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The Great Lava Cookie Exchange


Lifespan Brands had a staff cookie exchange this year. We brought 4 cookies in cute little holiday treat bags and boxes to exchange with each other. Some bakers used old family recipes, while others found their recipes online. But ALL were delicious and it was a sweet way to share some treats with coworkers.



My recipe is from Pillsbury –

Holiday Crinkle Cookiesred-green-crinkles

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Ready Time: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 dozen


  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Radiant Red Cupcake & Cake Mix
  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Vibrant Green Cupcake & Cake Mix  (OR substitute any white cake mix and use food coloring to make red and green dough)
  • 2 1/2 cups thawed, frozen whipped topping, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten, divided
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preparation Directions

  • HEAT oven to 350°F. Blend red cupcake mix, 1 1/4 cups whipped topping, 3 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons beaten egg in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Repeat with green cupcake mix and remaining whipped topping, butter and egg to make green dough.
  • PLACE powdered sugar in small shallow bowl. Drop batters by rounded teaspoon into powdered sugar to coat generously. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and tops are crackled. Remove immediately to wire rack to cool completely

Here are a few more recipes of the cookies that we brought in.

butterscotch-recipe    oatmeal-recipe  snowball-recipe


My kids and I have a family tradition of making Christmas sugar cookies. When you have a boy and a girl who almost always disagree, finding something they both actually like doing is like a Christmas miracle! Cookie decorating is one of those rare activities that benefits all of us. Both kids like to bake and decorate them, and my son LOVES to eat them! We have a fun time baking and frosting them with colored icing, but definitely are not professionals. The cookies always taste delicious, and I eat way too many of them, but precise, fancy decorating is not as easy as it looks on the TV baking shows! I’m not very good at that part and we usually lose our patience after a couple of hours. By the end, we get messy and don’t even bother trying to make faces on the snowmen and Santa cookies. We didn’t think they were presentable enough for the cookie exchange, but I couldn’t let our efforts go totally unrecognized. Anyway, it’s the tradition and special family bonding time that’s important, right? These are some from this year – please don’t judge our abilities.  ; )


~by Tami Craig