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Baking Spirits Bright: Staff Christmas Cookie Recipes

All is bright this Christmas because of you!

From the Rescue Mission family to yours, we hope you enjoy these delicious and easy-to-make holiday treats as our way of saying THANK YOU for your care, compassion and support all year for those experiencing homelessness. 

Karen’s Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Cheesecake Cups

Part cookie, part cheesecake, these minty desserts are sure to please. Our Marketing Director, Karen, loves these mini cheesecakes because they turn out perfectly every time.

  1 pkg chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies
  2 pkgs 8-oz cream cheese, cut into chunks
  ½ cup sugar
  3 tbsp whipping cream
  3 large eggs
  1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  foil cupcake liners
  cupcake baking tray

Preheat oven to 300°

In a large mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar, and whipping cream at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, flour, and vanilla, and blend.

Line cupcake baking tray with foil liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each liner.

Pour about 1/3 cup of the cream cheese mixture in each liner. Break up another cookie and put pieces on top of each filled cupcake, pushing the pieces down a bit.

Bake for 25 minutes or until they jiggle only slightly in the center.

Cool and refrigerate before serving.

Makes 24 cookie cups.

Cara’s Colossal Cookies

Chocolatey, chewy, peanut buttery comfort & joy. That’s the best way to describe these homey cookies that are chock-full of goodies. Cara, our Corporate Partnerships Officer, grew up eating these cookies as part of her family’s Christmas tradition.

  ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter
  ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  ½ cup granulated sugar or 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  1 cup chunky peanut butter
  1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  ½ tsp baking soda
  1-¼ cups almond flour
  1 cup quick oats
  ¾ cup red and green M&Ms®
  ½ cup of peanut butter chips
  ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  ½ cup of Reese’s Pieces®
  ½ cup of raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do NOT over mix. Mix in the quick oats, M&Ms, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, Reese’s Pieces, and raisins. If the dough is very soft and unmanageable by hand, chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling.

Roll balls of dough, about 2 Tbsp of dough per ball, onto prepared cookie sheet.

Bake 10-13 minutes. The cookies will still look a little soft, which is recommended. Allow cookies to cool. They will firm up as they cool off.

Makes 18 large cookies.

What better way to spread Christmas cheer than sharing cookies with people you hold dear!