Monday, December 4, 2023

Virtual Cookie Exchange


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's Carol's Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange & Christmas Blog Hop!

Every year Carol of Just Let Me Quilt hosts her Virtual Cookie Exchange.  I look forward to it every year because I get SO many delicious new recipes to try.  It's also fun to see what everyone is working on for Christmas, or just share memories from Christmases past.

I'm excited to share with you one of my family's favorite cookies.  These cookies are chock full of yummy goodness, including chocolate chips, coconut, crispy rice cereal, and nuts.  These are very versatile cookies, so you can omit what you don't like and add your own favorites.  I also like how easy they are to make from items I usually already have in my kitchen pantry.  

Because they have puffed rice and a lot of other good stuff, I call them 'Puff & Stuff Cookies.'  


Preheat oven to 375°
Bake crispy rice cereal in oven for 2-3 minutes, until toasted

Cream together:
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar

Beat in:
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2-1/2 cups flour

Stir in:
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chocolate chips

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet and bake at 375° for approximately 10 minutes.  Cookies will be pale on top and golden on bottom.  

This recipe makes a lot of cookies!  A large cookie scoop will yield me just shy of 4 dozen.    Using a smaller scoop, I can probably get around 60.

Whatever size you make them, be prepared for them to disappear fast.  They are great for after-school snacks, and are lovely with a cup of coffee or tea.  I bet Santa might like a couple with a glass of milk!

I like gifting baked goods to my neighbors for Christmas.  This year I decided to package my treats in fabric boxes.  I found a very simple pattern on YouTube by Stacey Lee Creation for a reversible fabric box.   

If you don't use a directional print like I did for my Christmas sample, these little boxes are completely reversible.  

The fabric boxes are made from 4 10" fabric squares and 2 10" squares of stiff interfacing or batting.  They are very easy to make and go together quick as a wink.  It was my first time trying this pattern and I completed 2 boxes in under an hour.   

I hope you will give these cookies a try.  They are really delicious!  Thank you, Carol, for hosting this fun and delicious hop!  It's my favorite!  

Be sure to visit the other elves who are busy baking up a batch of goodies!


  1. What a sweet gift for your neighbors. The cookies sound absolutely wonderful. Who doesn't love rice krispy anything! :-)

  2. Those cookies look sew good! Cute boxes too--your neighbors are going to love your gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These cookies look delicious and easy. I am writing the recipe down for future use. I love the idea of the little basket for gifting the cookies, too. So cute!

  4. The cookies look delicious. What a great idea of making the little fabric boxes to hand them out in! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. ",,,are lovely with a cup of coffee or tea," Now that's a super idea and one I need to try. I like your idea to use fabric boxes for the neighbors; I even thought the directional print was perfect!

  6. I wish I was your neighbour!!! Cookies in the fabric basket looks great!
    quilting gail

  7. I think I need to make these yummy looking cookies. They sound delicious with those ingredients! I had been toying with the idea of making baskets for neighbor treats. Your baskets look so sweet and easy...thanks for the link. Thank you for sharing your virtual treats and project with us, Charlene! xo

  8. The fabric boxes are genius and I love them.

  9. Love your fabric boxes. Great way to deliver the yummy cookies.

  10. I love your cookie recipe! I can't wait to bake them for my family, they will love them. And your baskets are so cute! What a great way to gift cookies to friends and family! I know I will be making some of these. Thanks so much for sharing this post, and have a Merry Christmas!

  11. Super Cute Gifting idea for your cookies! All of the ideas are getting me into the Christmas spirit! So little time!!!! We need a Christmas in October to get geared up for all these great ideas!

  12. Those cookies look delicious! I have saved the recipe and cannot wait to make them. The little reversible bags are such a clever idea for giving cookies away in.

  13. The cookies sound wonderful and what a great way to gift them! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for the cute gift idea! Merry Christmas!

  15. Those cookies look so yummy! Love the basket you made, sooo cute! xx

  16. Really festive fabric boxes. They always come in handy. The cookies sound yummy too- thanks for the recipe.