How the Christmas Cookie Crumbles


Oh how I love Kitchen Therapy.  There was a snow day today (a mere one day before Christmas Break) and I decided it was time to get serious about some Christmas Cookies!  I received the loveliest Christmas Cookie package in the mail from some friends in Chicago this week and I was inspired to start my own baking.  Usually I do more candy than cookies.  The candy will be coming next week, as I need to completely destroy my kitchen in a different way for candy.  Today was devoted to sandwich cookies.

The first were some Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.  As a lover of all things peanut butter and chocolate, this was a no brainer for me.  There are some lessons learned about the recipe.  First the chocolate ALL needs to be Semi Sweet or darker.  That milk chocolate doesn't have enough oomph for me.  Also, I would change how the filling is done.  It does not need Peanut Butter in there at all.  Actually you can scrap the whole filling part and start over.  Just some intense chocolate ganache to spread between the two cookies would be divine.  Not sure how that needs to be reworked next time.  I'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, they aren't hurting anybody's feelings here. 

Last year I found a recipe for a chocolate chocolate chip cookie with mocha cream filling and it was on.  They were the most decadent cookies I had ever eaten and a perfect gift.  You can find the recipe here.  The trick to these is to make the cookies way smaller than you want to.  They are so rich that just a bite is all you need.  I use Starbucks instant coffee and have cut the coffee amounts in half because it is so strong.  I mean I love some coffee, but this is like eating espresso beans strong.  Half is perfect.  They turned out well. 



We are waiting on some ice to thaw before we attempt to go and try to dig our cars out.  I think some Rice Krispie Treats are probably on the lineup today and some Oatmeal cookies as well.  Let it snow...


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  1. Picture perfect as always. Thank you, Lord for a snow day....and Jenn's cookies!

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