cookie swap recipes

I mentioned yesterday that I had a cookie swap at my house this past weekend. A bunch of friends, a couple of cousins, my mom and my sister… it was a great group and TONS of kids and lots of food and obviously, cookies. I thought I’d share a few of the recipes here for you. No pictures, since I didn’t actually make any of them (I made these cookies, and if you’re wondering, they are quite yummy!)


Peanut Butter Fudge
My sister’s mother-in-law makes this every year. This year she topped it with whole pecans. Yum!
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2/3 cup milk
  3. 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  4. 1 cup peanut butter
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Bring sugar and milk to a boil in medium saucepan. Cook to 235 degrees F, stirring frequently. Mix in fluff, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir quickly until creamy. Pour into greased 8×8 pan or 2 smaller tins.
Christmas Cornflake Cookies
My cousin made these- they’re adorable and festive and kind of remind me of rice krispy treats.
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 30 large marshmallows
  3. 2 tsp green food coloring
  4. 4 1/2 cups corn flakes
  5. Brach’s Cinnamon Imperials
  1. In a pan large enough to hold the cornflakes, melt the butter and marshmallows. Stir until blended. Remove from heat and add food coloring, stirring until well blended. Quickly add cornflakes and mix until they are all green. By spoonfuls, drop on waxed paper or a cookie sheet. Top each cookie with three red cinnamon candies.
Snickers Brownies
Yields 24
My sister made these, and thankfully I only got 6 of them because OH DEAR LORD, are they good. Wow.
  1. 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  2. 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 3/4 cup sugar
  5. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  6. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 2/3 cup flour
  8. 3/4 cup coarsely chopped Snickers
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter & flour a small muffin cup pan. Combine the chocolate chips and butter in the top pan of a double boiler or a medium metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with 2 inches of simmering water over medium heat. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool until lukewarm.
  2. Combine the eggs, sugar, and salt in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar melts and the mixture is frothy (about 2 minutes- it should be slightly warm at this point) Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, add the vanilla, and stir until well-mixed. Whisk in the flour until just incorporated.
  3. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full with the batter. Sprinkle the Snickers evenly over the batter. Back until a toothpick inserted into the center of a brownie comes out with some moist crumbs attached, about 10 minutes. Do not overcook. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the brownies cool completely before removing.
Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Yields 48
My mom made these, they are really good. She used to make them when we were younger, but I think it’s been a while. I love the walnuts on top.
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  4. 48 Rolo candies
  5. 1 cup softened butter
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 cup brown sugar
  8. 2 tsp vanilla
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  11. 1 tbsp sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda, and cocoa. In a separate large bowl, mix together butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, and mix well. In a small bowl, mix the walnuts and the remaining sugar. Set aside.
  2. Shape approximately 1 tbsp of dough around each Rolo candy (flour your hands a bit if the dough sticks too much). Once the candy is covered in dough, press one side of the ball into the nut/sugar mixture and place nut side up on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes until set and slightly cracked. Cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack.
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
My cousin made these. They’re very cakey and moist.
  1. 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 1 stick butter, room temperature
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 18oz box of moist chocolate cake mix
  6. powdered sugar
  1. In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg, and then the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up the dough so it can be rolled into balls.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll them in powdered sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft & ‘gooey’. Cool completely and sprinkle with more powdered sugar if desired.
The Neiman-Marcus Cookie
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  6. 2 cups flour
  7. 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (mix in blender to a fine powder)
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tsp baking powder
  10. 1 tsp baking soda
  11. 12oz chocolate chips
  12. 9oz Hershey bar, grated
  13. 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes.


  1. Melissa

    December 9, 2008 8:23 pm

    You are obviously trying to kill me. :P

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  2. Priscilla

    December 10, 2008 7:14 am

    I can say that the chocolate gooey butter cookies are so freaking good! I was telling people about them. I have been a good girl and been sharing all mine with the kids so I haven’t had a chance to sample all of them just yet! I am showing great control which is totally surprising for me!!

  3. JenniferC

    December 10, 2008 8:00 am

    I can’t believe someone else made gooey butter cookies!

    I love that recipe (and made them in both choc and vanilla for the BM cookie swap) but always hate giving out the recipe because it looks so awful. “Take yer cream cheese and yer boxed cake mix…” :-)

    Yay for gooey butter cookies!

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  4. Jen

    December 10, 2008 3:35 pm

    @JenniferC: haha yeah I have to admit when I read the recipe I was like WHAT? Cream cheese? Seriously? But they are excellent!

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