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Quick Christmas Cookie Recipes

Scrambling to find the perfect Christmas dessert recipes for your holiday gathering?  #HipNJ to the rescue!

Here are three tried and true concoctions that are deliciously easy to bake (or not bake!)

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Holiday Bars 

Recipe by: Averie Cooks

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These cookie bars taste better than what you are probably imagining!  #HeavenOnEarth

YIELD: 9 to 12 squares

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: about 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
18 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup M&M’s

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 8-by-8-inch with cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.

3. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.

4. Add the flour and stir until just combined.

5. Stir in the Oreos and M&M’s.

6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

7. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until done based on add-ins used. Top should be set and edges slightly firm.

8. Allow bars to cool in pan before cutting and serving.

Classic Cinnamon Rugelach Cookies Made Easy!

Recipe by: Community Table

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Channel your inner Jewish grandma to make these mouthwatering treats!

YIELD: 64 Cookies

PREP TIME: 2 1/2 Hours

COOK TIME: 20-30 Minutes

TOTAL TIME: Three Hours

INGREDIENTS:

Dough:
8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter
1 ⅓ cups unbleached all purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

Filling:
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
powdered sugar, (optional for decoration)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Have parchment paper ready on two cookie sheets

3. For the filling, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside. When you are ready to fill the dough (not before), melt the butter in a small bowl.

Dough:
1. In a large mixing bowl mix the softened cream cheese with the butter at low to medium speed with an electric mixer until combined and creamy. This should take about 2 minutes or so. Add the sugar and salt, mix for another minute. Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

2. Gradually add the flour until a very soft dough forms. This will take about 2 minutes.

3. Place in fridge for 2 hours.

4. Take the dough out of the fridge and divide into 4 balls.

5. On a very lightly floured surface roll each ball into 4 circles, about ⅛ inch thick and about 8-9 inches in diameter.

6. For each circle, dip a pastry brush with the melted butter and lightly brush over the circles. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the melted butter.

7. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut each circle into 16 pie pieces.

8. Roll up each piece starting from the wide end. You can turn the ends in if you want them to be more crescent shaped.

9. Repeat above step with every circle. You will have extra cinnamon sugar mixture that has fallen out of the rolled cookies. You can take that and sprinkle over each cookie if you’d like.

10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Place on cooling racks for a few minutes and then remove the parchment paper from the cookie sheet and lay that on the cooling rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

Recipe by: Pinch of Yum

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There’s a reason why our Canadian friends call this “crack”…it’s uber- addicting! There are many incarnations of this no-bake recipe, but this is the one we used.

YIELD: Serves 10

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: about 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 1/2 Hours

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup salted butter
1 sleeve Saltine crackers
¾ cup peanut butter
1½ -2 cups chocolate chips
Christmas sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cover a 9×13 baking dish with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with oil. Arrange the saltines in one layer in the pan, leaving a little bit of room between each cracker, and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small nonstick saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil without stirring for three minutes. Pour the hot mixture over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes.

3. Drop the peanut butter onto the hot cracker and toffee mixture; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the peanut butter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the chocolate evenly and top with sprinkles.

4.Freeze or chill for 1 hour or until set. Break into small pieces for serving.

The Hip List’s #HipHolidays Children Edition

The Hip List is bringing the holiday cheer this December with the season’s must-have children’s products!  Enter to win on #HipNJ social media to win one of these fantastic prizes!

Winners will be drawn on 12/23.

“Up on my Tippy Toes” by Dr. Linda Sturrup is the second installment of the Natalie Jean Book Series. This cute story shows how Natalie Jean initially responds to the challenge of difficulties in dance class. This is a great story for young readers to encourage them not to give up and to keep trying when learning new things.  Retail: $19.99, Amazon

The Adventure Log mini journals allow children to document their precious memories on their travels. This promotes writing, creativity and fun!  Retail: $12, WordNotebooks.com

Mini Melissa Girl’s Ultragirl Gold Cat Flat are sure to add a bit of sparkle to your little girl’s day. Features a hook and loop closure and a cute paw print insole. Retail: $55, JustShoesForKids.com

Box World Adventures Craft Projects from Ridgewood’s Little Skye Children’s Boutique turns ordinary cardboard into extraordinary craft creations with this inspiring adventure projects set. Stickers, art, and instructions are your tyke needs to create 15 world traveling scenes all on their own! Retail: $20, LittleSkyeChildrensBoutique.com

Also from Little Syke Children’s Boutique is the Creative Creatures Craft Book. Children can punch out the animals, color them any way they want, do a little bit of construction, and voila, have a menagerie of creative creatures. A great activity for cold winter days when kids are stuck inside, quiet afternoons, and gifts for friends! Retail: $17, LittleSkyeChildrensBoutique.com

Last but not least are two great gifts from Discovery ToysThe Tasty Science Kit (retail: $24.99), which includes 10 sweet activities that teach children about the science behind tasty treats like cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more, and My First Microscope (retail: $21.95),  which gets preschoolers excited about science.

The Hip List’s #HipHolidays Beauty Booty

The Hip List is bringing the holiday cheer this December with the season’s must-have beauty products!  Enter to win on #HipNJ social media to win one of these fantastic prizes!

Winners will be drawn on 12/23.

Ora’s Amazing Herbal products are all carefully handcrafted using organic healing herbs, without the use of synthetic ingredients, preservatives, or additives, and are gluten free as well. For more information: OrasAmazingHerbal.com

Triology is a powerfully natural skincare. The line is cruelty-free, non-GMO and Certified Natural. Trilogy is recognised as a pioneer of natural skincare with an international reputation for producing effective, quality products that are ethically and environmentally responsible. For more information: TrilogyProducts.com

At the forefront of innovation and technology, José Eber hair tools pave the way with superior designs and advanced features that provide salon-worthy results that are unsurpassed. They can be purchased online or at José Eber’s New Jersey salon in Millburn!  For more information: JoseEberHair.com

From humble beginnings, Charlotte Knight of Ciaté transformed her career path from nail technician to global beauty brand owner by following her passion for color and endless determination.  With a vision for beauty innovation and fearless determination, she rapidly became an industry leader. The brand has endless appeal to beauty lovers globally – from pretty, pared-bag, daily essentials to fun, fashion-led fearless looks. Instagram sensation Olivia Palermo is among Ciaté’s fans.  For more information: CiateLondon.com

Count Sofia Vergara among the Nerium International diehards.  She used the line’s Firm cream to get her legs wedding- ready for her November nuptials.  Nerium offers age-defying skincare, NeriumAD and Optimera, developed from the patented extract of the Nerium oleander plant and plant cell duplication.  For more information: HipNewJersey.Nerium.com