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Join me and Ree Drummond for our #CookieChatter Twitter Party

What does your kitchen smell like during the holidays? Peppermint? Gingerbread? Eggnog? Pumpkin pie spices? If you’re like me, the answer is, “All of the above.”

For many of us, this is the best time of year for baking. At the Land O’Lakes Test Kitchen, we receive countless emails, tweets, and phone calls with all sorts of holiday baking and cooking questions. This year, we’re planning the ultimate, virtual holiday party to get all of your questions answered and share baking tips and holiday recipes — including some beautiful, gift-worthy foods you’ll want to wrap up for everyone on your list.

I may be biased, but I think giving baked goods can be the perfect holiday gift. Who doesn’t enjoy eating and sharing delicious homemade treats?

This year at the Test Kitchen, we focused on creating recipes you can give as gifts to your family, friends and neighbors in our Holiday Recipe Brochure called Wrap Up the Holidays. These recipes are easy to make, easy to store and easy to travel with. Of course, we’ve included recipes for entertaining, too. You can download all of our new recipes in this year’s Holiday Brochure here

We’re also planning a Twitter party! During this online get-together, called #CookieChatter, we’ll share cookie and holiday recipes and tips for wrapping up the holidays. Ree Drummond, the one and only Pioneer Woman, will be my cohost. And we’re excited to welcome our special guests, bloggers Sommer, Julie, Brenda and Maria. The Twitter party is a great opportunity to ask your favorite bloggers for their holiday recipes and tips.

Here’s how it works:

Log into Twitter on Wednesday, December 4 from 8 to 9 p.m. EST.

  • Follow @LandOLakesKtchn and @ThePioneerWoman.
  • Search for the hashtag #CookieChatter.
  • Join in the conversation! Include #CookieChatter in your tweets so other people can see them, too.
  • Keep an eye out for tweets from special guests @TheLittleKitchn, @TwoPeasandPod, @FarmgirlsDabble and @SpicyPerspectiv.

Oh, and we’ve got great prizes waiting for a few lucky participants! One winner will receive the ultimate holiday prize pack!

  • Red KitchenAid® Mixer
  • 2 Nordic Ware® baker's half sheets
  • 2 Silpat cookie sheet liners
  • Set of four 7.75 oz. gasket jars
  • Holiday ribbons and mini chalkboards
  • Set of Wilton 12 decorating icings
  • 2 cookie spatulas
  • Cookie cutters
  • A signed copy of Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks a Year of Holidays
  • Three coupons for Land O'Lakes® Butter

Two winners will also receive a $100 VISA gift cards and butter coupons

Use the hashtag #CookieChatter in your tweets for a chance to win. Read the Official Rules

See you all there!


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I love pioneer woman,Ree Drumond/ i'd love to win this package deal. it would help so much

Posted Dec 09 2013 by Trudy

Can't we participate in some other way than on T"witter? I am not a Twitter member.

Posted Dec 06 2013 by

I love butter especially Land O Lakes is my ingredient favorite in all my meals

Posted Dec 05 2013 by norma dowling

But I don't have Twitter. I want to come to the party too. :( So sad to miss this

Posted Dec 05 2013 by Misha

yummy recipes!! Thanks for sharing!

Posted Dec 05 2013 by manal salem

Sorry I missed your show, I would have loved it I'm sure.

Posted Dec 05 2013 by Sharon

I need help with this ccokie recipe: Rasberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
I follow the recipe but they crumble . 1996 recipe 75th anniversary pamlet.Please Help
What am I doing wrong?

thank you

Posted Dec 05 2013 by Winifred L Vadala
Test Kitchen Comment


Winifred, These are a crisp type cookie and are very delicate. I do not think you are doing anything wrong.
Posted December 06, 2013

I'm babysitting my Grandchildren, won't have my computer for my twitter :( I would have liked to gotten in on the conversation, maybe next time :)

Posted Dec 05 2013 by Janet

My house smells like cookies of all kinds. Last week I baked 33 dozen for my church's bake sale fund raiser. It was a 2 day project. Now this week and next week I will be baking for my family. I have 3 adult children, One a single dad with 2 sons, ages 9 and 12, a single son, who loves his Mom's cookies and a daughter with 3 1/2 year old twins and an 8 month old. I love to bake so this time a year is fun for me. The twins will "help" decorate the cutout cookies this year. What fun that will be

Posted Dec 05 2013 by Sue Lauer

don't have a tweeter account but do,love your iras and give sways,m What whonderfulmChristmasmideaskmLovemthem.'mpleasemconsidermyourmfacebookmfzms inthenfuture for those of us who don't twitter! No would love being considered for any gifts,

Posted Dec 04 2013 by GeorgiNb

I love making chocolate chip cookies with out the chocolate chips! You see I got sick on them when I was 5. (1975) and have traded out for those nasty chips ever since. I have exchanged butterscotch, mint chips, dried fruits. but the best is dried cranberries, white choc chips and pecans! So wonderful!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by

I don't tweet but it sounds like a fun party!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Joyce Young

Thanks for hosting - it was a lot of fun.

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Patricia @ ButterYum

Can't get much better...all my faves, KitchenAid, butter, pretties and Ree Drummond! Wow!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Sandra

I love Ree and her show the Pioneer Woman! When I watch her show - I dream of being the Ranch "mom" - I woud love that life.
I'm sorry I missed this twitter talk! I was helping my son with his homework. I was late getting out of work and picking up my son. So it was a quick leftover night and then homework.
I love land o lakes butter! Your unsalted butter is the only butter I use when I bake. I'm on a very tight budget, living paycheck to paycheck. So baking is what I do for my Christmas gifts, some might think it's a small thing to give but I feel with top notch ingredients like Land o Lakes butter - I'm giving out a gift like from a high end "mall" store, and then when they taste the layers of "yummy goodness" I know their happy!
Thank you!!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by jeannie

Why do you have to use unsalted butter in some of the cookie recipes - can I use salted if that is all I have?

Posted Dec 04 2013 by
Test Kitchen Comment


When baking cookies you can use either salted or unsalted butter - either will work just fine. Chefs and spokespeople like Ree have favorite butter types they use but either will work well in cookie baking.
Posted December 23, 2013

Do you have a easy recipe to make caramel?

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Deb
Test Kitchen Comment


This year I made my favorite Land O Lakes caramel recipe, Aunt Emily's Soft Caramels. It is easy to make and so wonderful in flavor. Make sure you only cook the mixture to 242 - 244 degrees and not higher since the candy mixture will get hard at a higher temp.
Posted December 23, 2013

I love your food especially the steak Oscar, but i love the way your recipes are easy and how they fit for families.

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Yvette

I love the smells of cinnamon, spices, chocolate Chip cookies baking, cranberry-orange, pumpkin...I love to bake, especially this time of year!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Cheryl Moulthrop

I love baking sugar cookies but can never roll the dough even enough for them to be uniform so they bake at the same time? How can I make this happen for them to be uniform and how thick should you roll your dough? Thank you ladies :)

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Sandy
Test Kitchen Comment


I suggest you follow the recipe instructions about how thick to roll your cookies. Some are rolled very thin, about 1/8", and others are rolled a more typical thickness, about 1/4". I actually use a ruler and measure the thickness of the dough in several places around the dough. I have found I need to do that since it is easy to push too hard when rolling which results in thinner dough. Happy baking!
Posted December 23, 2013

I'm so excited! I love your show, your cookbooks, and your whole way of being! You inspire me. I make homemade cookies every year for all of the people who touch our lives. Everyone from our doctor, to the garbage men, to the hairdresser gets a tin of cookies! I still use my ten dollar mixer I've had for ten years! I've always dreamed of having a Kitchen Aid mixer of my very own! Imagine the possibilities! Cannot wait for # Cookiechatter!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Autumn

How long will iced sugar cookies stay fresh? Should they be stored in air tight container in the pantry. Would like to make for gifts.

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Gail J
Test Kitchen Comment


If the iced cookies are at room temp. or are refrigerated they should be just fine to give for about 1 week from when they were baked. For longer storage you could store them in the refrigerator but it is best to store cookies that need to be frozen unfrosted. Then frost the cookies once they are thawed. If frozen like this you could keep them 2-3 months in the freezer.
Posted December 23, 2013

I'm not on twitter. Guess I'll be sure to watch this special. Land O'Lakes unsalted is the closest to having a real butter taste. Beats churning and making your own. ;) Hope you are giving ideas for decorating gingerbread boys and girls plus yummy candy. Diabetic candy would be good too. Pioneer Woman hits home with me. Watch Ree when I'm not working and of course, there's always the DVR!

Posted Dec 04 2013 by Beverly Baldwin

land of lakes is where I go for all my holiday baking nothing like butter!!!

Posted Dec 03 2013 by adrienne

CAN"T wait!!

Posted Dec 03 2013 by shirley

I'm SO there. I was looking up and pinning caramel and cookie recipes; glad I saw the ad for this event!

Posted Dec 02 2013 by Tracy

I'm looking forward to this party.

Posted Dec 01 2013 by aaron r

I can't wait for this party! There is nothing I enjoy more than baking!!

Posted Nov 27 2013 by Cheryl

Wish I could take part too, I do not Tweet and I will be traveling home on that day. Wish there was a way to be a part of this great offer.

Posted Nov 26 2013 by Nancy

Can I rsvp here to be in the twitter party?

Posted Nov 25 2013 by Theresa Miller

uh!uh!uh! I'll figure this out, I'm so excited, you've got Ree coming, I'm going to meet her Dec 5 in Seattle!, & I came to write Land o lakes to say I got their butter cuz their her sponsor!, and now I'm just a mess cuz I don't tweet & a want to win your goodie package for my wonderful DIL, & I really rattle too much, & now I have to figure out how to Tweet before Dec 4 - oh my, I should just hush & just & get buzy & learn to Tweet ! Thanx LOLakes!

Posted Nov 21 2013 by GamaAnnie

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