‘Tis The Season, For A Cookie Swap

First and foremost… Happy Holidays from my family and I, to you and yours!

Noche Buena is always a wonderful evening for my family.   We are quite happy to be surrounded by the most special of our loved ones… Christmas Day is near and I am sharing a couple of top cookie recipes with you!

If you are hosting Christmas Dinner this year, surprise your guests with a special treat and replicate one of these recipes. Whether it’s an adult cocktail party or family event with the kiddos- we promise your guests will love them!

Consider making savory cookies to pair with a signature cocktail for the adults, or choosing a quick recipe to make with the kids in the kitchen and have them bake after dinner while they open presents. Below are our favorites! Can you imagine the delicious smell of fresh baked cookies through out your home?! Yum!

Rum- Glazed Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 pouch of sugar cookie mix ( approx 1 lb+)
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp rum extract
Glaze and Topping:
2 to 3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp dark rum or apple juice
2 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp coarse sugar
Instructions:
Cookies:
Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie ingredients to form the soft dough.
Sprinkle flour on the surface where you will roll out dough and do so to an 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 2 to 2 & 1/2-inch round cookies. Reroll and repeat with the remaining dough. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutout cookies 1 inch apart.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Glaze:
In a smaller bowl, stir 2 tablespoons of the milk, the rum and powdered sugar into a smooth texture. Add additional milk 1 tsp at a time to desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand until glaze is almost set; sprinkle with coarse sugar.

red-velvet-cookies

credit Kitchen Gidget

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese & Walnut Frosting
Ingredients:
1 pouch sugar cookie mix (approx 1 lb+)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp red food color
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup of cream cheese frosting, your choice of ready-made
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, or your favorite one
Instructions:
Cookies:
Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, cocoa, butter, sour cream, food color and egg until soft dough forms.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
Topping:
Frost cooled cookies with frosting. Sprinkle with walnuts. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
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credit Lean, Clean and Brie

The following are not cookies, but they had to be shared! Indulge!

Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

2 Sticks of Butter or Margarine (soften)

2 – 18 oz jars of Peanut Butter

2 lbs of Confectionary Sugar

2 pkgs of chocolate chip morsels

Instructions:

Mix Butter, Peanut Butter, and Confectionary Sugar together until all blended. Then roll into little balls. Melt chocolate chip morsels in double boiler. Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate, place on cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, refrigerate for 1 hour. – Amy Smith, wife & mother of 3, Chicago, Illinois. Thank you, Amy!

What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?  Comment below!

xx, Iliana

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