Christmas Recipes

Three-in-One Cookie Stacks

Divide and conquer the cookie quandrum. One dough with extras added makes three different and delicious cookies!

Three-in-One Cookie Stacks

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, if desired
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 or 4 drops red food color
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Additional sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In large bowl, mix 1 cup sugar, the butter, vanilla extract and egg with spoon.
  3. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Divide dough into thirds.
  4. Mix coconut extract and coconut into one third of dough.
  5. Mix almond extract, red food color and cherries into another third of dough.
  6. Stir cocoa and miniature chocolate chips into last third of dough.
  7. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonsful into 1-inch balls with floured hands. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each with greased bottom of glass dipped in additional sugar.
  8. Bake cookies 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are set.
  9. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
  10. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.


High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) No changes.

Special touch: Stack cookies in alternating colors in a glass canning jar with screw-on lid. Tie a pretty ribbon and a few jingle bells around lid for an extra-special touch.


Per serving: Calories 75 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat ncg); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 55mg; Total Carbohydrate 9g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars ncg); Protein 1g

Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Betty Crocker

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