Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Some Christmas Book Favorites (and a New Cookie Recipe!)

I have been so busy with the holidays approaching that I've been neglecting the blog for a few days!  Today I thought I'd share with you a few of our favorite Christmas books, as well as a new cookie recipe I tried on Saturday that was delicious (and easy!).

Today our kiddos are receiving a few new Christmas books for their advent bag activity.  This year I was excited to purchase Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin, because all of the other Pete the Cat books have been a big hit in our house.  A few of our other Christmas favorites are Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck (this is a board book), Moosteltoe by Margie Palatini, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Hurry, Hurry Have You Heard? by Laura Krauss Melmed and Who Is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate (also a board book).  We have many more books that the kiddos love to read, but these have stuck out this year!

Saturday I decided to take a stab at a Rolo-stuffed cookie and opted for a chocolate crackle with a roll stuffed inside.  They were delicious!  I can't wait to share them with our families.  Yum!  Today I thought I'd share the recipe with you.  They were quite easy to make!

Rolo-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
From Two Peas & Their Pod blog

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. cocoa
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
Bag of Rolo candies unwrapped
Sugar (for rolling to dough balls in)

In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.  Set aside.  With a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until smooth.  Mix in eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla next.  Beat until mixed.  Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture and blend well.  Take a spoonful of dough and wrap around Rolo.  Roll into ball and then roll in sugar.  Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.  Let sit on sheet for an additional 3-5 minutes.  Place on wire rack to cool completely.

All rolled up


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