Great Cookies For Your Cookie Boxes and Sharing This Holiday Season

Some of you may be scurrying around looking cookie recipes that you can make to help fill your cookie boxes this holiday season.  If so, I’ve got a few suggestions.  All of these cookies are yummy, easy to make, and will give you a nice variety.  There is practically a cookie for every taste here.

Brown Sugar Double Chip Cookies

Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chocolate Cookies

Soft Glazed Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Pecan (or Walnut) Cookies

Do you make cookies to share with your neighbors, family, friends, work, or elsewhere?

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Chocolate Cookies

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For my last post, Pass the Plate, I made Chocolate Cookies that I sent to Sandra at Sweet Sensations.

These cookies are both semi-soft cookie and slightly chewy.  And oh so chocolaty.  A recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Cookies from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen  inspired me to make this adapted version.

Can I just say that there are so many talented people blogging today – it still amazes me. Everyone has something to offer, and in their own unique way. I don’t know what we did without them!

Chocolate Cookies

1/2 c. margarine, softened

1 egg

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

5/8 c. cocoa powder

1 c. all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, add margarine, sugars, and egg; mix thoroughly with electric mixer.  Mix in salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Add cocoa and flour.  Mix all ingredients until completely blended.

Chill dough in freezer for 1/2 hour.  Once dough is chilled, scoop dough from bowl using by dining sized teaspoon and roll into balls.  Place on prepared cookie sheet.  Spray the bottom of a small glass with non-stick cooking spray.  Press the glass down onto each ball – spraying after each pressing. Sprinkle with colored sugar, or sprinkles if desired prior to baking.

Bake for about 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

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If you want to  see if Sandra eats these cookies, or feeds them to the neighbors dog, go check out her site.  She is going to be making some cookies of her own to pass along.  And please go to Share the Love Pass The Plate at BeBetsy.com to follow the plate from one blogger to the next, as this great fundraiser continues to raise monies to help in the fight against breast cancer.

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Pass the Plate

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When Sharon and Denise at BeBetsy.com asked me if I would help them Pass the Plate I eagerly accepted.

If you aren’t familiar with Pass the Plate, then please let me fill you in.  Pass the Plate is a fundraiser to support the Susan G. Komen for the cure 2012, and is an offspring of  Cook for the Cure.

The concept behind Pass the Plate is simple. 

1.) Anyone can purchase the beautifully designed and specially marked plate. The plate was created by Chef Jacques Pepin; a celebrity cooking show host, and was manufactured by the Villeroy & Boch; the makers of extremely gorgeous porcelain dinnerware.

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2.) The purchaser of the plate then makes food to put on the plate.  We are passing homemade cookies. 

3.) Once the food is plated, it is then passed onto a friend, neighbor, or in our case, another food blogger.  Each time the plate changes hands it gets properly documented, and Kitchen Aid, the makers of some of the most awesome kitchen products in the world, makes a  $5.00 donation to help the fight against breast cancer.

4.) The more the plate continues to change hands, the more money it raises.

Pretty awesome…

So now,  let me bring you up to speed on what’s happened with the plate so far.  The plate was loaded with homemade Snickerscotti cookies by Sharon and Denise.  It left Nevada last week and arrived at my house here in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State on Saturday, October 6th.  A toot of the horn on the rural mail carriers truck announced the plate’s arrival. 

As luck would have it, I had just made a fresh cup of coffee.  Perfect timing Sharon and Denise.  Of course I had to have a (couple) Snickerscotti’s.  These cookies are the most delicious biscotti type cookie that I have ever had – seriously.  I cannot stay out of them.  In fact, my husband warned me that I had better take pictures of them before I ate them all – can you imagine?  I’m sure the recipe will be available on BeBetsy in the very near future.

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The first thing I thought of when Sharon and Denise contacted me about this fund-raising campaign were the people I’ve know that have been affected by breast cancer. 

The second thing I thought about was the person I wanted to send my plateful of cookies to –  Sandra of Sweet Sensations.  Sandra has been a true foodie friend.  She is the queen of table decorating and party throwing,  makes the most sinful looking cakes ever, and sounds like one of the best grandmas in the world.  If you’re not familiar with Sandra then it’s time you go over to her blog and acquaint yourself with her.

Since she eagerly accepted my invitation to participate in Pass the Plate she will now receive a plateful of cookies that I made especially for her and her family.

I decided send Sandra a plate of  Chocolate Cookies decorated with pink sprinkles.  These cookies should travel well from to New York to Michigan. Unless of course, some hungry postal employee realizes what’s in the box.  Do you suppose that ever happens?

I will share the recipe for these cookies  in a future post.  In the meantime, here’s sneak peak. 

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Please follow the plate as it makes it’s way from one foodie to the next throughout the country.

Sandra, keep your eye out.  They are enroute!

When a girl’s gotta have chocolate

Today was the day.  I absolutely needed chocolate. No getting around it.  You know those days.  There’s nothing else you’re going to eat that’s going to take care of a chocolate craving.

To remedy my chocolate craving I adapted a recipe I found in a Better Homes and Gardens All Time Favorites Cookbook (Volume 2).

The recipe called for maraschino cherries, but since I don’t particularly care for maraschino cherries, and I wasn’t really craving anything but chocolate I simply left them out of the equation.

Here is my adapted version of their recipe.  These have four doses of chocolate in them!

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. softened butter (I used margarine)

1/4 tsp. baking soda, powder and salt

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 c. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  I actually set mine to 325 degrees because I think it tends to run a bit warmer than it should.  In a mixing bowl, mix butter eggs, sugar.  Add baking soda, powder and salt and vanilla.  Add cocoa, and then add flour.  Mix well, and fold in mini chocolate chips.  Drop onto slightly greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake.  The edges should be firm, but not too dark. 

Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute and remove onto baking rack.

For the fudgy frosting add 1/2 c. of sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips into saucepan.  Heat until chips are melted and remove from heat.  Frost immediately.  I opted for more mini-chips on top.  Like I said, I was really craving chocolate…

I’d like to happily report that my craving has been satisfied.  But then again why wouldn’t it be with a quad-chocolate cookie!

*Note – To keep fresh store in air tight container.  Best if eaten while fresh.

I also shared this recipe at Prairie Story (Thursday recipe swap) to see more Thursday recipes go to http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/2629861-prairie-story-recipe-swap-thursday