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Karen's Kitchen

December 14, 2011

Baking Christmas Cookies

TARBORO — Christmas will be here before you can blink. I swear it comes earlier every year! At least it seems that way. I am not the best cookie baker in the world. I don’t know why. My BFF, Debbie Bridgers, can bake any cookie, any time. I struggle and struggle and can’t get half as good a cookie as she does. It’s just not fair!

These cookie recipes are easy. They make wonderful gifts, treats or Santa snacks. I hope you enjoy them. Let me know how they turn out. You can always find me on Facebook or by email. My email is kvfreeman@triad.rr.com. Our first few recipes are for gifts in a jar. However, you can also just bake them yourself and enjoy them during the holiday.

Our first recipe is uses cinnamon and pecans – what can be better than that. You should have all of the ingredients in the pantry with the possible exception of the almond extract. I don’t care for almond flavors, so I leave it out. It’s up to you.

The second recipe is M&M cookies. Do I even need to say any more? I totally love M&M’s! Remember to buy the red and green Christmas colors for holiday cookies and then the regular M&M’s the rest of the year.

The third recipe is also a gift in a jar recipe. It’s French Vanilla Cocoa. That is perfect for a cold winter night. You may not have all of these ingredients in the pantry but they are not expensive ingredients.

If you are doing these as gifts in a jar, remember either use pretty jars or cut a swatch of fabric to fit between the lid and the ring. Use a ribbon to tie the instruction card to the jar and you will have a beautiful gift.

Cinnamon Pecan Sugar Cookies

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