More time at home (socially distant)  means more nights of hot cocoa and movies, more time DIYing holiday decorations, and more time baking sweet seasonal treats. Need a little baking inspo? Try one of these recipes!

Hot Chocolate Cookies

From Taste of Home


  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup instant hot cocoa mix
  • 3 TBS baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup vanilla marshmallow bits
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease baking sheets. Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients except marshmallow bits and chocolate chips. 
  • Gradually add the dry mixture into the creamed butter and sugar until combined. Fold in marshmallow bits and chocolate chips.
  • Drop tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until set. Place on wire racks to cool.
  • Recipe prepares 5 dozen cookies. 

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

From Sally’s Baking Addiction


  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries, or craisins


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy and light. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a different bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. 
  • Gradually add the dry mixture into the butter mixture until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  • When ready to bake, remove dough from the refrigerator and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. If chilled for more than 2 hours, let the dough sit for 30 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place cookies on the baking sheet, about 10 - 12 per sheet. Bake for 10 - 11 minutes, until the edges are barely golden brown. Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
December 22, 2020 — Jordan Towner

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