Last-Minute, Easy Cookie Recipes

| December 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s the day before Christmas. Friends who you see once a year are on the island and in the mood for some social time. They phone. They text. They Facebook saying they’ve got a few hours headed your way. You’re looking around the house wondering why you didn’t start cooking holiday dinner a little early…and need to whip something up fast and festive.

Last-minute cookie recipes are exactly what’s called for. Nothing overly fancy or complicated, just something delicious and – of course – fast. Here are two quick and lovely cookie recipes that will make you the star of the drop-in guests show (and the rest of the holiday).

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HERSHEY’S KISS SURPRISE COOKIES

Ingredients:

- 1 cup butter

- 1/3 cup white sugar

- 1/3 cup brown sugar

- 1/2 tsp vanilla

- 2 cups flour

- 1 cup mini chocolate chip morsels

- 14 oz bag Hershey’s kisses

Directions:

1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla. Add in flour then stir in mini chocolate chips by hand.

2. Take approximately 1 tsp of dough and wrap around 1 kiss. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

3. (Optional for fanciness, I didn’t do it) Melt the bag of regular chocolate chips and drizzle the chocolate over the top.

These are as delicious as they are fun.

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OATMEAL CRANBERRY COOKIES

Ingredients:

- 1 C unsalted butter

- 3/4 C granulated sugar

- 3/4 C brown sugar

- 2 eggs

- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

- 1 1/2 C flour

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1 tsp baking soda

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp nutmeg

- 1/4 tsp cardamon

- 3 C rolled oats

- 1 C dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)

Directions:

!. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla.

3. Combine dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add dried cranberries and stir in by hand.

4. Drop by the teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool.

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Category: Dessert, EAT LOCAL, Recipes

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Robin Rivers is the Project Development Director for Vancouver-based Mherge Media Group. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.

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