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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is now past, and we’re only a few short weeks from Christmas. Uhm what? This year has literally flown by and I still can’t believe it. As I’m writing this, I’m actually on an airplane heading to Miami, for my vacation with CA. We’re going on our 4th cruise together on the Carnival Vista, which is the same ship as our honeymoon! I’m so excited to go back to the Vista, and really can’t wait to relax and just enjoy the sunshine. But back to the fact that it’s the last week of November, and that I am so not prepared for that. I didn’t do any kind of Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, it’s not my “thing” and honestly, I don’t need anything. I need to find a house… but that’s a totally different story. Luckily, my favorite part of the year is almost here…Baking cookies! I love baking cookies with my mom & aunt, it’s a long-standing tradition in my family and I have many fond memories of baking with my grandma as well. Each year we always try and bake at least one new cookie, this year I already found the new cookie and I’ll tell you it’s delicious!
I remember growing up being the assist in the kitchen, applying sprinkles (probably with a heavy hand), placing the cooled cookies into tins. But now, I’ve dubbed myself the “head” baker, my mum and my aunt are my assistants helping with the cookies. In our kitchen we’re low on space, so we use all the places we can to place the cookie sheets that hold cookies waiting to be placed in the oven. It’s truly quite a sight, I need to take a picture of it this year lol. We have a list of typical cookies that we always make, the typical Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Spritz (Butter), M & M, Almond, Oatmeal…. And probably a few more. Spritz cookies are my favorite the batter is only a few ingredients and is easily quadrupled for hundreds of cookies to be made. It’s our families favorite cookie to eat, and everyone gets a tin filled with cookies mixed with Spritz and their favorites.
I know this new cookie will be a new hit in my house, I already had CA, my mother and aunt try them, all saying it’s delicious. It’s a “soft” cookie, which means it has less of a crunch. Also, it’s topped with sprinkles and a piece of chocolate! Who doesn’t love some chocolate on their cookies? The preparation is a bit long but only because you’re chilling the dough twice, which also makes it easier to clean up between the chilling the batter. This recipe is perfect to be made with your children or other family members, one can make the batter, one can roll the cookies into sprinkles, place into the refrigerator or any other step that can be done. It’s a fun way to include younger children who love to help out, and bond over the holiday season quickly approaching. I was lucky that my local Walmart had the La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk was available for only $1.47! Depending on your area you are able to get this between $1.47-$1.58!
Now onto the fun part, the recipe!
This recipe has been adapted from Cooking LSL.
- 1 cup softened unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cup self rising flour
- festive sprinkles
- small chocolate pieces
- In large bowl cream butter on medium speed for 3 minutes, until soft and fluffy.
- Add condensed milk and beat on medium, mix thoroughly.
- Add in self-rising flour and mix until just incorporated. This dough is dry and soft.
- Gather dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.
- After you chill dough for 30 minutes, roll it into balls then roll balls into sprinkles. Chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cookies 1 inch apart.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Baking times may vary.
- Place on cooling rack, cool completely
- Serve & Enjoy!
Baking cookies together is a nice tradition. I’ve never seen a cookie recipe with condensed milk, I would love to try these, they sure look good, too.