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CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
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How about each VBB member post 1 recipe of there favorite Christmas Cookie.  By doing this, we sure can get a great collection of recipes and we would also get some new ones.  I will c
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Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/13/2010 6:56 PM EST
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lol lol ... Elsa, you're running out of time ..... I'm running out of PEOPLE. 
I'm afraid the people I know will start turning and running when they see me approach with a batch of cookies!!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/14/2010 2:37 PM EST
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Not me!!!  If I see you coming I will open my door as wide as it will open.  I'll call You THE COOKIE QUEEN LADY!  COME ON IN!!!  A gift made with your hands shows that you share your heart! You are one SWEET CHICK!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/16/2010 6:35 PM EST
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Elsa M...

I would like to thank you for all the cookie recipes that you have given.  People like you is what makes this site successful!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/16/2010 7:24 PM EST
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Cookies??
Here's the two cookies I baked today .... nothing new.



White Chip Island Cookies (best cookie I ever made)  and Snicker Bar Cookies (not Snickers)


And the Dipped Peppermint Spoons -- I made 50.  They are so very pretty and taste so good I just can't get over it.  Oh, what a hit they will be at the church's cookie and cocoa party.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 11:06 AM EST
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All of these cookies look so good.  I will try after Christmas - some look very detailed which I don't have time for now.  In the New Year, I'll experiment; when the days aren't as full

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 11:26 AM EST
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Thanks Jeannine -- those Snickers Bar Cookies aren't difficult but they have the extra steps -- like unwrapping all those candy bars!! Then rolling cookie dough around a candy bar.

The White Chip Island Cookies are VERY good and they are very easy to make.  I can't suggest those enough.  They are SO good.

The little spoons are a major pain of step by step stuff - melt this, crush this, melt this and so.  They are certainly worth it if you want a special spoon for a special time but be prepared to do things like unwrap candy canes.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 12:09 PM EST
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Hey Nancy I buy the big candy cane sticks and crush the whole stick and put in a baggie.  Then I have them on hand for cookies, cakes, Ice cream, the spoons and even on Hot Chocolate.  Just a thought.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 12:11 PM EST
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Susan K----Right back at you Sweetie.  TY  If all gave one it would really be fun!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 12:25 PM EST
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I'll try to get something posted soon.  These all sound yummy.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 1:34 PM EST
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Elsa - what a great idea!! 
Where can I get large canes?  There aren't any at my local WalMart (I don't miss ANY candy -lol). 
Do they show enough red coloring?

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 2:03 PM EST
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In Response to Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE:
Cookies?? Here's the two cookies I baked today .... nothing new. White Chip Island Cookies (best cookie I ever made)  and Snicker Bar Cookies (not Snickers) And the Dipped Peppermint Spoons -- I made 50.  They are so very pretty and taste so good I just can't get over it.  Oh, what a hit they will be at the church's cookie and cocoa party.
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy those cookies and spoons look great! and I'm sure they taste great too!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/20/2010 7:13 PM EST
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Wow!!!   More need for candy canes - lol
I just finished an easy new recipe for bark .... so fast, so easy, SO BEAUTIFUL .... and delicious.

CANDY CANE BARK
6 oz chopped chocolate flavor candy coating
3 oz chopped milk chocolate bar
6 oz chopped vanilla flavor candy coating
3 oz chopped white chocolate baking squares
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Line a large baking sheet with foil (I used parchment - I drew the10x8 rectangle on the BACK of the paper with pencil)
Melt the two chocolates in small, heavy saucepan (ah phooey - put the chocolates in a cerea bowl ...l use the microwave)
Pour onto the baking sheet and spread into 10 x 8 rectangle.  Set aside
 

In another small heavy saucepan, melt the two white baking squares, stirring over low heat until smooth.  ('wave again)

Slowly pour white mixture over chocolate mixture on baking sheet.  With a thin spatula, swirl white mixture into chocolate.
Shake baking sheet gently for even thickness.

Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.  ***  Chill 30 minutes or until firm. Use foil to lift candy from baking sheet; break candy into pieces.
Makes 1 1/4 pounds
*** press the peppermint pieces into the chocolate .... I didn't and
very much fell off when I broke it.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/21/2010 3:00 PM EST
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I got the large candy cane sticks at Walgreens.  They are approximately 12 inches long and approximately 2 inches round.  I think I got them when they were on sale a couple of weeks ago.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/21/2010 5:13 PM EST
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Thanks Elsa -- I just got home from a $101.88 trip to WalMart and there was a message on my answering from the woman next door who needed some things from WalMart .... back I went. Five other messages ......Awwhhhhh - it's been a long day in a lot of ways.
Anyhow - I'm not leaving home again.  I'll swing by Walgreens on my next trip into town....... our very tiny Walgreens is on the street I use every day.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/21/2010 8:15 PM EST
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In Response to Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE:
Susan K----Right back at you Sweetie.  TY  If all gave one it would really be fun!
Posted by Elsa M


Elsa...

I did print out few of your recipes to try!  Thanks again...your a sweetheart!

We should start a forum just for cookie recipe exchange for all holiday seasons...what do you think?  I have a recipe for a Greek Easter Cookie that I want to post,  I make them every Easter.

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/22/2010 2:34 PM EST
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NOT COOKIES BUT CANDY!  

 Snowflake Butter mints
1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter
5 cups Powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
3-4 drops peppermint flavoring oil (or 1 teaspoon peppermint extract)
Food coloring of your choice

plastic or flexible candy making mold
1-2 cups granulated sugar (for molding)

Make sure your butter is room temperature, nice and soft.  Beat for 1 minute until light and fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar and mix thoroughly until the mixture is dry and crumbly. Use a spatula to scrape the butter from the sides and bottom of bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of milk, the peppermint oil or extract, and food coloring.  Mix thoroughly until the dough comes together and thickens.  It should be very thick, not sticky and easy to mold— similar to playdough.  If needed, adjust the consitancy with a drop or two of milk or a dash more of powdered sugar.

Place granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.  Get your candy mold ready.  Make sure it’s clean and completely dry.  If you’re using a sheet mold, I find it much easier if you cut out one of the pieces since you’ll be making the mints one at a time. Pinch off small amount of dough and roll into a quick ball. Toss in sugar to coat well, …and firmly press into your candy mold with your thumb. Tap mold on the counter to release and place mint on a parchment lined baking sheet.  If your mints stick to the mold, be sure you’re rolling the dough thoroughly in the sugar.  Make all mints in the same manner, keeping the dough covered if it starts to dry out.  You can always give it a quick knead to revive the dough if it starts to get a little crusty. It’s easy to get into a rhythm making these, and you’ll be surprised how fast they go.  After a few mints you’ll be able to better gauge the “pinch” of dough you need to fill the mold just right every time.Let your mints dry uncovered, or lightly covered, overnight or a little longer if it’s humid.  They will stiffen up nicely but still be melt-in-your mouth scrumptious and sparkly. ·                       For the pink mints I used one (yes, just one) drop of fuchsia gel coloring for the entire batch.  For the blue-green snowflakes I used one drop of mint green gel and one drop of sky blue gel for the entire batch.  You can easily divide the dough to make several colors in one batch, but if you’re using gel color be warned: a little goes a very long way!·                       If your using the flavoring oils, go easy there too.  One too many drops of peppermint oil and you’ll get menthol mints.  Not good.Clearly you can use any number of candy molds to make these mints, but some work better than others.  Not too small and not too big is perfect.  Also keep in mind that the details are not going to come out quite as crisp as they would when using chocolate. 

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/25/2010 12:23 PM EST
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Did anyone try these mints?  They are melt in your mouth good!

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/25/2010 1:33 PM EST
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They sound so good and how I love mint  .... but I do not own one single mold.  I've never even thought of buying one.  It's another thing I consider a bit above me. 
Could I make these a little wafers?

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/26/2010 4:21 PM EST
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Wish you lived down the street as I would lend you some of my toys!!!  LOL

Re: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

posted at 12/26/2010 4:51 PM EST
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I love collecting recipes ....... gonna' have to get another 3-ring binder and many more of those clear plastic envelopes
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