Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Great Cookie Swap 2013 - Best Christmas Cookie Dough for all Toppings

It was a pleasure to participate this year in the Great Cookie Swap for Kids Cancer.  Our cookie recipe we decided to go with this year, is our favorite family basic dough recipe.  We tried a bunch of our other recipes on friends, neighbors and family and everyone agreed that this was their favorite, so we stuck with the tried and true, instead of trying a new recipe.  
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013
For those that are not familiar with the Great Cookie Swap, it is organized two wonderful ladies from two great blogs.  Julie from The Little Kitchen and Lindsey from Love & Olive Oil were amazing to set this project up with the help of Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Gold Medal, and Grandma Molasses.   Together they pulled in over 600 food bloggers to participate and this little project raised more than $13,000 for Cookies for Kids Cancer (read more about this national project here!)

Part of the fun was packaging them up and sending them off too.  Here is how we packaged our cookies up.

Because I do a lot of woodworking on my blog too, I just couldn't let the cookies go without adding one of our fun homemade Christmas wooden ornaments.  These were made from painted shim wood and a printed Christmas saying on fun holiday paper that was then modge-podged onto the wood.  So easy to make and looked great on the packages too.  (The Jingle bells, Believe, and Merry Christmas on each package is the ornaments!)  I hope Leslie at My Kitchen is Open, Maurita at Get the Good Stuff and Dawn at Butter and Sprinkles all enjoyed our packages!  

The next part that my kids thought was the ABSOLUTE best part was receiving our cookies from each of these wonderful bloggers…Martha from A Family Feast, Kim from Design + Life + Kids, and Beth from It's Good to be the Cook!  Look how beautifully they all arrived!!!  
Not only did we get goodies from the cookie swap bloggers, but we also received some fun goodies from one of the sponsors too.  Oxo company who helped begin Cookies for Kids Cancer sent us these fun kitchen tools as a thank you for participating.  We love them! And you will see below we got them in time to use them with our recipe.  
And they came with such a sweet personal note too! 

This project was fun and rewarding knowing we helped a great cause.  Now onto the fun…the recipe reveal!!!  

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 9-10 mins


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Topping Options: 
  • Chocolate chips
  • White Chocolate chips
  • Mint Chocolate chips
  • Mini M&M's
  • Reese's pieces
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Butterscotch chips
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Sift together flour and baking powder
3.  In a large bowl (or stand mixer) cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar.
4.  Mix in the instant pudding mix until blended.
5.  Stir in eggs, one at a time.
6.  Add vanilla.
7.  Slowly blend in the flour mixture about 1/2 cup at a time.
8.  Blend until flour is completely mixed in and dough is a smooth dough mixture.
9.  Place small spoonfuls of dough onto your baking sheet.  Keeping a good inch or more apart.
10.  Now choose your topping and place into each dough ball pressing down and flatting out cookie as you do.  (By placing the chips, candy, etc into each cookie instead of mixing into the batter, you will have a prettier cookie after baking.  And believe it or not, actually use less chips or candies.)
11.  Bake for 9-10 minutes just until edges barely begin to get golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to sit on cookie sheet for another 2-3 minutes.  Cookies will continue to bake as they sit.  Remove to a cooling rack for remainder of cooling time.   
12.  Serve with milk…so yummy!!!

Here are a series of photos to go with the directions.  I am a visual learner, so I love to have photo directions too!  :)

I hope you will enjoy these cookies this Christmas time.  They are a yummy versatile dough!!!  

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  1. Your cookies look so good! And what a wonderful package you put together. So thoughtful!

    1. Thanks Kim! We definitely LOVED yours. My boys are wanting to know how long it will take me to reproduce your recipe for them. I guess a dozen wasn't enough for them!!! :)

  2. Hey, I have a quick question I wanted to ask you about your blog, do you think you could send me an email when you get this? Thanks! Tiffany

  3. too fun! I love that the recipe is so customizable. And they look so droolingly good!!

  4. Me and my boys made these on Sunday. We all agree this is our new go to cookie recipe. Thank you for sharing!