How to Host a Cookie Swap

How to Host a Cookie Swap I hosted my first cookie swap party this weekend and I think it went pretty well. Some tips I have come up with are: Send out invitations early-the holiday time is busy for everyone. Decide how many cookies each person will bring. 1 dozen […]

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies

Chocolate-Vanilla Pinwheel CookiesIngredients: 4 1/2 teaspoons butter , melted3/4 cup sugar1 egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 cup cocoa1/2 cup butter, at room temperature Directions:WARNING: this needs to be done the day before you want to bake the cookies.In a large bowl, cream […]

Peppermint Marshmallows

Ingredients:3 tablespoons unflavored powdered gelatin1/2 cup cold water2 cups granulated sugar2/3 cup corn syrup1/4 cup water1/4 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon peppermint extractConfectioners’ sugar for dredging Directions: In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Allow to seep for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, […]

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding

Coconut-Lime Rice Pudding   Ingredients: 1/3 cup white basmati rice 14 oz can coconut milk (not cream of coconut) 1 1/2 cups milk 1/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoons lime zest* 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 lime, quartered (optional) Directions: In a small bowl soak rice in about 2/3 cup of cold […]

Chocolate-Macadamia Sour Cream Cookies

Chocolate Macadamia Sour Cream CookiesIngredients: 2 eggs, at room temperature2 2/3 cups flour2 cups semisweet chocolate chip/macadamia nut mix* 1 cup butter, at room temperature1 cup light brown sugar2/3 cup sour cream1/2 cup sugar1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla1 teaspoon baking soda Directions:Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, combine […]

Jam Dotted Shortbread Cookies

Jam Dotted Shortbread Cookies Ingredients: 6 oz butter, at room temperature1 cup sugar1 egg, at room temperature2 cups flour1/2 teaspoon baking powdergood quality jam Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet (or two if small) with butter. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and beat until […]

Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes

Chocolate Sour Cream CupcakesIngredients: 2 cups sugar1 3/4 cups flour1 cup boiling water3/4 cup cocoa3/4 cup milk1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)1/4 cup sour cream3 eggs (at room temperature)1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease cupcake […]

Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour2 cups sugar1 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature2 eggs, at room temperature2 teaspoons vanilla3/4 cup cocoa (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)10 oz peanut butter chips (I used Reese’s)1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt Directions:Preheat oven to 350°. In a […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients: 2 cups flour1 1/2 cups sugar1 cup buttermilk*1/2 cup butter, at room temperature1/3 cup baking cocoa (we used Special Dark baking cocoa)2 eggs2 teaspoons red food color1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1 tablespoon white vinegar1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter and sugar […]

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour1 cup sugar1/3 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa (or other baking cocoa)1/3 cup sour cream1 1/2 sticks butter (at room temperature)1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda2 eggs (at room temperature)2 teaspoons vanilla Directions: Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and […]