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    Default Weekly Poll: Best Holiday Cookie Recipe?

    Ok, this week we are not doing a "poll" really but asking you guys to tell it like it is!
    Holidays are here which means baking. I don't care how or what you are celebrating this time of year, religious or secular.... at some point, baking is involved.

    Cookies seem to be the #1 thing. Some for the office, a cookie exchange, bake some to hand out to the neighbors, etc.

    I do all of the above. Hubby has a cookie exchange at work. We gift plates of goodies to all our neighbors AND I make cookies with the little kids to give parents. I am always experimenting with different kinds of cookies!

    My FAV and easiest one to make, esp. in a pinch is a Cranberry Oatmeal one!
    So, if you don't mind.... would you share you FAV cooking recipe!
    Put it in the comment section!

    Cranberry Oatmeal(Quick n Easy!)

    1 package of Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
    1/2 cup white chocolate chips
    1/2 cup dried cranberries

    Prepare according to package directions, add the white chocolate chips and cranberries, mix well.
    Drop 1 heaping tsp. onto baking sheet. Bake 8-9 min. @ 350*. They come out great, very pretty with the holiday red and white.

    You can make these with a standard oatmeal cookie recipe as well and then add the extras. Might have to add more of the extras if your oatmeal recipe makes more than 30-36 cookies. I just am in a hurry or have to make them last minute. I always keep supplies to make these in a pinch.
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    #1 in our house: Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies (recipe on back of bag) + 3/4c of pecans or walnuts + 1/2-3/4 cup of toffee bits tossed into the batter for extra hit of salt & butter (shhh...it's a secret).

    Also important to include that we don't skimp at xmas time. It's all butter, GOOD quality sugar (skip Dollar G's or off brands), GOOD quality flour (fond of King Arthur's myself), and zero attempt at anything healthy. If we're going to blow diets, we blow them right.
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    My fav is peanut butter blossoms and I mess them up every year. I'm horrible at making cookies.
    I don't get it. They always say ungreased cookie pan, but they always stick. Then if you Pam it they get all weird on the bottom. My latest batch grew together. Boo.
    Last edited by TFZ; 12-06-2015 at 03:11 PM.
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    I use a lot of premade cookies, and mixes. I'm trying a sugar cookie recipe soon, if it works out I'll link it.
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    My favorites are chocolate pixies and black russian brownies.
    Chocolate Pixies | Land O'Lakes

    Thats the pixie recipe I use, heres one close to mine for the brownies:
    Black Russian Brownies Recipe - Food.com
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    The sugar cookie recipe my mom made when I was little. They are more like a butter cookie than a traditional sugar cookie. They cannot be rolled and cut into shapes.

    4.5 sticks of unsalted butter
    1 cup granulated sugar (I've tried raw sugar but regular white sugar works best.)
    1/2 cup powdered sugar - packed
    5 cups flour (I've tried unbleached and other types of flour but regular all-purpose flour seems to work best.)
    1 TBSP vanilla

    Mix all ingredients and form into small balls. Roll the balls in sugar. Flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped into sugar. Bake @ 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cool on a paper towel lined rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    My favorites are chocolate pixies and black russian brownies.
    Chocolate Pixies | Land O'Lakes

    Thats the pixie recipe I use, heres one close to mine for the brownies:

    When I read 'pixie' I was thinking it would be like a Fannie May pixie candy (turtle) - which is my husband's favorite.

    Even though it is not like the candy, it looks like a great recipe. I need to make cookies this week for my daughter's drama class and am going to make these pixies.
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    I don't consider these to be holiday cookies, but they are really easy and taste good. (Even though the ingredients are strange.) It is another cookie my mom made when I was little - It's sort of a retro 1970's cookie (nothing healthy or organic about it!)

    We called them Famous Amos cookies:
    1 box basic yellow cake mix
    2 envelopes Dream Whip (not prepared - just the powdered mix)
    1 cup mayonnaise (no Miracle whip or light mayo)
    24oz chocolate chips
    1.5 cup chopped pecans

    Mix together and form 1" balls (The mix will seem really dry). Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake @ 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool a bit before transferring to paper towel lined racks.
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    TFZ, when all else fails....use parchment paper

    Here's my cookie contribution!

    Molasses Spice Cookies

    Cream together:
    12 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/3 cup molasses

    Sift together:
    2 1/4 cup flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

    Add dry to wet and mix to combine. Cover and chill in fridge while you clean up and preheat (375 degrees) oven About 30 minutes.

    Form into balls (I use a 1 oz dasher/scoop and it makes 24 cookies) rolling them in sugar and put on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes. Don't over bake, these will be big and chewy. Let rest 2 or 3 minutes on the sheets before transferring to cooling rack.

    I got grand champion at our county fair with these.....they are yum!
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    I just got drafted to make the cookies for Christmas. My grandmother always makes them. Calls them spritz cookies. Is that a real thing? She gave me the recipe and some kind of cookie piper thing. We all hate these cookies. Gahhhhhh!
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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