We made these last year, and they are delicious and beautiful, so we wanted to share again – we hope you’re cozy and baking with your loved ones this holiday season! Originally posted on December 16, 2013.

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In my house at Christmas, there are several cookies to be made – usually gingerbread, Italian spice cookies, chocolate chip cookies, anginette cookies, and of course, chocolate pixies.

Chocolate Pixie Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

These cookies are some of my favorites – they are chocolate cookies, rolled in powdered sugar, and stuck with a kiss!

Here’s what you do:

Prep Time: 20 minutes active, 30 minutes unactive
Bake Time:
12-14 minutes
Oven Temperature:
350

Ingredients:

4 oz cocoa
¼ cup coconut oil (or butter)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 bag Hershey’s kisses

Chocolate Pixie Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

Directions:

1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add cocoa and mix well.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients, mix well.
3. Chill 30 minutes (I know this sounds annoying, but it helps with the rolling, I promise!)
4. Shape into balls – about the size of a ping pong ball.
5. Roll in confectioners sugar, and place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.
6. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. While baking, unwrapped Hershey’s kisses.
7. As soon as they come out of the oven stick an unwrapped kiss in each one.
8. This one is hard, but totally worth it: let set for about 2 hours. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pixie Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

What cookies do you make at the holidays with your family?

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Chocolate Three-Chip Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

We can’t stop sharing cookies with you. We’re sorry, but not that sorry, because it’s the Christmas season which means cookies. It’s the one time a year that making four kinds of cookies in one weekend isn’t considered crazy….right?!

These babies came from my need to get rid of some white chocolate chips, and because I had extra Reese’s Pieces (aka the ones I didn’t guilty eat during my Hunger Games viewing that now were taunting me.)

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These cookies are pretty easy to put together. They’re our basic “cookie dough” recipe (1 cup brown/regular flour, 1 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil, 2 eggs, etc., etc.) but we swapped out some of the flour for cocoa, and of course added a triple threat – chocolate, white chocolate, and peanut butter. You can make them however you want with whatever in them – whatever “chips” are your favorite.

Chocolate Three-Chip Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

Oven temperature: 350 degrees
Yield:
About 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup peanut chips (or Reese’s pieces)
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 regular chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Mix the sugars with the butter and cream until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
3. Add 1 egg at a time to your sugar/butter, mixing between each. Then add your vanilla, and mix for 10 or so seconds.
4. Add your dry ingredients to your wet, and mix well.
5. Now, hand mix in your chips – I used what’s above, but use what you feel in your heart – again, the more, usually better, but I leave that up to you.
6. Scoop using about a tablespoon per cookie, and bake 9-11 minutes. Now, I like a crispy cookie so I baked for 11, but if you like chewy, put in for 9. They might not look done, but don’t fret, they are. I promise.

Chocolate Three-Chip Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

That’s it! Enjoy with a big glass of milk and try not to eat a million.

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We love gifting things for people’s kitchens, because we spend a LOT of time in ours, and we know the things we keep coming back to again (and again, and again.) So we’ve put together a list of ten things we use over and over that are classic gifts anyone who loves cooking or baking will use! We hope this helps you out if you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones!

Holiday Gift Guide | Garlic, My Soul

1. Wooden Spoons - We each have at least five of these, and they’re great for everything under the sun – stirring cookie dough, soup, sausage, etc. They’re versatile, they’re pretty, and they’re easy to clean.

2. Crock Pot – We love a slow cooker. It is so easy to stick a bunch of ingredients into a Crock Pot and hit “start” and then you’re on your way to a delicious dish with minimal prep. These are great for a busy family that still wants to cook during the week.

3. Dutch Oven - We use our Dutch oven for almost everything – think of it as a manual slow cooker. It’s great for soups, stews, deep frying, roasting, pretty much any cooking you could need to do – and it’s stove top and oven safe, making it great for dishes that start with a sear and end in the oven. Plus, the ones we are recommended are cast iron coated with enamel – making them heavy but nearly indestructible.

4. Cast Iron Skillet – Again, a cast iron skillet is perfect for just about everything. We use ours on weekends to make eggs, we use them to make cornbread (again, they’re stove top and oven safe), to make omelets, to sauté a million onions for caramelizing, the list goes on. A well seasoned cast iron is virtually non stick and will last you years and years, standing up to all kinds of seemingly-impossible burns, sticks, and stuck cakes. Every chef should have one!

5. Good Knives – Again, knives are a cook’s main tool. Sharp, good knives. We have a middle of the road set, and Jeff is in charge of sharpening them every month or so with a Japanese stone (which I also recommend you get.) The sharper the knife, the less likely you are to cut yourself. Do yourself a favor and upgrade someone’s kitchen with this invaluable gift and rest assured they won’t be slicing their finger any time soon!

6. Whisk – This one is for all those cooks who think a fork does the job. And, it can, but a good whisk is just so worth it! You can make whipped cream in a jiffy, you can really get your eggs scrambled, you can incorporate things so well with a whisk. This is must-have that you won’t know how you lived without.

7. Julia Child’s Cookbook – Julia had many books, but this one was her first. It’s for the committed home cook, but it is filled with hilarious notations and fool proof recipes guaranteed to come out amazingly. We will never stop laughing over this direction from the mayonnaise recipe, “And the crisis is over. The beating arm may rest a moment.”

8. Digital Thermometer – We love thermometers in the kitchen – one for the oven to tell us the true temperature (you can never trust those pesky apartment ovens!), one digital for the grill, one for candy-making, the list goes on. When in doubt, though, a digital thermometer will do the trick for those times you really do need to know the temperature, like when you’re deep frying the perfect doughnuts or when you want to make sure your turkey/chicken/roasted bird is really done. We have this one and we’re pretty satisfied with it!

9. Barefoot Contessa Cookbook – We love the Barefoot Contessa because Ina is one part practical and simple to two parts “Hamptons” which is just where we like to get our recipes from. Her recipes are good enough to please a crowd, but just aspirational enough to know that she really knows what she’s doing. We have several of her books, and you can’t go wrong with any of them!

10. Offset Spatula – If you know a baker, then you have to get them an offset spatula or two. Perfect for getting baked goods out of pans, for smoothing frosting on a cake or cupcake, and for serving said baked goods up. It’s a mighty tool that comes in a skinny package, and will help with cake-movings that before seemed daunting.

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Cranberry Walnut Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

This year, GMS participated in our first Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is the swap’s fourth year running, and it is a partnership for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which means we’re raising money to support an amazing cause and we’re getting some cookies in the mail, too. It’s a win-win. We baked cookies to mail to three food bloggers, and we received three dozen DELICIOUS cookies that we enjoyed over a couple weeks to get into the holiday spirit – and get ideas for cookies we can make next holiday season!
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We were excited to be sending our treats across the country to spread some cheer this holiday season – it’s fun to connect with food bloggers every now and then, and the holiday season is a great time to spread a little love and good cheer.

WE received cookies from the amazing bloggers at What’s Cooking, Love?, Sunshine & Sweet Tea, and A Spicy Perspective, and they were all delicious and eaten right up. You should check out their posts today – they’re a talented group of bloggers!

We created a new cookie for y’all that is sweet, savory, a little salty, and even is citrusy. It plays off of our basic cookie dough recipe, which we love because that means you can play with this recipe, too! Add whatever dried fruit, nuts, chips, zest, or spices you want, and the possibilities are endless.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies | Garlic, My Soul

Oven temperature: 350 degrees

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp orange zest
¾ cup cranberries
¾ cup walnut pieces
¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Turn on your oven. Combine sugars and coconut oil and cream until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
2. White the sugars/coconut oil is mixing, in a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and orange zest. Set aside.
3. To your creamed sugar/oil, add eggs one at a time, and then vanilla.
4. Now, add your dry ingredients to your wet, and mix well.
5. At this point, you’re going to mix by hand if you’ve been using a mixer. Add in the cranberries, walnuts, and chocolate chips and hand-mix until incorporated in the batter. If you want more or less add ins, go for it – this ratio worked for us, but I love a loaded cookie!
6. Place cookie dough onto a baking sheet; we use a jelly roll pan, and do one dozen per tray – about a tablespoon or so of dough. Again, make smaller/larger based on your preferences.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm with milk or coffee.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies | Garlic, My Soul Cranberry Walnut Cookies | Garlic, My SoulWe hope you’ll stop by tomorrow…we might have some more treats in store for you as we get closer and closer to Christmas and know that everyone has some last minute holiday shopping to do!

 

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Thor's Cereal Bars | Garlic, My Soul

As a small digression from my standard format here, I made these Thor-sized cereal bars in an effort to bribe Thor into becoming an icon for cultural awareness. I just want to see a children’s book or Archie-style comic entitled “Thor Learns About Cereal” or “Thor Learns Proper Earth-Bound Coffee Refill Protocol” – something harkening to the beauty in our differences and hilarity in absurdly ripped men from a heavenly realm discovering the miracle of mortal breakfast foods.

Cereal is a fiber-packed staple for those surrounding the Norse god’s earthly adventures – at least in the Jane Foster camp. Packed in her trailer and eaten in lieu of other sweets in her more emotional and Thor-missing moments, cereal seems to mean a lot to this scientist and her god. Or at the very least (in cereal-marketing-speak) start their mornings off right, keep them going throughout the day as well as going regularly!

Thor's Cereal Bars | Garlic, My Soul

These cereal bars add your breakfast cereal of choice to the originial Rice Krispie treat recipe – following that time-tested, easy-to-make formula. You can cut them into any shape or size you find convenient for packing on-the-go on your way about the realms. And do, in fact, deliver sugary-peanut-buttery energy just when you need it (like during your Marvel movie binge watching fest so as to be properly prepared for everything forthcoming). I just hope Phase Three allows Thor time to continue on his culinary journey.

Ingredients

2 ½ tablespoons butter
½ cup peanut butter
1 package marshmallows
6 cups cereal of your choice! I used Crispix because I’m obsessed with Crispix but Chex (in any fun flavor) would work wonderfully for the completely GF crowd. Be sure to check your labels.

Directions

1. Grease a medium pan and set aside.
2. In a large pot, melt butter over low stovetop heat.
3. Stir in peanut butter.
4. Mix until melted and creamy.
5. Pour in marshmallows.
(Life Hack: spray your stirring utensil and later whatever you use to compact the mixture into the pan with cooking spray to help lessen stickage)
6. Turn off heat when marshmallows are almost completely melted (you may still see small marshmallow lumps).
7. Stir until smooth.
8. Slowly fold in cereal and mix until evenly coated.
9. Turn the mixture out into your greased pan and spread evenly.
10. Let cool, then cut into any size or shape you find convenient for your travels about the realms.

Thor's Cereal Bars | Garlic, My Soul

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