Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pink Chocolate Cookies for Santa with Thoughts for #Christmas Eve by Cleo Coyle


For millions of children around the world, tonight is the most exciting night of the year. And because of one child’s birth long ago, tonight is a Silent Night, a miraculous night, the holiest night of the year.





For the kids out there (and the kids at heart), I’m sharing a fun, festive cookie to leave for Santa Claus, and a link to one of my favorite activities on this very special night—tracking Santa Claus as he races around the world to deliver gifts to girls and boys!

I do this through NORAD TRACKS SANTA, and if you have children or grandchildren who have never tracked Santa's ride, I think you’ll have a very good time doing it. The site even has a Santa’s Village with digital games. And, yes, I’ve been known to procrastinate in that North Pole playland a time or two.
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Click Here to Track
Santa's Ride, which has
already begun from
the North Pole!


As for my recipe today, it’s a delightful cookie to leave
for Santa Claus, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

Finally, no matter what Santa is or is not able to leave
for you under the tree, remember the very wise words 
of the renowned Dr. Seuss…




May this Christmas Season bring you 
Peace and Joy, and (to quote another beloved 
Christmas character...) 

God Bless us, every one!
~ Cleo




Cleo Coyle’s
Pink Chocolate
Cookies for Santa 



To download this recipe in a PDF document that you can print, save, or share, click here.

Makes about 30 cookies (depending on size)

Ingredients

3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
¼ cup packed (2 ounces) of block cream cheese, softened (not whipped)
3 Tablespoons chunky cherry, strawberry, or raspberry preserves
   or cranberry sauce (homemade fresh from berries or canned)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour



Step 1: Make the batter Using an electric mixer, cream the sugar, butter, and cream cheese. Add the fruit preserves (or cranberry sauce), salt, vanilla, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Mix in flour until well blended. Do not over-mix.



Step 2: Chill The dough will be too wet and sticky to roll at this stage. You must wrap the dough in plastic and chill at least one hour in the freezer or several hours in the fridge. After chilling, it will be firm enough to roll by hand.






Step 3: Roll, **flatten, and bake: Preheat your oven to 375° F. Roll dough into one-inch balls, drop in granulated sugar, and coat. Place on a lined baking sheet. Butter the bottom of a glass, dip the bottom in sugar, and flatten your first ball of dough. Dip the glass in sugar again, and repeat until all the dough balls are flattened. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies completely before frosting with "pink chocolate" (see recipe below).



**Note on the rolling and flattening: The larger you make the ball of dough and the harder you press on the glass, the larger and thinner your cookies will be. Experiment with the size and thickness of your cookies until you get the kind you like best.





Cleo's
Pink Chocolate
Frosting

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons whole milk, half-and-half or light cream
   (do not use low fat milk)
1 cup of white chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons cherry, strawberry, or raspberry preserves
   (or cranberry sauce)

Directions: Heat the milk (or light cream or half-and-half) in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds—the milk should be very hot to the touch. Add the white chocolate chips and stir for about a minute. If the chips are not fully melted after a minute, place the bowl back in the microwave for 10 seconds and stir again.


Finally, add the fruit preserves (or cranberry sauce) and stir until you have your beautiful pink chocolate frosting. Work with the frosting while still warm. I spoon it onto the cookies and use the back of the spoon to lightly spread and smooth it into an even layer. Iced cookies will set in about 30 minutes. To speed up the process, simply chill the cookies in the refrigerator.


Note: If you don’t have a microwave, create a double boiler by placing a glass or other heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Warm the milk, then add the chips and stir continually until melted. Take the bowl off the heat and stir in the cranberry sauce (or preserves).

WARNING:  Take care to mix the cranberry sauce (or preserves) as instructed in the recipe--i.e., after the chocolate is melted into the milk. If you try to "save time" by adding the cranberry sauce to the milk before heating, you will end up with a fugly gray mess! (Ask me how I know.)






To download this recipe 
in a PDF document, click here.

And don't forget to leave 
a few cookies for Santa...




Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling 
author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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10 comments:

  1. those are stunning Cleo! and thanks for sharing Santa's tracking--and the Grinch. that was truly a brilliant book...

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  2. Cleo, aren't these pretty! What a nice twist on a chocolate cookie. :) Merry, merry. Enjoy tracking Santa tonight!! I know we'll be doing so.

    Love and hugs, Daryl aka Avery

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  3. Cleo, these are gorgeous! (Pink is one of my favorite colors!) I'm going to send my daughter the Track Santa link so she can do it with my granddaughter!

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  4. Oh my, Santa is really in for a treat with these cookies! The Dr. Seuss excerpt is a timely reminder of what the holiday truly represents. Peace and joy to all ~

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  5. Thanks for the delicious Christmas post, Cleo! So lovely. I will be dreaming of that pink chocolate icing.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

    XO

    MJ

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  6. Thanks to all of you for taking time out of your day to drop into the Kitchen, I appreciate it, and I wish I could pour you a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and pass you a plate of those cookies. Since we're far away from each other, I'll just have to send my warmest wishes instead.

    To my readers, my fellow crime-writing cooks, and all of our wonderful site followers....

    Have a joyous Christmas Eve!

    ~ Cleo Cleo Coyle on Twitter
    www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  7. God bless us all.
    And to all, a good night.

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  8. Lovely recipe! I think it would make a great Valentine's Day recipe with strawberry preserves (or 4th of July with raspberry... or even maybe Halloween with marmalade? It looks versatile. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  9. I heard today that the NORAD tracking tradition began when a company advertised a phone number to call to speak with Santa. Except it was published with a wrong number in it, and NORAD got the calls. At first they were irritated, but then the man in charge thought they could help kids by tracking Santa and the tradition began!

    Merry Christmas, Cleo and Marc!

    ~Krista

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  10. These look like a perfect yummy Christmas Santa treat!

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