‘Tis the Season

Here’s a Christmas cookie recipe that is simple to make so you can enjoy Christmas — the way it’s meant to be. All you need is a few ingredients, a few minutes, and maybe a few extra little fingers to help out! :D

This is a variation of the classic peanut butter thumbprint cookie recipe, and you’ll only need 4 ingredients! This is a great holiday treat but be warned! You’ll find yourself craving them all year round.

What you need:
1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg, 12 Hershey kisses

What to do:
In a large bowl, mix the sugar, peanut butter, and egg until smooth.
Scoop one tablespoon at a time onto a baking sheet. Flatten each one slightly to about ¾” thick.
Put them into your fridge to chill for about an hour.
Near the end of the chilling time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Baking time is short! You’ll only require about 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown but the center is still soft. Do not overbake - this will dry them out.
Let the cookies sit for about 5 minutes before adding a Hershey Kiss to the middle of each cookie.
Cool fully to room temperature before enjoying or storing.
Store any leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days, or try one of our storage tips below.

Bake them just a few days before you want them for the freshest cookies. If you need to prepare ahead of the event, then use one of these storage tips below.

To preserve freshness of your Christmas cookies, try one of the following:

  1. Store your cooked cookies (after they’ve cooled to room temp) in the fridge for up to 7 to 10 days. Remember to use a sealed container.
  2. Freezing your cookies for a couple of weeks won’t hurt them. Just pull them out the night before you need them.
  3. You can also store your cookies in a cool place, like the garage. This tip works great for those who live in colder climates. Allow 1-2 hours for cookies to come back to room temperature. Tip: you can also put them back in the oven at a low temperature to warm them up.

Health & Wellness

As we prepare for the holidays — followed right away by a new year — we can get busy and sometimes a bit overloaded. In our balance newsletter we often share tips on staying well, and at this time of year it’s even more top of mind. Here’s a couple of reminders of the fundamental things we can be doing to help keep our health & wellness in top shape.

Exercise has a positive impact on our overall wellness, both our physical and mental health. When exercising regularly — even a 30 minute walk each day — your body & mind benefit.

Eating well is the next step to improving your overall physical health, and eating well boosts your overall sense of wellbeing. Start by eliminating processed food and focus on balanced meals that include vegetables and animal-based protein like fish. Healthy meals can keep your mood and energy levels balanced throughout the day.

Drinking water and staying hydrated is another fundamental tip to maintaining overall health. Your brain is strongly influenced by how hydrated you are. A healthy brain is going to have a positive impact on your wellness throughout the day.

Getting enough sleep is our last tip and the one that can often be forsaken. It’s only natural to try to get as much done as we can, and to feel we’re not getting it all taken care of. Try to prioritize your activities and create a workback schedule based on when things actually need to be done by. This can help you manage these tasks, and don’t forget to delegate to others!

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