Since Stephen and I will be spending Christmas at home with our families (and we can’t wait!) we wanted to make sure that we created some Christmas traditions with each other. We decided that we would spend a day decorating the tree, watching Christmas movies, and baking cookies. However, over time it became more and more clear that we wouldn’t both have a day free for a long time. Not wanting to put off setting up and decorating the tree/apartment any longer, we knocked that out one night after class. However, I was looking forward to spending a night baking cookies and watching Elf. We did this last Monday, and had a great time.
Knowing we would be eating a ton of sweets that night, I made this Chicken and Barley Soup for dinner. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out having never cooked barley before, but it was delicious! I made a few modifications (which made it a bit spicier) and we loved it.
The Kitchenaid really came in handy with the sugar cookies……I can’t imagine having to stir in six cups of flour into that dough! Well, I’m sure it wouldn’t be that hard but the mixer is super nice!
We ended up making a ton of cookies. We iced most of them, and then we were done haha. We ate a lot of them, and sent the rest with Stephen to work where his coworkers ate the rest. I enjoyed this recipe and found it super simple! No chilling of the dough, nice flavor, and easy.
We then made some Oreo truffles. These were delish as well. They’re made by mixing cream cheese with 36 crushed oreos, rolling them into balls, and dipping them into melted chocolate. We stored them in the fridge (because of the cream cheese) and ate them all! They are so good. One tip: use regular Oreos and not double stuffed Oreos. I imagined that double stuffed Oreos would make the truffles even BETTER, but I think it changed the texture a bit (I’ve made these before with regular Oreos). It’s either that, or the fact that I used off-brand Oreos (of course) this time.
Overall, we had a fun time making the cookies (and eating them). The best part was that Stephen washed all the dishes too! And there were a lot of dishes…