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Christmas Cookie Week Day #1

Monday, December 2, 2013


Welcome to Christmas Cookie Week 2013! This year, 8 bloggers have come together to share a daily recipe for yummy and delicious cookies that we hope will inspire you during this season of Christmas baking! Everyone's from different parts of Canada,  except for me....I'm an Alabama Girl... but we all share a joy of baking which makes for love…fresh from the oven! 

Julie from Sober Julie
Stacey from This Lil’ Piglet
Ricki Jill from Art@Home

Before you scroll down, please press play and listen to Cyndi Lauper and Frank Sinatra sing Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.

My daughter Shanley Belle and I baked during the week of Thanksgiving, and now we have some wonderful cookies to enjoy during Christmas.  Most of these recipes are freezer friendly.  Family members chose their favorites for us to bake, and the first cookie is Mr. Art @ Home's favorite: Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies.  Pair them with a traditional New Orleans Milk Punch and you'll think you're in heaven!  I've posted about these before, and you can read my original post here.

Neiman Marcus is a favorite American department store with most stores located in the South and West.  When our oldest daughter was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, we had no family close by and only a few friends.  Most days Shanley Belle and I would visit the Neiman Marcus Mermaid Bar for lunch so I could be around other people.  Actually, her first outing was to the Mermaid Bar when she was only a couple of weeks old!  

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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder, slightly crushed
1 ½ cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets. 
Cream the butter with the sugars using the paddle attachment until fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. 
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
Using a small one ounce scoop or a large spoon, drop onto the cookie sheets.  Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or 10 - 12 minutes for a crispier cookie.  

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Perfect Pairings:

Warm Milk

I hope you'll join me all week for Christmas Cookie Week!

Linking to:

Musical Mondays

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Oh this is going to be a fun week of collecting recipes and inspiration for Christmas baking!! Love a good chocolate chip cookie!!

  2. This week is going to be FANTASTIC!! These look delicious

  3. OH MY! How perfectly decadent!!!!! :-)))))

    and what lovely photos, they make!

    Re: Your comment in my blog... "the problem of the tv"... think you mean, you have your tv above your mantle and so, it (sort of) dictates what decorations you can put up on the mantle.

    But loads of tea lights are soooooooo pretty. A picture, please????


  4. Yummy!! You girls are bound to put those pounds on my hips!! I hope there will be a recipe that is gluten free.

  5. Good Morning, I thank you for this yummy chocolate chip recipe. I have a copy of it somewhere :) Now, I do not have to find it (Yeah) Your blog is really inspiring! I have a good friend who is an artist. All the creativity is amazing! Merry Christmas!
    Blessings, Roxy

  6. Thanks for the recipe Ricki. The cookies will make great teacher gifts. The candy cane tree is so cute.

  7. In response to the comment above, I just use Jules Gluten free flour in all my recipes. Chocolate Chip cookies are my favorites. YUM!!! xo Laura

  8. Classic! I love a good chocolate chip cookie, especially with some espresso!

  9. They look delicious! And I love your idea of having different family members choose their fave cookies this week! See you tomorrow. ;)


  10. Love the song. I will be following along and baking cookies all week!

  11. mmmmmmmm...and now I have to go see what milk punch is!

  12. Yum! Those look so good and I love the story behind them! There is nothing better than a good homemade chocolate chip cookie! Thank you so much for joining in the fun! Happy Cookie Week! Angie xo

  13. Nothing like a chocolate chip cookie! These are a family favourite!

  14. yummy always love chocolate chip cookies
    thanks for sharing the recipe

  15. These look so yummy, Ricki. Thanks for sharing...Christine

  16. Those cookies look so good, and that song is a classic! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up!

  17. I love your song choice. They sound great together! Love the cookie week and your pictures are great!

  18. Oh I love a good chocolate chip cookie. Espresso...very interesting addition, I'll have to try this. Happy Christmas Cookie Week. :)

  19. These sound really good! I'm pinning it!

  20. Ummm....look sooo good.
    See ya tomorrow for My Happy List...:0)

  21. I am starting this week on cookies and cakes. It will be my first year doing all gf stuff.
    wish me luck :)

  22. Lovely ladies!!!! Best of all very knowledgeable and talented in the kitchen :) I enjoyed the photos and if only I can grab some heehee

    Have a great week Ricki!

    Catching up with your posts :)

  23. Lucky you getting a jump start on your Christmas cookies! xo

  24. I love the idea of Christmas cookie week. If this weren't my busiest work week of the year, I would so be joining in. Maybe I'll find time on Friday for at least one recipe.

    And great Musical Monday choice. Frank Sinatra always makes me feel good.

  25. oooh, these look wonderful! And how is it that I don't know a single one of these other Canadian bloggers? Going to check them out now... looking forward to a week of cookies!

  26. Ooey Gooey Cookies, Yum! I will have to give these a try, they look absolutely mouthwatering.

    3 lil' apples Linking up from Miss Angie's Music Mondays

    Great song choice to go with those cookies.

  27. They look delicious. Interesting that they take coffee granules - it must give it a nice mocha flavour. I had to laugh when I discovered that you were the only American hanging out with all us Canucks.

  28. Oh, the famious NM cookie! A blast from my childhood for sure. '-)


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