December 10, 2012

Day 1: OXO Cookies for Kids’ Cancer & OXO Baking Giveaway {Naptime Chef Cooking Show}

Today I am thrilled to kick-off my holiday gift week chatting about one of my favorite causes,  Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I know cancer isn’t necessarily a fun topic, but making cookies and selling them to support pediatric cancer research is definitely a fun thing to do. For me there are fewer things that feel better or more worthwhile than putting my baking skills to good use during the holiday season. This month I have joined several of my food blogging buddies to create and promote a great Holiday Recipe Video series featuring our favorite holiday cookies to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I’ll admit, I am feeling rather large these days and didn’t necessarily want to film myself, but I’ll do anything for this organization. (Don’t worry, I plan to bring back The Naptime Chef Cooking Show this spring post-baby – most likely to make lighter food as I lose the baby weight!)

I hope you’ll take the time to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this holiday season. There are many things you can do to show your support. You could host a bake sale, set up a giving page, or even order cookies from their website and send them to friends as a holiday gift that also gives back. How easy is that?!

Crescent Cookies and OXO Giveaway via The Naptime Chef

Today on the cooking show I am making classic crescent cookies. There are one of my favorite holiday cookies. They taste like a more delicate version of the popular Pecan Snowball, and I love their pretty half moon shape. They would be great for a holiday bake sale or just for giving to friends. As you’ll see here, I like to package them in tins with festive holiday paper before handing them out to friends and loved ones.

OXO Baking Boss Giveaway via The Naptime Chef

To cap off our Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Support today OXO is generously giving away one of their Baking Boss gift sets to one lucky winner. The set includes:

To enter to win this giveaway:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite baked good to sell or buy at a charity bake sale

2) Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter (upper right hand corner)

3) Subscribe to Kelsey Banfield on Facebook

4) The contest runs from December 10th at 7:00am ET through December 17th at 7:00am ET. Winner will be announced in the Friday December 21st newsletter. The winner has 48 hours to claim the prize before it is awarded to someone else.

Recipe

Classic Crescent Cookies

makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup finely ground walnuts
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Place the walnuts and butter in the mixer and stir to incorporate. Then add in the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract and beat everything together, starting on low speed and increasing to high as the flour gets incorporated. Once the dough forms stop the mixer.

3. Pinch off pieces of dough and form them into balls about 1 ½-inches round. Then form them into little crescent shapes. Line them up on lined baking sheets about 1-inch apart.

4. Bake them for about 25 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown and the tops are lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Once they are completely cool dust the cookies with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These delicious cookies are fantastic any time of year but are really my favorite to serve around the holidays. They are also delicious made with ground pecans!

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes prep time, 25 minutes bake time

Naptime Reviews

These delicious cookies are perfect for the holidays and would be great to sell at a bake sale!