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Holiday Cookie Surprises

Contributed by: NAPSA

Holiday Baking With Your Kids

(NAPSA) - Kids love to help with holiday preparations, especially those that let them use their creativity. Baking up some tasty holiday treats together delivers the gift of memories and a delicious gift to share with family and friends.

Holiday Cookie Surprises
Even the smallest tots will be able to help with Holiday Cookie Surprises. The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth oatmeal cookie dough is molded around a candy-coated chocolate piece, gumdrop or other sweet "surprise," then rolled in colored sugar crystals or sprinkles and baked.

For gift giving, make cookie bundles-arrange cookies in the center of a square of food-safe wrap, form into a bundle and tie with a ribbon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/4 cups Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Approx. 48 assorted bite-size candies
  • Colored sugar or sprinkles

Directions:

Heat oven to 325 F.

Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, oats and salt; mix well.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press candy piece into center of each ball; shape dough around candy so it is completely hidden. Roll cookies in colored sugar until evenly coated.

Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until set.

Cool completely on wire rack. Store tightly covered.

Serving Size: Makes About 4 Dozen Cookies


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