Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Cookbook Give-Away, Cookie Contest & Whoopie Pies!

What is one of your favorite parts of celebrating Christmas? Well, certainly for our grandchildren, one of their favorite parts would have something to do with  nwrapping gifts! :^) But, they also are likely to enjoy Christmas cookies, too! Christmas tends to be a time of the year when we spend time in our kitchen baking cookies . . . mmmm and it does help make Christmas one of the most wonderful times of the year!!!

Last week I posted about my new "grandma contest" . . . a Christmas Cookie recipe contest and shared the recipe for Oatmeal Shortbread Santa cookies - just check this link for the recipe and details! I also let you know about a give-away for the Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies which will be on October 17, 2012. 

So, today I want to remind you about my Christmas Cookie recipe contest . . . I'll be putting together a wonderful prize package . . . including a Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies and more fun things . . . so, please, take a moment to email me (lyndafreemanatcd@gmail.com) your favorite Christmas Cookie recipe. It does not have to be an original recipe, just your favorite! 

n keeping with the warm and wonderful feelings thinking about Christmas cookies generate, I'm sharing another recipe from the Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cookies! My grandsons spent Friday night at my house so I showed Josiah the cookbook and asked him to pick a recipe for us to make . . . each recipe includes a beautiful photo of the cookie! He picked Whoopie Pies. I didn't have any marshmallow cream or candy canes, so we "tweeked" the recipe a bit as follows . . . 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. grease cookie sheets
  3. beat sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, egg and chocolate on medium.
  4. stir in flour, baking soda and salt
  5. drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about two inches apart onto sheets
  6. bake 8 to 10 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched in center
  7. immediately remove from sheets to racks
  8. cool completely
  • butter - softened
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • crushed M&Ms
  1. beat butter, sugar, milk and vanilla until you have a soft, but not runny frosting
  2. crush M&Ms and stir into frosting
  3. place flat sides of two cookies together with about 2 tablespoons of frosting between
  4. enjoy!
These M&M Whoopie Pies were a definite "hit"! After all, what self-respecting one and four year old boy wouldn't love a chocolate cookie with M&M frosting in the middle?!! :^)

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