Cookies for Santa #3

Week 3 of our recipe helps for Christmas eve .. best cookies to leave for Santa:  iced cookies, but with a twist – instead of a basic sugar cookie, make it chocolate!  We know Santa loves chocolate as much as we do.

Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies (Decorated)

350° oven, ungreased baking sheets, 6-8 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 bars (8 oz. box) semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 2-2/3 C all purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 6 T butter, softened
  • 3 T granulated sugar
  • ½ C light or dark corn syrup
  • ¼ C water
  • Decorator icing (colored icing in tubes work well), sugar sprinkles, and candy decorations of your choice.

Instructions:

  1. Microwave baking bars in medium-size bowl on high for 1 minute; stir.  Microwave for additional 10 to 20 second intervals, stirring until smooth; cool to room temperature.  Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a second medium-size bowl.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in syrup and chocolate.  Alternately beat in flour mixture and water.  Divide and shape into 2 round discs; wrap in plastic wrap; chill just until firm.
  3. Roll each disc 10 1/4-inch thickness between sheets of waxed paper; cut with [cookie cutters (may we suggest something like this)]; place on ungreased baking sheets.  Chill again if dough becomes too soft while you’re rolling and cutting.
  4. Bake for six to eight minutes or until set; let stand for two minutes before removing to wire racks to completely cool.
  5. Decorate with colored icing and candy sprinkles as desired.

C = Cup; T = Tablespoon; t = teaspoon

I don’t think I’ve ever been served a decorated chocolate cookie – and seeing how simple this recipe is, I really wonder why?  Personally, I would flavor my icing – orange, raspberry, peppermint – or sprinkle the icing with crushed candy canes!  Yeah, that would be great!  If you decide to try this one, send us your results – and suggestions for personal flavor flair.  Santa will love them any way you bake them.  Oh – and how about serving them on an awesome Santa plates – it looks .. Scandinavian to me, don’t you agree?  I think it will hold all three dozen cookies you’ve just baked.

Santa Serving Platter

You’ll call 1-800-445-3396, ext. 192, to order this platter – #335-333, $29.99.

Keep the yummy spirit of Christmas alive in the kitchen with us this holiday season!  Back with another cookie recipe soon.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. We’re approaching one of our busiest weekends here at the store – this Saturday, we have FOUR signing events – details to come – but we’re looking forward to seeing Ralph McDonald, Karen Didion, Anja from The Christmas Wish storybooks, and the creators of Ginger Cottages.  Do you have plans for November 19th?  We can help…

Two for Thursday

Yes, I just changed the name of it .. because I kind of forgot on Tuesday!  Sorry!

Here are two of my favorite finds of the week.

Karen Didion, who designs Santas in every imaginable theme, still enjoys crafting one-of-a-kind pieces when she has the opportunity.  We have received four of the one-only pieces which she has personally created this year.  This one features antique wool and faux fur for Santa, and a delightful collection of antique toys Karen acquired in her travels around the country.  I particularly love the antique tree with glass ornaments, to which she has added mini lights.  It’s just a stunning piece, and one that a Didion collector will treasure and hand down to future generations.  As you can see in the photo, it is already signed and dated by Karen, and it is also numbered as one of her original creations.

Karen Didion Santa Exclusive

Karen will be at Christmas Place on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, for a signing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Even if you are unable to travel to the signing, you can purchase a piece now and we will hold it for signing and ship it to you afterwards.  [You can see Karen’s Santa collection here.]

And for fun, in our Toyland area, we have added the cutest collection of plush animals in Christmas scarves!  This brown bear with his oversize nose and corduroy paws has the sweetest expression!  I think he’s the kind of fellow you want to have around long before Christmas morning.

Plush Bear with Christmas scarf

I’ll show you the rest of this plush collection tomorrow – fun for a Friday, because FRIDAY, right?

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget – our incredible tent sale starts a week from tomorrow.  Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 18th.  If you don’t see the tent out in the courtyard, check around back – I’m not certain where it’s going to be, but I know it will be filled with goodies!

Two for Tuesday

I’m excited to show you a new line of beautiful Santa figurines we’ve just put on display.  The series comes from Karen Didion Originals and The Crakewood Collection.  Karen Didion is a registered nurse, living with her family in Missouri, and started crafting Santa figures as a creative hobby.  They were so in demand at local shows and holiday times that she began to produce them commercially about 10 years ago.

Each figurine and its accessories are finely crafted, with thoughtful details highlighting every piece.  They stand about 18 inches tall, and are quite sturdily constructed.  Rich faux fur, brocade, satin, velour, and corduroy are finished with sparkling buttons and bullion trims.  The accessories are carefully painted and detailed as well.  One thing that particularly stands out to me are Santa’s eyes.  They are painted with such detail and depth that they seem to be genuinely smiling at you.

Santa with Rocking Horse

Santa with Rocking Horse

Teddy Bear Santa

Teddy Bear Santa

Okay, be sure you noticed that this Santa is wearing his teddy bear slippers!

Toymaker Santa

Toymaker Santa

Just look at the cute train woven into his sweater vest – and the teddy bear soldier marionette really moves on his strings.

Vintner Santa

Vintner Santa

He’s offering gifts for the more sophisticated Christmas guest.

Santa in Sleigh

Santa in Sleigh

Santa with List of Good Girls & Boys

Santa with List of Good Girls & Boys

Musical Santa

Musical Santa

This one is my personal favorite – I love his waistcoat, and the tassels on his gorgeous overcoat.

These are heirloom-quality figurines you’ll want to cherish and enjoy each Christmas, and hand down to future generations.  We are in the process of adding them to our on-line store, just search for Karen Didion.

I have to let you know that if you were holding out for the fantastic six-foot woodland Santa in the fur coat that used to stand just inside the front door, you missed him!  He’s taking off with one of our very excited guests today.  It’s go big or go home around here this afternoon.

Merry Christmas!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place