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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reed Family Cookie Boxes 2009/Sunday Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the ability to share my love of cooking and music with my friends and family at the holidays. Oh, and Sundays rock. So do big pink bikes, warm cookies and sleeping hamsters.

Recipes:

Heath Bar Crunch Cookies:

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Heath Bar candy bars, chopped
Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in chopped Heath Bar candy bars. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet; cool completely on wire rack.
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Chewy Cocoa Brownies

1 2/3 C Granulated Sugar
3/4 C butter, Melted
2 Tbsp. Water
2 large eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/3 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C Nestle Toll House Baking Cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c chopped Raw unstalted Cashews
1 12 oz pkg mini Semi-Sweet Morsels
Preheat: oven to 350º Grease: 13x9 inch baking pan
Combine: sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in egg and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture. Stir in nuts and morsels. Spread into prepared baking pan.
Bake: for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars. Makes 2 dozen brownies.

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Tollhouse Cookies

Ingredients•2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1 teaspoon salt
•1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
•3/4 cup granulated sugar
•3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2 large eggs
•2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
•1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

2 C sugar
1 C peanut butter
1/2 C butter
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1-12 C flour
1-1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
Sugar for sprinkling

Cream sugar, beanut butter, butter, vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla until smooth. Combine dry ingredients, then add to sugar mixture. Mix until smooth. Chill dough for 3 hours. Preheat oven to 350º. Roll into balls 1-1/4 inches, place on ungreased cookie sheet 3 inches apart. Flatten in a crisscross pattern w/a fork. Sprinkle sugar. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
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Chocolate Pepermint Bark

2 1 lb. bag Candy Wafers (microwaveable)
2 tsp. pepermint extract
12 crushed candy canes

Melt wafers in microwave safe blow. Add extract & crushed candy cane. Line cookie sheet w/ plastic wrap. Spread mixture 1/4 inch thick over cookie sheet. Refrigerate till solid. Break into bite size peaces.
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2009 Christmas CD Mix

Version 1

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson This Warm December: Brushfire Holiday's, Vol. 1

God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan A Winter's Night

O Come, O Come Emmanuel Enya And Winter Came

The 12 Days of Christmas (Live) Straight No Chaser Holiday Spirits (Bonus Track Version)

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) [Classic Version] Alvin and the Chipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

We Three Kings Go Fish Snow

O Come All Ye Faithful Josh Groban & Mormon Tabernacle Choir Noel

Little Drummer Boy (feat. Andy McKee) Josh Groban Noel

Go Tell It On the Mountain James Taylor James Taylor At Christmas

Silent Night Sarah McLachlan Wintersong

Version 2

My Favorite Things Yolanda Adams What a Wonderful Time


Silent Night Sarah Brightman Silent Night - Single of the Week

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) [Duet With LeAnn Rimes] Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Winter Wonderland Tony Bennett Winter Wonderland - Single of the Week

Hark the Herald Angels Sing C. Berry Christmas

Go Tell It On the Mountain Little Big Town Go Tell It On the Mountain

Guten Abend, Gute Nacht (Brahms' Lullabye) Roger Whittaker The Roger Whittaker Christmas Album

You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch Thurl Ravenscroft Now That's What I Call Christmas! 3 [Disc 2]

O Little Town Of Bethlehem Garth Brooks The Magic Of Christmas

'Zat You, Santa Claus? Garth Brooks The Magic Of Christmas

Angels From The Realms Of Glory Roger Whittaker Happy Holidays

Version 3

Carol of the Bells The Bird And The Bee Carol Of The Bells - Single of the Week



God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Rascal Flatts No Wrapping Required: A Christmas Album
That's What I Want for Christmas SHeDAISY Brand New Year

The Christmas Song Josh Groban Noel

Angels We Have Heard On High Josh Groban & Brian McKnight Noel

Do You Hear What I Hear? FFH WOW Christmas: Yellow

Go Tell It On The Mountain Big Daddy Weave WOW Christmas: Yellow

Mary, Did You Know? (Lowry, Greene) Clay Aiken WOW Christmas: Yellow
Little Drummer Boy Jars Of Clay WOW Christmas: Green [Disc 1]

Angels We Have Heard On High Chris Tomlin WOW Christmas: Green [Disc 1]

O Come All Ye Faithful TobyMac WOW Christmas: Green [Disc 1]




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