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This month on social media, we asked you for your favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Bonus points if you could use local or organic ingredients.

Boy, did you all answer! We couldn’t wait to bake and sample all the recipes. Sharing family recipes is an important part of the holiday tradition. And, we had fun sharing all of your family Christmas cookie recipes.

So, to honor that tradition and to let you all in on our fun, we wanted to share our follower favorites with everyone. Give them a try,  and don't forget to share your Christmas cookies on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!




Bulldog Brittle


Ingredients



  • 7 ounces graham crackers (about 1/2 box)

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup margarine

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


Directions


Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Cover with graham crackers.

Chop 1 cup pecans and sprinkle evenly over crackers.

In a boiler, melt the butter and the margarine (only this combination will do)!

Add 1/2 cup sugar, stirring constantly.

Boil for exactly 2 minutes.

Pour or spoon over crackers and pecans (I find it better to use a big spoon).

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.

Cool and break into pieces.

Note: One box of graham crackers is enough to make two batches of brittle.




Awesome Sugar Cookie Recipe


Ingredients



  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • 3 cups all purpose flour


Directions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

Beat in extracts and egg.

In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH.

Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).

Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.




No Bake Cookies


Ingredients:



  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/4 cup cocoa

  • 1 stick butter

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter


Directions


Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil for one full minute.

Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla and oatmeal.

Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes




Orange Slice Cookies


Ingredients



  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 2 cups quick cooking oats

  • 2 cups orange slice candies, finely snipped

  • 1 cup flaked coconut


Directions


In a large mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and granulated sugar with shortening and butter until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to blend.

Stir dry mixture into the creamed mixture.

Stir in oats, orange slice candy and coconut.

Shape into 1-inch balls.

Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Remove to wire rack to cool.

Makes about 72 orange slice cookies




Red Velvet Cookies


Ingredients



  • 1 box   red velvet cake mix

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • confectioners sugar (optional)


Directions


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil using a hand blender or wire whisk.

Form teaspoon sized balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or baking pan about 1-inch apart. Slightly pat down the top of each cookie ball.

Cook for 8-10 minutes. The top of the cookie will crack.

While hot, lightly sprinkle the top of the cookie with powdered sugar (optional) and VOILA! Enjoy your red velvet cookies and share the recipe with your friends and family.