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Christmas Cookie Hit List – 12/21/2012

If you follow me on Instagram (@ampersandVM), then you know I enjoy cooking and baking. That’s why this year we decided to dish up some cookie love for our families for Christmas.

And just in case the end of the Mayan Calendar/world comes tonight, we started early, baked off some extras, and stockpiled the milk in preparation for a sweet, sweet apocalypse.

After all, with a fiery end possibly approaching, who has time to worry about counting calories?

The smorgasbord features all my favorites, accumulated from favorite cooking blogs and friends’ recommendations. In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share a few of these delicious dessert recipes with you!

Prepare yourself, because you just might not be ready for these amazing homemade Oreo’s. The recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen one of my go-to dessert blogs

Homemade Oreo's - Smitten Kitchen

Homemade Oreo’s – Smitten Kitchen

I’ve had a cooking and photographer crush on James Beard nominee, Heidi Swanson, for some time now, the talent behind the award-winning 101cookbooks blog. I own one of her books, and keep many of her recipes in  regular rotation. The site keeps me coming back for its wonderful eye candy and the grace and style Heidi brings to documenting her food and her process. That combination worked itself into these pine nut & rosemary shortbread cookies that are perfect for everyone. A little salty and a little sweet, they’re completely delightful.

101cookbooks - Short Bread Recipe

101cookbooks.com – Short Bread Recipe

Even if the word vegan makes you cringe, these vegan cookies from the Post Punk Kitchen (ppk) will rock your world. After a plateful of these, you won’t be worried about the Mayan apocalypse anymore, since you’ll already feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven! (Side note: if you want to make a nice hearty stew to fill up before the fire and brimstone, check out ppk’s Okra Gumbo recipe.)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows by the ppk

These were recently emailed to me with the subject heading, “The cookies that will make you weep. In deliciousness.” Featuring Nutella and Peanut Butter in holy wedded bliss, they were as good as advertised. I couldn’t help but throw these into the mix, too:

Nutella Peanut Butter cookies

Nutella Peanut Butter cookies

For those of you that find yourself a little pressed for time, but still want the occasional homemade treat, check out these delish gourmet cookie mixes from Becca Bakes. After all, If the world doesn’t end tomorrow, you might have a lot of cookies to bake before Christmas!

becca bakes

Becca Bakes Gourmet Cookie Mix

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