Zee and Zoey’s Holiday Recipe Exchange Event!


Seen here is Jazmine posing next to my cherished recipe box. This box is nearly 30 years old and holds so many wonderful memories for me… and look… there is a kitty on the front of the box!

I don’t know about your house, but in ours, the upcoming Christmas holiday means cookies, cookies, and more cookies!! Over the years some cookies have remained tried and true favorites and as time has gone on and our family has expanded, it also means new recipes!

But, whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure – my stepdaughter, Jackie, and my youngest son, Joe, will be flying in from up north to spend Christmas with us, so that means they will be put on cookie-making patrol with me and I can’t wait!!

Since my cats also enjoy cookie-making patrol (or should I say cookie-supervising patrol, and by cats, I, of course, mean Jazmine) I thought it would be a fun interactive post if we all shared our favorite cookie holiday recipe with one another (or, if you prefer to share a favorite yummy desert or snack, that would be fine as well).


Jazmine has always been fascinated by my cooking and it truly seems that she should have her own cooking show! She is seen here with Jackie when we were making cookies last year.

Just submit your recipe in the comment section and be sure to come back in a few days to see how many people have contributed a recipe – maybe you’ll see something delicious that you want to try out this year!!

And remember that no matter how much begging, meowing, or whining occurs, and despite how irresistibly cute and persuasive your cat is, absolutely no dough for kitty with raw eggs because that can cause salmonella. To be safe, it is best you don’t let kitty partake in any of your desert tasting activities – just reward them with something like Temptations Treats for cats to let them know you appreciate their help!!


Hope we get some great recipes and this is my contribution – my super, duper, decadent White Chocolate Chips with Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts:

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup softened butter

½ cup shortening

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 large egg

2 ¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ package (11 ounce bag) white chocolate chips (you can use more, but I like to use less to concentrate more on the nuts)

½ cup of coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

½ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts

(I like this combo of nuts, but tend to use whatever I have in the house – pecans go great with the macadamia and so do cashews. Just have fun and go nuts!)

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. In large bowl, beat sugars, butter, and shortening until creamy. Add vanilla and egg.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add chips and nuts – mix all ingredients well.
  5. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoons, about 2” apart.
  6. Bake about 10 to 12 minutes according to your preference. I like mine a bit softer, so I bake for about 10 minutes, but some like them brown and crisper.
  7. Let them cool for a minute, then remove from cookie sheet.
  8. Try one while still warm and ENJOY!!

Have a great weekend everyone and if you missed our post on Tuesday, we have a great giveaway going to win a Kitty Treadmill scratching pad from Royal Cat Boutique – please click here for details.


Peanut giving her claws a workout on the Kitty Treamill!

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  1. Brian says:

    Holidays are just made for yum, yum and more yum!

  2. Carolyn says:

    That picture of Jazmine snoopervising is so gorgeous!! And the recipe has my mouth watering!!

  3. speedyrabbit says:

    No cookie baking Here just Homed Christmas Cake here’s the Link for the Recipe
    I just altered the Decoration on it today as I wasn’t Happy with it,but I am Now!xx Rachel

  4. What fun! WHAT FUN! I’m hopin’ someone submits a recipe for cookies usin’ nip.


  5. We don’t make cookies from scratch unless its for puppies but I know ma likes to make Frosted Grapes.
    Get 2 pounds of seedless white grapes
    1 or 2 boxes of favorite jello flavor
    We found that putting the jello in a ziploc bag is a neater way to do it.
    Put Jello powder in bag, wash grapes and as while they are wet put them in the bag and shake well.
    Place coated grapes on a holiday plate , stack grapes and when done put them in the fridge or freezer.
    When you want a cold sweet snack, you can eat grapes

  6. We help Mum to bake a Chrissymouse cake : we prepare it end of November so that it’s ready to eat at Chrissymouse.

    Let dip 200 g white dried raisin, 200 g black dried raisin, 100 g candied orange, 100 g candied lemon, 50 g candied cherries in small cubes in rum a whole night.
    Preheat oven to 150 C.
    Mix 250 g softened butter, 250 g brown sugar and 4 eggs until it whitens a little bit. Add 50 g matchsticks almonds, one orange peel (zest), one lemon peel, 1 1/2 soup spoon of mixture of spices for gingerbread (cardamom, coriander, clove, mace, ginger). Mix thoroughly 350 g flour and one small tea spoon of baking powder with all above.
    Spoon in the mixture into a 30 cm cake tin which has been lined with greaseproof paper.
    Bake at the lower level of the oven for app. 3 hours.

    That’s for humans of course. We prefer by far tuna cake ! Purrs

  7. OMC, how do you have time??? I used to bake tons to give as gifts but no more. I do whip up mini batches (8-12) of experimental cookies with no recipe or measuring.

  8. Sue Brandes says:

    I don’t really bake much anymore. I cheat and you ready made kind. Your recipe wonderful.

  9. The mom says those cookies sound so yummy…she may need to bake some! She used to bake lots of cookies at Christmas but now she says she just doesn’t have the time…not to mention, she woudl eat all of them! MOL! She’s going to look for one of her favorite cookie recipes and come back to post it. 🙂

  10. yum-ola! Our mom says ANYthing with chocolate works for her!

  11. Ellen Pilch says:

    Your recipe sounds fantastic. I love white chocolate too so I make this one with oats and cranberries:
    great idea for a recipe exchange 🙂

  12. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    deb…here’s a recipe that goes way back, and was “invented” before
    chex mix was “invented”, even though Chex cereal was around. you will
    need a turkey roaster and the nice part about this recipe is you can add
    the snacks that you like best; *******

    no need to stick with just chex, cherrios, pretzels,nuts etc.

    2 cups of cooking oil
    2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon garlic salt
    1 tablespoon season salt

    this can be combined in your measuring cup; stir very well

    1 box of cheerios
    1 box of rice chex
    1 box of wheat chex
    1 box of corn chex
    1 large can of mixed nuts
    1 large bag of pretzels

    toss all the snack ingredients into the roaster, pour the sauce over the snacks
    and stir immediately. coating the cereal etc as best as you can

    bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours; stirring the mix every 15 minutes

    let cool for half and hour

    this does make a large amount of snack mix and it can be put into the freezer