Thursday, December 2, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Cookie Recipes

I am definitely a cookie monster!  Always have been.  Must have something to do with the fact that my mama always made lots of cookies, and they're just comfort food for me. 

Besides, you can pick them up and eat them on the run.  Rarely do I ever sit down to enjoy cookies.

I become a cookie baking fanatic during the month of December.  Two cookie baking nights with my (local) granddaughters and we love giving them for gifts.

And lots of cookie recipes in between.

Here's the link for Food Network's 12 Days of Cookie Recipes.  The first day was Paula Deen's
Ooey Gooey Butter Cookie recipe - so easy and delicious. I'll share that awesome recipe here, but you'll have to sign up for the newsletter if you want to receive more.

Even if you don't care to receive the newsletter, there are many easy recipes at this page. Enjoy!

photo credit: Paula Deen 

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen