26 December 2009

Cookie Exchange: Chocolate Truffles and Pumpkin Cookies

The girls always get together for a cookie exchange before Christmas.  It's an excuse to have some yummy treats and wine!  Here are the recipes from this year's exchange that I received electronically:

Erin's Chocolate Truffles

2 ½ packages (20 squares) semi-sweet Baker’s chocolate
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
For decoration: sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc

Beat the cream cheese in a mixer till smooth. Melt 8 squares (one package) of the chocolate and blend into the cream cheese. Chill until firm.

Roll the chilled mixture into 36 1-inch balls and put on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. (I chilled them again briefly after this step)

Melt the remaining chocolate and dip the truffles in the melted chocolate (I used 2 forks to dip) and decorate immediately before the chocolate coating starts to firm up. Refrigerate 1 hour to set.

Kiersten's Pumpkin Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 and bake 13-15 min

Mix together:
1c brown sugar
1c Shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 c pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together:
1tsp nutmeg
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
4c flour

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.

1/2c brown sugar
1/4c milk
1tsp vanilla
2c powered sugar

Mix well and frost cooled cookies.