Friday, July 06, 2018

Trying out a potential Christmas cookie recipe

At our May Christmas Club meeting, I shared a thought which had recently occurred to me: one could (weather permitting) try out Christmas cookie recipes in the summer, perhaps adapting them slightly (as I have done with patriotic sprinkles above) to look less Christmasy if necessary.

This idea came to me as I was leafing through some recipes I had saved from the King Arthur Baking catalog.  When I saw the one below, it occurred to me that these cookies could be made patriotic by switching out the peppermint bits for red, white, and blue sprinkles.  I have linked to the recipe here: Hot Cocoa Cookies.

So last week I set out to try it.  I ended up changing quite a few things about the recipe as I didn't have everything on hand that it called for.  I used regular chocolate chips instead of mini; left out the cocoa nibs, and, for the top, used several dark chocolate chips instead of the bittersweet melting disks.  Next time, I will get the disks and I will also use the mini chips instead of regular, because I really think it will make a difference.  I think the disk will give a neater circle of chocolate on the top of the cookie, rather than substituting the four chocolate chips and swirling them around, as I did.

I also shaped the dough into balls because I just think molded cookies look neater than drop cookies, and my cookie scoop would have been too large for this.  I tried to keep the balls of dough about an inch in diameter, but came out with quite a few less cookies than the recipe specified.  I think I got about 3 1/2 dozen.

One unusual ingredient I did have was the espresso powder, which really did add a lovely flavor to the cookies.

I will definitely make these cookies again!  They are delicious, and went over well at the July 4th cookout I took them to.  Have you ever tried out Christmas recipes in July?


  1. Sound good. I always I will try out recipes before the season but don't get as many tried as I would like.

  2. Oh mercy! No, I rarely cook anything more than a piece of toast in July’s hot, muggy weather. You did well to get these baked and now you are better prepared for the Christmas season. It is diacouraging to try new things and not have them turn out just right.

    I want to chat about last night and how it never cooled way to get the house cooled at all. I suppose that all of New England and most of North America is feeling the heat and it’s not from the kitchen.

    Stay cool now...

  3. I need to get a copy of the King Arthur Baking catalog.

  4. They look yummy! I do try out holiday recipes before I plan to serve them, but not in the summer. It is pretty hot here (115 degrees yesterday) and baking (or cooking) is not something I really want to do! haha

  5. they do look good!


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