Friday, November 27, 2009

Virtual Cookie Swap

While I have been somewhat absent these past few weeks, this virtual cookie swap was just the thing to pull me out of semi-hibernation and re-enter the blogging world. Kathy of Bermudaonion and Julie of Booking Mama have been posting the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies with several mouth-watering temptations that I know I must try. Now they are asking all interested bloggers to post their own holiday favorites: favorite traditional cookie recipes to be posted on Kathy's blog and chocolate/candy recipes to be posted on Julie's.

While I personally have never been a part of a cookie swap (somehow that and book clubs have always eluded me - no matter how much I wish to take part), but making holiday cookies has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I usually experiment with several different cookie recipes, but my one tried and true recipe for decades has been M&M Cookies. My kids would help make these with me from the time they could sit up by themselves on the counter. I would make the dough, and they would decorate the top with the colorful candies. I think the ration ended up something like one for the cookie and one for the child, but that was ok --- it was all about having fun and making memories.

M&M Cookies:

Cream together:
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Add: 2 well beaten eggs

Sift Together:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt

Slowly add dry ingredients to the batter

Mix in 1 cup M&Ms

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Decorate the tops with additional M&Ms
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.

Test best warm with a glass of cold milk. These are always Santa's favorite cookie when he stops by the Totoro household.

I think I have mentioned that my youngest daughter aspires to be a pastry chef and is currently enrolled in the culinary program at the local high school. She recently found this recipe at and has already made it several times. I think it is destined to become a Totoro tradition.

Tiger Butter

1 pound white chocolate - melted
1 and 1/3 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 pound semisweet chocolate - melted

  1. Line a 10x15 inch pan with parchment and set aside.
  2. In the top of a double broiler set over simmering water, heat white chocolate and peanut butter. Stir constantly until white chocolate and peanut butter melts.
  3. Spread onto prepared pan. Pour melted semi-sweet chocolate over top and swirl through with a knife to create a marble pattern.
  4. Chill until firm.
  5. Cut into bite-sized pieces
  6. Enjoy!!


  1. I love M & M cookies! I wonder if Peanut Butter M & Ms would work with them. Thanks so much for sharing a recipe with us!

  2. I've tried Tiger Butter but I've never made it. It sounds so good, but you can't really go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

  3. Ooh, Tiger Butter sounds like something that could become a tradition at my house, too. :) I'm going to have to give it a go.

  4. Oh gosh these sound heavenly! Thanks. Yummmmm.

  5. Tiger Butter sounds beyond good! Thanks for the recipe!


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