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My Wonderful Life ... Cookies!

I'm posting 3 cookie recipes ... the shortbread is especially good for folks who enjoy drinking hot tea;  the banana cookie is a wonderful cake-like keeper that gets better as the days go by ... good for packed lunches and would be good to ship.  It combines 3 favorite flavors ... chocolate, banana and peanut butter!  The last cookie is my testament to the perfection of a recipe posted on www.marthawhite.com.  You've probably seen the cookie in the Christmas magazines this season... Turtle Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie.  I almost never like cookies made from any kind of mix ... but this little chocolate delight is incredible.  I've had to hide them from my husband ...

I'm linking to the Tuesday party at Red Couch  ... so make sure you click through the icon on the left to visit all the other posts.   Special thanks to our hostess.  I'll be posting lots of things this month and leaving several posts up at a time ... so come back and see me! 

Almond Basil Shortbread

2 sticks butter, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 Tablespoons, chopped
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest

In a food processer, whip all the ingredients together until the dough forms a ball. Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Banana Peanut Butter Choco Cookies

1 banana, peeled and mashed
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
12 ounce bag chocolate chips

In a food processer, whip the banana, peanut butter, sugars and eggs. Add the dry ingredients
and blend well. Stir in the raisins and chocolate chips. Drop on ungreased sheets and bake at 350 degrees
for 10 minutes. The cookies remain puffy and are soft and moist.

Chocolate Caramel Kiss Cookie

**This recipe is from the Martha White website and you’ve probably seen it in this season’s magazines.

They are wonderful!

In a microwave, melt half a stick of butter with 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. When melted
Stir in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk … until smooth. Add packages of Martha White
Chocolate Chip Muffin mix and stir well. Roll into 48 balls and dip one side in chopped nuts.
Bake at 350 degrees – nut side up – for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and place a caramel filled
Chocolate kiss on top of each cookie. When they soften, tap the kiss so the caramel ooze
out. How easy can this be?? So easy and so good.



  1. All these recipes are making me hungry! Yum!

  2. Yummy! I think I'll try the banana peanut butter cookie for a cookie exchange I'm doing next week. You didn't say how many it will yield, but I'm sure it will call for at least two batches, my family won't let me leave the house with all of them, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing!

  3. One thing that I think is just wonderful at Christmas are the cookies. I think I would like to make the turtle ones. Thanks for linking up to "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party. Joni

  4. Oh, these are all too delicious. Looks like you will have a wonderful cookies platter. I don't know if I can get Martha White mixes, but they look like my favorite. Cookies add to my wonderful life!

  5. Anything with caramel has got to be good! :)


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