Thursday, December 2, 2010

On the 2nd Day of Christmas....

Accepting recipes from December 2 through 12th.
It is time to get the Christmas Goodies made!!
The Christmas Tradion of Holiday Cookies and Candies for our family is something we look forward to every year...and I have to admit some of our family and friends really look forward to the treats of our labor. :D

For the past 5 years, at Christmas I host a Cookie Exchange, complete with Brunch, Cookie Recipes and MORE COOKIES than a little kid could possibly even THINK of eating!!

So, this year since we're all celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas together at Shelly's Images, we'd LOVE to have you share your recipes for your Christmas Goodies!

Here's a favorite in our house -
Thumbprint Cookies from the Kitchen of Min Kwiatkowski
1/2 c. Butter, softened
1/4 c. Brown Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 tea. Vanilla
1 c. Flour
1/8 tea. Salt
1 Egg white, slightly beaten
1 c. Finely chopped nuts
Butter Cream Frosting
M&M's Peanut Candies
Cream butter & Sugar together until creamy.  Stir in egg yolk and vanilla.  Add flour and salt, mix well.  If you have time, chill the dough for several hours.  Form dough into 1" balls.  Dip each ball into the slightly beaten egg white, then roll in nuts to coat.  Bake on an ungreasted cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and make an indentation into each cookie with your thumb.  Return cookie sheet to oven and bake for 5 more minutes.  Cool cookies completely and fill with butter cream frosting (canned frosting is just fine).  Top with Peanut M&M's

So, join us by posting your favorite Christmas Cookie or Goodie recipe in the comments area.  One lucky commenter will receive their choice of a free image from Shelly's Images.  We will also compile all of the recipes to a printable document so that everyone can have their own Shelly's Images Christmas Goodies Cookbook. 
YEAH for Holiday Goodies!!!
Here's to Christmas Goodies on the 2nd Day of Christmas!
PS:  Here's a little freebie recipe card for you too - you can never have too many cute recipe cards.  :D  The cookie image is a little quickie Shelly put together for me to use.


  1. Oooh....I hope lots of our friends drop in with recipes. :)

    I will be back a little later today with my "Holiday Hideaway" recipe.

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  3. oops my recipe got posted before I finished typing it! LOL.

    Let me try, again:

    How about a recipe for pumpkin cookies:

    Quick and Easy Pumpkin Cookies

    2 cups butter
    2 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. allspice
    1 cup chopped walnuts
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups fresh (or canned) pumpkin
    4 cups sifted flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    2 cups raisins

    Preheat oven to 350° F.
    Blend all ingredients thoroughly.
    Drop one inch dough balls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes.

  4. Mmmmmm, I think my tush is increasing in size just THINKING about Christmas cookies!! :D Great recipe Sammi!

  5. Here is my cookie recipe. This is definitely a tradition at our house

    Holiday Hideaways
    From Shelly Parker

    2/3 cup butter flavor Crisco
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 Tablespoon milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    2 10 ounce jars of Maraschino Cherries - well
    Chocolate Almond Bark
    White Almond Bark

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cream crisco, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until well blended. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Beat into creamed mixture at low speed. Dough should be easy to handle. If not add a bit more flour.

    Roll a piece of the dough into a ball slightly larger than a marble. Press into a thin layer with your fingers. Wrap the dough into a thin layer around the cherry and seal. Pinch off any extra dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cookies will become golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute and then completely cool on cooling rack. Dip cookies in melted chocolate to cover completely. Place on waxed paper to allow the chocolate to set up. Drizzle cookies with white chocolate to decorate. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

  6. A great idea. Will be back later with mine.

  7. Here is one of my favorite Cookie Recipes:


    3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp. pure almond extract
    3 1/2 cup flour
    1/4 tsp. kosher salt
    Flaked, sweetened coconut
    Jam (Raspberry is the fave in my house)

    Cream butter & sugar. Add extract, salt & flour. Dough will be very crumbly. Wrap in plastic wrap & chill for 30 min.

    Beat 1 egg with 1 Tbs. of water.
    Fill another small bowl with coconut.
    Roll dough into balls, dip in egg wash & roll in coconut. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Make indent & fill with jam.

    Bake at 350* for 20-25 min. Cool on wire racks.

  8. YUM! Those sound delicious Scrappy! We don't usually make any thumbprint cookies so I can't wait to try this.

  9. Here is my favorite recipe. I am not much of a cookie maker, only eater. However I love to make and eat fudge.

    3/4 cup margarine
    3 cups sugar
    5 oz evaporated milk
    12 oz chips (your choice)
    7 oz marshmallow fluff
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup nuts or cherries (optional)

    13 x 9 lightly greased pan or lined with was paper

    combine sugar, margarine, and milk in large pot. Bring to a boil, 234 degrees F. Medium heat until 234 degrees F. Stir constantly.

    remove from heat add chips until melted. add remaining ingredients, mix well.

    Cool, Cut, Serve and Enjoy.

  10. Better double the recipe Shelly! These never make it out of my house. In fact, they rarely even get put away into tins! lol!

  11. yummy, Love the fudge recipe Stephanie!

  12. mmmm.....I love fudge! Thanks for the recipe Stephanie.

  13. YUMMO - you girls are making me hungry with all these recipes! Keep 'em comin'!

  14. Yummy recipes girls! I will post another over the weekend.

  15. All lovely recipes so far, this one is from my daughter and it's for Rum Balls, she makes them every Christmas and we look forward to them.

    450g Cake Crumbs (Two sponges unfilled and crumbed)
    500g Condensed Milk
    1 cup Coconut
    Half a cup of Cocoa
    2 Tablespoons of Rum (or a little more if you like them strong)
    Extra Coconut

    Mix all ingredients
    Roll mixture into small balls and then roll in the extra coconut
    Place on tray and leave in Fridge to set

    Eat as desired

  16. mmmmm....I haven't ever made Rum Balls. Those sound so good!

  17. You girls are making me hungry with all these wonderful recipes.
    I will have to go pull one of mine out.

  18. Hi all...I don't do the cookie thing in my daughter does though...but the recipe I want to share is for Nanaimo bars. I was just asked by Sara what a Nanaimo bar is...if you live in BC you will definitely know what an Nanaimo bar is. It is a favorite around Christmas time. So I decided...since I have never made them look up a recipe and share it with you. This recipe was the winner in a contest in Nanaimo, B.C. to find the best Nanaimo bars. If any of you try making this could you let me know how it is...or I may even try it myself if I can afford the ingredients before Christmas. lol

    The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe
    From the City of Nanaimo
    This recipe for the legendary Nanaimo Bar comes from a contest in 1986 initiated by Nanaimo's mayor to find the ultimate Nanaimo Bar. This recipe from Joyce Hardcastle was chosen from over 100 entries.

    Nanaimo Bar Recipe

    Bottom Layer

    ½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
    ¼ cup sugar
    5 tbsp. cocoa
    1 egg beaten
    1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
    ½ c. finely chopped almonds
    1 cup coconut

    Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.

    Second Layer

    ½ cup unsalted butter
    2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
    2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
    2 cups icing sugar
    Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

    Third Layer

    4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
    2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
    Melt chocolate and butter overlow heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

    Shopping Tips

    Remember to buy unsalted butter & although you can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut, since the whole confection is pretty sweet already, unless you just want to use up sweetened coconut you already have in your pantry, buy a package of unsweetened cocnut. If you can't find custard powder, it's OK to substitute powdered instant vanilla pudding mix.

    From The City of Nanaimo

    If you prefer the taste of mint with your's the recipe for the mint filling.
    1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) butter, melted
    1/4 1/4cup cup(50 mL) (50 mL) milk
    1 1tbsp tbsp(15 mL) (15 mL) peppermint extract
    4 4cups cups(1 L) (1 L) icing sugar
    1 1green food colouring

    Hope you all enjoy! You'll know you've done it right if you get three solid layers.

  19. Sounds so bad for you but scrumptious Cahrlene - Pauline L

  20. Love all these recipes, wow, need to have some sweet stuff now, lol !!

  21. Here's a 3 ingredient Whipped Shortbread Cookie that my husband devours in no time!! They are so light and melt in your mouth.
    I'm going to paste the link to the recipe that allows you to adjust measurements and such. I don't add the maraschino cherries as it states. So all you need is butter, flour, and confectioner's sugar. How easy is that!!

    ☺ Whipped Shortbread Cookies!

  22. Thanks for the delicious recipes everyone!

    Our random comment from this post is comment #7 - Ursula. Congratulations Ursula!

  23. Hello,

    It's nice! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Cute recipe cards