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December 4, 2015

Bloggers' Holiday Christmas Cookie Swap: My Favorite Christmas Cookies!

     I'm so excited to be participating in a very fun holiday link-up today! Fellow Charlotte fashion blogger Laura from Louella Reese has organized a virtual holiday cookie swap for several bloggers to participate in. Each blogger participating will be sharing one of their favorite holiday cookie recipes, and then "tagging" the next blogger's recipe (almost like a loop giveaway, except it will be a whole loop of recipes if you visit all of the blogs!).

     I was so excited to be included in this fun link-up, because I just adore any chance that I get while at school to bake! Baking and cooking are two of my loves, but since I have lived on campus all four years in rooms that don't have kitchens, it's something that I don't get the chance to do a lot at the stage in my life. A friend of mine who lives off-campus generously let me use her apartment's kitchen for this post. ;-)

     I am sharing a recipe for Chocolate Thumbprint cookies! It's a super easy recipe to make from scratch, and the cookies come out tasting rich and fudgy. I first received this recipe when I attended a cooking day camp called Measuring Up! Cooking for Kids way back when I was in middle school. I saved the recipe ever since, and it remains one of my favorites.


Chocolate Thumbprint cookies:

*1/2 cup butter
*3/4 cup sugar
*1/3 cup cocoa powder 
*1 egg
*1 Tbsp. milk
*1 tsp. vanilla extract
*2 cups flour

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream butter, sugar and cocoa in mixer on lowest speed until light and fluffy. (I didn't have access to a mixer this time when I made the cookies, so instead I melted the butter in the microwave so it was easier to mix by hand with the dry ingredients.) 

3. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla.

4. Add flour and mix well until blended.

5. Roll dough into 2 inch balls and place 4 inches apart on a baking sheet.

6. Then comes the fun part- the thumbprints! See picture below:

7. Bake for 8 minutes.

8. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire rack.

Yields approx. 16 cookies.

     There you go! My favorite easy-peasy cookie recipe, perfect for the holidays (or really any time of year!).

     A note on my appearance in these pictures- I am wearing absolutely no make-up, my friend's yoga pants, and an oversized sorority sweatshirt. I thought about getting ready for the pictures to be taken during this blog post, but then I thought that I would show y'all the more natural side of me for a change.


     Next up in the holiday cookie swap is my Charlotte blogger bestie Morgan from How 2 Wear It! She is sharing a recipe for Hot Cocoa cookies- be sure to check it out!

     Do you have any favorite treat recipes for the holidays? (If you do and they're on Pinterest- send me the pins!! My dessert Pinterest board is continually growing... :-) )

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Can't wait to try out your recipe! That's so cool that you went to a cooking camp!

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  2. Ah! My bloglovin feed is filled with yummy recipes this morning. I love thumbprint cookies. They look so yummy!
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  3. These look so good! I cannot wait to try this recipe out.
    p.s. Don't worry about being in comfy clothes, you still look fab!


  4. Love these photos and the comfy clothes - so cute and realistic :) These cookies look delicious!! Thank you for participating in the swap today love

    xo Laura Leigh

  5. Yum! My family makes a similar recipe but we add hershey kisses on top, one of my favorite Christmas cookies!


  6. Tis the season for cookies!! What a great recipe! I think most


    1. I mean folks are pretty much looking at the cookies and not much on what you are wearing!\



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