Christmas Cookie Exchange

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Today is the 5th annual Christmas cookie exchange at work (the 3rd year that I’ve participated). I’ll take any chance I can get to bake 5 dozen cookies! The awesome thing is that for every cookie that gets exchanged Glad will donate $1 to pediatric cancer research as part of Cookies for Kids Cancer. I decided to do my most favorite sugar cookie recipe (these happen to be the same ones pictured along with my caramel corn in this post) and add a little festive flare to them by dipping them in chocolate and sprinkling on some crushed peppermint candy canes. Sounds a little lofty for a Thursday night. But somehow I got them baked and decorated without any hiccups (I made sure we had PLENTY of butter on hand).


I got this recipe along with this awesome box of cookie cutters at a white elephant gift exchange a few years ago. I hit the jackpot that’s for sure. I mean who wouldn’t want a 100 piece cookie cutter set, the classic series no less.

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Since this little piece of paper is the only copy I have of the recipe I guard it with my life. I’m happy it will finally be documented somewhere else so I can stop being so paranoid with it. It only takes 6 simple ingredients and is so easy to make! The recipe calls to make the dough and then let chill in the fridge, but I don’t think I have ever had time to do that and they still always turn out great. Enjoy.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder


  1. Mix butter, sugar and egg together.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Combine and form into a pancake.
  4. Wrap in plastic and chill
  5. Roll out and cut out dough.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 6-8 minutes.

 Extras: To flare them up a little, melt a 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a sauce pan (I usually use a make-shift double broiler with a bowl and a saucepan so I don’t burn the chocolate). Crush up a bowl of candy canes (I think the mini ones work best for crushing). Once cookies have cooled completely, dip them in the melted chocolate and then sprinkle with candy canes! 


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