I think Phyl's Scottish Shortbread may have been the last cookies I read about, but they're one of the first on my list to try. I love shortbread--mmm, buttery. =) I often make shortbread into round cookies, but I think I need to invest in some pretty scalloped cutters.
Julie is a new member of our merry band of seasonal bakers. I hope she brings lots of yummy things like these Nutella No-Bake Cookies! No-bake cookies are a favorite of mine, but I never would have thought to make them with Nutella instead of peanut butter. Considering how much my girls love chocolate hazelnut spread, I will definitely be making these soon.
Chaya made cookies with one of my favorite things, butterscotch chips. I ate them by the handful when I was pregnant with Brianna. I don't eat them quite so often these days, but I always have a bag or two stashed away in my pantry. So I'll be able to make these yummy Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies.
I have a copy of Alice Medrich's recent cookie book, but haven't baked nearly enough from it. Fortunately, Leslie brought these fantastic Chocolate Espresso Cookies to my attention. I'm sure B&G will be thrilled when I make them--they think I don't make nearly enough chocolate cookies.
Dorie is always suggesting that we play around with her recipes, and Spike did just that. She took the already awesome World Peace Cookies and added candy canes to make them World Peace & Peppermint Cookies. Maybe if I have some of these in the house, I won't be as tempted by the Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Right?
Another great pairing with chocolate is caramel. These Heartland Turtle Bars that Mary brought look like a great way to combine the two. I have to admit, sometimes I really love making bar cookies so I don't have to mess with baking multiple pans of cookies.
Next up is our over-achiever, Margaret. =) When I sent out the email about this year's cookie exchange, I was teasing Margaret about making two cookies last year instead of just one. Well, this year, she made three! All look wonderful--Angel Wings, Double Drizzle Pecan Cookies, and Eggnog Thumbprints.
If you need a whole bunch of cookies but don't want to make several kinds, then Abby's Peppernuts (from her mother-in-law) might be the cookies for you. She mentions that the yield from the recipe is about 560 cookies. No, that's not a typo. Fortunately, she also mentions that they keep well and you can freeze them. =)
Next up is a good example of why I love these cookie exchanges. My other friend Margaret shared a very special cookie with us. She received the recipe for these Candy Cane Cookies from her sister-in-law shortly after she married into the family. I bet they would be lots of fun to make with my girls. And she gives a handy tip for crushing the candy canes, too!
I really hope that you've enjoyed this year's Virtual Cookie Exchange. If this isn't enough cookie recipes for you, you can always go back and look at last year's roundup, too. If you'd like to join us for future blog events, email me at diskitchennotebook at gmail dot com, and I'll add you to my list. Look for the Winter event sometime in February!