Everything Christmas Cookies
This post was sponsored by The a2 Milk Company™.
Santa is gonna be so pumped.
I saw an “everything” cookie that had potato chips and chocolate chips and sprinkles and marshmallows and I was like, “I should make an everything christmas cookie!” So that’s what I did!!!!!
These cookies are basically a christmas carnival in cookie form. All you do is chop up any christmas candy leftovers you have and into the cookie dough they go.
In addition to crushed candy canes, sprinkles, white chocolate, crumbled pretzels, gingersnap cookies, I also added a2 Milk®. Ever heard of it? I have been wanting to highlight dairy on the blog now for a while. When I was in my eating disorder I made up that I was intolerant to dairy. I don’t have any intolerance to dairy (thank goodness because I LOVE cheese and milk).
I typically have at least two glasses of milk a day these days…one in my latte in the morning and another before bed. I just really like milk. Andrew has always said it’s the perfect thing for when you are hunger and thirsty. In college, when Andrew was trying to gain weight and bulk up, he did a gallon of milk a day lol. A day! He’s crazy. And I married him. At the time I was like, “you’re doing whaaaattttt??” Glad he grew out of that.
Back to a2 Milk®. There is some independently published research that a particular type of protein in ordinary cows’ milk, A1, might cause discomfort in some of us. While I tolerate dairy just fine, if you don’t perhaps give a2 a try. a2 Milk® comes from cows that produce the A2 protein and none of the A1. There is research that shows that those with lactose intolerance may tolerate a2 milk much better. If you wanna read more, you can go here.
While I think non-dairy milk can be fun to try occasionally (hello, pecan milk I recently found at Whole Foods), I prefer dairy on a day to day basis. I like to call non-dairy milk “nut juice”…I’m not sure how they get away with calling it milk. While some non-dairy milks do have protein, the majority of them are pretty much nut flavored waters. You do you, but I choose dairy.
I find dairy milk a zillion times more satisfying and tasty than milk alternatives. AND I prefer baking with dairy milk and prefer dairy milk to make the creamiest oatmeal. Oatmeal made with water is the worst. Oatmeal made with milk is bomb.
Okay. Everything christmas cookies. They are filled with everything Santa would like to have in his christmas cookies. My santa likes dairy milk. So i’ll be leaving that out for him.
Everything Christmas Cookies
Yield: makes a dozen cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes (including dough chill time)
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
8 tablespoons of salted butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup a2 Milk®
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
heaping ¼ teaspoon salt
christmas goodness: crushed peppermint, chocolate snowcaps, sprinkles, chocolate covered pretzels, crushed gingersnaps, chopped truffles, white chocolate
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla and egg. Mix in milk. Add in flour, baking soda, salt and combine until a dough forms. Dump cookie dough out onto a floured surface. Top with all the christmas goodness. Use your hands to fold the christmas goodness into the dough. Roll cookies into balls and top with additional toppings if desired. Freeze cookie balls for 15 minutes. Bake for 10-13 minutes.