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Cookie Bake-Up + Pack-Up Party

Get festive and celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and more! Find menus, party ideas and other good-time tips from Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.
Festive Decorative Cookie Treats

Wrap this year's holiday cookies in one afternoon.

The last thing anyone needs this time of year is an all-day baking project. So invite your friends over for a super-easy holiday cookie-making party! You and your pals can bake -- and pack up -- dozens of these buttery no-bake bonbons, delicate cinnamon wafers and sweet peppermint kisses in one afternoon or evening.

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tips + how-tos
Chocolate balls in decorative glass containers
Baked cookies being wrapped in shear paper
Wrapping decorative tie on package
Festive Treats

quick tips
PACK IT UP
No-Bake Mocha Bonbons
Fill a tumbler or clean jelly jar with bonbons. Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and tie a ribbon around the top.

Cinnamon Cornmeal Wafers
Cut white parchment paper into 10-inch squares. Make stacks of eight cookies and roll each stack in a piece of paper. Tie the ends with ribbon.

Peppermint Meringue Kisses
Place the cookies in green pint containers (from cherry tomatoes or other produce) and tie a handle onto each basket with holiday ribbon.

 

CHEAT SHEET
Pick up some refrigerated sugar-cookie dough at your grocery store and you?re halfway done with these holiday treats.

Make
PB Cookie Sandwiches
Buy
chocolate chipspeanut butter
Assemble
1. Mix cooled melted chocolate chips into the dough ( cup chips per pound dough).
2. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
3 When cool, spread peanut butter between two cookies.

Make
Lemon-Raspberry Squares
Buy
lemon
raspberry preserves
Assemble
1. Mix grated lemon peel and lemon juice into the dough.
2. Press into an 8-inch square pan and bake at 350 until the edges are golden, 15 minutes.
3. When cool, spread with a thin layer of raspberry preserves.

Make
Nutty Coconut Drops
Buy
macadamia nuts
shredded coconut
white chocolate chips Assemble
1. Mix nuts, coconut and white chocolate chips into the dough.
2. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 until firm, about 10 minutes.

 

Shopping list
brandy or rum (optional)
chocolate wafers
cream of tartar
instant espresso
powder
lemon
red and white
peppermint candies
yellow cornmeal

 

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