When the holidays roll around, I celebrate by baking for family and friends.

Homemade treats are one of my favorite gifts to give.

Most times I bake and bring trays of cookies to Christmas parties and ship treats to friends and family far away.

Sometimes, I give friends who like to bake glass jars with dry ingredients and instructions for the wet ingredients to add along with how to mix the ingredients and bake.

I always include both of the recipes below in my holiday cookie packages, using baking to show others how much I care.

I hope they bring as much joy to your holiday as they do to mine.

Next week, I’ll share more of my favorite treats.

Cowboy cookies


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks butter softened
  • 1½ cups sugar or Splenda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1½ cups brown sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in sugars. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour mixture.
  3. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
  4. Drop on baking sheet by spoonfuls and bake until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes: 4 or 5 dozen cookies.



  • 1½ cups sugar or Splenda
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine 1½ cups sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Mix until smooth.
  3. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  5. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon in small bowl or plate.
  6. Roll balls of dough in sugar/cinnamon mix and place 2 inches apart on a baking tray.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set.

Makes: 2 dozen cookies.


News/Design Editor M. Clare Haefner enjoys cooking for family and friends. Contact her at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

News/Design Editor M. Clare Haefner enjoys cooking for family and friends. Contact her at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

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