Recipes

Recipes for Days … Literally.


We baked for 4 days, friends. You read that right. FOUR. DAYS. We rolled, cut, baked, washed and did it all over again. Four times. Now, as promised, we sit down with flour in our hair, chocolate on our clothes and an ache in our belly (because we have no shame, and also no self control. Anywho…), to bring you the recipes that’ll make your dentist blush. The roadmap to our baking marathon, you might say.

Day 1: “Aunt Philly” cookies and Oreo Truffles – The Oreo recipe we’ll gladly hand over. The other is the best kept secret this side of the Ohio so we can’t share this one, sorry!

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  • Oreo Truffles – these taste like you spent all day in the kitchen, but take about 20 minutes to put together. Perfect for a last minute party favor or host gift. They also go GREAT with a glass of red wine … just sayin’.
    • Add one whole package of Oreos to a food processor and blend until crushed
    • Add Oreo crumbs and an 8 oz. bar of cream cheese to a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth.
    • Roll into 1″ balls, place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and freeze or refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving. Makes about 30 truffles.
      • To finish, we dust ours with a little powdered sugar, but if you want something a bit more decadent try dipping them in melted dark chocolate with a white chocolate drizzle.

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  • Day 2: Jessica’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies – we realize you’re probably asking yourself why it took us an entire day to make chocolate chip cookies. Well, that’s because we decided to make 4 batches. Yes, 4. Mostly because the first batch has a hard time making it past our dad and Emily’s husband. Also because about half of that first batch doesn’t even make it to the oven. Like we said: zero self control.
    • Surprise! She actually uses the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag + a little extra flour because we like our cookies fluffy. Find that recipe here.

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  • Day 3: Iced Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
    • Cut Outs
      • Ingredients:
        • 2 3/4 C all-purpose flour
        • 2 tsp baking powder
        • 1 tsp salt
        • 1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
        • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
        • 1 egg
        • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
        • 1/2 tsp No Color Almond Extract
      • Directions:
        • Preheat oven to 400 F
        • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
        • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
        • Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
        • Divide dough into two balls and Roll each dough ball with a pin between two sheets of wax paper until it is about 1/4″ thick.
        • Cut cookies into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters.
        • Place shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze about 10 minutes so the cookies will hold their shape while baking
        • Bake cookies about 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden.
    • Icing – We use The BonBonerie’s copycat recipe. Click here!

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  • Day 4: Not-from-the-tube Cinnamon Rolls – We have two recipes we love. One from chef, Alton Brown and another from a fellow blogger, Maria of 50’s Housewife Me.
    • Alton’s are delicious, but so are Maria’s and her recipe reads a little easier for people like us who got so wrapped up in wrapping gifts that we left our rolls in a little too long. Luckily for us, they’ll soon be doused in homemade icing and no one will ever be the wiser. We opted to bake them a few days ahead of time and freeze them so all we have to do is pop them in the oven to warm on Christmas morning. Stay tuned for photos of the gooey goodness.                  Both versions of the recipes can be found below:
  • Day 5: Complain about a stomachache for 6 hours, have cookies for dinner. Schedule root canal.

Emily’s planning to make cinnamon rolls a Christmas morning tradition for her family. Do you have any baking traditions? Favorite cookie recipes? Christmas cookie tips and tricks? Share them in the comments!

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