Sunday, July 21, 2013

Surviving the Teenage Dream Recipes...Christmas Cookies!!!

Butter Cookies...
Yield - 3 dozen cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 t of salt
2 t of vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; stir in to sugar mixture. Cover dough and chill for at least one hour. Chill cookie sheets.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Create thumb-sized balls and use a fork, dipped in flower to spread them out, crisscrossing the tines, on ungreased chilled cookie sheets
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on cooling rack. 

Chocolate Spice Cookies
Yield - 3 dozen cookies

1 cup nuts (walnuts, finely chopped)
2 cups all purpose sifted flour
3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa
1/2 teaspoon of ground clove
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of margarine
1/2 cup strong cold coffee
1 tablespoon of grated orange zest or 4-5 tablespoons of Grand Marnier


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients
  2. Cut the margarine in with the dry ingredients
  3. Add chopped nuts
  4. Add coffee and work into one large ball
  5. Break into pieces, the size of a walnut
  6. Roll into a small ball, covering nuts as much as possible
  7. Texture should be shiny, not dry
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or less on an ungreased cookie sheet

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of Grand Marnier, Spiced Rum or Amaretto

Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Note: The rum will cause steam. Be careful not to burn yourself. Paint onto the cookies...delish!

Oreo Balls
Yield - 3 dozen cookies

1 16 oz package of Oreos
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1 24 oz package of chocolate bark (or chocolate chips)
1 24 oz package of white chocolate bark (or white chocolate chips)


  1. Using food processor, crush the Oreos until they are Oreo crumbs, not cookies
  2. Using a blender or hand mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together
  3. Roll into walnut sized balls
  4. Chill for an hour
  5. Melt approximately 3/4 of the white chocolate
  6. Dip oreo ball into the bark
  7. Allow to harden on wax paper. 
  8. Using the dark chocolate, drizzle onto the balls 

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