try this carnival: christmas cookies! *giveaway*

Welcome to the  monthly "Try This: Spice Up Your Kitchen" carnival! This month's theme is CHRISTMAS COOKIES. Aren't cookies one of the best parts of Christmas? (When else can you justify eating cookies for breakfast?) My family makes approximately eleventy billion cookies at Christmas… and we eat every. single. one.

Its so hard to pick a favorite. Because I love cookies. Love cookies. LOVE COOKIES!!!! But here goes:

175050 Chocolate Crinkles

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (I always end up using closer to 1 cup)

1. In
a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat
in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour,
baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and
chill for at least 4 hours. (Do not skip the chilling step!! Trust me!)

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with
parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. (I use a cookie dough scoop.) Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing
onto prepared cookie sheets.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. They will look underbaked, but that is okay. If you bake them to long, they will be like hockey pucks! Let stand on the cookie
sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

recipe origin: my mom

Now this month's carnival is a little special. I am giving away an adorable Christmas cookie cutter gift set from Ann Clark!

Here are the rules:
1. Contest ends Saturday, December 5 .
2. Entry #1:
Submit a recipe to the carnival. (It can be an old post on your blog –
just remember to link to the specific post, not your whole blog please.)
3. Entry #2: Leave a comment telling me what your very, very favorite thing about Christmas is.
4. Entry #3:  Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me in what way you promoted this contest (i.e., posting about it on your blog, Tweeting about it, emailing  friends, and/or subscribe to my feed by email or in a reader).
5. Winner will be selected by, announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

I hope you all have a great time looking through all the recipes today
– I cannot WAIT to find some new recipes!! And remember: when you add your post to the Mr. Linky, please link to your specific post – not your general blog URL.
Here's how to play, if you have questions.

About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


  1. 1
    busygirl says:

    my favorite thing about christmas? twinkle lights of course!

  2. 2
    Kellyn says:

    My favorite thing about Christmas, being home with the kids for a week. While they may drive me nuts, this is my favorite thing. Well, that and sending them back to school! lol

  3. 3
    Kellyn says:

    I tweeted the fabulous carnival!

  4. 4

    My favorite thing about Christmas is watching Aubryn’s wonder at it all this year. She was not so into Christmas last year but loves absolutely everything about it this year!

  5. 5
    EveryChapter says:

    Oh my favorite thing has got to be the music- I LOVE Christmas carols