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    Default Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange

    I don't know if anyone else is on the lookout for Christmas Cookie recipes this time of year, but I am, so I thought I'd throw this out here.

    Every year I always do huge trays of probably 10-15 different cookies/bars for everyone I know and always try to do different cookies every year with some good old standby's that never change that everyone seems to love.

    Anyone else do this and interested in exchanging their favorite recipes?
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    Here's one I found online that I'm going to try:

    White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1 egg
    1 tablespoon brandy
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    3/4 cup white chocolate chips
    1 cup dried cranberries


    Directions
    -Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

    -In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and brandy.

    -Combine the flour and baking soda; stir into the sugar mixture.

    -Mix in the white chocolate chips and cranberries.

    -Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

    -Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. For best results, take them out while they are still doughy. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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    I just made these and they taste great. I had one and will be freezing the rest until Christmas.

    Chocolate Crackle Cookies


    Chocolate Crackle Cookies
    adapted from Debbie Mum’s Old-Fashioned Cookies
    makes approx. 4 dozen cookies
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 egg
    2 egg whites
    1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies.
    2. Combine oil, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Add egg and egg whites. Beat until well blended. (I once added some chopped dark chocolate - I recommend it!)
    3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture and mix together with a spoon.
    4. Place confectioners’ sugar in a shallow dish or large plastic storage bag.
    5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll or shake in confectioners’ sugar until coated. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7 to 8 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly. (Do not overbake.) Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Remove cookies to foil to cool completely.


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    This is one of our family favorites. We roll ours over a spoon handle before they cool. Very lacey & graceful. My Aunt dips the edges in melted chocolate for half of them. Addictive!

    French Lace Cookies

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup finely chopped nuts
    1/2 cup corn syrup
    1/2 cup shortening
    2/3 cup brown sugar

    Heat oven to 375. Blend flour and nuts. Bring corn syrup, shortening, and sugar to boil in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; gradually stir in flour and nuts. Drop by level teaspoonsful about 3″ apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes; remove from oven and ALLOW TO STAND 5 min BEFORE removing from baking sheet. If you decide to roll them(and I hope you do!) after they sit for barely a minute,flip over spoon handle. If they get too cool,put back in oven for just a minute or two.Makes about 4 doz. cookies. Elegant and tasty-perfect Christmas cookie. Also great for gifts in a pretty tin,lined with paper doilies. I usually make these using 2 big cookie sheets.

    Note- no closer than 3 inches apart-really!
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    Just made these this morning too. I didn't put icing on them but a cherry. My mom always used to do that.


    Sugar Cookies
    My mom's recipe

    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs, well beaten
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 tablespoon milk
    2 - 2 1/2 cups flour

    Cream butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well. Add the salt, baking powder, vanilla and milk. Add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is soft, but not sticky.

    Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake for 8 minutes at 375F.

    *The wonderful thing about this dough is that it doesn't have to be refrigerated first. I did, but only about 20 minutes, and it rolled out perfectly.

    **My secret for making the perfect sugar cookie is to under-cook them by at least 1 minute. With these, I baked them 3 minutes, rotated the pans, then cooked 3 minutes longer. Then I let them sit on the hot baking sheet for about 2 minutes out of the oven.

    Butter Cream Icing
    from Lion House Desserts

    3/4 cup butter
    3/4 cup shortening
    4 2/3 cups powdered sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    1/3 cup water

    In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, shortening and sugar and beat until very creamy. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add water and mix until very light.


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    I will also be making these next week. I couldn't make them now because I didn't have cream of tartar.

    Chocolate Chip Amish Puff Cookies
    Originally Published In: A Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu
    Yield: About 2 dozen cookies
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
    1/2 cup light brown sugar
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1/4 cup sugar
    4 teaspoons ground cinnamon (Note: I only used one teaspoon in this step)
    Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt into a bowl and set aside.
    In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium speed for several minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until combined.
    Add the flour mixture, and mix on low speed just until combined.
    Cover dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line several cookies sheets with parchment paper (Note: I use silpats).
    Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on cookie sheets about 3 inches apart.
    Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown. Cool cookie sheets on wire racks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    Just made these this morning too. I didn't put icing on them but a cherry. My mom always used to do that.


    Sugar Cookies
    My mom's recipe
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    The Christmas crackles and French lace cookies sound too good to be true. They're on my baking list.

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    Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles



    INGREDIENTS
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 3/4cups all-purpose fl our
    2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    DIRECTIONS
    Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the
    fl our, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
    Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches
    apart on ungreased baking sheets.
    Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.
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    I reckon at least one of you might like this.

    Velveeta Peanut Butter Fudge

    1/2 lb Velveeta cheese
    2 lbs powdered sugar
    3/4 cup butter
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    1 cup peanut butter
    Melt first 3 ingredients together in microwave. Add remaining ingredients. Knead like bread dough until you can no longer see the sugar. Roll candy with a glass. Spread into greased pan. Refrigerate until set. Cut and enjoy!

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    People should really add that to their baking lists.

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    I dunno... velveeta's pretty high dollar....
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    omg, velveeta & pb fudge? that's 42 kinds of wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stylejunkiex View Post
    I reckon at least one of you might like this.

    Velveeta Peanut Butter Fudge

    1/2 lb Velveeta cheese
    2 lbs powdered sugar
    3/4 cup butter
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    1 cup peanut butter
    Melt first 3 ingredients together in microwave. Add remaining ingredients. Knead like bread dough until you can no longer see the sugar. Roll candy with a glass. Spread into greased pan. Refrigerate until set. Cut and enjoy!
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    Google it! It's a classic.

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