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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 Cup(s) (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 Cup(s) firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup(s) granulated sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon(s) vanilla
1-1/2 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon(s) Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
3 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 Cup(s) raisins

PREPARATION:
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Serving Tips: Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS. VARIATIONS: Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. Substitute 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit. HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.

Recipe found here: Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Lemon Drop Cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely crushed lemon drops
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, cream and peel. Combine the flour, lemon drops, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 3 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Lemon Drop Cookies

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Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 Eggland’s Best Egg, separated
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

FILLING:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
26 milk chocolate kisses

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until or until easy to handle.

In a small bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; dip in egg white, then roll in nuts. Place on greased baking sheets. Using a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in center of each cookie. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until center is set.

For filling, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk and vanilla; stir until smooth. Spoon or pipe 1/4 teaspoon into each warm cookie; gently press a chocolate kiss in the center. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here:Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

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Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 sleeve (4 ounces) round Keebler® Toasteds® Crackers
1 cup white, semisweet, or milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening

Directions
Spread peanut butter on half of the crackers; top with remaining crackers to make sandwiches. Refrigerate.

In a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolate chips and shortening, stirring until smooth. Dip sandwiches and place on waxed paper until chocolate hardens. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Dipped Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Butterfly Cookies

Ingredients
4 ounces cream cheese
1 (17-ounce) bag sugar cookie mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
1 egg
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
1 (12-ounce) bag mini candy covered chocolates (recommended: M and M’s)

Directions
Heat cream cheese in a large microwave safe bowl for 1 minute on 80 percent power in microwave to soften. Add sugar cookie mix, 1/4 cup flour, egg and extract. Stir with wooden spoon until dough is well combined and forms a ball.

Sprinkle a flat rolling surface with 1 tablespoon flour. Divide dough in half and roll out onto lightly floured surface using a rolling pin. Roll the rolling pin back and forth, turning the dough as needed so it does not stick. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.

Take cookie cutter and dip cutting edge into a shallow bowl of flour. Then press cookie cutter into rolled out dough. Begin cutting out shapes at the center of the dough and work your way towards the edge, cutting shapes as close together as possible. Once the entire slab of dough is cut, use a small spatula to remove cookies from rolling surface and place on un-greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining half of dough.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Decorate each cookie by pressing mini candies into dough. Refrigerate cookies for 15 minutes to prevent spreading while baking.

Using oven mitts, place cookies in oven on top rack. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven using mitts and let cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute before moving them to cooling rack.

Recipe found here: Butterfly Cookies

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Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon honey
1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
1 Eggland’s Best Egg
1 tablespoon milk
Black paste food coloring
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, confectioners’ sugar, pie spice and honey; beat until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Roll out each pie pastry directly on an ungreased baking sheet to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cat-shaped cookie cutter, leaving at least 1 in. between cutouts. Remove excess dough and reroll scraps if desired. Beat the egg, milk and food coloring; brush over cutouts. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over cutouts.

Bake at 400° for 6-7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Serve with pumpkin dip. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen black cats(3 cups dip).

Recipe found here: Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Cookies
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Caramel on Top
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping + 1.5 TBSP flour
or
24 square wrapped caramels + 2 TBSP water
{I didn’t have 24 caramels and didn’t want to sit and unwrap them all anyways, so I did the ice cream topping method and it worked beautifully!}
***You’ll also need 18 wooden sticks. I tried both the wide craft sticks and thin popsicle sticks and both worked well!!

Instructions
Heat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In large bowl, beat sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.

On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/3 inch thick. Cut with an apple-shaped cookie cutter. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have an apple-shaped cookie cutter, use a pumpkin cutter and simple turn it upside down!

On a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet, place cutouts 2 inches apart. Carefully insert 1 inch of wooden stick into side of each cookie. {Into the stem of the pumpkin.} Don’t let this step scare you, it’s actually really easy! Just take one hand and lightly touch the top of the cookie while you use your other hand to push the popsicle stick in the cookie. You’ll be able to feel exactly where the stick is in the cookie- I tried to push it in until it was almost to the top of the cookie.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely before adding caramel glaze.

If you’re using caramel ice cream topping: mix topping with flour until smooth.

If you’re using caramel squares: In 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. If caramel glaze becomes too stiff, heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until softened.

Spread top third of each cookie (opposite wooden stick) with caramel glaze. Hold cookie upright to allow glaze to drizzle down cookie. If it’s not spreading a lot, add more caramel! You can also encourage the caramel to spread down one side or another by adding drips to certain sections of the top of the cookie. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.
Allow cookies to sit out about an hour for caramel to harden a bit. Lay flat to store.

Recipe found here: Caramel Apple Cookies

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Butter Pecan Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

Ingredients
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Directions
1 Preheat oven to 350°. On a baking sheet, toast pecans until fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool completely; finely chop.

2 With an electric mixer, cream butter for about a minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cream until light, about 1 minute more. Beat in vanilla, salt, and flour, scraping down sides of bowl, just until dough comes together. Fold in pecans.

3 Separate dough into 12 pieces; squeeze dough to shape into balls. Roll in sugar. Place, 3 inches apart, on a baking sheet.

4 Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass (reshape sides if necessary). Sprinkle with sugar.

5 Bake until golden brown, rotating sheet halfway through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more sugar. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Recipe found here: Butter Pecan Cookies

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White Chocolate-Macadamia Snowball Cookies

White Chocolate-Macadamia Snowball Cookies

Ingredients
1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
28 Hershey’s Bliss white chocolate meltaways

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup flaked coconut

Directions
Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. In a large bowl, beat the cookie dough, flour and vanilla until combined. Stir in nuts. Shape 1 tablespoonful of dough around each chocolate.

Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract. Place coconut in a shallow bowl. Dip cookies in glaze; coat with coconut. Let stand until set. Yield: 28 cookies.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate-Macadamia Snowball Cookies

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Amish Sugar Cookies

Amish Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
In large bowl, beat the butter, oil and sugars. Beat in eggs until well blended. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Amish Sugar Cookies

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