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As I continue with the holidays in mind, I’m getting the cookbook “That We May Live” from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church off the shelf and heading to the kitchen. How about doing some cookies? A tin of cookies makes a great holiday gift and definitely “shows the love”.
 
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies • Nutty Fingers • Date Nut Balls • Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies
 
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies 
I’m starting off with a no-bake cookie you will definitely enjoy eating and sharing. JANET WEBB shares her recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. 2 cups sugar; 2 tbs. cocoa; 1/2 cup milk; 3/4 stick butter; dash of salt. Let above boil for one minute, then remove from stove land add: 3/4 cup peanut butter; 1 tbs. vanilla flavoring ; 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal (more or less). Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper to cool. Easy and good.
 
Nutty Fingers
Next I’m making Nutty Fingers. This recipe comes my way via LINDA UPTON. 1 1/2 sticks butter; 4 tbs. powdered sugar; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts). Cream the above ingredients. Add 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour mixing with your hands. Roll into small “fingers” and bake on cookie sheet at 325º for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven. Roll in powdered sugar while still warm.
 
Date Nut Balls
This us always a good holiday treat. Date Nut Balls. YVONNE GREENE shares her recipe with us. 1/2 cup butter; 1) 8 oz. pkg pitted dates, chopped; 3/4 cups sugar; 2 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal; 1 cup finely chopped pecans. Combine butter, sugar, and dates in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and cook three minutes. Take off stove; add cereal and pecans. Cool to touch. Shape into balls. Roll in powdered sugar or coconut. Can be eaten right away or stored in airtight container.
 
Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies
There’s noting more welcome than a good sugar cookie. JOHANNA MORRISON shares her recipe for Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies. This is one of my kids favorite. 1 cup butter softened; 1/2 cup powdered sugar; 1/2 cup sugar; 1 egg; 1/2 tsp. vanilla; 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar; 1/2 tsp. baking soda; decorator colored sugars, if desired. Heat oven to 375º. Combine butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. Beat until dough forms a ball. Shape dough into one inch balls. Place two inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten to about 1 1/2 inches with bottom of a glass dipped into sugar; sprinkle with decorator colored sugars, if desired. Bake 7 to 9 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Let stand one minute; remove from cookie sheets. Makes 6 dozen.
 
What can I say, but get in the kitchen and show the holiday love!a
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