It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! As mentioned in last year’s Blonde Brownie post, I am utterly & absolutely obsessed with the Christmas season. I’m the girl who plays Christmas music starting November 1st, and who decorates two weeks before Thanksgiving. I know, I have a problem. Seeking help.
Do some easy math (Christmas enthusiant + cookie fanatic), and it should be no surprise that Christmas cookies are one of my favorite parts of this merry season. I salivate at the thought of sugary wedding cookies, spicy gingersnaps and chewy chocolate chip cookies. However, my love for Christmas cookies runs much deeper than their textures & flavors.
1. “Cookies are memories. We associate them with joyful occasions. I think that we start eating cookies when we’re very young, and we attach. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t attach a sweet memory to a cookie…The cookies are memories, and they’re sweet memories.2. Cookies are unselfish. They are “something we share. You never make just one cookie. You make a batch of cookies.”
Dorie, I could not agree more. While these traits apply to all cookies, I think they are especially apropros for Christmas cookies. This season is about coming together and spreading the love. It is about giving without receiving and putting others first. This truly is the season of memory-making and sharing.
Introducing: 12 Days of Cookies
Because my overwhelming love for Christmas cookies cannot be contained to one post, I will be sharing my twelve favorite cookies with you throughout this holiday season. I will be sharing original recipes as well as featuring recipes from other blogs. So, let’s get started!
On the first day of Christmas, we start with my favorite No-Bake Cookies! This recipe was adapted from Chef Mark, the beloved chef at my college sorority house.
These cookies could not be easier- they require one bowl, 30 minutes and ingredients you probably already have in your fridge/pantry. They are the perfect treat to whip up for a last minute holiday gathering, and will be sure to be a hit. I love to make them festive with Christmas M&Ms, but of course you can use whatever you have on hand.
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 3½ cups quick oats
- ½ cup M&Ms
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa and sugar.
- Add the milk and stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then keep at a boil for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Add in the vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oats and combine well.
- Mix in the chocolate chips and M&Ms.
- While warm, drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Cool for 30 minutes & enjoy!
- 1. https://www.splendidtable.org/story/finding-world-peace-through-the-joy-of-cookies