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Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies


Save money and make holiday baking easier by having a cookie exchange.  Invite 6 or more people to bring a dozen cookies for each person invited to your cookie exchange party.  If you invite 6 people, they will each bring 72 similar cookies

At the party, everyone gives a dozen of their cookies to each other person.  If you brought 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies to the party, you will leave with 6 dozen cookies, but you will have 6 different kinds. 

Cookie exchanges are thrift friendly, and friendly.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are recipes for a couple  frugal Christmas cookies.




1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsps baking soda
2 tsps cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsps ground cinnamon

You are going to need a very hot oven to bake these, so before you start mixing the ingredients pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.  As with all cookies, begin by creaming the butter, sugar and shortening, and then adding the eggs.

Then stir in the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

Shape the dough into small balls, and then roll them in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. 

Do not flatten them.  Place them a few inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes.  They will flatten out, and the top will crack because of the high heat.

Cool on a rack so the bottom won't get soggy.



1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
4 Tbsp. molasses
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cloves
2 cups  flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 unbeaten egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. With hand mixer, blend sugar, butter, and
3. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients.
4. With hand mixer, blend dry ingredients
    into wet ingredients.
5. Stir in unbeaten egg.
6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; dip in white
7. Bake for about 8 minutes and shake pan,
   so cookies fall. Bake an additional 2 - 4







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