Holiday Cookie Goodness

I am so excited to be participating in Barbara’s first cookie exchange party through The Everyday Home! Now before my immediate family reads this, let me clarify something! I always burn the bread and cookies. You see, I get distracted, and they say I forget….but I say I don’t hear the buzzer or it simply doesn’t work right!

I was extra careful to stay in the kitchen while my cookies baked this time….I needed pretty cookie pictures after all!

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Guess what! I have 2 recipes to share with you…..a sweet and a savory. Yes, I have trouble making my mind up!

First up is the sweet! This is not my recipe. It is from one of my many Paula Deen cookbooks, but I thought it was worth sharing. They make a lot and are perfect for gift giving. Woods just delivered several dozen to a few neighbors, and Ashlyn is talking a dozen to share with friends at lunch tomorrow. Why am I getting rid of them? They are so stinking good….if I keep too many, I’ll eat them all day. I have a big sweet tooth! I did not make with the raisins or cranberries. The kids don’t like either!

Monster Cookies

 Perfect after school snack with a glass of milk….well maybe not three!

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies
Yields 72
This recipe is perfect for holiday gift giving because it makes 6 dozen! The way that I mix the ingredients is a bit different that the original recipe, but I find it works better for me.
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. One- 1 pound box of light brown sugar
  3. 2 cups of granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  6. One 24 ounce jar of creamy peanut butter
  7. 2 sticks of butter softened...not melted
  8. 8 ounces of M&M's
  9. 8 ounces of chocolate chips
  10. 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
  11. 4 teaspoons baking soda
  12. 9 cups of quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pre-cut 6 sheets of parchment paper to fit standard sized cookie sheets whether you have 1 or more cookie sheets
  3. I use my kitchen Aid stand mixer to mix the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar very well to thoroughly blend
  4. I then add the salt, vanilla,butter and peanut butter mixing well
  5. Then add the M&M's, chocolate chips, baking soda and raisins if using blending well on slowest speed
  6. You will see that the mixer bowl is quite full! I transfer this mixture to a very large mixing bowl
  7. Add your 9 cups of oatmeal and really work to mix it together. You may need to use your hands
  8. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets
  9. Bake for 8-11 minutes depending on oven until very light golden brown. Do not overbake.
  10. Let stand for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool
  11. Store in airtight containers
Notes
  1. I find that it works much better for me to mix all of the ingredients with the electric mixer with the exception of the oatmeal. I know all is blended well before adding oatmeal. I do end up using my hands to mix in the end
  2. I only have 2 cookie sheets. I pre-cut 6 sheets of parchment paper in advance. I know that 12 cookies will fit on 1 sheet. I then place all of the cookies on the paper. All that I have to do is slide the empty cookie sheet under the parchment paper and it is ready to go into the oven
Adapted from Paula Deen & Friends
Adapted from Paula Deen & Friends
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Now the next recipe is from my mom. It is a savory cookie and really more for the adult. I never liked them as a child, but she made them for her and Dad. Now, as an adult….I love them. They are great as an appetizer served with grapes and wine. They are a Pecan Cheese Wafer. Thanks Mom!

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Just the right blend of cheese and spiciness!

Pecan Cheese Wafers

 Even better with a glass of wine!

Pecan Cheese Wafer
Yields 30
A wonderful savory treat to accompany wine!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese
  2. 2 sticks of butter, softened not melted
  3. 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  6. 1 teaspoon of water
  7. 30 pecan halves
Instructions
  1. Makes 30 cookies
  2. Let the cheese and butter get soft at room temperature
  3. grate the block of cheese
  4. Mix the cheese and butter together with a mixer
  5. Add the salt and cayenne pepper and mix
  6. Gradually add the flour
  7. Add the 1 teaspoon of water
  8. Chill in refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes so it isn't as sticky
  9. Mixture is quite dry!
  10. Use a regular teaspoon and scoop out rolling into a ball
  11. Flatten ball slightyly trying to maintain a nice circle shape
  12. Place 1 pecan half in the center
  13. Place on parchment lined baking sheet
  14. Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes until just lightly golden
  15. Cool slightly and transfer to a wire rack
Notes
  1. This mixture is very dry that is why I decided to add the 1 tsp of water at the end. I was out, but I'd like to experiment with Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Mom usually made these much smaller than mine yielding twice the amount. If using as an appetizer with other foods, you may want to make smaller. If making as more of a cookie size it will yield 30.
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 I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! After all of these wonderful cookie recipes, I’m going to need to do a post on 30 days of stomach crunches in January! Lots of yummy recipes. Don’t miss out on any. The full list is below!

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  1. HEY…a TWOFER!!! They both look amazing. And what an adorable name for the Monster Cookies! So glad you joined the Cookie Exchange! ~Tammy
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  2. Stopping by from the Cookie Exchange! Your Monster Cookies sound delicious! Can you please ship a few to me, I’m sure you can’t eat 6 dozen by yourself ;) Pinning for later!

    • Lol! Too funny! Yes, I’m giving them away or I’ll eat all day! Holy cow I had one for breakfast with a cup of coffee! Merry Christmas! ~Christy

  3. Kelly Jezek says:

    love love your website! learning a lot as I am not the most creative person! this may sound silly but when you give cookies as gifts, how do you like to present them? those decorative cans or boxes or what? thanks for the help! Kelly

    • Thanks you so much!!! You are so sweet! Here is a link to where I order clear cello bags. They come in like a box of 100. I use these bags to even wrap gift cards with paper shreds and a pretty bow. For the cookies….I love these bags! I fill the bag and and tie with a beautiful wire ribbon and add a pretty gift tag. I even just make a simple one in Word and print on card stock. Great for small gifts. Dollar stores also have lots of cute boxes in their gift wrap sections. I am out of my bags right now so I had some white (from Wal-mart) lunch bags. I placed a dozen in the bag and had son walk over to neighbors. You could use those! Here is the link. Let me know anytime I can help! Merry Christmas~Christy

      http://www.nashvillewraps.com/cellophane-bags/wholesale-cello-bags/sku-c211bc.html

      Nashville Wraps has beautiful wrapping supplies!

  4. I know I could eat an entire batch of pecan cheese wafers by myself. I love savory cookies like this.

  5. I love a monster cookie — and so does my son. That recipe is definitely a keeper, but I REALLY want to try the pecan cheese wafers. They sound terrific. A great twist on your traditional cheese straw.
    Atta Girl Amy recently posted…5-Minute Pillow MakeoverMy Profile

  6. Both of these cookies sound wonderful. The monster cookies remind me of “trash” cookies, basically stirring in whatever you have on hand…including oatmeal! :) The pecan cheese wafers sound perfect for a small bit of something after the big Christmas meal. Thanks ~Jeanette
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  7. They both look delicious! But I like the first one better. On my “I want list” is a Kitchen Aid Mixer!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design
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  8. These look wonderful! Love them both!
    Kathy
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  9. Holiday Cookie Goodness indeed! Thank you for sharing Christy, Pinning :)

    xo
    Tanya recently posted…7 Tips For Shipping Christmas Treats + My Favorite Cookie RecipeMy Profile

  10. I’m hungry now! YUM! It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the cookie exchange with you! Happy Holidays!
    Leslie
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  11. They both sound amazing Christy! Oh my goodness…I will definitely be trying them. Especially the second one! Yum!
    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    Nancy
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  12. These look delicious!
    How fun to include a savory cookie! I’m stealing that recipe for an upcoming party!
    Thanks for sharing- such fun being part of the tour
    Cheers
    Christina recently posted…Truffle Mice – 1st Annual Christmas Cookie ExchangeMy Profile

  13. Yum and of course 2 is better than 1! I’d love to try them both.
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