Double Double Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Add the kisses

There is nothing that defines this time of year like Christmas Cookies!  One of our favorite cookies is the kiss cookie.  Traditionally, this cookie uses a peanut butter dough, but our recipe uses a s*$% ton of chocolate.  Yep, four types of chocolate. Two types of chocolate on the inside and two types of chocolate on the outside. Chocolate cookies, filled with chocolate chips, rolled in chocolate sprinkles and topped with a Hershey kiss…pretty much everything a chocolate lover (like my wife and son)would enjoy.  These cookies are the ultimate Christmas gift for the chocolate lover in your life.

Perfectly cooked double double kiss cookies

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Shiny Cookie Icing

Shiny Cookie Icing

Dana and I love making and decorating cookies!  Needless to say, Dana is way better at decorating the cookies than I am.  This does not prevent me from trying.  Our son has been begging us to make some fancy cookies.  So we have been testing different recipes.  We tried royal icing.  It was great tasting and easy to work with.  However, it dried dull and not shiny.  Our next step was to try making our own recipe.  We dabbled with different ratios and finally figured out exactly what we wanted.  We used corn syrup for the perfect shine.  We then added vanilla for flavor.  Finally after a few tries we nailed down the perfect amount of water to make it sturdy enough to outline, yet loose enough to flow and fill.  This recipe gives you shiny and glossy cookies.

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Turkey Sugar Cookies

Turkey Sugar Cookie

Dana was getting inspired by Thanksgiving and wanted to make a nice treat for my son’s class.  So, she decided to make some Turkey Sugar Cookies.  That alone sounds good, but Dana added my son’s favorite candy to the mix.  Yep, Candy corns to form the turkey feathers.  These cookies are quick, easy and super delicious!  Plus, they look amazing! Super cute Thanksgiving Cookies that are perfect for any Thanksgiving Table.

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Valentines Day Pressed Cookies

Valentine's Day Pressed Cookies

My family loves to eat cookies.  Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies.  They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality.  They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly.  In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press.  After looking at  various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press.  Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies.  This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears.  Perfect for Valentines Day!  The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe.  Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.

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Cutout Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

My wife Dana is a great baker.  She also has a great eye for design.  So I have to put it out there, these cookies are all her.  My hands are not steady enough and my decorating ideas are not good enough to make these cookies. However, she was happy to share them with all of you.  So a big thank you to Dana! How awesome do these cookies look? By the way, these sugar cookies are perfection.  They are not too sweet, thus allowing you to coat them in super sweet royal icing.  Plus, they hold up great without overly rising.  Therefore, your cutouts look exactly as they should.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Dana and I picked up a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Very Merry Cookies Cookbook.  It has opened our minds to tons of different Christmas Cookies.  The cookie that Liam has been hounding us for, is a Gingerbread Man Cookie.  We decided to try out the recipe and it was delicious!  A must try.

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Royal Icing

Royal Icing

I love Christmas Cookies.  They are delicious and fun to eat.  My favorite cookie is the humble sugar cookie.  However, you can turn that humble cookie into an extraordinary cookie by using royal icing.  This simple icing uses meringue powder as a base to form a strong and delicate icing that can hold together a gingerbread house or add whiskers to a Santa cookie.  I love it!

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S’more Cookies

S'more Cookies

I have been under the weather for the past couple of days and Dana wanted to cheer me up.  So she made some of the tastiest cookies around.  S’more cookies.  Yep, that campfire favorite is now a tasty cookie.  The chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow works great as a tasty cookie.  They were so delicious, … Read moreS’more Cookies

Apricot Thumbprints

Apricot Thumbnail Cookies

The next cookie that Dana made for our Christmas Cookie tins was a nice Apricot Thumbprint cookie.  The Apricot jam accented the sugar cookie nicely.  Just like the other cookies, I could not keep these out of my mouth. Apricot Thumbprints In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract.  Using … Read moreApricot Thumbprints

Soft Molasses Cookies

Soft Molasses Cookies

The third cookie that Dana made for our Christmas cookie tins was soft molasses cookies.  These are soft and chewy with just a hint of spice.  The perfect treat on a cold night.  We ate a ton of these.  Not sure how any were left to give away. Soft Molasses Cookies Cream together the shortening … Read moreSoft Molasses Cookies

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

Brown Butter Snickerdoodles

This was the second cookie that Dana made for our Christmas cookie tins.  I love snickerdoodles and could not even think of a way to improve on them.  However, Dana found a way.  She used browned butter instead of regular butter.  The brown butter gave the already amazing cookies, a great rich flavor.  These are … Read moreBrown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

Fudge Crinkles

Fudge Crinkle Cookie

For the next couple of posts I am handing the reigns over to my wife Dana!  She was in a Christmas cookie kind of mood and we decided to have a Christmas Cookie Marathon.  Dana is a great baker and here is her first recipe.  Fudge Crinkles.  I have never had these before, but they … Read moreFudge Crinkles

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They are chewy and delicious.  Plus, they seem as if they are a tad bit healthier as they contain oatmeal.  Not sure of the overall health benefits, but they are delicious! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – Adapted from Smitten Kitchen Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl … Read moreOatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies