Team Bing” in June and haven’t looked back! The only things I’m missing are a Windows Tablet (in progress) and Windows Phone (change date TBD).  The Smart Search works with a simple swipe of your finger (or mouse, but why use a mouse when the swipe is more fun!?)  Check out the 30 second video that will walk you through Smart Search and see for yourself.  (I wanted a video of my own but none have been under 4 minutes and aren’t so to the point).

 

 What are YOU searching for today?  And which of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is your favorite so far? 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads

Today’s installment for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads !  These are fun and easy to make (oh wait. Most of my recipes are!!) and the kids can totally help!  Their grama loves chocolate covered cherries and she loves cookies so now she can enjoy two of her faves together..and have them made with love by her grandkids!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 4 dozen maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup melted milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cherry extract

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In the bowl of stand mixer, combine softened butter and sugar.  Cream together until smooth.  Gradually add the flour until well blended.

Make tablespoon size balls of dough by rolling between palms.  Press into approximately 1/4″ thick discs and place on cookie sheet.

Make indent in the top of each cookie with spoon or finger and place 1 maraschino cherry inside.

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Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Once cookies have completely cooled, cover the tops of each cookie with melted chocolate mixed with cherry extract.  Allow chocolate to completely set and harden before serving.

 

 

Grinch Cake

 

How fun is this guy?  This Grinch Cake is not only adorable and fun, but  quite simple to create!

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This is what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8” round cakes (completely cooled then frozen for approximately 30 minutes)
  • 9” cardboard cake base
  • Prepared buttercream frosting (in white)
  • Prepared fondant frosting (in green & red) (Satin Ice. Save yourself the time)
  • Icing bag with tip,  insert, and large star tip & #2 round tip
  • Fine tip paint brush
  • Silicone rolling pin (for rolling out fondant)
  • Fondant smoother
  • Spatula (for spreading buttercream base coat)
  • Powdered sugar (for rolling out fondant to prevent sticking to counter & rolling pin)
  • Green food coloring
  • Vanilla

Step 1

Place your bottom 8” round on your cardboard cake base.  Cover the top generously with your white butter cream.  Add your next layer and with your spatula spread a thin layer of white buttercream over the top and sides of both layers.  This layer of frosting does not need to be extremely smooth as it will be covered with your fondant.

Step 2

Carefully roll your green fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  You should roll a little to a time, rotating the fondant and spreading powdered sugar underneath to make sure it does not stick to your surface.  Once it is rolled out large enough to cover your entire cake, roll it onto your rolling pin and lay it over the cake.

Step 3

Carefully roll your red fondant out on your powdered sugar covered surface.  This will be rolled out to create the “Santa hat” so it will not be round.  the hat does not have to be smooth or perfect.  You want it to look as though he is wearing the hat and the tip is flopped over, this is where you can use artistic interpretation.  I LOVE when things don’t have to be perfect!!

Step 4

Once the red is laid in place, begin piping the white buttercream onto the cake using the star tip.  This will be used to add the furry band to the hat and the furry ball at the tip of the hat.

Step 5

Mix together a small amount of green gel food coloring with a few drops of vanilla to create a watercolor type paint.  Use a fine tip paint brush to paint on the face of the Grinch.  You can create the same adorable face you see here or get creative!  You do want this green to be slightly darker than the fondant.  Allow the “paint” to dry.

Step 6

Finally, change your star tip to a #2 round tip and carefully pipe the teeth onto the face of Grinch between the lines you painted on.

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 Check out our DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes post, Grinch Cookie Pops  and  Grinch Vase Craft!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Grinch Cookie Pops Recipe

You’re a mean one, Mister Grinch…you really are a heel!!  Well, he really WAS. But then he “got it” and we all know how the rest of the story goes. Given that the Grinch is one of my most favorite stories of all time, I have a whole lot of Grinch fun for you this week!  Be sure to check out the DIY Grinch Crafts and Recipes post and find out how to make a fondant Grinch cake also!

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Grinch Cookie Pops

grinch-pop-face-words Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Oreo Cookies (Double Stuf work best)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • White Chocolate Candy Melts and green food coloring (or green melts)
  • Prepared royal icing (green and yellow)
  • Piping bag, insert, #2 and #4 round tip
  • Toothpicks

Directions: Separate the top cookie from the filling of each cookie. Carefully insert stick into filling.  You want to make sure it is set but if you press too hard,  the cookie will break. Gently replace top cookie and stand in cup until all cookies are complete. Freeze cookies for 10-15 minutes to help set the stick (this will also help the candy melt  harden faster) Melt Candy Melt according to package instructions.  Add a small amount of green food coloring and a bit of shortening if needed to keep smooth.  Carefully spoon melted candy   over each cookie, covering all sides and edges. grinch oreo-green Return cookies to cup and once all are complete, return to freezer or  refrigerator When your candy melt has completely hardened let them stand at room temperature for 10-  15 minutes to allow condensation to evaporate. With your green royal icing & #4 tip, pipe a small amount of icing to the top of the head and the neck to create “hair”.  I used a toothpick to give it a spikey look.  Using the #2 tip, pipe  the face onto the cookie with the green and yellow icing. Return to refrigerator to completely harden. Pop in How the Grinch Stole Christmas or read the story while you enjoy your Grinch Oreo Pops!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Apricot Kolache Recipe

On the third day of Christmas Cookies my true love made for me….. 3 Apricot Kolache Cookies…

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Apricot Kolache Recipe

These are a family favorite at the holidays!  With very few ingredients, they are simple and quick to make yet look beautiful on your holiday cookie platter.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 pound of butter
  • 1 cup sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 can apricot cake & cookie filling (You could substitute with any flavor filling.  I like the Solo brand best.)
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • water

Makes approximately 4 dozen.

Mix softened cream cheese, butter, and flour with dough hook attachment on mixer.  Chill dough for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a well floured surface, roll the dough out to approximately 1/8″ thick.

Using a knife or a 2″ square cookie cutter, cut dough into 2″ squares.  Transfer to cookie sheet.

Place approximately 3/4 tsp of filling into the center of each square.  Fold opposite corners of the square to the middle and seal with a drop of water on your fingertips.

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Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.

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As cookies begin to cool, dust with a little bit of confectioners sugar.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Candied Pecan Rolled Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Candied Pecan Rolled Cookies Recipe is up next for our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.  Chocolate and candied pecans? Yes please!12-days-of-christmas-cookies

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Chocolate  Candied Pecan Rolled Cookies Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup melted milk chocolate (You could also cheat a bit and use Hershey’s Spread)
  • 3/4 cup chopped candied pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (for icing)
  • 1 Tbs milk (for icing)
  • 2 Tbs caramel syrup (for icing)

Makes approximately 6 dozen.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, cream together shortening & sugar and add eggs.

Sift dry ingredients together and add, alternating with milk and vanilla.  Mix well after each addition.

Roll dough on floured surface to 1/8″ thick.  Cut into approximately 4″x6″ sections.

Cover with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

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Roll into 6″ long “log” and cut into 1/2″ thick slices.

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Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.

While cookies are cooling, mix together the milk, confectioners sugar, and caramel syrup.  You can add a touch more milk or sugar to achieve desired consistency.  After cookies ave completely cooled, drizzle icing over top.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Candied Pecan Rolled Cookies
 
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Rolled cookie with candied pecans and chocolate
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Recipe type: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3½ cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup melted milk chocolate (You could also cheat a bit and use Hershey's Spread)
  • ¾ cup chopped candied pecans
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (for icing)
  • 1 Tbs milk (for icing)
  • 2 Tbs caramel syrup (for icing)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, cream together shortening & sugar and add eggs.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together and add, alternating with milk and vanilla. Mix well after each addition.
  4. Roll dough on floured surface to ⅛" thick. Cut into approximately 4"x6" sections.
  5. Cover with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  6. Roll into 6" long "log" and cut into ½" thick slices.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.
  8. While cookies are cooling, mix together the milk, confectioners sugar, and caramel syrup. You can add a touch more milk or sugar to achieve desired consistency. After cookies ave completely cooled, drizzle icing over top.