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Monday Menu Planning – Christmas Cookie Edition

Good morning! I hope you all have had a great weekend. Our weekend consisted of adopting a new family member 😊

He is a very sweet, affectionate, people-loving little guy. As you can see, Claire is already head over heels. She’s declared him the best Christmas present ever.

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would share our favorite Christmas cookie recipes rather than a menu. We have our favorites that we bake every single year. There’s a few of them that I can no longer eat (because they contain dairy that I’ve been unable to swap), but I still make them for my family & as gifts.

While I do eat mostly plant based (you can read more about that here), I do still eat eggs. For anyone who is truly vegan or cannot tolerate eggs, I have not tried any substitutes (flax eggs, applesauce, etc).

I also try to do healthy swaps where I can, but I don’t even attempt that with Christmas cookies. I feel like Christmas cookies are supposed to be a once a year indulgence, so these recipes were baked in all their unhealthy glory 😜

Our Favorite Christmas Treats

Snickerdoodles (from Recipe Girl) – This recipe is a very tried & true one. I make this all year round, not just on Christmas. In fact, this is a recipe that I always have the ingredients on hand if I need to whip up a dessert quickly. Some recipes I’ve had to find nondairy swaps, but this one already uses shortening rather than butter. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies (from Taste of Home) – These are my all time favorite Christmas cookies! I’m not normally a huge fan of gingerbread, but the addition of butterscotch pudding mix to the dough adds an amazing flavor to these cookies. Neither flavor is overpowering. This recipe does call for butter, but I used nondairy butter sticks (essentially margarine, although most margarines contain dairy, which seems to defeat the purpose). It was a successful swap, but I do feel like I needed to chill the dough a lot longer than the recipe states, so keep that in mind.

Best Ever Sugar Cookies (from Taste of Home) – Best Ever is not an exaggeration! With the addition of cream cheese, nutmeg & almond extract, there are so many subtle nuances to these delicious cookies. These are Claire’s favorite. Probably because she loves decorating them. I’ve never tried the frosting recipe, as we simply use sprinkles on ours. This is a recipe I was unable to make dairy free, as I couldn’t find a good cream cheese substitute.

Peanut Butter Blossoms (from Hershey) – An absolute classic (& Peter’s all time favorite)! This is the recipe right on the back of bags of Hershey Kisses. While the kisses themselves have dairy in them, the cookies do not (I swapped in almond milk with no issues). If you could find dairy free kisses, you could easily make these completely dairy free.

Nutella Blossoms (from Something Swanky) – The peanut butter blossom’s chocolatey, hazelnutty cousin! To be honest, Peter & I are not huge fans of Nutella. Most people are taken aback when we disclose that tidbit, but it’s true. I still make these every year though, as gifts for my Nutella-loving family members. They rave about these cookies. So, if you love Nutella, definitely give this recipe a try!

Buckeye Fudge (from Barefeet in the Kitchen) – Have you ever had a buckeye? As far as I can tell, they’re more of a Midwestern thing. Basically, they’re peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. They’re so yummy, but are quite a bit of work. Meet buckeye fudge, the much less fussy version. I didn’t attempt any nondairy swaps on this recipe, mostly because it’s a favorite & I didn’t want to mess it up. I’m certain you could substitute nondairy butter for the butter & dairy free chocolate chips, but I’m not so sure about the sweetened condensed milk. Maybe canned coconut milk? You could try experimenting with it, but if you don’t have any issues with dairy, definitely give this recipe a try as is!

New Cookie Recipes

I always end up trying a few new recipes each year. I’m running low on time this year, so there’s no guarantee I’ll get to these, but here are a few I want to try this year!

Vegan Chocolate Mint Cookies (from Broke Foodies) – There’s something about chocolate & mint together that screams Christmas to me. I’ll blame Starbucks & their peppermint mochas. While I haven’t tried this recipe, it sounds delicious & is completely vegan!

Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Walnut Cookies (from Fare Isles) – I’m the only cranberry lover in my house, so I might be the only one who likes these cookies. But I think they look amazing! If I have to eat an entire batch of cookies on my own, so be it. In all seriousness, these cookies come highly recommended from some friends of mine & are completely vegan! I plan on giving them a try soon, even if I don’t get to them until after Christmas.

Well, that’s all for now. Do you have any special cookies you make for Christmas every year? I’d love to hear your favorites! Let me know in the comments below.

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