Are you on a gift-buying frenzy yet? Have black Friday and Cyber Monday reeled you in and have your credit cards and PayPal account on fire? Think about it, the king of gift-giving, Santa of course, only wants one thing on Christmas Eve…cookies! And if they are good enough to make Saint Nick jolly, they can also be the perfect low-cost, fun-to-make, most enjoyed gift to exchange with friends, family, and neighbors! Here are some cookie exchange recipes that will have your recipients begging for more!
Pecan Dreams/Snowball Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies with a crunch will become a tradition due to intense cravings!
2 sticks of butter
2 cups SR Flour
4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
2 pounds of powdered sugar, divided
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. .
-Add vanilla and flour and beat until combined and creamy.
-Stir in pecans.
-Roll into 1/2 inch balls.
-Place on ungreased cookie sheet, being sure they dont touch.
-Bake for 30-45 minutes until bottoms are light to medium brown.
-While cookies are baking, sift powdered sugar into two separate, large bowls.
-When cookies are done, remove and IMMEDIATELY and quickly roll one at a time in one bowl of powdered sugar, then the other.
-Place on another cookie sheet or flat surface until completely cool.
-Store in airtight container.
-Be sure to buy extra ingredients as one recipe is never enough!
The Best Christmas Sugar Cookie
If there is a cookie in a Christmas movie, it's a decorated sugar cookie, and here’s how to make them!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2½ cups SR flour
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 Tablespoons milk, room temperature
2 ½ Tablespoons light corn syrup
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Gel food coloring (If frosting them)
-Cream butter and sugar.
-Add vanilla and eggs, beating until combined.
-Add flour, beating until combined.
-Divide dough into two equal portions.
-Shape each piece of dough into a round, flat disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
-Chill in refrigerator for two hours, or overnight.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
-Remove one dough disc from refrigerator and place at room temperature for 5 minutes to soften.
-Place dough on a floured surface and roll to ½” or ¼” thickness (thicker = softer cookies).
-Use holiday cookie cutters and place cookies 1” apart on prepared cookie sheets.
-Repeat until all the dough is used, combining scraps to make more cookies.
To decorate with sprinkles only:
-Brush the cookies with a little bit of milk or cream, then add sprinkles.
-Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes or until cookies are puffed and set around the edges.
-Remove and cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
-Repeat with second disc of dough.
For frosted cookies:
-Combine all frosting ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
-Start with 2 Tablespoons of milk and increase until you reach desired consistency.
-If using food coloring, separate frosting into smaller bowls and add food coloring.
-Place each color in a disposable piping bag with tip of choice.
-Decorate when cookies are completely cooled. (Memories being made here!)
-Let cookies sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours, or chill in refrigerator until the frosting is completely hardened.
-Store in an airtight container.
Brownie Christmas Cocoa Mugs
Somewhere between a cookie and a brownie, you will find the adorable magic of this holiday treat everyone will fall in love with!