Ok people, Its December. Time for family, gifts, & most of all COOKIES. I like to cook but I love to bake. (not get baked) This time of year I bake cookies as gifts or just do cookie swaps. So I figured as I watch 25 days of Christmas (on ABCfamily) I'll bake 25 different cookies & goodies.
Plus this gets me ready for my awesome new webisodes "Pots, Pans, & Pro Wrestling"
Its a cooking show that I interview Pro wrestlers and we make their favorite dish.
Keep checking back everyday to see what I have made. I'll have pictures & of course the recipes. Some our recipes from scratch & others I semi-homemade with my little twist. Hope you like it and even try them out for yourselves. Enjoy!
Day 1: I'm Chipper
~Put wax paper on a cookie sheet. Melt chocolate chips over the potato chips & peanuts. Broken potato chips are ok. Mix so that all is covered by the chocolate. Flatting out mixture on cookie sheet. Refrigerate till firm. Break in chunks. Eat up.
Day 2: Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake
1 box Brownie mix
ingredients needed on box
2 pkgs (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
~Heat oven 350* Make brownie mix as directed on the box. spread in pan. Bake 28-30 min.
~Beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth. Beat in pumpkin. beat in eggs 1 at a time. stir in vanilla & pumpkin pie spice.
~Pour mixture over brownie & bake for 40-45 mins or until center is almost set. Cool 30 mins. refrigerate at least 2 hrs before serving.
Day 3: Cherry Brownies
ingredients needed on box
Cherry pie filling
~Make brownie mix as directed. Put in pan. Put the pie filling on top using spoon to swirl into brownie. Bake for 30 mins at 350*. Easy semi-homemade but just different enough people will love it.
Day 4: Chocolate chip cookies
2 sticks butter 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract 12oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
~Heat oven 375* Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar & vanilla until creamy. add eggs beat well.
~Stir dry ingredients together. Gradually add to mixture. Stir in choco chips.
~Bake 8mins sit on cookie sheet 2 mins then take off to cool.
#Tips: make batter early, refrigerate till ready to bake. Sometimes I make a few batters a time & bake the next day. plus it is easier to scoop the size you want when cold.
Day 5: Pumpkin Cookies
1/2 cup butter 1 tsp baking powder
1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg 3/4 cup raisins or craisins (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
~Heat oven 350* Beat butter & sugars until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, egg, & vanilla until fluffy. Mix in flour, cinnamon, bakin powder, baking soda, salt & nutmeg until blended. Stir in raisins.
~Bake 12-15 mins, cool on cookie sheet 2mins.
#Tips: Powdered Sugar Glaze on top makes it even better.
1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbl milk, mix then drizzle on cooled cookies.
Day 6: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 eggs 2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin 2 tbl peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon
~Whisk all together, slowly adding in flour. Roll out to 1/2 inch. Cookie cut to size. Bake 350 till hard. (about 30 mins)
Day 7: Banana Chippers
2 3/4 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt 1 cup butter
1 cup sugar 1/4 brown sugar
1 egg 1 large ripe mashed banana
1 bag peanut butter chips
~Combine flour, baking soda, salt in medium bowl, set aside.
~Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar until creamy. Beat in egg & banana until blended. Stir in flour mixure little at a time until combined. then add in peanut butter chips.
~Bake at 350* 10mins 2 mins cool on the baking sheet.
Day 8: Banana Doodle Cookies
~Same as Banana Chippers except NO peanut butter chip. Mix 1/4 cup sugar & 1/2 tsp cinnamon in bowl. make Balls of dough then roll them in the cinnamon mixture.
#Tips: its great to make these at the same time. Plus this a great great for those who can't have peanuts. Just as yummy.
Day 9: Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
2/3 cup butter 2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs 1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda
1/2 salt 1pkg 6oz craisins
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
~Heat oven 375* beat butter & sugar together till fluffy. Mix in eggs.
~Combine oats, flour, baking soda & salt in separate bowl. Slowly add to Butter mixture.
~Stir in chips & craisins. Bake 10 mins.
Day 10: Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 pkg Spice Cake Mix 4 egg whites
1 cup quick cooking oats 1/2 cup canola oil (or veg oil)
1/2 cup raisins
~Heat oven 350* Blend all ingredients till blended. Then add raisins. Bake 8 mins.
Day 11: Ultimo Choco
1 pkg Chocolate cake mix 1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
~Heat oven 375* Mix all ingredents together till blended. Then add in the choco chips. Bake 9 mins.
Day 12: Marshmallow Krispie Brownies
1 pkg brownie mix 1 pkg (10oz) mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tbl butter 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
~Heat oven 350* Make brownies to package. remove from oven & sprinkle on the marshmallows. Then bake for 3 mins.
~Melt chocolate, peanut butter & butter in saucepan till melted. Then add in cereal. Spread over marshmallows. Refrigerate till chilled. Cut into bars.
#TIPS: If you are like me and suck at melting chocolate. Melt chips in microwave 10 sec at a time using "defrost" stirring till melted enough.
Day 13: Snowballs
1 cup butter 1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups pecans (used walnuts)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
~Heat oven 350* Beat butter, sugar, vanilla until creamy. Blend in salt, flour & pecans. Refrigerate 1 hour.
~Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Bake 10 mins. When cooled roll in powdered sugar.
Day 14: Sugar Cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~Beat butter & sugar till creamy. Add in vanilla & egg. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda & powder.
~Bake 8 mins at 375* (I split the dough & added few drops of food coloring.)
Day 15: M&M's Cookies
~Same as chocolate chips recipe but used m&m's instead of chips. Or try adding both for a better cookie. I might try it at the end with all my leftover chips and nuts.
Day 16: Potato Chip Cookies
4 sticks of Butter 1 cup sugar
3 1/4 cup flour 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips
~Mix butter, sugar, vanilla till creamy. Add in flour & potato chips. Bake 350* 12-14mins.
Day 17: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg
2 cups quick-cooking oats 1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
~Mix sugar, butter, vanilla, egg. Add in rest of ingredients. Bake 8mins at 350*
#Tips: Don't forget the VANILLA! Its makes all the difference. Just ask Jordan lol
Day 18: Snicker doodles
2 3/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder 1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
coating: 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp cinnamon
~Mix all together. Dough will be crumbly. Make dough balls and roll into coating. Bake 350* 10mins.
Day 19: Doggy Treats #2
3 cups flour 2 eggs
1/2 tbl galic powder 1 tbl poultry seasoning
3 tbl italian dressing water
~Mix all together adding tbl of water at a time till dough forms. Roll out, cut up to size treats. Bake for 10 mins or till brown.
Days 20: Mint Choco chip Choco Cookies
Same as Ultimo Choco just using Dark Chocolate chip & Mint chips.
#Tips: I think its easier to roll cookies in a ball instead of drop cookies.
Days 21: Butterscotch Chip Cookies
Same as Chocolate chip cookies just using butterscotch chips.
Day 22: Coco Crispy Cookies
Same as Chocolate chip just use Coco crispy cereal. I think I should have used more like an oatmeal cookie. Still good though.
Day 23: Everything Cookies
Chocolate chip recipe again using EVERYTHING I had left over. White chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, M&Ms, potato chips, walnuts, peanuts, raisins, the stuff I made on day 1.
#This was a big hit.
Day 24: Lasagna (Dasia X-mas gift)
1 lb ground beef small container of Ricotta cheese
8oz shredded Mozzarella cheese 1 egg
Italian seasoning garlic powder and/or minced garlic
jar of pasta sauce lasagna noodles (oven ready)
~Mix cheeses, egg, seasonings in a bowl. Cook beef, drain grease. Add sauce to meat.
~Layer noodles, cheese mixture, beef. Put extra mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for 45mins at 350* or till cheese melted.
#Tip: Putting some sauce on the bottom of pan so that noodles don't stick plus cook better.
Day 25: Spinach Dip (what I'm bring to Christmas dinner)
10 oz Chopped spinach 16 oz sour cream
pkg vegetable soup mix 1 cup Mayo
1 tbl minced garlic 1 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parm cheese Pumpernickle bread
~Mix altogether put in bread bowl. Bake 350* for 45mins or till HOT!
#Tips: I'm not a mayo or sour cream person but I love this dip. So maybe don't tell people whats in it. I have another spinach dip that is also yummy. Email me for that recipe.