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Cookie Swap

Cookie Swap

A few fun cookie recipes to exchange with friends or leave for Santa

Chocolate Exquisite Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Joann Hensley, McGaheysville, Va.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 ½ cups oatmeal, blended (measure first, and then blend into fine powder)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. chocolate chips
9 oz. of Hershey bar, grated
1 ½ cups pecans, chopped


In a mixing bowl, cream butter and both sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda together. Gradually add dry ingredients to cream mixture. Add chocolate chips, grated Hershey bar and pecans. Drop from a 1-inch ice cream scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned.

Forgotten Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Wendy Lankford, Red Oak, Va.

2 egg whites
¾ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
11 oz. chocolate baking chips (butterscotch, lemon, or your favorite may be used)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat egg whites with salt and vanilla until stiff. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, continuing to beat. Fold in chips. Drop on parchment-lined cookie sheet, about a teaspoon to a cookie. They do not spread much so it can be placed closely together. Turn oven off, put cookies in and close the door. Don’t peek until morning! (Do not double recipe, the texture will suffer.)

Crisp Walnut Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Jerry Nichols, Winchester, Va.

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
2 cups quick-cooking oats
½ cup sugar
1 cup regular oil
3 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped


In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, oats and sugar. Beat in oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in walnuts. Drop rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Place on wire racks to cool. Yields 6 dozen.

Got a tasty treat to share?

Email your original chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes to [email protected], or mail them to Cooperative Kitchen, c/o Cooperative Living, P.O. Box 2340, Glen Allen, VA 23058-2340 and include your email address.

You also can submit them online at co-opliving.com/cooperativekitchen. Selected recipes will be published in future issues of Cooperative Living or at co-opliving.com. Because of volume we cannot guarantee publication of all recipes. Reader recipes are submitted in good faith. Cooperative Living cannot warrant results.

Correction: 8 oz. cream cheese, softened was inadvertently left off of the Bacon and Pimento Cheese Dip in the Oct. 2022. issue. We apologize for the error.