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…

Artist Signings This Weekend!

We have two exciting signings happening at the store this weekend!

Jacqueline Kent, the artist and creator of a very unique collection of dolls, will be in the store on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to sign her Santas, Fairy Godmothers, Angels and Elves.  If you haven’t seen them before, her dolls look like little old people.  My friend Lisa even has one that looks just like her dear departed father, and it is quite a treasure.  We have an almost-life sized, four-foot-tall elf figure in the store right now that is quite fantastic to see!  Don’t miss this opportunity to personally meet Jacqueline and have her sign your favorite purchases from her whimsical collection. 

 Returning to Christmas Place for a second fall signing, acclaimed Tennessee wildlife artist Ralph McDonald will be in the store on both Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th, from 11 am to 5 pm.  McDonald is best know for his wildlife paintings, but we also carry a wide selection of his unique Santa prints, some of which can be personalized with a name – which he will happily do for you this weekend!  We also display at The Inn and sell here and in Second Nature many of his wonderful winter landscapes, and his boxed Christmas card collections (…it’s not too late to start on your card list for 2008).  One of the country’s most respected wildlife artists, Ralph has made numerous contributions to conservation groups around the world.

We sure hope to see you this weekend – be sure to come by to meet these two artists and enjoy their work!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place