Hosting a cookie swap is a delightful way to celebrate the holiday season. See Host A Holiday Cookie Swap for tips about organizing and preparing for this fun event. Read on for four easy cookie recipes to get you started.
2 c flour
2 c walnuts, chopped fine
1/4 c sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients; batter will be crumbly. Shape into small 1-inch balls or small crescents. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar as soon as you take them out of the oven. Roll again after cooled, if desired. (Recipe courtesy of Dawn Hinko)
12 oz semisweet chocolate squares
4 tbsp margarine
3 large eggs 1 c sugar (divided in half)
1 c ground almonds 1/3 c Sambuca liqueur
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 c powdered sugar
2/3 c flour
Melt chocolate and butter together on low heat. Add all ingredients except powdered sugar and first half of sugar. Mix well and refrigerate for four hours. Mix together powdered sugar and second half of sugar. Make small balls from the refrigerated mix and coat them with sugar mix. Place balls two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Note: you may want to coat your hands with flour while rolling dough into balls. (Recipe courtesy of the late Charlene Herzic)
1/2 c shortening
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cup flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
Use teaspoon size portion of dough. Drop dough (not rolled) onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 4 dozen. (Recipe courtesy of Natalie Werner)
1 box cake mix (any flavor)
1/3 cup oil
2 tbsp water
Mix all ingredients well. Drop by spoonfuls onto sheet. Bake 375F for 13 minutes or a minute to two longer for browned edges.
- Add chopped nuts, candy, fruit, etc to dough.
- Zest lemon or orange into dough.
- Mix 1 part cinnamon, 4 parts sugar in bowl. Drop balls of dough and roll in mixture.
- Roll dough out and use cutters to shape.
- Wrap dough around candy pieces.
- Roll into ropes, roll one in red sprinkles/food coloring and intertwine for candy canes.
- Color dough green, roll into ropes and make wreaths. Decorate with red hots.
- Cookie tarts in mini-muffin pan. Fill with chocolate chip, pudding, etc.
- Bar cookies (spice mix) with chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, topped with frosting.