Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Wonderland Cookies

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Winter Wonderland Cookies

Winter Wonderland Cookies
On January 4, the college where I work was closed as well as all schools in NYC due to a snowstorm dubbed 'Bomb Cyclone' and what a spectacular storm it was. I enjoyed watching it from my window observing the high winds and the slanted movement of the snow coming down. We got a foot of snow in my area. I was happy to be home that day relaxing in my pajamas. I really love snow days and hope we get more of them. We have had a good amount of snow in general, and we will probably get much more before Winter is over. We have many months to go and I like winter so no complaints from me.

Winter Wonderland Cookies

See the white morsels and sprinkles inside the cookie

I saw Blizzard Cookies on Sugar Spun Run (link below) and had to make these cookies. My hubby refers to these cookies as Snowpocalypse Cookies but they can also be called Frozen Cookies. I recently bought some Betty Crocker Snowflake Mix Sprinkles and wanted to use them for this recipe. I also added some Wilton Colored Nonpareils in various shades of blue, Wilton White Pearlized Jimmies, and pressed a few Wilton Snowflakes into the cookies after they baked. I increased the amount of sprinkles from 1/4 to 1/2 cup but followed the rest of the recipe as is. This cookie is fabulous! There is cream cheese in the batter and it is soft and tender, and the sprinkles give it a nice crunch. These cookies taste amazing and have a great vanilla flavor, and the white morsels give it a balanced sweetness. I recommend you try this cookie recipe real soon. I plan to use it again and just change the chips and colors of the sprinkles depending on the theme or holiday I am baking for.

Yield: 3 Dozen Medium Size Cookies


Winter Wonderland Cookies

Such pretty and yummy cookies

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups King Arthur All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Cornstarch

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed

1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened

4 oz Cream Cheese, softened

1 Large Egg

1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Colored Sprinkles + more Snowflake Sprinkles for the tops of the cookies

1 1/2 cups Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels

These 2 cookies went in my belly!

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer with paddle attachment on low; 1-2 minutes. Do not overmix.

Add sugars and mix until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Half way scrape sides of bowl.

Add egg and beat until incorporated.

Add vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.

Scrape sides of bowl and mix for 5 seconds.


Mixer off and folding in white morsels

Adding Snowflake Mix Sprinkles

Adding more sprinkles: Wilton White Pearlized Jimmies
With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture and incorporate. The dough is ready when it begins to clump around paddle attachment.

Using a spatula fold in white morsels.

With a spatula fold in sprinkles.

Form dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1/2 hour since it is sticky.

Chilling the dough a little will help the dough release from the ice cream scoop easier.

I waited a few minutes when the cookies came out the oven and pressed a few Wilton Snowflakes into each cookie

Winter Wonderland Cookies on wire tracks to cool
Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, form and place dough balls on baking sheets spacing 2 inches apart.

Flatten cookies with palm of your hand or with the bottom of a glass.

Bake for 8-12 minutes. Cookies will look slightly underdone, but will continue to cook on baking sheet. My cookies were done in 12 minutes.

In the cookie jar for us to enjoy all week and packaged the rest to give to my coworkers
Oven temperatures vary so start checking the cookies at the 8 minutes mark and increase time accordingly.

Wait 5 minutes and then press a few snowflake sprinkles into each cookie if desired.

Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For the Blizzard Cookies recipe, visit Sugar Spun Run:
https://sugarspunrun.com/blizzard-cookies/

To read about the January 2018 North American Blizzard visit:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2018_North_American_blizzard

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

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