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Large Yield Cookie Recipe Needed

I'm attending a cookie swap on the 16th and need something that when doubles might approach the 10 dozen mark. Things get dicey beyond recipe doubling in my experience, but feel free to pursuade me that a recipe can be tripled! I have a 6 qt KitchenAid so volume, up to a point, shouldn't be a problem. Here's the thing....I'm away on business starting this Friday and returning the 15th (the day before the party). So it has to be easy, and if I can make it in advance, that would be a huuuuuge bonus. I'm thinking maybe some sort of icebox cookie that all I'd have to do is slice and bake the day before/day of the party. Any thoughts????

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  1. These cardamom slice and bake cookies make a ton (6 dozen)! http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec... They were very easy to make, pretty, but I can't say that I actually tasted them! (I was sick of cookies by that point!) Everyone seemed to like them, but I think they may have been a little too "sophisticated" for some. I know other people on this board have made them as well, so maybe they will chime in.

    Also, if you have Dorie Greenspan's new baking cookbook, her peanut butter criss crosses make a lot... we made ours a bit smaller than average, so we got even more out of the recipe.

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      The cardamom cookies rock. Easy to make and sooo good. I do love cardamom and so i put in more spice than the recipe called for, but that's up to you and your palate. I served these at a party last year and they were a huge (and surprise) hit. I didn't realize others would like the spicing, but they did. Ok, obviously, I highly recommend these!

      1. re: Katie Nell

        I agree about the coolies rocking!! I made them on Saturday, and they were delicious. Just the right amount/combo of spices. I mixed the chocolate and the espresso icing together and put the whole mess into a baggie and piped it all over the cookies. It worked fine and tasted delicious. I will make these again for sure!

      2. I have been using this recipe forever, don't know where i got it, and I've tweaked it over the years.

        In your mixer work bowl, cream together 2 cups butter, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar. When light and fluffy, add two eggs and beat well. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla or other flavoring.

        Sieve together 4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix into butter mixture on slowest mixer speed (or by hand) until thoroughly combined. Turn dough out on a lightly floured board and divide into thirds, then each third in half, leaving 6 portions. Roll each part carefully into a 10" log. Chill, slice (you should get about 24 slices per log) and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. This makes around 12 dozen cookies.

        This makes a plain cookie. Vary as follows:

        Add chopped nuts and/or fruit (I like 8 oz chopped dried apricots and 8 oz chopped pecans, or similar quantities of other combinations). Or add finely chopped white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy. Or coconut. Lots of orange zest, orange extract instead of vanilla, finely ground almonds. You can roll the cylinders in coarse sugar, coconut, chopped nuts or cookie crumbs or crushed peppermint. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon sugar and press a walnut half into each before baking. And so on.

        You can freeze these, very well wrapped, and just slice and bake when you need a few cookies. If you make them with a different set of flavorings each time and save one of the logs, you will build up a nice inventory of varied cookies.

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        1. re: sheiladeedee

          12 dozen cookies? wowie. Thanks so much. Keep em coming if you have them. The cardamom ones sound very sophisiticated. although I'm not sure I can see myself drizzling chocolate over 12 dozen cookies!

        2. I tried the Mexican Wedding Cake recipe in December 2006 Bon Appetit. They are a cookie, not a cake...
          The ingredients include pistachios and dried cranberries they have a nice holiday theme, so to speak.

          So festive and fun to make. The recipe could easily be doubled. Check for it at epicurious.com.

          1. The "neiman marcus" chocolate chip cookie recipe produces about 10 doz cookies..can be found at allhomemadecookies.com - go to drop cookies, it's about #12 down on the list

            1. the one on the NM website says it makes 2 dozen...i'm assuming that's not the one you're referring to. Thanks so much for all the suggestions.

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              1. re: eLizard

                The one on NM website I believe doesn't include ground oatmeal..
                the one at allhomemadecookies.com (drop cookies) is the one I've
                made with great success.

                1. Another vote for slice and bakes. You can make the dough ahead of time and then bake and decorate assembly-line style when you have time. I make cookies for a local senior center and produce...a LOT. One I make frequently is what I call choco canes: a chocolate slice and bake, half-dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes while the chocolate is still tacky. You can find zillions of recipes online--they're all pretty similar. I prefer one with cocoa rather than melted chocolate because the dough is easier to work with. I assure you, these freeze beautifully and if you don't go crazy with the chocolate and sprinkles, also stack well.

                  1. When I need a large volume of cookies, I make chocolate/ white-chocolate chip cookies based on the recipe on the Nestle white chocolate chip package. They are drop cookies and have relatively few ingredients, so they take virtually no time to make. The recipe on the 12-oz bag makes about 4 doz cookies. Everyone always loves them and they are a nice change from your standard choc-chip cookie (though there is nothing wrong with those either).