With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Sweet Treats for Your Christmas Cookie Tray

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sweet Treats for Your Christmas Cookie Tray

Everyone is sure to find something they like from the Christmas Cookie Tray. Filled with a variety of cookies that were baked ahead and kept fresh in tins in the freezer, assembling a festive plate or tray is easy. For added color and choices, toss in some foil-wrapped candies and chocolate covered cherries.
Here are some Cookie Tray Suggestions
Some I shared just recently and others from long ago

Gingerbread Cookies here or here (same recipe just different look)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (recipe below)
Brownies (make you favorite and cut into bite-sized pieces)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dorie Greenspan's cookbook, BAKING: From My Home to Yours


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks(12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips or 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips or 2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup finely chopped nuts (optional) such as walnuts, pecans or peanuts

preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

In mixer bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until well-blended. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each egg. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. On low speed mix in the chocolate and nuts.

Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.

Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time 10-12 minutes, or until they are brown at the edges and golden in the center. Cool 1 minute; transfer to racks to cool.

Repeat with the remainder of the dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.


Barbara F. said...

Perfection! Xo. Merry Christmas!

Ann said...

That is the prettiest cookie tray. A nice variety there too. I'll take one of each :)
So you freeze your cookies in tins? Do you put them inside anything before putting them in the tins?

Leslie said...

Christmas treats like these are what I look forward to most! Your cookie presentation is beautiful on the tiered silver tray and your goodies look divine!! I've always thought the Russian tea cakes look so elegant and pretty. I'm making gingerbread boys, Merry cherry fudge, Martha Washingtons, and pretzel bark this year.
Have a blessed Christmas,

Debby Ray said...

What a lovely display of yumminess! Something for everyone :) I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Lorraine!

podso said...

Such a lovely array/display of cookies .. mmmm … Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

Lynn said...

Oh yum, I'd be hovering:@) Merry Christmas!


Thank you so much for the recipes and your cookie tier looks amazing. I've been baking away for my little girls too.
Wishing you and your dear family a Merry Christmas and many blessings.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a beautiful cookie-filled serving tray, Lorraine! I still haven't gotten around to Spritz cookies but I'd still like to make some. I know my boys would love them :)

Mary Cromer said...

I wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas and a Joy Filled New year~

handmade by amalia said...

What a wonderful plate (tower!) of cookies. Happy holidays.

corners of my life said...

A perfect choice of cookies.
If I were visiting I would take a wedding cake(?) one. This year I only made my 4 favorite kinds and in the end didn't miss the others.

Susan said...

Those look so totally awesome and yummified, LDH. Hope your holiday was star-studded and that your new year will be tremendously blessed. Suasn

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, my, I'd love to try them all! They look divine.
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!

Sangeetha said...

Hi Lorraine, Happy New Year.
What a scrumptious looking cookie tray. So tempting. Reminds me of our Diwali platters laden with mithai and dry fruits. :)
Hope your new year is blessed with health, happiness and peace.


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