Friday, February 7, 2020

Cookies for Santa are Serious Business

Making cookies for Santa is serious business. I mean serious business. What kind, how to decorate, when to make them - plenty to consider. The kids and I decided these sprinkle cookies were 'the' cookie. They tasted great, they weren't chocolate, they had sprinkles, and they looked festive! It was a winner!
While sometimes I let them help add the ingredients - I wasn't feeling that - so instead I had them help scoop them out - that was short-lived, they each did a pan and it was off to other things.
They did plate up some cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve, Santa said they were his favorite - seems like a winning recipe to me.
Bronwyn kept sneaking more and more cookies. When we brought trays of sweets to different holiday events and added these cookies - she kept finding her way to the cookie plate. That's amazing - this girl is not a baked good kid and she LOVES these cookies. We found the way to her heart - sprinkles!

Super Soft Sprinkle Pudding Cookies
3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Next mix in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.
Finally add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
Using a medium (2 tablespoon) sized cookie scoop drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set. Don’t over-bake if you want super soft soft cookies.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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