Inside Hendersonville Lifestyle's Cookie Jar 3

Fun Holiday Cookie Recipes 
from Local Cookie Experts

by Bruce Lange of Cookie Advantage

“In March of 2013, I went from the security of corporate life to the adventure of being an entrepreneur with Cookie Advantage,” Bruce Lange says. “We are a customer appreciation company, and our goal is to wow the clients and customers of the companies we work with. We send fresh-baked goodies in custom tins and even include the recipe for the goodies. We even have packages that include custom mugs, so the recipient of the gift remembers the company that ordered the gift to be sent to them. Corporate holiday gifts are very popular this time of year, and our goodies are packaged in holiday tins with a customized holiday card. Our most popular cookie is the pecan brownie cookie cup. It is chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a pecan brownie. Yum!”

For more holiday cookie options from Cookie Advantage, call 615.513.8910 or visit their website,

3/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup chocolate chips
1 package of your favorite 
 brownie mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)


  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Make brownie mix according to package instructions.
  3. 3. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups. Fill one-third of each baking cup with brownie mixture, sprinkle each cup with pecans and set aside.
  4. 4. For cookies, combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Beat with mixer on medium speed until well-blended.
  5. 5. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda and mix into creamed mixture just until blended.
  6. 6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. 7. Roll a teaspoon of dough into a ball and place one in the middle of the brownie mixture in each baking cup and press down slightly.
  8. 8. Bake according to brownie package instructions. A 10-11 ounce brownie mix will yield approximately 12 cups, and you will have enough cookie dough to bake additional cookies.


“I made my very first batch of cookies in October 2015,” Brooke Holman says. “I stumbled across a group on social media called Operation Cookie Takeover, where random strangers from across the country can sign up to ship cookies to our military personnel overseas. I loved the idea of doing something special to show appreciation to our military men and women, and I volunteered to ship two dozen cookies. After looking through the pictures on the signup page, I decided that I would love to attempt to decorate some sugar cookies, rather than just sending plain cookies. So I researched techniques and recipes, and successfully shipped some tasty treats—even if they weren’t very pretty!

“I continued to practice and make cookies for different holidays and events that I was attending, and then it finally happened: I was asked to make a custom order of cookies, and someone was actually willing to pay for them! What started out as something fun to do for friends and family has slowly grown into a small business that I love!

“Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I absolutely love making treats of all kinds to deliver to family and friends. Christmas of 2016 was the first year I did Christmas cookies, and it was so much fun to see them enjoyed by so many people. I can’t wait for Christmas of 2017!”

To order your own customized holiday cookie order, email

2 cups unsalted butter, 
 room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt


  1. 1. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth—usually 30-45 seconds.
  2. 2. Add eggs and mix. Scrape sides of bowl and mix again until fully incorporated.
  3. 3. Add vanilla and mix.
  4. 4. Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt together in a bowl. Add to the wet ingredients in small batches, mixing each time on low until incorporated.
  5. 5. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  6. 6. Roll dough out on a floured surface, and use cookie cutters to obtain desired shapes.
  7. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  8. 8. Cool completely and decorate!