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Hello and thanks for joining us for our hop. We’re so happy you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Jenna Da Sie:

Do you do a holiday cookie exchange? If so what cookies do you make? If you don’t what treats do you and your family make for the holidays?

First, let me apologize for my cranberry recipe. I am not sure what happened, but the Jello wouldn’t set properly. Apparently, it still tasted good and no one noticed it was a little thin. But, I have no doubt adding the sherry helped.

As for cookies…well, I don’t do a cookie exchange, but I do make cookies for my friends and neighbors. And I have discovered that Betty Crocker’s sugar cookie mix is awesome. It is so versatile and easy to use. You can add nuts or chips or flavors…the only limit is your imagination.

My favorite recipe (and this one has turned out right for years) is below:

Cran-Pistachio Cookies

1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix

1 box (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding and pie filling mix

¼ cup flour

½ cup butter or margarine, melted

2 eggs

1 cup dry-roasted salted pistachio nuts, chopped

½ cup dried cranberries, chopped

Mix cookie mix, pudding mix and flour in bowl. Stir in melted butter and eggs and mix until soft dough forms. Add pistachios and cranberries and mix well.

Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press with fingers to slightly flatten.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes and remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

(Note: I always double this recipe since these cookies are a favorite).

Happy, happy holidays! And don’t forget to make some time to read a book or two!

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Now, let’s pop over to the incredible Elizabeth Schechter and check out her cookie ideas…

http://elizabethschechterwrites.com/

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