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jfulle5:
I have to bring cookies to a christmas party on saturday. Any ideas of what to bring?

ZipTheWonder:
These are yummy.  Use the red/white/green M&M mix that's out right now:

ROAD TRIP COOKIES

2 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
6 oz Semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup Granulated sugar
3/4 cup Tightly packed light brown sugar
1/4 lb Room temperature unsalted butter
2 lrg Eggs
2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
3 cup M&M's

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a sifter combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Sift onto a large piece of wax paper and set aside until needed. Heat 1 inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium heat. With the heat on, place the semisweet chocolate in the top half of the double boiler. Use a rubber spatula to stir the chocolate until completely melted and smooth, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a 1-quart bowl and set aside.

Place the granulated sugar, light brown sugar and butter in a 7-quart bowl. Use a stiff rubber spatula (or a wooden spoon) to cream the ingredients together until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix to incorporate. Add the melted chocolate and mix until combined. Add the sifted dry ingredients and thoroughly combine.

Add the M&M's, mixing to incorporate. Using 3 heaping tablespoons of dough for each cookie (approximately 3 ounces), portion 6 cookies, evenly spaced, onto each of 3 nonstick baking sheets (this is a hefty cookie, so don't crowd). Place the baking sheets on the top and center racks of the preheated oven and bake for 14 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and cool to room temperature on the baking sheets, about 30 minutes. Store the cooled cookies in a tightly sealed plastic container until ready to serve.

pendragon1980:
Cappuccino Crinkles
 
1/3  cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1  cup packed brown sugar
2/3  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1  tablespoon instant coffee granules
1  teaspoon baking soda
1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
2   egg whites
1/3  cup vanilla yogurt
1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1/4  cup granulated sugar


 Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar, cocoa powder, coffee granules, baking soda, and cinnamon. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in egg whites and yogurt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon.  Place granulated sugar in a small bowl. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons into sugar and roll into balls. Roll again in sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool. Makes about 32.

MelJill:
Cookie Dough Truffles

Ingredients:
* 1/2 c. butter, softened
* 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
* 2 c. all purpose flour
* 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
* 1 t. vanilla extract
* 1/2 c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips
* (Optional) 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
* 1-1/2 lbs candy coating (see notes)
In mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the flour, milk, and vanilla; mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips, and if desired, walnuts.  Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper lined cookie sheets.  Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hrs or until firm.

In microwave safe bowl, melt candy coating, stirring often until smooth.  Dip balls in coating; place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until firm (about 15 minutes).

*Note:  Candy coating may be divided as 1-1/4 lb of main coating, which should be a chocolate; 1/4 lb of a colored candy-coating which is then drizzled over the finished 'truffles' for a more artistic presentation.

Store in refrigerator.  Should make between 5 and 5-1/2 dozen.

Tastes just like cookie dough, but no raw eggs.

Clara Bow:
Mix up some sugar cookie mix. Cut out Christmas trees, then cut little holes in each tree. The holes need to go all the way through to the bottom. Then fill the holes with crushed Life Savers in all different colors. Bake the cookies and the Life Savers melt to make a stained glass effect. The decorate with green frosting and little silver candies.

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