Our Favorite of all Favorite Christmas Cookies

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Mom has been making these Acorn Cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkles (or nuts) since I was a little girl and they were the treat my family looked forward to most each Christmas time. I'm now carrying on the tradition with my own kiddos, and I can tell you they get just as excited about them as I always did! We made over 100 of these this past week because we learned last year that our Croatian friends love these, too! John Shea helped me make the dough and he and Gracie dipped some of the cookies in chocolate, though they really put themselves in charge of taste-testing and decorating the kitchen floor with red and green sprinkles.

I hope you are having a joyous Advent season and are getting to spend time with your family!

Acorn Cookies (Original Recipe from Betty Crocker with my alterations!)
makes 4 to 8 dozen, depending on size

1 C butter (226 grams), softened 
1 C sugar (225 grams)
1/2 C (4 oz) milk
1 TBS pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 TBS almond extract
1 egg
3 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
high quality chocolate & sprinkles or finely chopped nuts

Mix butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, almond and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours. I usually make it the night before and leave it overnight!

Preheat oven to 350 F / 176 C.

Shape one tablespoon of dough into an oval shape and place cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown around the edges, 7-10 minutes depending on your oven. Let cookies cool. Melt chocolate and dip 1/3 of the cookies in the chocolate and then sprinkles or nuts.


  1. i bet these are aaabsolutely delicious!!! and so so so perfectly festive. mmkay, be right over!!! ;) [i wish!]

    1. haha yes please, come over!!!!

  2. I saw these on your instagram and was hoping you'd post recipe!!!! These are going to be my christmas cookie for a Friday cookie swap. Thank you!!! Wish I was swapping with you though!
    xoxoxox -- lanneybear
    PS. Is there sugar in syrup? Then YES!

    1. Oh I wish that too!!! I wish you could come back. I am missing you!
      You don't smell like Santa Claus. You smell like beef and cheese!

  3. I made these for a cookie exchange tonight. They're not as pretty as the ones you made but they're delicious! By the way, I heard Zagreb was voted the best Christmas Market in Europe by European Travel Destinations. Congrats! Merry Christmas to you all!

    1. Yes, second year in a row and believe me, they are living it up and made it even better this year! I took some photos the other night and need to post them... Love and miss you sweet friend! Merry Christmas!

  4. You just have the BEST style my dear!! I loved all your tea cups in the cupboard:) And Gracie's little christmas onesie is precious!! xoxo

    1. Ha! Thank you!!! I hope you are feeling so good and getting to feel that sweet little baby girl kicking in your belly. Merry Christmas to you three!

  5. made these and they are a HUGE HIT!!!!

    I love how soft they are! Seriously, a keeper, thanks for sharing! I'm adding these to our Christmas cookie list

    1. Yay!!! I'm so glad to hear it, thanks for letting me know, Nicole!! Now you know why they're our favorites!!


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