In the spirit of the Christmas Season, we attended our friend’s Annual Christmas Cookie Party! Not only did I have fun making these decadent No Bake Cookie Dough Truffles, it was such a treat to taste all the other cookies and confections at the party. You can make these Truffles year round, and freeze them until you are ready to serve and eat. These are seriously sinful, but the best part is you can eat Cookie Dough without fear of getting sick with this egg-less cookie dough recipe. Try out this easy peasy recipe, and let me know what you think!
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips
2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (for dipping)
1 teaspoon of shortening for chocolate dipping sauce
Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a medium bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in flour just until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking pan. Cover; freeze about 30 minutes or until firm.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat chopped chocolate, candy coating, and shortening over low heat, stirring until until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. (I actually microwaved my chocolate and shortening mixture in a ceramic mixing bow for 30 seconds, stirred, and repeated until the chocolate lumps were gone and mixture was creamy and smooth.)
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Using a toothpick (I used a boutonniere pin hehe), dip balls into chocolate mixture, allowing excess chocolate mixture to drip back into saucepan. Place dipped balls on the baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with a fork the remaining melted chocolate mixture. Let stand or cover and chill about 30 minutes or until set. I froze mine until I was ready to bring to the party, or you can freeze them and eat for a cold chocolate indulgence!
Most of your presents are wrapped and under the tree, and now that you have a little more time on your hands, let the baking begin! If you love the Lofthouse Sugar Cookies from the grocery store, you can whip up these Soft Sugar Cookies for the best made from scratch Sugar Cookie Recipe!
I brought these Sugar Cookies to a recent Cookie Party, and I still have left over dough in the freezer! This Recipe is great for large batch cookies, roughly around 100 Cookies total. However, when you wrap up the dough to sit in the fridge overnight to set up, you will have two batches of dough. I suggest taking one of the wrapped dough packages, and placing it in a freezer bag to have it chill in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
6 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups light sour cream
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Blue Gel Food Dye (or any color you prefer)
For the cookies:
In a medium bowl, whisk 5 cups of flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough needs to obtain the right consistency for rolling, so add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until this is achieved (up to 1 cup more flour). Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1 1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
Generously flour a work area and rolling pin. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
For the frosting:
To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Once smooth and creamy, add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired spreading consistency is achieved. Add a couple of drops of Food Dye and mix together until the color is consistent.
Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit overnight before serving to allow the flavors to develop.
If you are attending a Cookie Party this weekend, or just getting together with friends, this Cookie in a Jar is a great gift idea! Totally adorable, and ready to bake, my girlfriend gave this to me at a Cookie Party. With the directions and all, you just have to whip the cookie mix together with wet ingredients, and it makes for a fun Cookie Sesh to do with family! Whether you give Cookies or Cookies in a Jar, they make for the sweetest gifts this Christmas!
Put your Pins to use this Christmas, and gather your girlfriends for a Bow-Dazzlin’ Party! If you have an upcoming Cookie Party or Ugly Sweater Party to attend this Holiday Season, take note from our Pinterest Party and go for the bows! We had a blast making this Christmas Craft, and wore our creations to a Cookie Party for fun!
Here is what you will need to make your Bow-Dazzled Dress:
An old Christmas Dress or Skirt that you wouldn’t mind either hot gluing or safety pinning items on.
Christmas Gift Bows
Tinsel (optional for belt or extra sparkle)
Hot Glue Gun (optional)
Small Safety Pins
Bottle of Wine to share!
Before you start pinning or gluing your bows on your dress, place the bows on your dress and create a pattern or design you like!
After you have chosen all the bows you’d like to use, carefully dab a small dollup of hot glue on the back of the bow, and lightly press the bow on your dress.
If you are going to Safety Pin the bows on, use your Scissors and carefully wedge the blade behind the staple on the bow. This allows for a little more room and secures your Safety Pin to the bow, and then pin the the bow to your dress.
If you use Tinsel to create a design, you can either hot glue or safety pin the tinsel to your dress.
You can also create a belt of Tinsel to complete your look!
Play Christmas Music and Have Fun with your own Pinterest Crafting Party!