Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap

by Mackenzie on November 29, 2011

Cookie Recipe SwapOne of my most favorite Holiday gifts to give…or receive…are homemade items such as cookies, treats, breads, jam and more. And because the winter time is the perfect time to bring out the mixer and cookie sheets we are going to showcase a Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap! Every Tuesday now through Christmas you will be able to see the Mavens of Money’s favorite cookies recipes. Ranging from long held family traditions to brand new recipes to old time favorites they will be given each Tuesday in hopes that you will try a few and love them too!

And the best part?! You can participate as well! Simply post your recipes at the bottom of this post and share with other readers your favorite cookies, bars, or treat recipes! At the end of the four weeks I will showcase a few of YOUR recipes in their own post!

Painted Cookies
by Mackenzie at The Centsible Family


  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 c all purpose flour
  • royal Icing (either recipe below or store bought)
  • food coloring


  1. Using an electric mixer beat butter in large mixing bowl. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda and optional salt. Once combined add sour cream or yogurt, egg and vanilla extract. Add flour slowly mixing as much as you can. Use wooden spoon to mix in any leftover flour. Divide dough in half, cover and then chill 1-2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375
  3. Spread flour on counter or another solid surface. Roll one half of dough at a time until at least 1/4″ thick (I like my cookies thick so I am for 1/4″ to 1/2″). Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm but not burnt. Spread on cookie rack to cool.
  5. Once cookies are cool, spread royal icing on top and allow to dry. Paint designs on each cookie using the foot coloring and a small paintbrush (just for food).

Royal Icing
by Mackenzie at The Centsible Family


  • 2 tbsp egg whites or meringue powder
  • 1/4 c water
  • 2-3/4 c sifted powder sugar


  1. Beat egg white or meringue powder and water together.
  2. Slowly eat in powdered sugar.


Grandma’s Peanut Butter Scotchies
by Jenny at Healthified Mom


  • 6 c Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter
  • 12 oz pkg butterscotch chips


  1. Add cereal to a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add peanut butter and stir for 30 seconds. Add butterscotch chips and stir constantly until chips have melted.
  3. Pour butterscotch mixture over cereal and gently stir with wooden spoon until combined. Let cool for a few minutes then drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool until set and enjoy!

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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