December 9, 2012

16 Sweet Treats for Your Christmas Cookie Tray {Playground Round-Up}


I've decided to start a new 'thing' on The Kitchen is My Playground ... the Playground Round-Up, where I'll periodically highlight treats from the blog related to a particular theme or ingredient.

I figured what better way to kick off the Playground Round-Up than with a focus on Christmas cookie tray sweet treats!  (Oh, and I use the term 'cookie tray' loosely, 'cause the Christmas day sweets certainly don't have to be limited to just cookies!  Right??  Right.)

We always have a cookie tray on Christmas day at my mother-in-law's house, and it's my job to keep if fully stocked.  What about your family?  Are you working on planning your family's cookie tray?  If you are, then I've got 16 ideas for you right here!

Oh, and be sure to look for 'Tracey's top pick' (that's me!), 'Mark's top pick' (that's my hubby!), and the 'Readers' Pick by Clicks' (that's you!) noted in the Round-Up list.  I'll also be sharing an 'I Want to Try' from some of my bloggy friends at the end of each Round-Up post.  It'll be like getting a sneak-peak into my foodie wish list (which, by the way, you can also see on my Pinterest boards).

Click on the pink item name link if you'd like to see the corresponding recipe.  Enjoy the Round-Up!

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1. Rum Balls {with Spiced Rum}   ...  Tracey's Top Pick
First up is ... the Tracey Top Pick!  My Mom has made these tasty little rum balls forEVER for Christmas.  I honestly and truly can't remember a Christmas when we didn't have these.  Naturally, I have continued the tradition on, ... so we now end up with multiple batches throughout the holidays at both houses.  But that's no problem for us!  I've kicked 'em up a notch by using spiced rum and by ... well ... adding some extra splashes.  Mmmmmm, they're good like that.  But you might not want to light a match around 'em.  I'm just sayin'.

2.  Turtle Cookies   ...   Readers' Pick by Clicks
Or, insanely delicious Turtle Cookies, as they're titled in their post.  This is your readers' choice - and might I just say ... you all have fabulous taste.

3.  Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Chocolate-dipped pretzels are always a hit.  And with no baking involved, you can whip these beauties up pretty quickly.  Use any type of Christmas-colored sprinkles you have on hand for embellishment.  Dip ... sprinkle ... dip ... sprinkle ... it's as easy as that!

4.  7 Layer Cookies ... Mark's Top Pick
These 7 Layer Cookies are a Christmas tradition from Mark's family.  Since marrying Mark, I've heard many stories about his Mom having to make more batches of these like the day or two before Christmas ... because somehow they had all disappeared before the big day!

5.  Classic Chocolate Fudge
Aaahhhhhhhh, Chocolate Fudge ... always a winner.

6.  Candy Cane Cookies
The tradition of making these Candy Cane Cookies started way back when I was a kid.  Mom and I made this batch a couple of weeks back to donate to a local women's shelter.  Making them with Mom was a fun trip down memory lane!

7.  Mocha Swirl Cookies
I made these beautiful swirls last Christmas to include in the sweet treat boxes I give my co-workers as a gift.  Were they a hit?  Oh, yes!

8.  Mocha Cake Ball Truffles
Or, you can have your mocha in a cake ball truffle form.  Dee-lish.

9.  Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips
Love, love, love the sweet-and-salty combination in these cookies!  The pretzels and a tiny sprinkling of fleur de sel bring wonderful flavor for us salted chocolate lovers.

10.  Caramel-Walnut Squares
Cut these bars into small squares and place each square in a mini cupcake liner for a lovely presentation.  These golden beauties are decadently delicious.

Ummmmm, these are a close 2nd for the Tracey Top Pick.  Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough ... dipped in chocolate ... 'cause sometimes you really just want the unbaked dough.

Another one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I like mine 'naked' ... but add frosting decorations, if you'd like!

Oh, these are soooooooo good!  I'll just leave it at that.

14.  Oreo Truffles
An oldie-but-goodie that's always on my mother-in-law's Christmas day cookie tray.

15.  Yuppy Chow {regular or Nutella versions} ... or puppy chow ... or white trash ... or muddy buddies.
Okay, this isn't even close to being a cookie ... but it's not Christmas at our house without a batch of this!  It's my Dad's absolute favorite.  So, hey, I say stick a bowl of it in the middle of the cookie tray and call it an extra good day.

And ... here's one I want to try ...

16.  Almond Toffee Bites from my bloggy friend Aimee at Shugary Sweets.
Not only do these Toffee Bites look delicious, I love Aimee's idea of making them in brownie pans ... with the little individual brownie cavities ... to do away with the a-bit-messy-and-cumbersome task of cutting the toffee.  Clever!

Happy holiday baking from my kitchen to yours!  Enjoy!!

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  1. You have some sweet baking talent! I love all of these ideas. I'll be sharing these in my social media sites! :)

  2. WoW! All of these recipes look amazing! I love the sound of the pretzel cookies but I cannot get peanut butter chips here in the UK! Also the 7 layer bars - they look awesome!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I think it is a little dangerous that I saw this post.

  4. I definitely love the pretzel rods and the ginger bread cookies. This is a great idea to round up your recipes for different themes.
    I am following you now and would love for you to follow along.

  5. All of these look delish and very festive! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  6. What a fun blog you have!!! First time visiting. I hope to see you link to my party here:
    Nancy :)

  7. All the sweets are so delicious to see..i wanna to try the toffy bars for this christmas....


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