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House Party Blog Second Annual Cookie Swap

What is it about the holidays that makes us want to eat cookies (more than usual)? Well we've created a sort of tradition here at the House Party blog, taking to the oven to bring you some of our favorite cookie recipes. It all began last year where we had a cookie-off and created some extremely diverse confections. And this year is no different. So whether you need to create cookies for the office party, want to gift a neighbor, caretaker, postal carrier, or just want to whip up some treats for the family, hopefully one of these will fit the bill. Liz: I'm a chocolate fanatic, so these recipes are for my fellow chocolate lovers. The first, Chocolate-Mint Cookies, are delicious sandwich cookies with a pepperminty creme filling. The dough is very easy to work with and you can cut the cookies into fun and festive shapes.

The second recipe I tried out was a lot less time consuming. Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs are sugar coated, chocolatey treats with a little espresso kick. They are very rich and easy to make. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!

Snowballs and Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Brian: I'll just need to qualify this recipe a tad. Truth-be-told, I've never met a cookie I didn't like. So, selecting a particular recipe for our cookie swap was not easy: Chocolate, peanut butter, molasses, snickerdoodle...all of the above?

Well, I decided to switch things up and try a recipe that I've heard a lot about from Buns In My Oven's, Karly Campbell: Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies. They're really simple to whip-up, which is perfect for a time of year in which there's never enough time...and, they are deliciously eye-catching. Beware, you're going to love these and could end up baking a ton of them!

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Danielle: I'm with Liz on this one. If it's not chocolate, it's simply not dessert. And I too love mint, so my cookies combine my two loves. Feast your eyes and your taste buds on these Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Bites. Oh baby! Better get those stretchy pants - stet!

Little drops of chocolate peppermint heaven.

Shana: After much debate, I decided on OreoR Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yep, you read that correctly. Oreos and chocolate chip cookies are among the best cookies known to man, so why not combine them? Use the mint creme Oreos and the NestleR holiday morsels to give your cookies a little taste of Christmas.

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