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This weekend, I finally got around to baking sugar cookies.

I was pretty sure one of us was going to founder on them and it wasn’t me.

Despite the fact Captain Cavedweller isn’t a big sweet eater, there are a few treats that he can’t pass up.

Sugar Cookies are definitely on the short list.

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Here is the recipe. These take a little time and effort but it is well worth it!

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

dash of lemon juice

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 1/2 cups flour

Frosting

Cream together butter and sugars. Add in eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix dry ingredients together and gradually add into creamed mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Generously flour a flat surface and your rolling pin. Scoop out half the dough and roll until about 1/4 inch thick. You want to work fairly quickly at this point because the warmer the dough gets the stickier it becomes and you don’t want to add more flour. Cut into shapes and bake about 6-8 minutes or until cookies are just set. You do not want them to get brown at all. Cool in pan for one minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Frost and decorate then watch them disappear.

You can use a royal icing if you are of a mind to stir up a batch or, if you are a lazy slug like me, I whip out a can of Betty Crocker vanilla frosting and frost away. I also like to use decorator gels, especially the sparkly variety, along with sprinkles!

Here are a few links to some of our other favorites!

Gingerbread Bars

Nut Goodie Bars

Pumpkin Roll

Seven-Layer Bars

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I was standing in my kitchen the other day contemplating what kind of cookie I was willing to invest the time and effort in making six dozen. Got to tell you up front, it was not going to be decorated sugar cookies!

Invited to a cookie exchange party (that I can hardly wait to attend!),  I needed to come up with six dozen cookies that weren’t going to be a time-consuming venture.

Finally, I remembered my super easy recipe for cake mix cookies. I love this recipe because you can use any flavor cake mix and any add-ins that tickle your fancy.

Since I have a thing for chocolate, I decided to use a chocolate fudge mix. A natural flavor to blend (at least for me) is peppermint. These are so fast and easy, you’ll have time to sip a cup of hot chocolate and sing a few “Fa La La La La’s” before you move on to your next frenzied activity.

Ingredients

Melt butter, then blend in eggs.

After you add the cake mix, the dough will be thick.

Drop onto a baking sheet.

Top with Kisses (the candy kind!)

Dust with sugar once cookies are cool, if you can wait that long to try one!

Chocolate Fudge and Mint Cookies

1 Chocolate Fudge cake mix (18.25 ounce)

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

1 bag Hershey’s peppermint kisses

powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together eggs and butter. Add vanilla then mix in cake mix. Drop dough by rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet. Place an unwrapped kiss in the center of each cookie.

Bake about 6-8 minutes until cookies are just set but not cooked through. Remove from oven and leave on pan until cool. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

As I mentioned, you can use any cake mix and add-in combination. You could do spice cake with nuts, yellow cake with candied cherries, vanilla with a dollop of jam, chocolate with sweetened cream cheese and mini chips. You get the idea.

This recipe will make 72 mini cookies or about 30 regular-sized cookies.

Happy Holiday Entertaining!

The Chocoholic

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