3 winning cookie swap recipes

If you only make one thing this holiday season, it might well be a cookie. Here are some go-to recipes for your next cookie swap.



If you only make one thing this holiday season, it might well be a cookie. This is the season when even non-bakers pull out their cookie sheets and bake a nostalgic recipe for gingerbread or decorated sugar cookies.

It’s also when some of us will be nibbling cookies at cookie swap parties, where you bring a couple of dozen cookies but leave with even more.

 

Snowball Cookies Makes 3 dozen  2 sticks unsalted butter  ½ cup sugar  Pinch of salt  1 teaspoon vanilla extract  2 cups all-purpose flour  ¾ cup finely chopped pecans  Confectioners’ sugar

Snowball Cookies

Makes 3 dozen

2 sticks unsalted butter

½ cup sugar

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup finely chopped pecans

Confectioners’ sugar

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add the sugar, and beat for 1 minute or until fluffy. Add the salt and vanilla, and mix for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the flour and nuts. Mix by hand with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together.

Shape the dough into small balls and place on baking sheets. Bake 8-11 minutes or until the bottoms and edges of cookies begin to turn golden.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Place confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. When the cookies are cool enough to handle, roll in the sugar and transfer to a cooling rack. For a fun finish, dust cookies with edible glitter.

 

Triple Chocolate-chip Oatmeal Cookies Makes 3-4 dozen  2 sticks butter, softened  1 cup sugar  1 cup brown sugar  2 eggs  1 teaspoon vanilla extract  2 cups flour  2 ½ cups quick-cooking oatmeal  ½ teaspoon salt  1 teaspoon baking powder  1 teaspoon baking soda  6 ounces milk chocolate chips  6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips  6 ounces white chocolate chips

Triple Chocolate-chip Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 3-4 dozen

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

2 ½ cups quick-cooking oatmeal

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

6 ounces milk chocolate chips

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

6 ounces white chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda, mixing until combined. Stir in all chocolate chips.

Scoop with a ¼ cup measuring cup. Slightly flatten each ball with the palm on your hand on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden around the edges.

 

Holiday Shortbread Cookies Makes 4 dozen  5 ½ cups all-purpose flour  1 teaspoon baking soda  1 teaspoon salt  2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature  2 cups sugar  2 eggs, room temperature  2 teaspoons vanilla extract  Coarse sugar, for sprinkling on cookies

Holiday Shortbread Cookies

Makes 4 dozen

5 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Coarse sugar, for sprinkling on cookies

 

In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 8 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue beating. Add the vanilla, then add the flour mixture and beat until the mixture just holds together. Chill the dough at least 1 hour before baking.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough onto the pan (using your hands warms the dough). Quickly push the dough so that it is smooth and even to edges of pan. Sprinkle coarse white sugar or colorful sugar onto top of dough.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Cut into square or rectangles. Let cool, then serve. Or, dip one side of each shortbread in melted chocolate.

 

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