M&M's Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

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M&M's Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar
by CC, Cookie Club Member
Recipe Courtesy of www.CookieClubRecipes.com

Category: Desserts, Cookies
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Level: Easy to Bake
Yield: 2 1/2 Dozen Cookies

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Ingredients:

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. M&M's milk chocolate candies (holiday colors)
1 1/4 c. sugar

Directions:


flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

Whisk together flour, soda, powder, and salt. 


place flour in jar

Transfer to canning jar, or decorative holiday jar with an airtight lid. 


press each layer firmly in place

Press flour firmly in place. 


add M&M's candies

Add M&M's candies, press firmly in place. Add sugar. Close jar airtight. 


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Attach ribbon and card to cookie mix in a jar gift with the following baking instructions...



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M&M's Holiday Cookies
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Place cookie mix in a large mixing bowl and blend layered ingredients together. Stir in 1 stick of softened butter, 1 egg slightly beaten, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Mix until blended well. Shape cookie dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies from oven and cool for one minute on baking sheet, then move to cooling rack. Enjoy!


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Tip: Print extra copies of recipe to cut out baking instructions.

Recipe adapted and photos added by CookieClubRecipes.com
Originally submitted by CC
Cookbook: 2008 Annual Cookie Club Recipes, pg. 120



No Bake Graham Cracker Cookie Balls with Variations

No Bake Graham Cracker Cookie Balls with Variations at CookieClubRecipes - These cookies are so easy to make and SO GOOD!

No Bake Graham Cracker Cookie Balls (with Variations)
by Michelle Jones, Cookie Club Editor
Recipe Courtesy of www.CookieClubRecipes.com

Category: Desserts, Cookies, No Bake
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Level: Easy
Yield: 2-3 Dozen Cookies

Here's a quick an easy recipe for cookie balls that do not require any baking time, or cooking on the stove. And, unlike many other "no bake" cookie recipes, these do not have chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, or nuts of any kind. Instead, they are made with raisins and dates. And, HONEY. That means they are GOOD FOR YOU COOKIES, our favorite kind!

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Ingredients:

1 c. golden raisins or raisin berry mix (dried fruit section of your grocery store)
1 c. chopped dates (soft pitted dates are easier to find during the holiday baking season)
10 graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs (I left some pieces a bit larger for more crunch)
1/4 - 1/2 c. honey

Directions:


raisins and dates or any dried fruit desired

In a large mixing bowl, stir together raisins, chopped dates, and graham cracker crumbs. 


crushed graham crackers with dried fruit and honey

Add enough honey to moisten cookie mixture. Start with 1/4 cup. If the dates are moist it should help bind the mixture together. 


local honey in a jar

Dampen hands with water and roll mixture into balls.

Note: The cookie mixture does not need to be dough-like. However, it does need to be moist enough to form into balls. The package of dates I found (not having time to run to another store to search for fresher ones that I prefer) were very dry. So, I just added a little more honey and they were quite delicious. And, the next time I can buy better dates, I'm going to make these cookies again. They are that easy to make, and that good!  

Store cookie balls in an airtight container, layering with foil or wax paper. These cookies also ship well; just wrap each one separately (with foil or plastic wrap) to keep them from sticking together.  

If you'd like to try some variations here are a few suggestions I believe would turn out well...

Cranberry Variation: Use 1 c. dried cranberries instead of raisins.

Dried Fruit Variation: Use 1 c. of any dried fruit desired, chopped if needed, in place of either the raisins OR chopped dates.

Chocolate Chip Variation: Use 3/4 - 1 c. chocolate chips instead of raisins, or any flavor of chips you'd like to try.

Oatmeal Variation: Use 1 c. uncooked oats instead of graham crackers. Cookies will be less sweet with oatmeal, however, still sweet because of the dried fruit and honey.

Enjoy!


Recipe edited and photos added by CookieClubRecipes.comOriginally submitted by Dorianne, Graham Cracker Cookies
2004 Annual Cookie Club Recipes Cookbook
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White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies

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White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies
by Cindy Goode of Tampa, Florida, Cookie Club Member
Recipe Courtesy of www.CookieClubRecipes.com

Category: Desserts, Cookies
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Level: Easy to Bake
Yield: 3 Dozen Cookies


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This is a great Christmas cookie!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 T. vanilla or almond extract
3/4 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. 

Editor's Note: We baked one dozen with parchment paper and the rest with a greased baking sheet. All the cookies came out the same size and height, and, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside.


cup of flour leveled

In small bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

flour and baking soda in mixing bowl

Set aside.


cup of brown sugar packed

In large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. 

butter, sugars, eggs, and extract mixed together in bowl

Add egg and vanilla (or almond) extract. 

Editor's Note: We chose almond extract, perfect for these holiday cookies!

adding flour to mixing bowl

Slowly stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. 


glass bowls of white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pecans

Mix in chips, cranberries and nuts. 


prepared cookie dough in bowl

Editor's Note: This cookie dough is so pretty, you could even freeze it in nice containers and give them out as Christmas gifts (with baking instructions). Since this recipe makes 3 dozen cookies, you could divide the dough into thirds and make 3 gifts.


cookie dough with parchment on baking sheet

Drop onto prepared cookie sheets, 1-inch apart. Bake 9 - 12 minutes. 


dozen cookies cooling on rack

Allow cookies to cool 1 minute on cookie sheets and transfer to wire racks.


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