Holiday Cookie Exchange Cookie Recipes

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Cookie Recipes for your Holiday Cookie Exchange

It’s time to bring out your baking sheets and crank up the Kitchen-Aide! I would much rather share the laughter with my family, than be in the kitchen baking cookies when guests are enjoying conversations. In January, Friends Drift Inn will be celebrating Anniversay One! Here are some of our favorite posts from the past year.

Fast and Easy Blondie Brownies Recipe

Blondie Brownies Recipe

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, things happen. We call it something else in the agriculture circles…and you know exactly what I mean. Sometimes I burn the cookies. Sometimes I forget an engagement. Sometimes I run out of time, even when I think I have perfected my schedule. These blondie brownies are quick and easy! The best part is the boys up in the press box say these are my best….and considering I have about six brownie recipes I prepare for them on a rotating basis that is saying something. These will pull your behind out of the fire! Quick…go preheat the oven! Giggles

   
   
   
   

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Mini-Bites

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe Shown with Pumpkin Fudge and Pumpkin Chess Bites

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini-Bites has proved to be my most popular recipe to date. Make ahead and chill. I drizzle a little sorghum on top at serving time; but you might like a caramel sauce with pecans. It’s all good! If you love pumpkin, the
Pumpkin Chess Cake Recipe Mini Bites are an interesting companion to the cheesecake. If you want to walk on the wild side, try Heirloom Pumpkin Fudge Recipe with some cayenne pepper heat! Great for cocktail parties!

   
   
   
   

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Apron with cookies and wine

Until I started this farm-to-table blog focusing on food, honestly I had not given much thought to gluten-free cookies. This cookie recipe dazzled me, and the staff at the Appalachian News Express. You would never know there was anything “unusual” about the ingredients. Actually a very easy recipe; and your gluten-free friends will be ever so appreciative. If you are thinking of a fancier dessert your gluten-free friends might like Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe with after-dinner drinks.

   
   
   
   

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Bourbon Bites

Chocolate Chip Pecan Bourbon Bites

We love these at Kentucky Derby time, but they are a wonderful presentation (and taste sensation) during the holiday season. Small bites of brillance…..featuring chocolate, pecans, and bourbon how can you go wrong? These pack well if you want to bring a little something special for a hostess. Watch them smile! If you are thinking you would rather do a pie, try Honey Bourbon and Chocolate Kentucky Pie is a sweet confection!

   
   
   
   

Friends Drift Inn Cookie Crumb Bourbon Balls Recipe

Bourbon Balls Recipe made with Cookie Crumbs

Where would my manners be if I did not offer you Kentucky Bourbon Balls during the holidays? You cannot have a celebration without them! These are really cute nestled in paper holders! They ship well. They smell great. Make them NOW and let them mellow in the refrigerator for a week or so. OH, your guests will thank you. They may even gift you with bourbon. Life is good! Want a chocolate covered trifle? Try Kentucky Colonel Bourbon Balls Recipe. Elegant and powerful….a great combination!

   
   
   
   

Friends Drift Inn Recipes, Gardening and Hot Flashes!

Taking a Bite from a Fat Rascal Cookie

Sorghum Sugar Cookie Recipe

Tea and Fat Rascals Cookies Recipe

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About Joyce

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.