Monday, December 17, 2007

This is not the time to count calories

And the goodies have been delivered! Whew. I dropped all the sweets off and mailed the last of the Christmas orders - I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Check out the adorable labels on the cookies - I ordered several different stickers/address labels/Christmas tags from Max & Bella - let me tell you, they are great! And wonderful customer service, too.

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Whisk together 2 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, & 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

Beat at medium speed: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup solid Crisco shortening. Add 1 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and the grated rind of one orange.

Stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until well blended. Then stir in 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, 6 oz. dried cranberries, and 11 oz. white chocolate chips.

Drop by heaping tablespoon onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Go make these cookies now - they make your house smell heavenly and everyone will ask when you're going to make them again.

And the marshmallows! Oh, the marshmallows. They were honestly very easy, but quite time-consuming. I can tell you now, though, that these will be a Christmas tradition - there's something magical about them and they have gotten rave reviews! I just dipped them in melted Baker's semi-sweet and crushed candy canes. I don't even like marshmallows but they are definitely fun to look at. Maybe I'll just lick the chocolate off of one.

Peanut Butter Bon Bons (forgot to take picture of these. Whoops.)
*edited to add chocolate & wax quantities!

2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box + 1 cup confectioners sugar

12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cake candy-making wax

Cream butter & peanut butter; slowly add sugar and vanilla. Chill mixture in fridge while chocolate is melting.

Melt chocolate & wax in double boiler. Shape chilled peanut butter mixture into 1" balls and dip onto chocolate. Put on wax paper to cool & refrigerate!

Now go forth and bake!


  1. we are on the same page. I was JUST looking up marshmallow recipes on Martha Stewart tonight. It's something I've been wanting to try for awhile. I just need to buy some corn syrup first.

  2. Yum! Marshmallows are so fun to make. I made some last year but had a really hard time getting people to eat them! (weirdos) Oh well, I'm sticking with chocolate covered pretzels this year.

  3. Oooh! I made these cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies and they were fabulous. There's something about craisins that makes me feel so stinking healthy even in a cookie with chocolate chips!