Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cookie Swap!

If I have counted correctly, this will be the 8th year for our annual cookie swap.   It began with a group of girls that worked together in the same department and had a common bond of scrapbooking.   Over the years, some things have changed. Some of us still work together, while others have moved to other departments or even another company. Some still scrapbook and some have found other hobbies they enjoy.  But one thing has remained steadfast - and that is the bond of friendship among 12 ladies.  We all lead very busy lives, but we make a point to get together this one time of the year to sit together, catch up, laugh and of course eat cookies!

This year I made Red Velvet Christmas Cookies.  I had a very busy week and weekend so I wanted to keep my recipe simple.  When I came across this one, I knew it was the one I'd make this year. 

So far, these cookies have passed the family taste test.  They all gave this recipe a thumbs up.  My family can be very tough cookie critics!   They are usually waiting for me to get home wth all my cookie samples so that they can try each one.   I think they look forward to my cookie swap as much as I do!

Here are my cookies packaged and ready to go - along with the recipes.  I printed the recipes on the computer and used the flourish stamp from "A Timber" to add a simple border.
Red Velvet Christmas Cookies
makes 3 dozen
1 pkg Red Velvet Cake mix
1/2 cup oil
2 T. Water
2 Eggs
12 oz pkg White Chocolate Chips

Combine all ingredients, mix well.  
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets sprayed 
with non-stick vegetable spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  
Let cool slightly before removing from pan.  
Cool completely and drizzle with Cream Cheese Icing.

I'm Giving away a FREE STAMP!
Share your favorite Cookie Recipe here.  
Just leave your name and cookie recipe in the comment section of this blog.  
Next Friday I'll draw a winner from everyone that leaves a comment.
You could win the A SIP stamp.  (To see this stamp, go to ADK Holiday Bazaar post)


  1. Your cookies look so festive! They sound good, and easy to make.

  2. Cake Cookies

    1 greased cookie sheet
    1 box of cake mix
    ½ cup of oil
    2 eggs
    1 cup of candy pieces (optional)
    ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly in a medium-sized bowl. If you're adding candy or nuts, first mix everything but the candy and nuts. Stir in the candy and nuts last.
    Take a tablespoon and collect the batter in large drops. Place the drops on the greased cookie sheet far enough apart that they don't cook into each other.
    Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
    Let the cookies cool for 2 minutes, and then they're ready to eat.

    (Windy Leal, Austin, TX)

  3. This is the best gingersnap recipe I have ever used and is great for cookie swaps--it makes around 14 1/2 dozen.

    Dipped Gingersnaps

    2 cups sugar
    1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup molasses
    4 cups all-purpose flour
    4 teaspoons baking soda
    3 teaspoons ground ginger
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon salt

    Additional sugar

    2 packages (10-12 ounces each) vanilla or white chips
    1/4 cup shortening

    In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in eggs. Stir in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

    Shape into 3/4 in. balls; roll in sugar. Place 2-in apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F. for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie springs back when touched lightly. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

    In a small saucepan, melt chips with shortening over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip the cookies halfway into the melted chips; shake off excess. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until set.

  4. This year mine are the Santa cookies I made with the kids, they were both old enough to understand why we were making cookies for santa, so there was much excitement in our house! They included Christmas M & M's, oats and chocolate chips. Then the big day came and this is what I heard: "Mom Santa ate all of his cookie, he liked it!"
    Thanks for sharing, I always love seeing what crafting pursuits you are up to!


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