Cookie, Cookie, Cookie

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What do two back-to-back blogs mean? That I spent the whole day baking.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love shopping for presents, decorating the tree and house, entertaining and baking cookies.

Every year I make at least 4 types of cookies. It started off when I was 18 and decided that the premade frozen cookies weren't enough of a challenge. That year I baked chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar cookies and oatmeal cookies.

This year I decided to make chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter and snickerdoodle. I tried making the sugar and snickerdoodle yesterday with a recipe I found using whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. The cookies turned out horrible!

For chocolate chip, I just use whatever recipe is on the back of the mini chocolate chips. I always use the minis because I think they taste better in the cookies. I add in anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup of applesauce to make them softer.

Peanut Butter Cookies - these also included whole wheat flour. I wasn't really impressed, honestly. I've made better peanut butter cookies. If you chose to follow this recipe, make sure to read the reviews. The cookies definitely burn in 6-9 minutes. The first batch I made burned in under 5. Maybe it was because the oven was already hot from making other cookies. The 2nd batch, I let the oven cool for 30 minutes before turning it on again and preheating for only 10 minutes before putting the cookies in. They were done in 8 minutes.

Snickerdoodle's - after my whole wheat flour fiasco, I went in search of a recipe using regular flour. I don't have almond extract so I just used more vanilla. I also think the dough could stand to be refrigerated overnight because even after 2 hours, it was still pretty sticky. I also mixed sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and then shook the cookie dough around in that. And make sure your cookies are small. Like super tiny small. My first batch spread and ran together, even after flattening them out. I also ended up doubling the sugar and cinnamon to coat them in. Overall, I still wasn't super impressed. I have a cookbook at my moms house that I need to remember to take back. There was an awesome recipe for snickerdoodles in there.

Sugar Cookies - I used this recipe based off the ratings. I'm not a fan of using shortening, but I just wanted to make sugar cookies and get it over with. If you want to use cookie cutters, definitely freeze the dough for at least 20 minutes. I used cutters and a round glass to make the cookies. I don't typically frost them, but Tom had a dream he was frosting sugar cookies with his grandparents so I decided to try them that way. The best thing about this recipe compared to others is that the dough isn't sticky and goopy. It was very, very, manageable and didn't require tons of flour on the rolling pin and countertop.

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