Christmas Cookie Trays

I used to bake at the holidays for extra cash.   It got to be too stressful and not profitable, but I still make about 15 cookie trays per year for family and friends.   This is the basic tray selection.

Chocolate Crinkles

1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate -- melted and cooled
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease cookie sheet.

3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat. Shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

"6 dozen"

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 400ºF.

2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

"6 dozen"

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

2 sticks butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups oats
2 eggs
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, bs, cinnamon and salt, add to mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop onto sheets and bake for 10 to 12 mins.

"Quaker Oats Canister"
Lemon Coconut Pixies

1/4 C. Butter or margarine, softened
1 C. Sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1 1/2 C. All purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. Mounds sweetened coconut flakes(any brand will work)
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and lemon peel in a large bowl till well blended. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to lemon mixture, beating until blended. Stir in coconut. Cover; refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle. Shape into one inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. bake 15-18 minutes or until edges are set. Immediately remove to wire rack to cool. Store in tightly covered container in cool, dry place. Makes about 4 dozen.

This is one of many yummy recipes in the new Hershey's Favorite Brand Name Recipes booklet.
Ultimate M&M Cookies

  2             sticks  butter -- softened
     1/2           cup  sugar
     1/2           cup  brown sugar
  1              large  egg
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
  2               cups  flour
     1/2      teaspoon  baking soda
     1/8      teaspoon  salt
  12            ounces  M&M minis
     3/4           cup  chopped nuts (I omit)
Preheat oven to 350.  In large bowl, cream butter and sugars.   Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine flour, bs and salt.  Blend in creamed mixture. Stir in m&m's and nuts if desired.  Drop by tablespoons 2" apart onto sheets.   Bake 10 to 13 mins or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool 1 min on sheet, remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  "3 dozen"
Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  2 1/4           cups  flour
  1           teaspoon  baking soda
  1           teaspoon  salt
  2             sticks  butter -- softened
     3/4           cup  sugar
     3/4           cup  brown sugar
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
  2                     eggs
  2               cups  semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375.  Combine flour, bs and salt.  Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto sheets.  Bake 9 to 11 mins.  Cool on sheets 2 mins, remove to racks to cool completely.
*Pan cookie variation:  Grease 15x10 jellyroll pan.   Spread dough into prepared pan.  Bake 20 to 25 mins or until golden brown.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  Makes 4 dozen bars. 
  "From Nestle package"
  "4 dozen"
Sparkle Cookies

  1              pouch  Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
  1              stick  butter -- melted
  1                     egg
                        colored sugars ( I use raw sugar)
1.  Heat oven to 375ºF.
 2.  Stir cookie mix, melted margarine and egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in colored sugars. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
 3.  Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet. Store in airtight container.

  "2 dozen"


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