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Rudolph Cookies Make It Yours™ Cookie Recipe

2016 December 2


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Country Crock® and their Make It Yours™ Cookie Recipe however all of the opinions expressed here are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors who keep Freutcake delicious!

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

Everyone knows the best part of cookies are all the goodies mixed inside, right? Well, maybe with the exception of gingersnaps…those should just be left well enough alone in all of their glory, but that’s another post entirely! So, when Country Crock® asked me to try their Make It Yours™ Cookie Recipe for the holidays but put my own spin on it with some of my favorite mix-ins, I was game. I have to admit, I have only EVER baked my Christmas cookies with butter so I was interested to see just how Country Crock® would work in a cookie dough.

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

Well, if you are curious…leeeeet me tell you. This dough y’aaaaall (did I sound Southern there?) is SO creamy and smooth and buttery and delicious. There is no bringing cold butter to room temperature here folks, just scoop the Country Crock® straight out of the fridge and get a creamin’. By creamin’ I mean creaming the butter or in this case Country Crock® with sugar like any proper cookie dough base should start before you mix in all of the vanilla and eggs and dry ingredients. Oh, how I love cookie dough.

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

For my cookies, which I have appropriately named Rudolf Cookies due to their adorable red “noses,” I mixed in dried cherries, chunks of white chocolate, and pecans. The tartness of the dried cherries and the super sweet white chocolate is like heaven. I mean, I could literally eat these three mix-ins together by the handful like a festive holiday trail mix…but that would be bad, ok maybe just a few pieces.

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

Anyway, if you are looking for one easy and delicious holiday cookie dough to try this season, this will be the only one you’ll need! The mix-in possibilities are truly endless. If white chocolate doesn’t make your cookie crumble (har! har!), then try dark chocolate! Dried cranberries, orange zest, and pecans would also be lovely. I mean I could go on and on but there are Rudolf noses to talk about so let’s get to it.

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

When you’ve baked your cookies just until golden and perfect and the house smells like heaven on earth, take those babies out and let them cool. But while they cool, poke em’! Yes, I am actually telling you to poke little indents into the top of your cookies while they are still warm so that you can nestle in the maraschino cherries that will become the reindeer noses. For the final festive holiday flair, drizzle all of the cookies with melted white chocolate. Just get crazy with it! Have fun and drizzle your little heart out. Ta, da! It’s a party, a big-old holiday cookie party and a delicious one at that.

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Cookies

And I’m not the only one who’s whipping up fun holiday cookie creations with this Make It Yours™ Cookie Recipe either. My friend and fellow blogger Melissa from Best Friends for Frosting created this mix in cookie creation so make sure to check it out.

So, what is your favorite combination of mix-ins? Any crazy delicious ideas I should try? Leave me a comment on this post with your suggestions, I’m in the mood for baking cookies!

White Chocolate Cherry Chunk Rudolph Make It Yours™ Cookie Recipe
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Delicious white chocolate cherry pecan cookies topped with maraschino cherry "Rudolf noses" and a drizzle of white chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Country Crock®
  2. ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  3. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 large egg yolk
  6. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking powder
  9. ¾ tsp. salt
  10. ¼ tsp. baking soda
  11. 1 cup white chocolate chunks
  12. ½ cup chopped dried cherries
  13. ½ cup chopped pecans
  14. white chocolate chips, for melting
  15. maraschino cherries for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Mix brown sugar, granulated sugar, Country Crock® spread, egg, egg yolk and vanilla into a large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended (dough will be soft and creamy).
  2. Stir in white chocolate, cherries and pecans. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets 3-inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from baking sheets and cool completely.
  3. Once cookies are cooling, carefully press indents into the top of each cookie using your finger. This will be for the cherries. Once the cookies are cooled completely, top each with a maraschino cherry that has been patted dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a heat proof glass bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, melt one bag of white chocolate chips on low heat. Stir frequently until chips are completely melted. Transfer white chocolate to a large piping bag or plastic Ziploc bag and cut off the tip with scissors. Drizzle cookies with white chocolate. Allow chocolate to cool and harden before serving or stacking. Enjoy!
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Peppermint White Mochas, Brewed with Keurig®

2016 November 30

This post was sponsored by Keurig Green Mountain® although all coffee talk is my own.

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

Tis’ the season to need caffeine, fa la la la laaaa, la la la la! I joke of course, but I do enjoy seasonal coffee drinks, a whole LOT this time of year. I for one am very excited when coffee shops come out with their Peppermint White Mochas and other delicious seasonal flavored offerings. In fact I love Peppermint White Mochas so much that I now make my own at home, and guess what, they are SO much better homemade!

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

About three months ago, Jason and I made the switch from our usual French Press and traditional coffee maker to a Keurig® K55 brewer. I had no idea I would love it as much as I do. It’s so convenient, my coffee can be ready at the touch of a button, I always have a variety of different K-Cup® pods to choose from, I can brew coffee, tea or hot chocolate anytime without making an entire pot, and it’s consistently good! So necessary when you have twins. Oh, and it dispenses hot water…GAME CHANGER for a tea lover like me. My current favorites are the Green Mountain Coffee® Holiday Blend and Swiss Miss® Peppermint Hot Cocoa. The Holiday Blend is a delicious Medium Roast so it’s the perfect morning cup of coffee and the Peppermint Hot Cocoa is a fun night time or weekend treat. Plus there is something totally indulgent about being able to have Hot Cocoa at the press of a button, am I right?

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

So, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Keurig Green Mountain® today to share how I make my Peppermint White Mochas with my Keurig® K55 brewer, homemade peppermint white chocolate syrup, homemade whipped cream and chocolate dipped candy canes. Ok, I don’t always have the candy canes on hand but they really do make this drink ultra-festive and fun for the holidays. If you plan to serve this coffee drink to family or friends, make a batch of the candy canes, they are a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

Now let’s talk syrup. Homemade peppermint white chocolate syrup is easy to make and only requires 4 ingredients: white chocolate, heavy cream, sugar and peppermint extract. Simple! Keep a bottle in the fridge and you’ll have homemade peppermint white mochas anytime the craving strikes, which could be both dangerous and delicious…but mostly delicious. Also, this syrup makes an amazing gift if you are looking to make something homemade. Perhaps a bottle of this syrup and a Keurig® gift subscription? Ok, maybe that’s just on my list, ha! Gimme allll of the coffee.

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

Now let’s make a mocha! I start by adding about 2 tablespoons of the white chocolate syrup to a mug (sometimes more if I’m being completely honest) and then a hearty splash of warm milk, about 1/4 cup. Then I brew one Green Mountain Coffee® Holiday Blend K-Cup® pod on the 8 oz. strong setting and pour the coffee right over the syrup and milk mixture. The fresh brewed, hot coffee warms everything through and makes the drink frothy and delicious. Then I top it with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkling of crushed candy canes, and one of those chocolate dipped candy canes for an edible stir stick garnish.

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

You will be in heaven, your family will be in heaven, your holiday guests will never leave…Ok, maybe I exaggerate just a wee little bit but my gosh these Peppermint White Mochas are good. I hope you will give them a try! Now off to brew myself another Peppermint White Mocha.

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

Oh, and if you are considering giving someone you love a Keurig® for Christmas, check out their gift guide for inspiration! I am gifting my Mom a Keurig® K55 brewer in Rhubarb because it’s totally her color and super festive for the holidays. Hooray for coffee!

Homemade Peppermint White Mocha Recipe

Peppermint White Mocha Drink
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Better than coffee shop Peppermint White Mochas topped with whipped cream and chocolate covered candy canes that you can make at home.
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Peppermint White Chocolate Syrup
  1. 3.5 oz (1 bar) of white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
  1. 2 cups of milk chocolate chips
  2. 1 box miniature candy canes (full sized will also work, just melt more chocolate!)
Peppermint White Mocha Drink
  1. 2 tablespoons Peppermint White Chocolate Syrup
  2. 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed
  3. 1 Green Mountain Coffee® Holiday Blend Coffee K-Cup® pod, brewed on the 8 oz. strong setting
  4. Homemade whipped cream
  5. Crushed candy cane
Peppermint White Chocolate Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan heat heavy cream and sugar over medium heat stirring until sugar is melted and milk begins to simmer.
  2. Remove pot from the heat and stir in chopped white chocolate.
  3. Allow to sit in the hot milk mixture for a few minutes to melt and then whisk. If chocolate is not completely melted, return to lowest heat and whisk until completely melted.
  4. Stir in peppermint extract and pour into a heat proof jar or bottle to cool completely before refrigerating. *Always refrigerate this syrup.
Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. Set a heat proof bowl over a pot of slightly simmering water on low heat.
  3. Add in the chocolate and stir until melted with a heat proof spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Once chocolate is completely melted, remove from pot and dip candy canes in chocolate one at a time. Shake off the excess chocolate and place on prepared cookie sheet to cool.
  5. Allow candy canes to cool and chocolate to set before using as a garnish for coffee.
Peppermint White Mocha Drink
  1. In a mug, combine peppermint white chocolate syrup and milk.
  2. Top with 8 oz. of Green Mountain Coffee® Holiday Blend Coffee and stir to combine.
  3. Finish with a dollop of whipped, a sprinkle of crushed candy cane and a chocolate dipped candy cane.
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6 Holiday Punch Recipes I’m Loving

2016 November 29

Tis’ the season to dust off those punch bowls! I’ve rounded up 6 Holiday Punch Recipes I’m loving. Now, who wants to throw a cocktail party?

Holiday Punch Recipe

1. Pasadena Punch– I made this punch last New Year’s Day for brunch and it’s a classic! Pomegranate Ice Ring, very mandatory.

white christmas margarita punch

2. White Christmas Margarita Punch– A creamy coconut margarita punch dressed up with fresh cranberries and rosemary for that holiday pop of color.

Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch

3. Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch– You can never go wrong with a champagne punch and this one looks delicious!

Milk Punch Recipe

4. Bunny William’s Milk Punch– A strong Southern classic!

Jingle Juice Holiday Punch Recipe

5. Jingle Juice Holiday Punch Recipe– Only three delicious ingredients and the prettiest ice cubes you will ever make!

Peppermint Punch Recipe

6. Peppermint Punch Recipe– A good old fashioned boozy ice cream punch, and I’m digging it.

 

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