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Christmas Cookie Exchange 2010

Posted on December 14, 2010
Filed Under Cookies and bars, Holiday cooking

It’s that time of year when I need to unlock my extra reservoir of willpower. Here is what’s sitting on my table RIGHT NOW…

Seriously, the table these are on is 5′ away. I could stand up, take 3 steps, reach out and grab a handful. Or 2 handfuls (I have 2 hands). They are even all still uncovered from taking the picture. Thing is, I’m not even tempted. Nope. Huh-uh. Not me. Not at all. ????

I’m not even sure what they’re all called, so I’ll just make up a name for them if I don’t know. Oh, and hey, I’m really curious. What’s your favorite of all those cookies? If they were, say, sitting on a table 5′ away from you and you could only pick one, which one would you pick?

First, we have Monster Cookies made by Carla. Monster cookies are my all-time favorite… I’d better hide them, the others would never know. :)

Next is Thumbprint Jam Cookies made by Julie. So pretty.

Here are Christmas Cutouts and Candy Cane Cookies made by Janae. Way too cute.

Then, we have Peanut Butter Cookies Dipped in Chocolate made by Linda. These call to me almost as loud as the monster cookies.

Next is Snickerdoodles made by Deb. Shannon will claim this plate.

Here are Cream Wafers made by Renita. So beautifully Christmas-y.

Next is Chocolate Crinkles made by Mary. Ohhhhh, yum!

There are 2 plates left, one cookies and one candy. I made those. Here are Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies.

And this plate is Chocolate-covered Tree-shaped Pretzels, Chocolate-covered Ritz crackers filled with Peanut Butter, and O’Henry bars. The O’Henry bars recipe came from Lisa @ The Cutting Edge of Ordinary. Thanks, Lisa! They are awesome!!!

Oh, and I need to point out my candle and snowflake holder… don’t you just love it? Julie (the one up there who made the jam cookies) gave it to me for my birthday this year. I LOVE it!

Ok, now I know I haven’t been posting on here very much and I don’t want anybody to faint, but I have some recipes to get in before Christmas, so I’m going to post one about every day for awhile. *thud* You fainted, didn’t you?! Here are the planned upcoming posts, not necessarily in this order:
— Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
— O’Henry bars (I know, you can get the recipe on Lisa’s site, but I want it on mine, too :) )
— Teacup Chocolates (excited about this one, this one happened only in my head so far, so hopefully they’ll turn out!… I’m making them Thurs for another cookie/candy exchange on Friday)
— Chocolate-covered Ritz Filled with Peanut Butter (I know, you know how to do that already, just by the title, but I want to show you a trick that made the process faster and funner… more fun, whatever)
— Lexi’s 8th birthday cake (it was a snicker bar with a fondant wrapper)

Don’t forget to humor me with what kind of cookie up there you’d like best! :)


23 Responses to “Christmas Cookie Exchange 2010”

  1. Aug on December 14th, 2010 3:40 pm

    Oh, wow! Those look so good. And I totally believe you that you are not even tempted. (not)

    I would pick either the red velvet sandwich cookies or the monster cookies.

    But they sure all look pretty. Those wafers look like something I would want to try too.

  2. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on December 14th, 2010 3:43 pm

    So glad liked the O’Henrys! They are delicious! All the cookies you guys made are making my mouth water!!

  3. Liz on December 14th, 2010 3:58 pm

    Well, the monster cookies do look really good! Is one of each not an option? I would like try the O’Henry bars too.
    Maybe you SHOULD just eat all of them that way I wouldn’t have as many temptations when you come up. :) There will probably be enough stuff here.

  4. Cheryl Weaver on December 14th, 2010 3:58 pm

    The chocolate crinkles would be my favorite. Its the first thing I saw on your table. I MUST go make some. TODAY!!

  5. Arla on December 14th, 2010 4:13 pm

    Hi Kay,
    They all look very pretty and festive. I want one of the O’Henry Bars, please. I love the cookie part of Christmas. We did a few chocolate covered pretzels this year, too. They’re time consuming but they sure do make a plate look good. BTW, Kay, when you and Shannon are in our area in about two weeks or so; don’t you dare drive by and not stop in. Just come in for ten minutes, okay, please. If you come by in evening the guys will be playing with trains, or Catan, mostly likely.

  6. Karen B on December 14th, 2010 4:16 pm

    I think i’d pick the jam thumbprints or the red velvet sandwhich cookies..? or maybe grab 1 of each! =)

  7. Freida on December 14th, 2010 4:16 pm

    Oh yum. Those look so crazy good. It would be a hard choice and I would probably sneak more than one when you’re not looking. ???? One would be the Chocolate crinkles. I have been CRAVING those for the last several weeks! Those are on my favorite cookie list! I’ll be waiting for those recipes. :)

  8. Dawn Landis on December 14th, 2010 5:21 pm

    Wow… they all look so good! I think I would first try the Thumbprint or the Creme Wafers (never had them). Your Thumbprint cookies look so much nicer & yummier than mine… I had problems with mine last year… would love to have that recipe if you have it! Later this week I am making Christmas cookies with my Mom and sis-in-law… will be great to have a selection of cookes in the freezer again!

  9. Christy on December 14th, 2010 7:04 pm

    Peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Sounds like perfection!

  10. Beth on December 14th, 2010 7:12 pm

    I definitely fainted. :) The chocolate crinkles would call my name quite loudly, but that would then be followed with a few others. :( Can’t wait to taste your candy!

  11. Shannon on December 14th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Umm, not sure what to choose after coming up from a dead away faint. :) The Choc-peanut butter ones… snicker doodles or the cut outs, obviously I don’t go for the choc like most of you. Those O’Henry bars do look awesome. Should try them, but then again, I shouldn’t, because then I’d just eat them! :)

  12. Shannon on December 14th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Forgot to say, I’m gonna sit at the computer all day tomorrow waiting on your post. ????

  13. Cheryl on December 14th, 2010 7:42 pm

    I’ll take 3 of each!! Amazing, and what fun I bet! I need to have/attend a cookie exchange!

  14. cindy on December 14th, 2010 8:49 pm

    these look so yummy! i love Christmas cookie baking and will have to come back to check out your recipes!

  15. Rosalyn on December 14th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Those Monster cookies are waay too tempting! :( Good thing they’re at your house and not mine. I’d also like to try those peanut butter dipped in chocolate ones. And the O’Henry bars. :)

  16. Jan on December 14th, 2010 9:54 pm

    You can save me one of the peanut butter ones and also some of the O’Henry bars. I need to try the tree shaped pretzels, too. Where did you find them?

  17. Kay on December 14th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Arla, yeah, we’ll take you up on those 10 minutes… we’ve got lots to squeeze in while we’re up there, but we for sure want to see you guys! Will be in touch between C-mas & New Years sometime.

    Dawn, I emailed Julie about the thumbprint recipe. She or I will post it in the comments here sometime… IF it’s not a top secret recipe that she can share. :)

    Haha, Shannon, hopefully you’re not waiting till 11:59 p.m. :p

    Cheryl, yeah, you DO need to do this! It’s so fun!… you mass-produce a bunch of cookies and then bring home a beautiful assortment!

    Rosalyn, they’re not that far away! Stop in and I’ll let you have your pick! :)

    Jan, I got them at the local bulk foods store. We oughta dip some at New Years… Northwood Co Mkt might have some. Or really, any pretzel would work. :) I was wishing I’d have gotten sprinkles to put on them before the choc hardened, but while I was doing them was a poor time to think of that!

  18. Kay on December 15th, 2010 6:53 am

    Here is the thumbprint cookie recipe, complete with helpful sidenotes, from Julie:

    Thumbprint Cookies

    2/3 cup sugar
    1 cup butter
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    Combine and beat a couple min.
    Add: 2 cups flour
    Shape into balls. (I used a cookie scoop)
    (I flattened the balls a little with a glass that has a flat bottom before indenting them) Indent with thumb or round 1/2 tsp. Fill with 1/4 tsp. (heaping) Raspberry jam. Bake at 350* 14-18 min. just till brown; don’t overbake. Cool. Drizzle with glaze. (ziploc bag worked great)
    Double batch = approx. 3 1/2 dozen
    I baked them 14-15 min.
    Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
    2-3 tsp. water

    Let us know how they turn out! Mmmmm, I think I’ll go eat one of these for breakfast! :)

  19. Michelle on December 15th, 2010 7:45 am

    Oh yum! I want a chocolate crinkle or two. I’ve never made them but whenever I see them somewhere else I scarf up as many as I dare without being socially kicked out. :) And then after another cup of coffee, I’d like a peanut butter cookie dipped in chocolate.

  20. Lanita on December 15th, 2010 8:20 am

    Hard to choose between the red velvet sandwich cookies or the chocolate dipped pb cookies. They all look so yummy and festive.

  21. Sheila on December 16th, 2010 10:37 am

    I have to admit my mouth did fall open when I saw a post from kitchen scrapbook. :-) The timing is really good, too, because I have a bunch of Christmas cookies sitting out on my table, so I can go fulfill the cookie/candy craving that you just gave me. :-) Although, the ones on my table certainly aren’t as good looking as yours here. They all look so nice! I would have a hard time selecting just one, but maybe I’d go for the O’Henry bars. Maybe you’ll bring some along to WI? :-)

  22. Dawn Landis on December 16th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Thanks Kay for the speedy “delivery” of the Thumbprint recipe! I’m anxious to try it!

  23. Leah Anderson on January 15th, 2011 12:58 pm

    Wow these treats look awesome! Where on earth do you find the time? Ive been reading your blog for about a year & love it! Im originally from NW Ohio now living in NC. Love your blog!