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Holiday Cookie Swap

Posted on: December 5, 2008

Looking for a way to celebrate the holidays with your friends without spending a fortune or taking all day in the kitchen preparing a whole buffet?  Organize a holiday cookie swap instead!  Everyone brings a few dozen of whatever cookie or treat they made, and the assortment is laid out on a table.  Then go around the table taking a few from each plate until everything is gone.  From an afternoon of baking just one recipe, you’ll walk away with a whole assortment of treats!


Check out a great sugar cookie recipe from after the jump!

Easy Sugar Cookies


  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.


  • Make sure the butter is completely softened before you mix it in – the softer the better!  You want the dough to be velvety and smooth, not crumbly and dry.  The condition of the butter makes all the difference.
  • Use two teaspoons of vanilla extract instead of one.
  • Find the original recipe and more tips in the comments section at

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