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{Cookie Week} White Christmas Cookies

After a week of virtual shopping, we worked up quite an appetite at HAP and during the holidays there’s just one thing that hits the spot – Christmas cookies! This year we’re putting a twist on things by drawing recipe inspiration from our favorite Christmas carols. So tie on your aprons, pop on that playlist and get ready to get into the spirit of things with us!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

Growing up when everyone else was watcing It’s a Wonderful Life, my family was singing and dancing to White Christmas so I couldn’t resist paying tribute to Bing and his crew with my carol cookies. These White Christmas cookies have a little red, a little green, a little merry and bright and of course…a whole lot of white.
christmas cookie recipes
White Christmas Cookies (Cranberry, Pistachio & White Chocolate Cookies)
1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
3 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1/3 C pistachios, shelled and finely chopped
1 C dried cranberries
3/4 C white chocolate chips, plus remainder of bag for drizzling

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt and beat. Beat in almond and vanilla extracts. Beat in flour, one cup at a time. Use a spatula to stir in cranberries, pistachios and chocolate chips, mixing well to disperse evenly throughout the dough. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop dough in equal sized balls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer cookies to two sheets of parchment paper to cool.

Place remaining white chocolate chips in a ziploc bag. Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes to melt chips. Use a scissors to clip a tiny bit off of one corner of the bag. Drizzle chocolate over cookies.

Makes about 4 dozen.
cranberry, white chocolate christmas cookies

Virtual Cookie Exchange!

We’re participating in a virtual Christmas cookie exchange over at The Avid Appetite! Rachel has gathered some of her favorite blogger friends who are all bringing their favorites holiday treats so be sure to stop by!



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{Classic} Gingerbread Crinkles

And now for the bonus round! Besides a full-blown cookie week here at HAP, we’re guest blogging today over at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s Butter is Best blog.

Head on over to Butter is Best to check out our Gingerbread Crinkles – plus three easy gift packaging ideas!
soft molasses gingerbread cookies
christmas cookie gift ideas

Disclaimer: HAP was compensated by WMMB to share our recipe and packaging ideas as a guest blog.

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Christmas Treats with Mom

Every year as a child, I, like most of you, looked forward to baking christmas cookies and treats with my mom around the holidays. If you ask anyone on the northwest side of Chicago, they will tell you my mom makes some of the best baked treats around. She is never afraid to, what we call in my family, “fuss.” 

So this year, my mom made a trip up to Wisconsin and we spent the day making a few extra Christmas treats that will spice up any holiday cookie platter. These bite sized desserts are easy to make and require very little baking. You can make as many or as little as you want. They are great to fill out a holiday platter or wrap individually to give as a heartfelt Christmas gift, just as Anne suggested in her recent post.

I’ve added them to a cookie platter filled with my Vanilla Spritz Press Cookies, Lemon Ginger Snowballs and Nutmeg Yule Logs. 

Turtle Pretzels


  • Snyder’s Pretzel Snaps
  • Rolos
  • Whole Pecans

Place pretzel snaps on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place Rolo on top of the pretzel. Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 4 minutes. Immediately press pecans on top of chocolate. Set in refrigerator.

Christmas Mice


  • Maraschino cherries
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Melted milk chocolate
  • Slivered almonds
  • Black and white gel icing

Pat cherries on paper towel. Dip in chocolate and place cherry on its side on a foil-lined baking sheet. Immediately place unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss as the head of the mouse. Set in refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Using black gel icing, attach slivered almonds to top of Hershey’s Kiss to create mouse ears. Use white gel icing for eyes. 

Chocolate Dipped Meringues


  • Vanilla meringues
  • Milk and/or white chocolate, melted for dipping
  • Christmas sprinkles

Dip store-bough vanilla meringues in chocolate. Immediately dip in shallow bowl of holiday sprinkles of your choice. Set on foil-lined baking sheet in refrigerator until chocolate hardens. 

M&M Chocolate Pretzel Rings


  • Pretzel rings
  • Milk and/or white chocolate, melted for dipping
  • Holiday M&Ms

Place pretzel rings on foil-lined baking sheet. Using small spoon (my mom using one of my old baby spoons!), drop chocolate into pretzel ring. Immediately place M&M, “M” side down, on chocolate. Set in refrigerator until chocolate sets. 

Mom’s Chocolate Melting Tips:

  • Using chocolate squares or chips, place in microwave safe bowl for one minute. Stir. 
  • Don’t let any water get into the bowl – the chocolate will harden and will not go back!
  • Don’t over heat. After one minute, stir. Use 15 second  increments to get to desired consistency. Stirring is the key!
  • Place a 1/2 teaspoon of shortening in with the chocolate before melting to even out the consistency.

From my mom’s kitchen and my kitchen to yours – Merry Christmas!


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Gilded Lavender Butter Cookies

Light and buttery with a hint of “what am I tasting?”, these cookies are elegant enough for a bridal shower or holiday party but simple to make.  I was inspired by Martha Stewart‘s Rosemary Butter Cookies but have been wanting to test out a new recipe with lavender.  With the lavender you not only get the usual aroma of cookies baking, but your house smells like a spa too!

Since this Christmas I’m obsessed with anything sparkly, I used gold sanding sugar to “gild” the edges.  You can find the sugar in a variety of colors at Michaels and the lavender at most spice stores or natural food markets.

Lavender Butter Cookies

Gilded Lavender Butter Cookies
1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 C sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coarse salt
2 1/2 C flour
1 Tbsp dried lavender
gold coarse sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in whole egg and vanilla. Add salt and flour, beating flour in one cup at a time until well combined (dough will appear crumbly). Add dried lavender and mix by hand with a spoon or spatula.

Divide dough in half and place each on a medium sized piece of parchment paper. Roll dough into a log, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Place each log on the edge of the parchment and roll it the paper around the log. Freeze logs for 1 hour.

Golden Butter Cookies

Unwrap the log from the parchment and place the parchment on a cookie sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush frozen logs with egg white. Pour sanding sugar onto a plate and roll dough in sugar, using your fingers to cover the log evenly. Slice log into 1/4 inch thick rounds and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 16-20 min.

Lavender Christmas Cookies


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