Christmas Cookies and a Christmas Party

Last week my Sunday School Class, the FOLD, held our annual Christmas Party.  As usual, their was much laughing, great fellowship, good food, and our annual “Dirty Santa” game.  “Dirty Santa” is a game where participants steal gifts from one another trying to end up with the best, or at least not the worst gift.  It is so much fun and we do play “dirty”…not down and dirty, just “dirty.  I had opened a perfectly adorable snowman teapot that was perfect for me and someone, I won’t name names, stole it from me!  It worked out because in the end I went home with a beautiful red Christmas Platter.  I love to give “Lovies” at parties.  A ‘Lovie” is a little gift that I give out that lets me love on my friends just a little bit more.  I set a timer and every 10 minutes or so, the timer goes off, scares everyone out of their skin, a name is drawn and a “Lovie” is presented.  For our Christmas party, I gave out little trays of Christmas cookies.  

I package them real cute and it just makes me happy to see my friends become so thrilled to receive something so simple. It's all about the love.
I package the cookie trays really cute and it just makes me happy to see my friends become thrilled to receive something so simple. It’s all about the love.

I mean, who wouldn't want to go home with these?!
I mean, who wouldn’t want to go home with these?!
Cutie Lynn won a "Lovie"!!!
Cutie Lynn won a “Lovie”!!!
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The FOLD, all dressed up and ready for Dirty Santa!

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Beverly and me. Beverly takes one of the best pictures I have seen. I have never seen a bad picture of her. How, and why, did I take this picture next to her?? Tell me, WHY??!!
 Beverly takes one of the best pictures I have seen. I have never seen a bad picture of her. How and why did I take this picture next to her?? Tell me, WHY??!!

I love our Christmas party.  It is always such a great time.  I love giving out “Lovies”.  It just gives me pleasure to see my friends happy.  They are so appreciative of the little things, something as simple as a tiny act of kindness and love.

I hope you are elbow deep in Christmas baking right now.  Add these cookies to your list.  Sugar Cookies with Christmas M&M’S and Oatmeal Cookies with Hot Chocolate M&M’s.  

I found my Hot Chocolate M&M’s at Target.  Here they are at Amazon.   http://www.amazon.com/Ms-Hot-Chocolate-Made-Dark/dp/B017GCXR8G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450058300&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+chocolate+m%26m%27s

Enjoy your holiday baking!!!

Love ya!

Recipes adapted from http://www.kingarthurflour.com/

Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup unsalted butter
  6. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  9. 1 large egg
  10. Optional add in: M&M baking bits, cinnamon chips, pecans, walnut, etc.
  11. Optional topping: 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  6. Beat in the egg.
  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. Add the flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing at low speed. When dough is moistened, mix at medium speed to evenly combine and moistened.
  9. Add in M&M's or anything other add-in at this point. Stirring to combine.
  10. Place the 1 cup of sugar in a plastic bag or small bowl.
  11. Roll the dough into 1" to 2" balls, depending on what size cookie you prefer.
  12. Optional: Roll cookies in white sugar
  13. Place on prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between them.
  14. Flatten the cookies using the bottom of a glass or a heel of your hand. Flatten to about 1/4" thick.
  15. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  16. Cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a baking rack to finish cooling.
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Oatmeal Cookies with Hot Chocolate M&M'S
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  3. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  10. 1 large egg
  11. 1/2 teaspoon baking
  12. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  13. 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, quick cooking or old fashioned
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.
  3. Beat together in a large bowl or stand mixer: butter, shortening, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vinegar until fairly smooth.
  4. Beat in the egg until combined and smooth.
  5. Add the baking soda and flour slowly. Beating until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add the oats, stirring to combine.
  7. Add in the add-ins at this point: candies, cranberries, pecans, walnuts, etc. I added Hot Chocolate M&M's. Stir to combine.
  8. Drop the dough in balls onto prepared baking sheet. Drop anywhere from 1" to 2" balls, depending on size cookie you prefer.
  9. Leave about 2" between cookies. They will spread.
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes on middle rack in oven.
  11. If baking both sheets at one time in same oven, switch baking sheets in oven 1/2 way through.
  12. Remove from oven when cookies are starting to brown all over, not just on the edges.
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