Cookie Swap  

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Bloggin' It From the 'Burbs is hosting a cookie swap. You post your favorite cookie recipe and link up to her site. Come on...join in!!!
Also visit The Grocery Cart Challenge for lots of great recipes!
And Cottage Magpie is hosting a Virtual Cookie Exchange!

Oh, this is gonna be fun!
Cookies are my "thing".
Every Christmas I make a cookie tray with a variety of cookies.
Here are the recipes of the ones I'll be fixing this year.
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Spritz Cookies
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1 cup butter, softened
3 egg yolks
2 - 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
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Mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Add the flour and mix by hand. Spoon into cookie press and press onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Bake in pre-heated 400* oven for 7 - 10 minutes.
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(Note- I make my own colored sugar. I take a cup of white sugar and a few drops of red or green food coloring and put into a container with a tight sealing lid. I shake, shake, shake, the sugar and food coloring and use this instead of purchased sprinkles. I think it gives a sweeter more delicate taste to the cookies PLUS it's frugal)
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Holly Cookies
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1 (16 ounce) package of large marshmallows
1/2 cup of butter
1 - 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 - 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
4 - 1/2 cups cornflakes cereal
red M & M's
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In a sauce pan over low heat melt together the marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and food coloring. Mix in cornflakes cereal. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper and decorate with red M & M's. Set aside and allow to cool
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
(my kids say these are "the best")
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1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 - 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips
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Beat butter for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350* for 8 - 10 minutes
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Ginger Bread Men
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3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 - 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla
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Preheat oven to 375*. In a large bowl, sift and mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In another bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and egg. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture then add the molasses and vanilla. Let the dough rest at least 2 hours. Roll dough 1/4-inch thick and cut with a cutter. Bake 7 - 10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
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Reindeer Cookies

(this picture and recipe is from the Winter 2008 Publix Family Style Magazine)

1 cup butter, softened
1 - 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
mini pretzel twists
red M&M's
semi-sweet chocolate chips
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In a large mixing bowl beat the butter for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt and beat until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in cocoa and as much flour as you can with an electric mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half and chill for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350*. Shape each half of the dough into an 8-inch square. Cut each square into sixteen 2-inch squares. Halve each square diagonally to make a triangle. Place triangles 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. For each reindeer, place 2 tiny pretzel twists just under the long edge of the triangle for antlers. Place a red M&M in the point opposite the antlers for the nose. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips for the eyes. Bake about 8 minutes or until set. Remove and cool on wire racks. Makes 64
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Santa Cookies


(this recipe and picture is from the 2008 Winter Publix Family Style Magazine)

1 cup butter, softened

1 - 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups all purpose flour

canned white frosting

red sugar

semi-sweet chocolate chips

red M & M's

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In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt and beat until well combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can using the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half and chill for 2 hours. Preheat over to 375*. Roll each half of chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2-1/2 inch heart cookie cutter, cut out the dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until set. Remove and cool on wire racks. For the hat, spread canned white frosting on the pointed end of the cookie and sprinkle with red sugar. Spoon remaining frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip. Pipe a small ball of frosting on the tip of each cookie for the pompom and a line of frosting at the bottom of the hat. Pipe the beard at the wide end of the heart. Use frosting to attach semi-sweet chocolate chips for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose. Makes 104

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9 comments

You'll have to post a picture of the reindeer and santa cookies...those sound like fun!!!!! I want to try those!

I love your new blog look!!!

Oh I just love those...the santa ones are my favorite but I'm going to try both!!! Thanks :)

Wow! You went all out posting six cookie recipes. I can't wait to try them. The reindeer and Santa cookies are adorable - I'm thinking my boys would really dig those. Thanks for participating!

I tried the Publix recipes and they just did not turn out at all. In fact the dough is sitting in the frig right now. It is so sticky I can't roll it out. My cookies never turn out good. I'm going to try your Spritz Cookies this afternoon. Maybe the cookie thing is just me.

Thanks for the great shares for the cookie exchange. I see at least one I want to try next week. =)

Lot of great recipes here, and the Santa cookies are really cute!

I searched high and low for that Publix reindeer cookie recipe. I don't know where I hid mine. My kids love these cookies and we're planning to make them again this year. I am so glad I found the recipe here. THANK YOU! :-)

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