2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
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2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
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Okay Ladies! How about starting our own VBB 2011 Christmas Cookie Exchange?  Anyone that would like to par-take of this festivity, list one or two or as many as you would like to list of your fa
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Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 8:10 AM EDT
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Carol Cry Cry Cry  My printer is mechanically dead  so all I can do now is copy each recipe,
mail it myself Foot in mouth and save it. 
Oh I hate that.   And I've spent so much on my basement that I am proverty striken.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 9:44 AM EDT
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Like the idea As a party of two I make very few cookies but hope to get a few new receipes fom you all

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 12:36 PM EDT
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Ohhh, the yummy sounding recipes!
My stack of recipes to try is already too high.  I'll have to live to 110 to try them all.....

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 2:14 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE:
Susan - thanks, this is one I "need" to try.  Do you think I can sub dried cherries for the dates?
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy...

I can't see why you couldn't...great idea!!

;')

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 2:38 PM EDT
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Here is another recipe of my Mom's.  Again, they were only made at Christmas, but these were my favorite!!

CHOC. DROP COOKIE

1/2 CUP BUTTER
1 EGG
1 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1 TSP. VANILLA
2 1 OZ. CHOC. SQUARES MELTED
2 CUPS FLOUR
1/2 TSP. BAKING SODA
1/2 TSP. SALT
3/4 CUP SOUR CREAM
1/2 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR.  ADD EGGS AND VANILLA, THEN GRADUALLY STIR IN MELTED CHOC.  IN A SEPARATE BOWL, COMBINE FLOUR, BAKING SODA AND SALT.  GRADUALLY ADD TO MIXTURE AND THEN ADD THE SOUR CREAM AND MIX WELL.  THEN ADD THE WALNUTS.

BAKE AT 350* FOR 10-12 MINUTES

WHEN COOL COVER WITH:

MOCHA  FROSTING 

1/4 CUP BUTTER
2 TBSP. COCOA
2 TSP. INSTANT COFFEE
DASH SALT
1/2 TSP. VANILLA
3 CUPS 10X SUGAR
3 TBSP. MILK

MIX ALL THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER AND SPREAD ON COOKIE

On some of the cookies, I would sprinkle red or green sugar or top with a walnut.  Enjoy!

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 3:20 PM EDT
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Mary L.   I collect  many recipes and bake so many cookies and I'm a party of one
Baking cookies is something I can do well so I keep baking and taking. 
I take cookies to the special people at church - I take cookies to the local police dept., I take cookies to people who work hard, I take cookies to the people I know at the domestic abuse clinic  ..........
hee hee - I think lots of people now run when they see me coming!! 
I know baking is better for me than anyone who gets them.

Cookies are a great way of saying, "thank you".

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 3:52 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE:
  I'm sorry - I don't know what Tahini is and can't find a definition anywhere.   Would someone tell me tell me what sort of dairy sub it is and where do you get it?. And,  thanks for a new recipe Mary K - welcome to VBB,
Posted by Nancy G


It would almost be like "peanut butter" but made from sesame seeds. Very tasty.  Love it in hummus and other dips.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 3:54 PM EDT
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Well Susan I guess I have to dig out some of my cookie recipes.
I still wish there was a way to save the recipes from the posts to our recipe box.  HINT ,HINT ,VBB!!

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 4:11 PM EDT
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Sugar for shapes, don't forget basic Chocolate Chip cookies, Anisette drop cookies, Nestle gingerbread in a roll was a hit last year - I made them thick & baked a little longer then directions said-the family loved even though not gingerbread fans.  Have to be in a mood for honey balls although I like homemade better than packaged I've seen/tasted last 2 years.  Mother-in-law makes these crescent moon cookies then sprinkles or rolls them in 10X/powdered sugar while still warm so it sticks.  I think it's a butter cookie but they are good.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 4:24 PM EDT
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This is an absolute awesome idea. I will post some cookies recipes later. Am looking forward to trying some new cookies.  Posted by crazyred.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 7:58 PM EDT
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Thanks Susan....I think the Choc. Drop cookies fit me! lol

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/1/2011 9:23 PM EDT
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Hi Kathleen Z.  Welcome to VBB......... your cookie recipes will be very welcome too.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/2/2011 2:17 AM EDT
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Susan,  Thank you for sharing the choc. drop cookie recipe. I have printed and
will be baking these. Looks great!!

Nancy,  I wish your printer worked. Did you have anyone look at it? Maybe you
could trade some cookies for getting it fixed. 

Kathleen Z.,  Welcome to VBB!!

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 8:18 AM EDT
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Here's a recipe I found inside the cabinet door.  Embarassed  I have no idea when or where I got it.

NUTTY COCONUT COOKIES
4 1/2 doz. (I got 83 cookies) - Greased - 325* - 14-16 minutes
1 cup butter - softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 2/3 cups packed lt. brown sugar
2/3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 Tblsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups coconut (3 cups is better)
2 cups white baking chips
1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 325*. Grease cookie sheets or use parchment.
Combine butter and shortening in large bowl. Beat at medium speed
until light and fluffy. Beat in brown sugar and sugar at low speed for
5 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Beat in vanilla
and lemon juice.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. Add to butter mixture
gradually beating continually.
Stir in coconut, white chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoon onto
prepared sheets. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until golden. Cool 2 minutes
on sheet - transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 8:24 AM EDT
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Here's one I think  I got from King Arthur .....  Anyone know what is meant by "1 1/2  cups (9 oz) mini peanut butter cups"  ?

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
375* --- greased sheet --- 7 to 9 minutes --- 30 cookies
1 1/2 cups King arthur unbleached flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 tblsp water
1 1/2 cups (9 oz) mini peanut butter cups.

Preheat oven to 375*. Lightly grease or line with parchment two baking sheets.
In medium bowl mix flour, cocoa and baking soda - set aside.
In mixing bowl beat the sugars, butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
Beat in the vanilla, egg and water. Stir in dry ingredients, blend well. Stir
in the peanut butter cups.
Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared sheet. Flatten
each cookie to about 1/2" thick.
Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes until theyr'e set and you can smell the
chocolate. Remove from oven and cool on rack. About 30 cookies.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 11:15 AM EDT
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I'll post this recipe with a warning that it takes a little extra work though I don't think it is really all that much work.  The cookie part is so tender and tasty and the filling can be raisins, dates or figs or a mixture if you like.

RAISIN FILLED COOKIES

(I like to double this recipe but single recipe follows.  I also like to make the filling the day before I'm going to bake the cookies.)

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening or butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk - I've been known to use cream or half and half
3 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt1 tsp vanilla

Mix together, chill and roll out to a thin layer.  Cut out circles, using a glass or a round cookie cutter.  Place a tsp-1 Tbs of filling on a circle and place another circle on top.  Go around the edge of the circle with fork tynes like you would a pie crust to seal the edges so the filling doesn't leak out while baking. **

**(I have also made these by using a little larger circle and placing filling on one part of the circle and folding the other half over, similar to making a turnover.  Again, go around the edges with fork tyne to seal.)

Filling:

2 cups of raisins (dates or figs or mixture)
2 Tbs flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon

Cook until thick. Cool before putting onto the cookie round.

Bake at 350 until lightly browned on the edges.

Sorry, I don't know how many this makes.  It has been a long time since I've made them but I do remember doubling the recipe to get more cookies.  They really go fast!!

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 1:37 PM EDT
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Here is one of my kids favorite cookies:

Snickerdoodles

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 T sugar
2 T cinnamon

Mix shortening, butter, sugar and eggs.  Blend in dry ingredients.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 4:00 PM EDT
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Debbie -- Snickerdoodles are the first cookie I ever baked in my life .... 1958 or '59 in Home Ec in high school.
And they're still one of my very favorites.
How right you are to post it here.  Thank you.

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 6:50 PM EDT
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Sounds like a great idea! I'm always looking for new christmas cookie recipes, especially easy to make but delicious ones!

Re: 2011 CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 11/3/2011 9:55 PM EDT
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Hi Linda V ....... Welcome to VBB.   Lots of different methods of cooking are discussed here but, thank goodness, cookies are our favorites.   We hope you post some recipes too.
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