Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How To Make Easy Christmas Cookies

These cookies are one of my favorite cookies to make for Christmas. I used to make them all the time to give as gifts. They were a big hit with everyone. I started out making the chocolate-mint cookies which reminded me so much of the mint cookies that I use to buy from the Girl Scouts. Then I decided to try adding peanut butter instead of mint and WOW!! The peanut butter-chocolate cookies are amazing too. These cookies are so easy to make and they do not take many ingredients at all. You do not even have to bake them!! 

I made a video that shows you how I made my cookies and it also gives you lots of tips and tricks too. So don't miss the video tutorial. 
Here is the link:

Here is how I make the cookies...

Mint-Chocolate Cookies 
*1 - 20 oz. Package of candy bark or 1 - 11.5 oz. package of chocolate chips
*1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
*2 tube packs of RITZ Crackers
*Candy canes, crushed 
or decorating sprinkle sugar

Peanut Butter- Chocolate Cookies 
*1 - 20 oz. Package of candy bark or 1 - 11.5 oz. package of chocolate chips
*1 tablespoon of peanut butter
*2 tube packs of RITZ Crackers
*Candy canes, crushed 
or decorating sprinkle sugar

You will need a double boiler to melt your chocolate on the stove. I do not have a double boiler but I show you what I used in the video. It is always fun to use your imagination to substitute with things you DO have. :)

Do not be afraid to use the store name brand of crackers. I know the recipe calls for RITZ crackers but you will never know the difference. 

I use waxed paper to cover a cookie sheet.

I break up my chocolate bark or pour my chocolate chips into my double boiler to melt the chocolate. If you need more tips on how to melt chocolate, here is a link that explains how to do it over the stove or in the microwave:  

After your chocolate is melted you can add your peppermint extract or your peanut butter. I use a scraper to keep the chocolate stirred. I also leave my burner on low after the chocolate is melted in order to keep the water warm. This will keep the chocolate melted as you dip your crackers. 

I use tongs to dip my crackers into my chocolate. I flip it over on both sides to make sure that the cracker is covered. Then I use my scraper to get the extra chocolate off of the bottom of the cookie. This will use less chocolate and allow you to make more cookies. Both sides are still coated but there is less chocolate on the bottom. This also helps prevent the chocolate from puddling under your cookie and deforming it. 

After the cookie is dipped, I place it on the cookie sheet with the waxed paper. You can use crushed candy canes or sugar sprinkles to decorate your cookies. I like using sugar sprinkles.

After my cookie sheet is filled with cookies, I slide off the waxed paper with the cookies on it onto the table to allow the cookies to cool. 

When the cookies are done cooling than I just pick the cookies off of the waxed paper and put them in my Christmas containers. 

The batch that I made with the candy bark made about 73 cookies. The chocolate chip batch made about 54 cookies.

TIP:  The chocolate chip cookie batch needed to be refrigerated. I actually refrigerated the cookies a little in order to get them off of the waxed paper to put in the container.

Wasn't that easy??? They will be a BIG HIT with family and friends. I promise. :)

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