What’s a favorite Christmas treat you love? Something that, as soon as you smell Mama or Granny baking away, you come running for some goodies. For me, it’s all about the cookies.
When I think of Christmas, I think of oranges filling the toes of stockings. After all, I was raised on “Farmer Boy” and the rest of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series “Little House on the Prairie.” Somewhere in recent years, however, the Christmas orange has been given a makeover, and now these special chocolate oranges adorn the seasonal shelves of every grocery store. In fact, a holiday chocolate orange is one of my mom’s favorite Christmastime treats, and they were the basic inspiration behind my new cookie recipe this year:
Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.
And folks, they are scrumptious & rich, and if you wanted to, you could wrap ‘em up & pop them into the toe of a Christmas stocking. (Or you could share this recipe with Santa, in case HE’s the stocking-filler in your house. *wink*) But the part you’ll love the very most? These are the most delicious, yet easy-peasy, recipe you can make this holiday season!
About a month ago, I signed up (just under the deadline!) to participate in The 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by both Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie, of The Little Kitchen. The premise of this was simple: commit to baking 3 dozen cookies, mailing 1 dozen out to each of 3 separate food bloggers, and in return, receive 3 dozen cookies in the mail from 3 different food bloggers. The actual process ended up quite a bit more involved for sweet Lindsay & Julie, as over 600 people signed up! (I shudder to think of how many late nights they had, arranging the logistics of this massive swap so perfectly!)
But for my end, everything worked according to plan, and I boxed up my goodies on the morning of Dec. 5th & mailed them out to my three amazing blogger recipients:
And in return, I received three equally fantastic sets of cookies from three sweet ladies. ♥
My first box to arrive came from Betsy, of BetsyLife. She packed two tins of the sweet little Reindeer Cookies ever! See?
They were tender & sweet, with just a bit of saltiness from the pretzel antlers, and my boys especially loved them. I picked the M&Ms off mine and savored them last when I ate each cookie – bliss! To read more about Betsy’s reindeer cookies, check her post here.
A couple days later, I received my next box of cookies from Kisha, of Kisha’s Kitchen (Heartfelt Food with a Touch of Swag). She sent a tinful of the most tender, sweet Butter Toffee Cookies.
The little bits of toffee melted away on my tongue, and I hated to share these even with my family! Here is her delicious recipe.