Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016

Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016

I had a busy Christmas season baking goodies for my Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016. I’m finally cranking out this post although it is a month after Christmas! I actually baked cookies in two different batches. The first section was in early December where I made cookies for John’s work place and our neighbors. I finished remaking all my old cookie recipes from my first food blogging year. Many of them still had old pictures made with an iPhone with way too many decorations in the background.

The second batch of baking came closer to Christmas and I made cookies for our church staff, elders and folks from our current care group as well as other friends from the church. Then when I thought I was finished I realized there were two friends, who although they got cookie trays, could not eat anything because the recipes were not gluten free. So I added three gluten free recipes for these two gals and took them additional cookie trays.

Overall I made a few thousand cookies from 36 different recipes. I was ready to be done with cookie baking afterwards! 🙂 But I received rave reviews from those who got our trays, and it is always a joy to be able to give them away to friends and family. As you will see from looking through the recipes, about one-third of the recipes are brand new from this year. The other two-thirds were recipe remakes of some of our favorite Cookies.

These are the cookies I made after Thanksgiving and the first week or so of December.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

This particular tray has an assortment of 12 different cookies or bars.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

These trays were a little smaller in diameter.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

Here’s a close up of the cookies.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

We squeezed as many cookies and bars as we could on each tray.

These are the cookies and blondies I made in the middle of December before we took off for our Christmas vacation.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

We stacked the cookies and brownies on trays before wrapping very tightly with plastic wrap. Then we actually tossed them in the freezer before delivering them to everyone a few days later.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

We baked a lot of cookies this year–36 different kinds in all.

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookie recipes. #dessert

Here’s what the second batch looked like before my husband wrapped them all up with plastic wrap.

Here are the cookies I made (in no particular order) for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2016.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXTRAVAGANZA – 2016

Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - 2016 | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | 36 family favorite #Christmas #cookies for #holiday baking. #dessert

 

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #chocolate #cookies are amazing. #Andes #peppermint baking chips add delightful flavor. Great for #holiday baking. #dessert

Peppermint Crunch Chunkies

Peppermint Crunch Chunkies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these lovely oatmeal #cookies are filled with #coconut & #Andes #peppermint baking chips. They make an unbelievably heavenly #Christmas #dessert.

Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares

Peppermint Crunch Gooey Squares | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these ooey gooey #cookies are fantastic for the #holidays. They use #Andes #peppermintcrunchbakingchips. If you love #peppermint you'll love this #cheesecake #dessert.

Peppermint Dream Bars

Peppermint Dream Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these spectacular #cookies are based on the #ParadiseCafe #sugarcookie recipe. They include #andes #peppermint baking chips for an explosion of flavor. #dessert

Peppermint Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownies

Peppermint Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious #brownies are made with #Andes #peppermint baking chips & have a #cheesecake layer in the middle. Fantastic #dessert for the #holidays.

Peppermint M&M Cookies

Peppermint M&M Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these delightful #peppermint #cookies are made with #chocolate and peppermint-flavored #M&M's! Great for #holiday baking. #dessert

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | the lovely flavors of #chocolate and #mint work so well together in these amazing #cookies. Great for #holiday baking. #dessert

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous #brownies have double the #chocolate and mint flavor & are great to make for #Christmas or #St.Patrick'sDay. #dessert

Creme de Menthe Meltaways

Creme de Menthe Meltaways | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fabulous melt-in-your-mouth #cookies use #Andes #cremedementhe baking chips. Awesome for #holidays or #StPatricksDay. #dessert #chocolate

Peppermint Chip Meltaways

Peppermint Chip Meltaways | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies just melt in your mouth--literally! #Andes #peppermint baking chips provide breathtaking flavor. #dessert

Red Velvet Peppermint Kisses

Red Velvet Peppermint Kisses | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #RedVelvet #cookies are heavenly! #Hershey's peppermint-flavored candy cane kisses are put in the centers adding divine flavor. #chocolate #dessert

Red Velvet Kisses

Red Velvet Kisses | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #redvelvet #cookies have a #Hersheys kiss in the center. Fabulous for #holiday baking. #chocolate #dessert

Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkles | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are one of our all-time favorite #christmas #cookies. These use #Ghirardelli #chocolate and are to die for! #dessert

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are some of our favorite #christmas #cookies. These thumbprint cookies have #apricot preserves in the center. #dessert

Swig Sugar Cookies

Swig Sugar Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are absolutely divine! One of the BEST you'll ever eat. Great for #holiday baking. #dessert

Pecan Treats

Pecan Treats | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these miniature #pecanpies are our favorite #christmas #cookie. Everybody loves them. They have a cream cheese crust & #pecan & brown sugar filling to die for! #dessert

Cranberry Nut Swirls

Cranberry Nut Swirls | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these are our favorite #Christmas #cookies. They have a lovely #cranberry, pecan & orange zest filling in a shortbread crust. Heavenly. #dessert

Cranberry Lemon Sandwiches

Cranberry Lemon Sandwiches | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #cookies are perfect for the #holidays. They use #craisins & #lemon zest. The icing is heavenly. #dessert

Swig Cookie Blondies

Swig Cookie Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these blondies are divine! The sour cream icing is spectacular. We loved these #cookies. #dessert

Heath Toffee Blondies

Heath Toffee Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #cookies use #HeathToffeeBars so they're filled with #chocolate & #toffee. So, so good! #dessert

Peppermint Blondies

Peppermint Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing shortbread-type #cookies have #Andes #peppermint crunch baking chips. Fabulous for a #holiday #dessert.

Lemon Poppyseed Blondies

Lemon Poppyseed Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these luscious #lemon #poppyseed #cookies have a scrumptious lemon frosting you'll be drooling over! #dessert

Chocolate and Vanilla Blondies

Chocolate and Vanilla Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | delicious #shortbread #cookies are filled with both #chocolate and vanilla chips. Amazing #dessert.

White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Blondies

White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | we give out #Christmas #cookies every year and these were one of the favorites. Exceptionally good & easy to make. #dessert #chocolate #craisins

Snickers Blondies

Snickers Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these outrageous #brownies are divine. #SnickersBars in #cookie dough = awesome! #dessert #cookie #chocolate

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these spectacular #cookies are filled with #Reese's #peanutbuttercups. So heavenly! #dessert #chocolate

Hershey’s Nugget Blondies

Hershey's Nugget Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these marvelous #cookies include #HersheysNuggets for a heavenly #chocolate flavor. #dessert

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | one of our favorite #desserts. These #cookies are divine! White #chocolate chips & #macadamianuts make them rich and decadent.

Nutella Blondies

Nutella Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | These lovely shortbread #cookies have #Nutella swirled on top for a delicious #chocolate & #hazelnut flavor. #dessert

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | fantastic #cookies with white #chocolate chips & #Andes #peppermint baking chips. Great for #holiday baking. #dessert

Chocolate Almond Cookies

Chocolate Almond Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #cookies are divine! Heavenly combination of #chocolate & #almonds in cookie and frosting. #dessert

Hershey’s Chocolate Nugget Brownies

Hershey's Chocolate Nugget Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these #brownies are awesome! They're filled with #Hershey's nuggets & topped with a #chocolate #fudge icing. Rich, decadent, amazing #dessert!

GLUTEN FREE COOKIE RECIPES:

Coconut Date Balls

Coconut Date Balls | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Gluten Free White Chocolate Brownies

Gluten Free White Chocolate Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these amazing #fudgy #brownies are made with #Ghirardelli white #chocolate. Great for #tailgating! #glutenfree #dessert

Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

Gluten Free Fudge Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | delicious alternative to #brownies that's rich, decadent and fudgy! #chocolate #dessert

Oreo Cream Brownies (Gluten Free)

Oreo Cream Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these decadent #brownies start with a #glutenfree brownie mix. Then they're iced with an #Oreo cream type mixture and glazed with melted #chocolate chips. Amazing #dessert.

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