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Christmas Cookie Party Perfection

Segun Balogun

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MISSION, Kan., Dec. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Family Features) The next best thing to baking cookies for many home chefs is baking cookies with friends. Dust off your favorite recipes, create a festive playlist and fill your home with the tantalizing aroma of baked goodies for the ultimate Christmas cookie party.

 

Turn things up a notch and swap classic sugar cookies for these festive Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. Along with those tasty treats, don’t let your guests go thirsty. Add peppermint extract to a slow cooker hot chocolate so guests can sip and be merry throughout the party.

Find more holiday recipes at McCormick.com.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

1 2/3    cups flour
1/3       cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
1/4       teaspoon salt
1/2       cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/4    cups granulated sugar
2          eggs
1 1/2    teaspoons McCormick Red Food Color
1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2       cup confectioners’ sugar
nonstick cooking spray

In medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food color and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Heat oven to 350 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in confectioners’ sugar to completely coat. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1/2       gallon (8 cups) whole milk
1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1          package (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
1/2       teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract

Place whole milk, condensed milk, chocolate chips and peppermint extract in slow cooker. Cover. Cook 60-70 minutes on high, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is heated through, stirring every 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to warm or low to serve.

Michael French
mfrench@familyfeatures.com
1-888-824-3337
editors.familyfeatures.com

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