Sugar is my love language. Well, one of them anyhow. My husband and I’s first date was sharing a piece of peanut butter pie and a bottle of wine at a local restaurant in Charlotte, NC. He may actually love sugar even more than me. He also called me a cheap date, that night.
So it’s mind boggling to me that he doesn’t love my mom’s iced cut out cookie recipe that I’ve adored since I was a kid. Every year, I ask what kind of cookie he wants for Christmas, hoping we can start some kind of tradition of our own, and every year he tells me the same thing. Chocolate Chip. I’m sorry, but chocolate chip is not a Christmas cookie. But I roll my eyes and I try. Each time I make chocolate chip cookies, I use a different recipe because I have yet to find the perfect one. Well, this year I may have found it. It’s still not a Christmas cookie but I think we can make our own tradition of Dad getting his chocolate chip cookies each year at Christmas (as long as the kids and I get some of the other, more traditional, stuff).
Additionally, cut outs are hard and we are still living half here and half there, without access to my stand mixer and cookie cutters so I figured I would just combine my favorite parts – a sugar cookie and icing. And let me tell you – the result may just be the best cookies I’ve ever made. Like, seriously. My little boy made a special request for chocolate icing so I made half a batch of chocolate and half a batch of vanilla. I don’t even really like chocolate icing and this chocolate icing is amazing! Trust me!
Aside from using a piping bag to pipe the icing (aka a ziploc baggie with a hole cut in the corner) and making the chocolate icing look like turds, they are pretty damn melt in your mouth perfect.
So to avoid creating chocolate turds on your cookies (see visual above), you can pipe your icing on in a zig zag shape – that helps, or you could even pipe it on and then smooth it with a knife to get ride of that worm (poo) style, but then is that any easier than just spreading with a regular knife? I’ll leave that up to you. We added some red and green sugar when we were done. Because Christmas.
The last thing my husband requested was some peanut butter balls. The leasing office of our apartment complex sent out a simple recipe with one of our newsletters and so we had to try it. My middle kid is allergic to peanuts so our peanut desserts are few and far between as of the last year or so and they are my husband’s favorite (see the peanut butter pie reference from our first date) so I agreed to make some for him. Spoiler alert – they are also amazing.
So if you’re looking for easy, simple and oh so delicious, here are some great recipes for you to try.
Sugar cookies: https://addapinch.com/chewy-sugar-cookies-recipe/
I made two batches of these because I dropped a full tray of hot cookies on the floor (that same day I also dropped and shattered our coffee pot – wasn’t my best day in the kitchen). The first batch, I just rolled them in regular, white sugar. The second batch, I added in a few shakes of red sugar crystals to make them a little more festive.
My go to vanilla frosting: Buttercream (obviously)
And a chocolate buttercream for you chocolate people: Chocolate Buttercream
Pretty close to perfect chocolate chip cookies: https://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2013/12/i-am-sharing-my-secret-for-making-extra.html
And last but not least, the Peanut Butter Balls (not to be confused with a buckeye – I grew up in Ohio where buckeyes were a’plenty and these are not the same – mostly because of the rice cereal inside and the fact that they are completely covered in chocolate without any peanut butter mixture peaking through).
Peanut Butter Balls:
You will need…
3 cups crisped rice cereal (I actually used vanilla Chex)
2 cups smooth peanut butter (I used JIF naturals)
3/4 cup butter (I used unsalted)
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 lb melting chocolate (I actually needed more than this but not quite the entire 24 oz that I had on hand)
Mix together peanut butter and butter (softened).
Add powdered sugar and crisped rice cereal (measure out 3 cups and then crush)
Roll into balls (I scooped with my round Tablespoon measure and formed balls that way)
Melt 1 lb of chocolate (first time I used a double boiler method (because we don’t have a microwave) and it was so much easier and less scary than I imagined)
Dip balls into chocolate
Remove with a toothpick (I just used a fork to roll in the chocolate and scoop out)
Place on foil or wax paper until cool.