Every year for Christmas, our family invites the neighbors for a cookie exchange. They bring their special cookies, or even store-bought cookies, and we learn what has happened over the past year in their lives. Sometimes we sing carols, most of the time we don't. When our guests leave, they take a plate of assorted cookies that everyone brought.

These recipes are some of the favorites that the boys expect me to make for this party. I guess Christmas wouldn't be the same without them. Maybe they can be added to your collection to be enjoyed as well. All can be made and frozen ahead of time so you can enjoy the season without the frustration of added duties.


Sugar Cookies
2 c sugar
1 c shortening
2 eggs
1 c milk
1 t vanilla or nutmeg
5 t baking powder
1 t soda
7-8 c flour

Roll thick.
Sprinkle with sugar
Bake 375 – 12 min ungreased cookie sheet

Poppy Seed Nut Slices
1 c butter, room temp
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
2 ½ c flour
1/3 c poppy seeds
½ t ground cinnamon
¼ t salt
1 ½ c walnuts, chopped

Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg, vanilla
Mix dry ingredients in another bowl.
Combine with butter mixture.
Add nuts, mixing with hands if necessary.
Shape dough into 2-3 rolls, 1 ½ inches in diameter.
Wrap in wax paper.
Refrigerate till firm. (2 hrs at least)
(Can be frozen for longer storage)
Cut into ¼ inch-thick slices
Place 1 in apart on ungreased baking sheet
Bake 350 12-15 min until edges are golden.
Transfer to wire rack and cool.
7 dozen.

French Butter Wafers
(These melt in your mouth;
Makes nice tea cookies)

1 c butter
1 ¼ c powdered sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
2 c flour
1 t baking soda and cream of tartar
1/8 t salt

Cream butter and sugar.
Add egg and vanilla.
Stir dry ingredients.
Add to butter mixture.
Shape into roll 1 ½ diameter
Wrap in wax paper.
Refrigerate. (at least 2 hrs)
Unwrap dough. Slice 3/8 in-thick slices
Place slices 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 350 10-12 min (until golden).
Cook on baking sheet.
Transfer to racks.
Store airtight.
Makes 4 dozen.

Benne Cakes
(Great, but easy to stick/burn)

1 c brown sugar
1/3 c butter
1 egg
1 t lemon juice
½ t vanilla
¾ c flour
¼ t salt
1/8 t baking powder
1 c toasted sesame seeds

Beat sugar, butter.
Add egg, lemon juice, vanilla.
Add dry ingredients.
Add seeds.
Drop by teaspoons 2 inches apart
On greased foil lined cookie sheet.
Bake 325 12-14 minutes (until edges browned).
Transfer to wire rack.
Makes 2 dozen



Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken
Panfried Fish (Keto)
Philly Cheesesteaks
Poorman's version of 
Philly Cheesesteaks
Calico Beans
Green Bean Salad
Cranberry Tea
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate Mix
Chai Tea Mix
Spiced Cranberry Cider
Cucumber Limeade Punch
Gammy's Shrimp Salad
Pound Cakes
   7 UP Pound Cake
   Lemon and Blueberry
Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Pie
Mexican Squash
Cheesy Squash
Stir Fry Zucchini
Zucchini Bread
Squash Boats
BBQ Squash
Squash Pickles
Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey, falls off bone, juicy
Butterhorn Rolls
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Sweet Potato Crunch
Christmas Breads
Lemon Bread
Pumpkin Bread
Banana Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
Glazed Lemon Bread
Pistachio Bread
Poppy Seed Bread
Zucchini Bread
Dill Pickle Soup
Potato and Hamburger Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Soup
Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Egg Bite Mold
   Egg Bites
   Pancake Bites
   Pineapple Upside Down Bites
   Cheesecake Bites
   Brownie Bites
   Keto French Toast
Main Meals
Mexican Spaghetti
Party Time
   BBQ Beef and Cheese
   Sloppy Joey
Dan’s Grilled Chicken
BBQ Meat Balls
Cowboy Caviar
Camping Tin Foil Recipes
Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches
Philly Beef and Cheese Sandwich Loaf
Chicken Mexican Style
Pizza Burritos
Omelets in a Bag
Campfire Cones
Bananas in a Boat
Campfire Popcorn
Ice Cream in a Bag
Snacks and Appetizers
Rosemary Nuts
Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa
   Soft Carmel
   Peanut Butter
   Sour Cream and Onion
   Nach Cheese "Dorritors"
Sugar Cookies
Poppy Seed Nut Slices
French Butter Wafers
Benne Cakes
Need Cookies Fast?
Lemon Cookies
Butter Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cake Box Cookies
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dumpy Cake
Pineapple Cake
Making Mustards
Dijon-style Mustard
Spiced German Mustard
Need Soap
Gifts to Make
Bubble Bath
Body Wash
Shower Gel
Facial Scrubs
   Rosemary Mint Sugar and Salt
   Warm Vanilla
   Pepper and Mint
   Sugar and Olive Oil
   Brown Sugar

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