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I’ve already begun baking for the holidays, and like many, I will be shipping out tins of cookies to loved ones as a sweet holiday treat. I am also part of an online cookie swap and will be attending a cookie exchange party this weekend. I don’t know what it is about December and the holidays, but cookies sure do get a lot of love (not that we mind.) The aroma of delicious cookies baking in the oven is sure to bring back happy childhood memories. Here are three recipes to help you spread that joy to your friends and family, whether in the mail, for a cookie swap or at a party. Now whip out your stand mixer and let’s get to work!

Holiday Cookie Recipes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 


Triple Chocolate Cookies
YIELDS: 30 servings

Ingredients
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
With mixer, beat together butter, sugar and eggs at MEDIUM speed until smooth.
Add melted chocolate and continue mixing on MEDIUM speed until blended.
Reduce speed to LOW and add dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips and walnuts; mix well.
Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheets, one inch apart.
Bake until cookies look dry and cracked, but feel soft when lightly pressed, about 11 minutes. Let cookies stand on sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool completely.
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Shortbread Toffee Cookies
YIELDS: 72 servings

Ingredients
1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 pkg. (10 oz.) English toffee bits
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place butter and sugars in a mixing bowl. Using wire beaters, cream butter and sugars.
Add oil, eggs and extract; mix well.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until well mixed.
Reserve 1/4 cup toffee bits for decorating. Add remaining toffee bits to batter and beat until just mixed.
Roll dough into balls using 1 tablespoon of dough for each. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle with reserved toffee bits.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.
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Ginger Cookie Stix
YIELDS: 36 servings

Ingredients
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cookie icing
Colored sprinkles
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine shortening, sugar, molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat on MEDIUM speed until smooth.
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt. Mix on LOW speed until blended.
Drop large spoons of cookie dough on lined baking pan. Use a sheet of parchment paper to press cookie dough evenly into pan.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overbake. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.
Cut into sticks or break into pieces.
Drizzle with colored cookie icing and sprinkle with sugar crystals, if desired.
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Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes - Everyday Good Thinking - @hamiltonbeach

My mom and I always look forward to mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. Did you know they can be made easily in your slow cooker while you’re taking care of the green bean casserole and basting the turkey?

Sweet potatoes with cranberries are a welcome update to the marshmallow-topped casseroles of yesteryear. These can also be made in the slow cooker, and it couldn’t be easier. This might just become your signature dish for years to come.

Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes | Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach


Easy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
YIELDS: 10 servings

Ingredients
5 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 can (13.75 oz.) chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese
2 teaspoons onion salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
Add potatoes and chicken broth to slow cooker cookware.
Cover and cook on HIGH 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
Add sour cream, cream cheese, onion salt and pepper to crock.
Mash potato mixture; stir until creamy and well blended.
Reduce Slow Cooker temperature to WARM to keep potatoes warm for up to 1 hour.
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Cranberry Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving | Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach


Cranberry Sweet Potatoes
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 pounds sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker crock. Stir to coat sweet potatoes with butter mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or until sweet potatoes are soft.
Mash sweet potato mixture. Set slow cooker on WARM to serve.
Notes
Test Kitchen Tip: Replace potatoes with canned sweet potatoes (drained). Reduce cooking temperature to Low
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