I love baking, and one way I celebrate the holidays is by baking many, many cookies and hosting a cookie exchange with my neighbors.
A cookie exchange can simplify your holiday baking, give you new recipes to try, and give you an opportunity to celebrate with others. Everyone will get to enjoy the treats without the hard work of baking them. Have each person bring the recipe and give you their email address. You can then easily share all the recipes!
Here are 3 of my favorite to get you started.
Baby Ruth Cookies
1-1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 Baby Ruth bars (2-3 oz each) cut into pieces
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill. Drop by teaspoon on greased cookie sheet.
Bake in pre-heated 300 degrees oven for 8-10 minutes.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients well. Roll into balls. Bake in pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 8-10 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while hot. Cool. Roll in powdered sugar again when cool.
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (gluten free, dairy free)
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon cinnamon (can add more if you like)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup raw creamy almond butter
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whisk together almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Combine two mixtures, and stir to thoroughly combine (dough will be sticky). Roll into balls. Bake in pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 8-10 minutes.