Holiday Cookie Exchange!

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Hyon from our Fashion Dept gets into the Holiday Spirit

Holiday recipes often are passed on from family member to family member. We decided to do the same with our Kolcraft family. We hosted a holiday cookie exchange complete with cookies, cakes, hot chocolate, homemade apple cider and all sorts of delicious coffees.

Every bite was a delight to the taste-buds so we decided to not only share pictures from the event, but also a few recipes for you to try out with your family!

Emilie, Angela, Jessica & Terry - some of Kolcraft's cookie bakers

Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 ¼ cups Flour

1 ½ cups Quick Oatmeal

1 cup Butter

¾ cup Sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Add flour and mix. Add oatmeal and mix well together. Make into small balls and press down with fork on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

¼ cup sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

1 can 14oz sweetened condensed milk

1 ¼ cups seedless red raspberry preserves

1 1/3 cup flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

In a small bowl, combine the crumbs and sugar. Add margarine/butter. Toss until combined. Press onto bottom of 13x9x2 baking pan. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over crumbs. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Spoon preserves over top. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts. Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes until light brown. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yields 24.

Do you have a favorite cookie that you make at Holiday time?

Cookies, cookies and more cookies

37 Responses to “Holiday Cookie Exchange!”

  1. Anne December 17, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Hello there! Cute site! I love the cookie recipes I’m always looking for new ones to try and I’m looking forward to trying the Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars!!! YUM Its been a picky pregnancy so far so I’m hoping those will be as GREAT as they sound!

  2. MichelleH December 17, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you! It’s great to have you on our blog. Welcome!

  3. Donna Warrington December 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Thanks for the recipes, I’m always lookiing for new cookie recipes…’s bake day next Wednesday, I have the whole house to myself and I plan to bake cookies all day (dinner will be take out that evening)


  4. Angie B December 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    The magic raspberry cookie bars sound yummy. I love raspberry anything. i’m stopping by from Making Time for Mommy’s blog

  5. hanna December 17, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi there! I am visiting you because Thanks Mail carrier sent me:) These cookies all look so yummy:) Happy Holidays!

  6. Colleen B December 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I set aside one weekend, usually the first one in December (although not this year!), and the kids and I bake treats all weekend long! My favorite are maple cookies dipped in chocolate, but I’m always on the lookout for a new recipe to add to the mix…the raspberry cookie jars might just make it onto the menu this year.

  7. Mimi December 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    The butter oatmeal cookes sound delicious. I’m going to try those this weekend.

  8. Katie Walker December 18, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    I love cookies and am always looking for new and great recipes! These sound delicious and I will definitely be trying them this Christmas. We always bake peanut butter blossoms and gingerbread men!

  9. Ashley Smith December 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Those raspberry cookie bars sound so good! I may have to make them next time instead of the fruitcake cookies that I’m just now taking out of the oven… 😉

  10. Kris December 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    We make snickerdoodles during the holidays

  11. Andrea December 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Yum! Those Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars sound delicious! I’ll definitely have to give them a try!

  12. polly December 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    your butter oatmeal cookies sound great! going to make them in the morning! thanks for the recipie! happy holidays everyone!

  13. Sharon December 19, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Great recipies! Holiday cookies are a great tradition!

  14. Paula December 19, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Looking forward to trying the oatmeal cookie recipe. Thanks!

  15. Carissa December 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I love holiday cookie exchanges. A great way to get a variety of cookies! Thanks for sharing your recipes. Yum!

  16. ShootingStarsMag December 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    oh gosh, these sound amazing. I just made peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss on top today. those are my favorite during the holidays. so simple!!


  17. LeeAnn December 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Those Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars sound yummy! My mom and I have made Peanut Butter Balls (some call them Buckeyes) every year since I can remember. Unfortunately she had to make them without me this year because that would have been an impossible feat with my two toddlers underfoot. 🙁 I still got to eat some, though!

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  18. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Great to have you with us. We had Peanut Butter Balls featured at our Kolcraft Holiday Cookie exchange. They were yummy. 🙂
    Good luck in the contest!

  19. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Those are great Lauren!!!

  20. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    You are very welcome Carissa!

  21. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    You are so welcome Paula!

  22. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Let us know how they turn out Polly! 🙂

  23. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Those are so yummy Kris!

  24. MichelleH December 20, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    That sounds great katie!

  25. Carol G December 21, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    I don’t bake anywhere nearly as much as I used to, but when I was working, we always had a cookie exchange among the staff on the L&D unit that I worked on. It was something I could do with my daughters, had some real goodies for the family and a lot of fun at work.

  26. Deonna December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    One of the easiest (and fastest) recipes I have for cookie exchanges uses only 3 ingredients: a bag of mini twist pretzels, a bag of rolos (chocolate covered caramel pieces), and a bag of pecan halves. Stack the rolos on each pretzel, and place in the oven on a low temp (like 200 or 250) just long enough to soften the chocolate (not melt it). Immediately after taking it out of the oven, put a pecan half on top and gently push down so the whole treat is only about 1/2″ tall.
    These are sooooooooo good!

  27. Michelle December 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    I’ve had those but I didn’t know the recipe. Thanks for sharing it. They are so yummy!

  28. Michelle December 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    We applaud you doing a cookie exchange that involved your daughters. Great parenting!

  29. polly December 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    i’m here from mom to bed by 8. love cookie exchanges. happy holidays everyone!

  30. amber whitehead December 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    I have had several great cookie exchanges. They are fun to do with kids too. Thanks for sharing the recipes I will have to try those. My favorite stand by cookie is a sugar cookie.

  31. Raven In A Blue Room December 22, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    I am so going to try the Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars, it sounds delightful – and of course the kiddos can help in the kitchen 🙂

  32. Michelle December 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Happy Holidays to everyone! Glad you all liked our cookie exchange!

  33. cindy w December 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I love making the peanut butter thumbprint cookies with hershey’s kissess in the middle. The kisses with the caramel make them even better.

  34. trina December 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I hosted my annual cookie exchange on Monday night. It was great we had nine women who each brought two kinds of cookies apiece. It was wonderful to come away with so manu kinds of cookies. It looks like I have been slaving away baking all week.

  35. Michelle December 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    You all have such great comments. We will keep them in mind for next year’s cookie exchange!

  36. Randy Bailey December 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I am going to try these recipes
    We make Nestle’s Toll House M & M Cookies at Christmas Time

  37. MichelleH December 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Toll house cookies are always yummy 🙂