Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze // The Speckled Palate

Could we take a second to marvel over the fact that today is the last day of Christmas Cookie Week?

Where the heck has the time gone?

Have y’all enjoyed this week as much as I have?

It’s been pretty decadent and wonderful, huh? And hopefully, you’ve found a ton of inspiration for whatever upcoming holiday baking you have planned. I know I have!

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze // The Speckled Palate

This final cookie was a favorite of both Winston’s and mine. Incidentally, it was also the first successful recipe made for this week.

Winston is partial to oatmeal cookies, so I knew I wanted to create a treat using his favorite ingredient. I was searching cookbooks for inspiration when I came across an oatmeal cookie sandwich with a peanut butter filling in Homemade Decadence, Joy the Baker’s latest book.

After thinking on this, I decided to adapt Joy’s wonderful looking cookie sandwiches, which I knew would be a new favorite of mine simply because the Girl Scout cookies they’re inspired by? Are my ABSOLUTE favorite.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze // The Speckled Palate

You see, while Winston loves oatmeal, he’s not really a fan of peanut butter in baked goods.

I know. Good thing my love of peanut butter-centric desserts balances us out.

I mean… who would’ve eaten all the Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with a Raspberry-Orange Glaze otherwise?

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze // The Speckled Palate

So. Back to these Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze.

They’re pretty delicious. The cookies are dense and chewy and full of cinnamon and oatmeal flavor. The cinnamon is strong, and it’s perfect for this time of year. And when the cookies are topped with the cream cheese and maple syrup glaze, they just sing.

Here’s how I made them and how you can make your own:

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
 
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Dense, chewy cinnamon-y oatmeal cookies, drizzled with a rich maple cream cheese glaze, sing of the holiday season and are a perfect dessert
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 2.5 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients -- oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter, coconut oil, brown sugar and maple syrup until smooth with a hand mixer (or a stand mixer using the paddle attachment).
  4. Add the egg and the vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture and beat until well combined.
  5. Slowly measure in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Beat until combined.
  6. Using a 1" greased cookie scoop, dollop the cookies onto the lined baking sheets, spacing them about 1½" apart.
  7. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cookies have set and are slightly soft (but not too soft.)
  8. While the cookies are cooling, prepare the glaze.
  9. Measure the cream cheese, maple syrup, powdered sugar and vanilla extract into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. You can also do this step by hand or with a hand mixer, though I've found the glaze doesn't come out as smooth.
  10. When the cookies have cooled, drizzle the glaze over them, and enjoy!
Notes
Cookies adapted from from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson.

Makes two dozen cookies.

 

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze // The Speckled Palate

Do you love the cinnamon and oatmeal flavor combination?

What about cream cheese and maple syrup?

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Want to join in on this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Today is the final day of the week, so be sure to get your cookie post shared on your blog by 11:59 p.m. CST! 
Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for a round-up of all the beautiful recipes shared this week!

  • JuliaDecember 13, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    UGH these look magnificent! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal cookies, and I love the idea of maple cream cheese glaze. So tasty! I’ll take Winston’s portion of whatever PB treats you bake up, cause I’m PB obsessed. Hope you’re having a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • TrishaDecember 13, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    I’ve loved following along Christmas cookie week. I think this might be my favorite. I love oatmeal! While my husband isn’t a huge fan, i think the maple cream cheese frosting would win him over. :) Lovely photos too! Those santa napkins are the cutest!ReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 13, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    YES. Who doesn’t love oatmeal and cinnamon? These may actually have to happen today!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne | Tenacious TinkeringDecember 14, 2014 - 1:14 am

    Ugh… I know what you mean when you say your husband doesn’t go for peanut butter much. My husband isn’t a fan of cake. I mean he’ll have the odd one here and there in birthdays but chocolate cake? With frosting? Count him out. (I’m kinda secretly happy cos then I get more ;-)) Also, cinnamon & oatmeal are best buds. I’m pretty sure of that.ReplyCancel

  • Meg @ Noming thru LifeDecember 14, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    These sound and look SUPER DELICIOUS!! How can anyone not make these?ReplyCancel

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peppermint Brownie Cookies // The Speckled Palate

Today is a double whammy cookie day. Not only are we continuing with Christmas Cookie Week… but we’ve got a fabulous Comfort in 1 feature, too.

This month’s ingredient was cocoa, so how could I not include it in Christmas Cookie Week?

Answer: I couldn’t.

These cookies were born when I was thinking about brownies and how I really, really wanted a pan of them. Naturally. But since it was Christmas Cookie Week, I needed a cookie.

I also knew I wanted to make a gluten free treat for this week since several friends have cut gluten out of their diets recently, and I wanted to have a festive holiday treat to give them, too.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peppermint Brownie Cookies // The Speckled Palate

Enter these Peppermint Brownie Cookies.

They’re not anything fancy, but boy, do they taste good.

Bonus points: You don’t have to chill the dough, and you can bake these immediately. You can also eat them immediately, though I’d advise against that for fear you burn the roof of your mouth on a molten candy cane. Because that happened to me, and it was unpleasant.

Here’s how you can make ‘em:

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Peppermint Brownie Cookies
 
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Slightly sweet, chewy brownie cookies bursting with candy cane chunks are the perfect gluten free dessert for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup candy canes, crushed (plus an additional 4 candy canes to be crushed and sprinkled on top of the cookies)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. Add the egg and egg whites to the dry ingredients, blending together slowly with a hand mixer.
  4. Add the candy canes and mix into the batter by hand.
  5. Using a 1" cookie scoop, dollop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Top with crushed candy canes.
  6. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the cookies have firmed up.
  7. Let cool on a cooling rack, then enjoy with a glass of milk!
Notes
Adapted from Bon Appetit's Chocolate Brownie Cookies recipe.

Check your candy canes and powdered sugar's ingredients lists to ensure both are made without gluten and in a factory where gluten is not present.

 

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peppermint Brownie Cookies // The Speckled Palate
Are you a fan of the chocolate and peppermint combination?

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Want to join in on this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another gorgeous holiday-themed sweet recipe!

  • lisaDecember 12, 2014 - 7:44 am

    This is awesome sounding; have everything at home; will be making them tonight for live nativity event for our church.ReplyCancel

  • Ivette @ All About BhamDecember 12, 2014 - 9:02 am

    YUM!! These look amazing and I love how there’s not a ton of ingredients needed!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaDecember 12, 2014 - 9:29 am

    These cookies are adorable. How much fun would it be to let kids crush the candy canes? I’m sure they taste as good as they look!ReplyCancel

  • FabEllisDecember 12, 2014 - 9:40 am

    These look tasty! My husband loves any and everything mint. I know he would love these.ReplyCancel

  • aimee fauciDecember 12, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Flourless cookies! This is very interesting. I am curious to make these.ReplyCancel

  • AnneDecember 12, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Oh, yum! I love how simple this sounds (you know, for those days you want to bake something and you realize, doh, I’m out of flour), and who doesn’t love a brownie-like cookie? I think this is going on my list of baked goods to bring along on our Christmas visits – thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • KimDecember 12, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Those peppermint brownie cookies look absolutely delectable. Will have to try it out.ReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 12, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    You have to love chocolate and peppermint — they’re clearly meant to be together forever! This guys sound like the essence of the holidays. :)ReplyCancel

  • LaraDecember 12, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    These look awesome! I just made a brownie recipe using Andes Mint. I will have to try your recipe next!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne | Tenacious TinkeringDecember 14, 2014 - 1:27 am

    I live for mint + choc things. Ice cream, M&Ms, Hershey’s, cookies, cake, chocolate bars… If you have mint + choc in the label, believe me I’ll grab at it. I’m kinda afraid of this recipe cos it’s so easy to whip up. Then I’ll find myself with 25 cookies all to myself. Dangerous.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer SikoraDecember 15, 2014 - 8:32 am

    That looks super festive and delicious. I am a cookie/brownie lover anyway.ReplyCancel

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Glaze // The Speckled Palate

Peanut butter has been one of the random foods I’ve started digging ever since I got pregnant.

Sure, I would eat it on an apple or in a sandwich occasionally pre-pregnancy, especially while marathon training, but it was never something I couldn’t get enough of or would eat straight from the jar.

Pregnancy has turned me into a peanut butter monster.

And I’m OK with this.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Glaze // The Speckled Palate

These cookies were born from that peanut butter craving and wanting to have a peanut butter cookie offering for this year’s Christmas Cookie Week. After testing out a few recipes and not really liking any of them, I wondered if I could add peanut butter to a shortbread cookie.

So I did some tinkering… and they turned out beautifully!

Sure, they’re not traditional Christmas cookies, but they’re pretty darn scrumptious.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Glaze // The Speckled Palate

They kind of taste like a PB&J sandwich in a cookie… and I’m not complaining about it at all. Especially since the tartness of the glaze really sets off the peanut butter flavor and reminds me of my childhood, all in one bite.

Here’s how you can make these beauties in your own kitchen:

Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry-Orange Glaze
 
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A peanut butter and jelly twist on traditional shortbread cookies for the holidays! Peanut butter shortbread topped with a Raspberry-Orange Glaze.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2½ dozen
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • ½ cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Raspberry-Orange Glaze
  • 4 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy using a hand mixer (or a stand mixer).
  2. Add the vanilla extract and milk. Combine with the butter/sugar mixture until smooth and well incorporated.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt, then add to the wet ingredients, beating until the batter just comes together.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  5. While the dough is chilling, make the glaze.
  6. Heat the seedless jam in a microwave-safe bowl. When warm, whisk together with the orange juice until smooth. Set aside.
  7. Once your dough has finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside for later use.
  8. Scoop out 1" rounds of the dough, placing evenly on the baking sheet. Using a fork, flatten the tops of the cookies using criss-cross marks.
  9. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes (or until slightly browned and crisp).
  10. Let cool on a wire rack, then drizzle with the glaze and enjoy!
Notes
Adapted from last year's Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies recipe.

 

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies with Raspberry Glaze // The Speckled Palate

Peanut butter: Yay or nay?

 

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Want to join in on this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another gorgeous holiday-themed sweet recipe!

  • ErinDecember 11, 2014 - 8:16 am

    love the twist of the raspberry orange glaze on top of the cookie! Will have to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley ~ 3 Little GreenwoodsDecember 11, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Peanut butter is my favorite food group! Love the cookies recipe!ReplyCancel

  • AlliDecember 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Peanut butter is probably my very favorite food to eat. I just love it. Put it in cookie form and I’m there. Add raspberry orange-glaze – yum! They look delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Powell HinesDecember 11, 2014 - 10:32 am

    I think Santa is going to gain weight this holiday. Think of all the cookies he eats, but I bet he will like the cranberry glaze.ReplyCancel

  • MelissaDecember 11, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    These look wonderful! I love the idea of drizzling them with the raspberry. I’m going to be eating nothing but cookies for WEEKS.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen @ A Mind Full MomDecember 11, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    My favorite sandwich in a gussied up cookie form. Oh yeah! Pinned.ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ The Crumby CupcakeDecember 11, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    WHAT. Peanut butter brains! This is a PB&J cookie! So cute, so creative, and I bet SO delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Reginia CordellDecember 12, 2014 - 12:49 am

    My sister is such a huge peanut butter fan. She would love these. I’d love to have the raspberry orange glaze on top of cheesecake. Yum!ReplyCancel

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Mississippi Mud Cookies // The Speckled Palate

Monday night, I joined some friends for a showing of Love Actually at a local theater. Embarrassingly, it had been a few years since I’d watched that movie, and I found myself falling in love with it all over again as we watched.

It’s not often that a film accurately portrays the beauty and the sadness of life in one fell swoop. More often than not, I find myself watching stories that wrap up so neatly at the end of the film, and while that’s perfect for many occasions, that’s generally not how life always is.

Sometimes, things work out. Other times, it’s incredibly messy and heartbreaking. And we all have experienced both in our own lives.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the various stories told in this movie, and I also came out of it with many new observations.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Mississippi Mud Cookies // The Speckled Palate

First and foremost, I’m totally on Team Karl.

Secondly, Karl and Sarah’s storyline makes me incredibly sad. I felt like crying for them both when their night turned super awkward after the Christmas party. And once he left, she went to spend time with her brother, who attacked her. Life just isn’t fair sometimes, and it broke my heart for both of them.

Third? I forgot Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Liam Neeson were in this film.

Fourth? Billy Mack makes me stupidly happy. (I’ve definitely got “Christmas is All Around” on a few holiday-themed playlists.)

And finally, I love the idea of speaking the truth, especially this time of year. As Mark puts it, “And at Christmas, you tell the truth.”

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Mississippi Mud Cookies // The Speckled Palate

I’ve got a truth today for y’all about these cookies: They were supposed to be something else and were hijacked by a pregnancy craving.

Because of this, they sound like a weird addition to Christmas Cookie Week. I know.

The original thought was to create a cookie that tasted like hot cocoa — full of chocolate-y goodness and studded with marshmallows. But then I got to thinking and realized that pecans sounded amazing.

So I added them to the batter…

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Mississippi Mud Cookies // The Speckled Palate

Another truth: These cookies are awesome.

I was set to call these chewy chocolate-y treats Rocky Road Cookies when Winston commented, “These taste like a Mississippi Mud Pie. I think you should call them that.”

Noted, husband dearest. And it’s true. So their name changed to Mississippi Mud Cookies. And while they might not sound like a recipe for the holidays, I promise they’re absolutely, decadently wonderful.

Here’s how I made them and how you can make your own:

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Mississippi Mud Cookies
 
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A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, applesauce and sugars until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Using a plastic spatula, fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows and pecans. Stir until just combined.
  7. Cover the finished cookie dough with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour.
  8. Using a greased cookie scooper, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3" apart from one another.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before eating with a chilled glass of milk.
Notes
Adapted from last year's Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies.

Makes around 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size you decide to make them. (I used a 1" cookie scoop for mine.)

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Mississippi Mud Cookies // The Speckled Palate


Do you adore Love Actually, too? What’s your favorite storyline?

 

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Want to take part in this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014 to get all the details about this week and share your new cookie post, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another gorgeous holiday-themed sweet recipe!

  • RachelDecember 10, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Now I have to see “Love Actually.” But I am glad out of a craving came these cookies. I’m totally digging the combination of hot chocolate with marshmallow and the addition of pecans. YUMS! Perfect cookie for Santa!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:30 pm

      Yes! You MUST watch Love Actually, Rachel! It’s so good!

      I’m glad that these cookies came out of a craving, too. The combination is quite lovely… and I agree: these would be perfect for Santa!ReplyCancel

  • ChristyDecember 10, 2014 - 8:16 am

    I am a Southern girl and love everything Mississippi Mud Pie! This looks so good!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:31 pm

      You and me both, Christy! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyDecember 10, 2014 - 8:20 am

    Oh My!! These have the best of all things yummy! Perfection.ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:31 pm

      Thank you, Tiffany! These ingredients really are quite lovely. :) Glad you agree!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaDecember 10, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Chewy cookies are the absolute best. These will be on my Christmas to-do list!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:43 pm

      Happy to hear these chewy cookies have made your Christmas to-do list! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan @ Cake 'n' KnifeDecember 10, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Now this is the most delicious cookie I’ve ever seen! YUM!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:44 pm

      What a compliment! Thanks, Meghan! These are some of my new favorites, that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Amy | Club NarwhalDecember 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

    These cookies really do look like ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!! Bring on the chocolate (and the Love Actually screening).ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! All the chocolate and Love Actually!ReplyCancel

  • EileenDecember 10, 2014 - 11:21 am

    These cookies sound so fantastic and rich! Definitely just what we need for the holidays. I am super looking forward to the rest of cookie week!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Eileen! They really are rich and decadent for the holidays. Happy you’re following along and looking forward to the rest of Cookie Week!ReplyCancel

  • Vashti (Veepeejay)December 10, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    These looks amazing! So rich and yummy. Now I’m hungry lolReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Vashti! Thinking about these cookies makes me hungry, too…ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie PassDecember 10, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Those look simply divine!!ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:47 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! Not gonna lie: These cookies are pretty divine. They were definitely what I wanted the day I made ‘em!ReplyCancel

  • LaraDecember 10, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    I have never seen Love Actually, but I may have to see if it’s on nextflix. Also these cookies look delicious! I love hot chocolate so I’ll have to try these.ReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:51 pm

      Oh goodness, Lara! You need to watch Love Actually and ASAP. And I know for sure that it IS in Netflix because I was telling my neighbor about the screening, and I dropped by her home later that day to find her watching it on Netflix. ;)

      I love hot chocolate, too, and I really hope you like these cookies!ReplyCancel

  • Erica @ The Crumby CupcakeDecember 10, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    I can’t even with you and these cookies. Chocolate cookies are a fave of mine, and nutty hot cocoa cookies sound like something I would dream up. We’re on the same wavelength! This will be a great addition to a Christmas cookie repertoire!ReplyCancel

  • myriam / rhubarb! rhubarb! rhubarb!December 11, 2014 - 12:52 am

    these sound totally yummy! you can never go wrong with more chocolate.ReplyCancel

  • Bec {Daisy and the Fox}December 11, 2014 - 5:41 am

    I love that you referenced love actually :P i actually just watched it the other day – best movie everrr! :D
    Im totally team Karl hehe and as for liam neesao? as i read from somewhere “liam neeson isn’t a actor, he’s a genre” – cracks me up cause it’s true haha
    and these cookies look absolutely to die for! just what i want this time of the year :P

    So glad i stumbled upon your blog! you post the most delicious recipes and your posts are great! :D
    xReplyCancel

  • Cate @ Chez CateyLouDecember 11, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    I love this recipe! Your pregnancy cravings really lead to some delicious cookies! Love Actually is such a fun Christmas movie – you are making me want to watch it this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Aleshea DominiqueDecember 12, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Oh my goodness these look so good and now I want them in my bellyReplyCancel

  • Susan MahlburgDecember 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    Love these! I can’t use the pregnancy excuse (we just had our daughter on 12/4), but generally speaking my husband is down for baking as long as it meets one requirement: it MUST have chocolate!ReplyCancel

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Lemon Drop Cookies // The Speckled Palate

We always travel to visit our families for holidays, and this year, we trekked down to Louisiana to spend Thanksgiving with Winston’s family.

Obviously, we had a lovely time and ate a TON of delicious food. Before we left to come back to Texas, we were gifted some pecans and a lemon from Winston’s aunt and uncle’s backyard, and these have made me endlessly happy.

I know. I’m stupidly easy to please. And you know what? I’m OK with that.

I knew I wanted to make a recipe highlighting lemon during Christmas Cookie Week… and I figured out just the right thing.

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Lemon Drop Cookies // The Speckled Palate

Lemon Drop Cookies.

Like the cocktail.

Or like the method they’re placed on the pan.

I’ll let y’all decide. Though personally, I’m leaning toward the drink. Not because I was ever a fan of Lemon Drops but because a fancy pants cocktail/mocktail and a girls night on the town with friends sounds like a blast right now! (Though finding an appropriate wardrobe in my current selection of maternity duds might be a bit of a challenge, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.)

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Lemon Drop Cookies // The Speckled Palate

These Lemon Drop Cookies are fluffy and light with a slight lemon-y flavor. It’s not overwhelming, but the lemon is definitely there.

I don’t want to say they’re refreshing, but after eating various heavier cookie recipes, these little gems are perfection in a bite-and-a-half.

Here’s how you can make them:

Lemon Drop Cookies
 
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Fluffy, light drop cookies containing lemon zest, topped with slightly sweet and tart lemon glaze. The perfect lemon-y cookie.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
Lemon Drop Cookies
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Lemon Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the butter and sugar using a hand mixer. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture, and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the milk and the lemon zest, blending until smooth. (The batter will be quite liquid-y at this point. Don't fret!)
  5. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl, and add to the wet ingredients. Stir until just mixed.
  6. Using a greased cookie scoop, dollop the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet about 1½" apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
  9. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth.
  10. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies once they have cooled, then enjoy the cookies at room temperature!
Notes
Make around two dozen cookies, depending on how large a scoop you use. (I used a 1" cookie scoop and got 22.)

 

Christmas Cookie Week 2014: Lemon Drop Cookies // The Speckled PalateDo you like baking with lemon?

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Want to join in on this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another mouthwatering holiday-themed cookie recipe!

  • laurasmessDecember 9, 2014 - 10:48 pm

    Oh yay, what a lovely batch of lemony delights! I’m a huge fan of lemon in baking and these are a gorgeous celebration of family, homegrown goodness and generosity (I love the Thanksgiving story). Cannot wait to try these xxReplyCancel

    • ErinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Laura! I’m a huge fan of lemons in baking, too, and the lemon we were gifted was just too gorgeous not to have be the start of the show. I’m glad you loved the Thanksgiving story, and when you try these cookies, let me know what you think!ReplyCancel