Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes (With a Recipe)

If I had time to make my own Christmas cookies, these would be at the top of my list.  As a matter of fact, these are almost always at the top of my list.  A nice short base with a tiny hint of cinnamon and tons of chocolate makes for a dreamy combination.  Add it to your holiday cookie trays (for me, please!!).

Cinnamon Chocolate Tea Cakes
Makes ~24 1 in balls 

1 Cup salted butter, softened
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Cups flour
1 cup chopped dark chocolate (reserve 1/4 cup)
1 cup chopped milk chocolate (reserve 1/4 cup)
*Note:  you can also use semi-sweet chips in place of the 2 chocolates, I just like the blend)

Preheat the oven to 350°.  In a bowl, beat the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.  Beat in the vanilla.  Gradually beat in the flour.  Stir in the chocolate (make sure to reserve 1/2 cup total).  Form the dough into 1 inch size balls (dough is very crumbly).  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.  

Allow to cool.  In a zip top bag (I really recommend a brand name baggie here), microwave the remaining chocolate at 50% power until completely smooth.  Cut a tiny corner off of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had a ton of fun making (lots of!) these Thanksgiving cookies.

Elf of the Shelf

I'm so mad at myself for not taking a picture of these cookies before I wrapped them and they were on their way out the door.  The elf on the shelf is so popular and these are so adorable and a great way to welcome the elf back for the season.  These cookies were hand cut because I didn't like any of the elf cutter available.

Tropical Fish Birthday

When my husband's best friend turned 30 a few weeks ago, there was no doubt that he'd want fish cookies.  He has a bunch of awesome fish tanks, one of which includes all the nemo fish, so suffice it to say he'll be forever my daughter's favorite person.  

Anatomy Cookies

I hand cut all of these cookies except for the brain, which was a pumpkin cutter.  It fooled every one except my 3 year old daughter who said, "Mommy, that is a very dirty pumpkin!"