While waiting for his big brother at the bus stop yesterday, I noticed that my 3-year-old was hopping up and down around our driveway, like a Superball down a linoleum hallway. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what had him “boing-ing” with such ferocity, until my oldest climbed off the bus and with a smile a mile-wide, immediately reminded me that I had promised we would bake Christmas cookies after school.
Yeah, about that kids. Mommy actually forgot to make the dough that requires overnight refrigeration, so I know you’re super excited and all, but I’m actually not going to be able to follow through with that promise – because, and you’ll understand this when you’re older, I have Mom Brain.
Is what I could’ve said. But, because Christmas miracles happen, I remembered that a while back I had shoved some Organic Chocolate Chunk cookie dough in the freezer (probably so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it straight out of the package…) and low and behold – BOOM. I’m an awesome mom who totally pulls through for her kids and makes Christmas cookies when she says she’s going to make Christmas cookies!
Better yet, organic Christmas Cookies that didn’t cost a fortune and come from a company that uses wholesome, organic ingredients in their baking products.
So we set to making our first batch of Christmas cookies for the holiday season, but not before I tuned to our Bing Crosby Spotify channel and lit several “winter spruce” scented candles.
You know, for ambiance.
This easy Christmas cookie recipe offered just the right amount of hands-on time for an after-school activity and there was hardly any clean-up at all, which is basically my favorite kind of Christmas bonus. Once we’d pulled the cookies from the oven and let them cool for a minute or so, the boys each pressed some Christmas candies into the tops, for a little extra somethin’-somethin’. And because the recipe was such a snap, we were each able to sample a few cookies without ruining our appetite for dinner.
As if we’d ever let that stop us from eating. Who needs an appetite to enjoy food anyway?
Because our recipe for Organic Chocolate Chunk cookies was such a huge hit, I actually ran to the store over the weekend and grabbed some of Immaculate’s Organic Sugar Cookie mix. Because what is Christmas without the huge floury mess of rolling and cutting out sugar cookies to decorate?
But guys, while I was kind-of/sort-of dreading this activity (only because it makes the world’s biggest mess all over our dining room table) – I had a totally brilliant plan.
After we’d mixed up the sugar cookie dough and were waiting for it to chill, I grabbed an old, cotton, fitted sheet, threw it on our dining room table, covered it in flour and KAPOW – a totally perfect surface for rolling and cutting out cookie dough, with basically zero mess!
So, if you’re keeping track, that’s two boys, two batches of Christmas cookies and almost no clean up time? I’ve never felt like a more competent boy mom in my whole entire life.
An easy recipe for Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies
- 1 package Organic Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Be sure to space the cookies roughly 2" apart
- 12 pieces Candy topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 for darker or nonstick pans)
Place cookie dough 2" apart on cookie sheet
Bake for 14-17 minutes (do not over cook!)
Remove and let cool for 1 min
Gentle press preferred candy into the top of the nearly cooled cookie
Allow to cool for another 4-5 minutes