White Chocolate Christmas Cookies

A week or so ago I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I first heard about this cookie swap early last year, before I had a blog of my own, and it seemed like a lot of fun. I think subconsciously one reason I was motivated to start blogging was just to get a chance to participate in this event.

The basic setup is this: you receive names of three other food bloggers and ship them each one dozen cookies. In return, you get three different shipments of cookies for yourself. Who doesn’t like getting packages in the mail? AND to have them be cookies? Win-Win.

The major requirement of this event was you must try a recipe that’s new to you and blog about it. The recipe does not have to be an original recipe, just one you’ve never tried making before. I found an interesting recipe from Karen’s Cookies, white chocolate sugar cookies! I liked how the white chocolate would play well with a possible snow theme so I gave it a shot.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup
    (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1
    egg
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp
    salt
  • 2 ¼ cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 6 oz
    white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. 2

    In a metal mixing bowl over low heat boiling water, melt the white chocolate and set aside.

  3. 3

    In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix until it is all well incorporated.

  4. 4

    Beat in melted white chocolate.

  5. 5

    Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl then add, a cupful at a time, to the mixture until fully incorporated.

  6. 6

    Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and chill for 15 minutes, or until firm, then cut into shapes.

  7. 7

    Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven before the first indication of the edges turning brown.


The dough was great to work with, although I had to make sure to quickly roll the dough flat after mixing the ingredients before the chocolate fully set.

white chocolate cookie dough

Because of the firm chunks of white chocolate, I would recommend a sturdy metal cutter rather than using a plastic one. I handcut a few shapes, which was a bit of a challenge because of the chocolate chunks, but those shapes still ended up decent crisp edges.

white chocolate cookie dough shapes

As for how to decorate these cookies, I had an idea while roaming through Michael’s (You probably know this isn’t uncommon for me. I’ve mentioned doing this before here). I found a snowman cookie tin that stood out to me. My idea was to do a fun set of cookies that coordinated with this snowman tin and ship the cookies (the tin too) to my bloggers. I bought 3 tins and got home to start on the cookies.


After the batch was complete, I bagged the cookies individually and carefully bundled them up with bubble wrap for shipment.

christmas tin cookies packed

To Molly, Rachael, and Stephanie, I hope these cookies reached you safely intact and I hope you enjoyed this new recipe. Happy Holidays!!

Christmas tin cookies

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28 replies on “White Chocolate Christmas Cookies

  1. Your cookies are so pretty!! I can’t wait to participate in next year’s cookie exchange!

  2. I saw these through the cookie swap and had to come check out your blog – it’s wonderful!! These cookies are so perfect, what a talent!

  3. I am not a white chocolate fan at all…however it takes on a different taste when baked, and I know I would love these! It’s amazing how much cookie inspiration is around us! Love those rosy cheeks!

  4. Mike,you are clearly a MULTITALENTED man!!!!! These are beautiful and look delish!!!!!!! Way to go!
    Hugs,Patti

    1. Aww! Thanks so much, Patti!!

  5. You are a most interesting creature…………… just when I think you can’t get any more perfect you mention roaming through Micheals. Yes, I’m crushing here! It’s just a cookie crush though, so don’t be scared.

    I am loving this set so much. It makes me WISH I had a blog. And then WISH I had picked your name and then WISH these were sitting before me in real life….instead of on this screen. sigh.

    But they are wonderful and I have enjoyed your blog the last few months and can’t wait to read more from you…..

    Merry Christmas!

    1. You rock, Vicki! Seriously, you should totally consider starting up a blog! Your cookies are awesome (and unique!), you’re funny (and witty!), and I think the world would benefit from what you have to share. Think about it… :)

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas break!

  6. Well hello, yumminess! I missed this post….

  7. Hi Mike, I found your blog yesterday and love it!

    I was wondering how you wrap the cookies in the individual wrappers.. is there a special tool that does it?

    Thanks for your help :)

    1. Hi Teresa. I buy cello (or polypropylene) bags online at Paper Mart. Then I heat seal the cookies in the bags using this impulse sealer. I hope this helps!

  8. these are gorgeous

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