Contributed by: NAPSA
(NAPSA) - Imagine offering your holiday guests an assortment of rich, home-baked cookies with chocolate, nuts and more. Don't think you have time to create such sweet treats? That's what friends are for.
Organize a cookie baking party with two or three friends - the ones you've been promising to get together with for months.
Andrea MacAlpine, contributor to Food & Family magazine suggests this super easy, basic cookie recipe with four scrumptious variations to get you started:
Easy Mix Cookies
MIX butter and sugar until well blended. Stir in flour.
ROLL, shape or cut dough as desired into about 2-in. pieces. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
BAKE at 350 F for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Makes about 3 dozen cookies (recipe can be halved or doubled)
SHAPE basic dough into 1-in. balls and flatten slightly. Indent centers and bake. Fill baked cookies with your favorite jam or jelly.
STIR in a few spoonfuls of ground almonds. Form rounded tsp. of dough into 2-inch crescent shapes and bake. Cool. Dip one end of each crescent into melted Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate. Place on wax paper to dry.
USE 2 packets (3 oz. each) of Jell-O Gelatin Dessert instead of sugar. For two different flavors, divide recipe in half and use 1 packet strawberry for half and 1 packet lime for the other half. Roll out dough and cut into flowers or other shapes.
ADD 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter to butter and use brown sugar instead of sugar. Stir in a handful of chopped nuts. Pat dough into four 8-in. circles on cookie sheet and cut into 16 wedges. Leave wedges in the circle and bake for 15 min. To decorate, drizzle each wedge with melted Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate.
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