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INGREDIENTS:

1 box french vanilla cake mix , dry mix only
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
green food coloring, 1 drop
Confectioners (powdered) sugar for dusting
Sprinkles or candies, large heart-shaped

Grinch Cookies 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In the bowl of your mixer cream together cake mix, food coloring, oil, and eggs.

Drop by Tablespoon into confectioners sugar and roll into balls. If the dough is too sticky you can chill it for 10-15 minutes before you roll into balls.

Place on baking sheet and press 1 large heart candy/sprinkle.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until just set.

Let cool 3-4 minutes on pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

GINGERBREAD SNOWFLAKES

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and water. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Transfer to a plastic bag. Cut a small hole in a corner of the bag; pipe frosting onto cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 to 12 drops green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • ICING:
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Green food coloring, optional

LIME CHRISTMAS TEA COOKIES

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lime peel, lime juice and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Beat in food coloring. Stir in pistachios. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Divide in half; if desired, tint one portion green. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
Frost and decorate cookies as desired. Let stand at room temperature several hours or until frosting is dry and firm. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (about 10 miniature)

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE COOKIES

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 2-in. rounds with the bottom of a glass. Bake 6-8 minutes or until set (do not overbake). Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
In a microwave, melt white chocolate with 1 teaspoon oil; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Repeat with semisweet chocolate and remaining oil. Sprinkle tops with crushed candy canes; let stand until set. Yield: about 3 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Green and red paste or gel food coloring

PEPPERMINT CANDY COOKIES

In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt and extract and mix well. Divide dough into four portions. Tint one portion green and one red; leave remaining portions plain.
Divide each portion into thirds; shape each into a 6-in. log. Flatten into triangular logs, bending the top of one point slightly (to give finished cookies a pinwheel effect). Assemble one large roll by alternating three green and three plain logs. Wrap in plastic. Repeat with red and remaining plain dough. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
Preheat oven to 375°. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Cut 6-in.-square pieces of cellophane or plastic wrap to wrap each cookie; twist ends securely or tie with a ribbon. Yield: about 4 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • GANACHE:
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped and toasted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, finely chopped and toasted

CHOCOLATE-DIPPED MERINGUE SANDWICH COOKIES

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 225°. In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar and almond flour until blended. Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in confectioners' sugar mixture.
Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert #805 round pastry tip. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 1-in.-diameter cookies 1 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Using a finger moistened with water, smooth tops of cookies.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until firm to the touch. Turn oven off (do not open oven door); leave cookies in oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely on baking sheets.
For ganache, place semisweet and unsweetened chocolates in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, combine cream and corn syrup; bring just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth. Remove 1 cup ganache to another bowl; refrigerate 25-30 minutes or until mixture is thick enough to pipe, stirring occasionally. Reserve remaining ganache for dipping; let stand, covered, at room temperature, stirring occasionally.
Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert #802 round pastry tip. Fill bag with chilled ganache. Pipe onto bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. (Ganache may soften as it warms. If necessary, return ganache to refrigerator until firm enough to pipe.)
Place toppings in separate shallow bowls. Dip each sandwich cookie halfway in room temperature ganache; allow excess to drip off. (If necessary, warm ganache in microwave for 10 seconds to thin slightly.) Dip in toppings as desired; place on waxed paper and let stand until set. Store in airtight containers at room temperature. Yield: 7 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 2 large 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 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening

DIPPED GINGERSNAPS

In a large 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 and roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until cookie springs back when touched lightly. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into the melted chips; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 14-1/2 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons red paste food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Nonpareils or sprinkles

RED VELVET SPRITZ COOKIES 


DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, food coloring and, if desired, extract. In another bowl, whisk flour and cocoa; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. In a small bowl, mix egg white and water; brush over cookies. Decorate as desired with nonpareils or sprinkles. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Freeze option: Transfer dough to a resealable plastic freezer bag; freeze. To use, thaw dough in refrigerator overnight or until soft enough to press. Prepare and bake cookies as directed. Yield: about 8-1/2 dozen.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon anise extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ICING:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

FROSTED ANISE SUGAR COOKIES

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and extracts. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
For icing, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cookies; place on waxed paper. Decorate with sprinkles if desired; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 7 dozen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2/3 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1-1/3 cups golden raisins
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

NANNY'S FRUITCAKE COOKIES 

Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with Triple Sec and toss to combine. Let stand, covered, overnight.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and nutmeg until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in fruit mixture.
Divide dough in half; shape each into a 12x3x1-in. rectangular log. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13-16 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.