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Russian Tea Cakes

These are one of my favorite cookies to make, and they’re so simple!

You’ll Need:

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup softened unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 teaspoon salt

To Prepare:

  • Heat oven to 325.
  • Combine first three ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients until dough holds together.
  • Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly browned on the bottom.
  • Remove from cookie sheet immediately and roll in confectioner’s sugar.
  • Wait 15 minutes to cool, then put a light coating of confectioner’s sugar on top.

These are super simple and delicious!

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Pace Yourself on Holiday Treats

The holidays are officially here and I know one of the biggest downsides, and biggest upsides, is that it’s cookie season. I am an avid baker, and I love trying new recipes out, which means I also looove eating cookies. Unfortunately, that’s not the best choice when it comes to healthy eating, so this means falling back on my favorite thing. Moderation.

Everything in moderation is my standard for things. I don’t overindulge, but I also don’t restrict myself to where I won’t have a piece of chocolate cake if I want it. However, I do have to exercise a bit more self control during Christmas cookie times because those are so delicious. Just make sure to pace yourself. Set yourself a limit and enjoy only a few a day, and make sure you have other healthy snacks in there too. There’s no harm in helping yourself to an extra cookie or two if you can balance it out.

One thing I like to do is pick and choose where my sugar comes from. If I go to Starbucks that day, I avoid the extra sugars elsewhere like in desserts, because I know that White Chocolate Mocha or Peppermint Mocha I love so much is loaded with sugar. However, if I’ve been having unsweetened herbal tea and water, then there is no reason for me to refuse the dessert menu or not help myself to a couple of cookies from the tray.

Another option is to lower the sugar count in your cookies. There are so many recipes out there and it’s easy to do. Another thing I like to do is increase the flour while decreasing the sugar. You get fluffier cookies, and the sweetness really doesn’t change.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for pacing yourself during the holidays? Drop them below, I’d love to read them!

Enjoy the Little Moments

The holidays are an absolutely insane time of year, and it can be overwhelming to run from the parties to the decorating to baking cookies. But the best way to handle things is to enjoy the little moments. Enjoy the moment where you and your family are just sitting quietly, all together around the Christmas tree. Enjoy the moments where you accidentally burned some cookies and are laughing about it after. Those are the moments you’ll hold onto for years to come.

Add Flour to Your Cookie Recipes

This is an old family trick so instead of a recipe, I’m going to let you all in on my family’s secret to amazing Christmas cookies. Add extra flour. Yes, it really is that simple. We all see those amazing bakery style cookies that are fluffy, but ours never quite seem to hit that mark when we follow basic recipes, at least in my experience. The trick is to add an extra 1 cup of flour to your recipe. Don’t alter it in any other way with anything else, and yes, it’ll give your arms a bit more of a workout, but it’ll also give you fluffier cookies.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

I can’t wait to get started on cookie baking this weekend, and this is one of the first recipes I am going to try out.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of dark chocolate and mint morsels

How to Prepare:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda in a small bowl.
  • In a larger bowl, beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla until creamy.
  • Add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture.
  • Add in morsels
  • Drop rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set.
  • Put on a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

Mug Cookie

I don’t about y’all, but some nights I just want a big warm cookie. Buuuuttt, I know if I make a whole batch, I’ll eat way more than I should or have to toss some. So rather than waste ingredients, try the mug cookie!

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 3 drops pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • a handful of chocolate chips

To Prepare:

  • Mix all your wet ingredients and sugars together in a large mug.
  • Add flour and baking soda and mix in.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Microwave for one minute. Check beginning at 40 seconds, as some microwaves can cook faster than others.
  • Enjoy!

It’s simple, delicious, and prevents you from having to make a whole batch of cookies when you really only need one.

Create a New Tradition

Create a new holiday tradition this year with your family. Make it out of a mistake or something missing, and make it your own. Use heart shaped cookie cutters or a pink Christmas tree, and make that your thing for each year.

Rosé with Rachel: Traditions

In this vlog, I talk about some of my favorite traditions, especially Christmas cookies! One of my favorite things to do with them, since I make so many, is give boxes of them to friends, family, and coworkers, to help sweeten their Christmas.

Mix Up Cookie Dough Before Bed

Make a batch of dough before bed, and put it in the fridge for the next day. Then, when you come home from work, school, life, you can easily get those cookies baked and have a sweet treat in no time.

Start Your Christmas Baking Early

To make the holidays a little less hectic, get started now. Christmas cookies can be frozen, so can the dough, which will give you more time for festivities when the holidays arrive.

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