Technically, all those days of Christmas, with the partridges and lords a leaping and such, actually begin on Christmas Day. That means this post about holiday baking is no where near as behind the times as you’d like to think its, as we are just now approaching the twelfth day of Chrismas. Plus, I always have a difficult time letting go of the merry festivity that goes along with the holidays.
Look at those festive treats! Crumbly, buttery spritz cookies dipped in chocolate, and big, chewy chocolate chip cookies studded with (hand-picked — that’s how I do it) red and green PEANUT BUTTER M&Ms. Outrageous. I want a time machine so I can go back and eat these again. Or I could just bake them again. Whatever, time machine would be awesome.
I was not even remotely kidding, I went through a bag of peanut butter M&Ms and selected each and every red and green one. And it’s not like I haven’t done that before. You say crazy, I say meticulous. I don’t know how we even ended up with any cookies because that dough is crazy delicious.
While I was home, I got on a major spritz cookie kick. Usually I make sugar cookie cutouts so painstakingly decorated I don’t even have any interest in eating them once I’m finished (like the first photo in this post — gorj, right?). But this year, I threw an amazing cookie decorating party in Brooklyn, so I was kind of cookie cuttered out by the time I got home (much to my dad’s chagrin — he’s a sucker for the classic cutouts). Enter, the spritz cookie.
The cookies are super simple and are made from a basic butter cookie dough — all you need is a cookie press with various little discs that shoot the dough out in cute shapes like hearts and trees. You can tint the dough with food coloring in cheery red and green too! Little M&M toppers couldn’t hurt either.
When in doubt, add chocolate. That’s generally my motto. A quick dunk in melted chocolate really jazzed up the cookies. Some of them got a quick drizzle made all the easier by my grandmother’s helpful tip of adding a bit of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate. Genius! It makes the chocolate silky smooth and shiny. Also, don’t you just love my sparkly nail polish?!
Only 353 days until Christmas!