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Scandinavian Pecan Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually add flour until blended.

Shape into 1-in. balls. In a small bowl, beat egg white. Dip balls in egg white, then roll in pecans. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly.

Bake at 375° for 8-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. Yield: 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Scandinavian Pecan Cookies

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Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whole milk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons hot water

Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add milk, egg and orange juice; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cranberries and nuts.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.

For frosting, heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; transfer to a small bowl. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost the cookies. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies

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Raspberry Linzer Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs, separated
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 cup seedless raspberry preserves

Directions
Cream butter, gradually adding 2/3 cup sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape dough into a ball; cover and refrigerate until firm, 30-45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. On a surface dusted with confectioners’ sugar, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Using a floured 1-in. cookie cutter, cut out centers of half of the cookies.

Beat egg whites until frothy. Mix almonds and remaining sugar. Brush cookies with egg whites; sprinkle with almond mixture. Bake solid and window cookies 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Spread 2 teaspoons raspberry preserves over the bottoms of solid cookies. Top with window cookies, almond side up.

Editor’s Note: For variety, substitute apricot, strawberry or your favorite preserves in place of raspberry. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Linzer Cookies

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Snow-Topped White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Ingredients
1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white baking chips
1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted

GLAZE:
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Place cookie dough in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 5-10 minutes to soften.

Add flour and vanilla to dough; beat until blended (dough will be slightly crumbly). Stir in baking chips and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.

Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For glaze, mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Dip tops of cookies in glaze. Sprinkle with coconut, patting gently to adhere. Let stand until set. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Snow-Topped White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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Angel Macaroons

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1/2 cup water
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, water and extract on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl; beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in the coconut.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove paper with cookies to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.

Recipe found here: Angel Macaroons

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Inspired by Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

Directions
Beat butter and eggs until blended. Beat in cake mix and oats. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until firm enough to roll, though dough will remain fairly soft.

Preheat oven to 350°. On a well-floured surface, roll half of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter.
Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

Spread frosting on bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies.

Freeze option: Freeze cookies in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, thaw before serving. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Inspired by Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

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Amish Sugar Cookies

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

Directions
In a 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
Salted butter and a splash of extract (try almond!) make these extra flavorful.

If you like your treats on the sweeter end of the spectrum, add a pinch of coarse sugar to the tops of these light and airy cookies.

Why cream of tartar? Baking soda needs an acidic ingredient to create the gas bubbles that make baked goods rise and lighten. Cream of tartar (aka tartaric acid) provides that in this recipe. Yay, chemistry!

Recipe found here: Amish Sugar Cookies

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