2021 ByWater Staff Holiday Cookie Swap

We love sharing our ByWater holiday traditions with you! One of our holiday traditions is a staff cookie swap where we bake and ship holiday treats to other team members for the holidays! Check out some delightful recipes our staff cooked up.


Sea Salt Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie, Jessie Z.

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of sea salt (corse)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks of butter), softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • bag of chocolate mini morsels


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. in a small bowl mix dry ingredients (set aside)
  3. in a large bowl combine butter sugar and extract
  4. add eggs into the large bowl and beat
  5. add in dry ingredients in 3 increments, gradually beating together
  6. stir in morsels
  7. place on baking sheet in small balls
  8. bake for 9-11 minutes
  9. Makes 5 dozen cookies

Fraances' Delights, Jessie Z.

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • red and green M7M's
  • mini chocolate morsels


  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. beat all ingredients until smooth (except the chocolates)
  3. mix in M&M's and morsels
  4. Place cookie's on sheet allowing room to spread
  5. Bake for 7-10 minutes
  6. Makes 36 cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies, Hebah

Cranberry and orange soft and chewy holiday drop cookies from Let's Dish Recipes blog.

Cheesecake Cookies, Hebah

Creamy and under 30 minute cheesecake cookies from Yellow Bliss Road blog.

Vegan Rocky Road Cookies, Valerie

Recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero


  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, flax seeds, oil, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until well blended and smooth. Sift in all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to form a thick, wet dough but do not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and almonds. If the dough seems too sticky, chill for 30 minutes to firm up, but this step is not essential.
  3. For each cookie, drop about 2 tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet 2 inches apart, as cookies will spread. Spray the spoon or dough scoop with nonstick spray if the dough is sticking.
  4. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until spread and cracked on top. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Store in a loosely covered container.

Snickerdoodles, Nick

(Link to the New York Times Recipe)


  • 1 ½ cups/180 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons/140 grams unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), at room temperature
  • ¾ cup/150 grams granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. Beat in the egg until creamy, and then add the vanilla, again scraping down the sides. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low until just combined.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll the dough into golf-ball-size balls, then roll each one in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Transfer the dough to parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets, at least 3 inches apart. Bake the cookies until just set and dry in the center, 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Transfer each sheet to a rack to cool for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nick

(Link to Bon Appetit Recipe)

Bon Appetit's chocolate chip cookie recipe they have deemed "the best!". Psst- the key is the browned butter in the recipe.

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies, Jordan

"Christmas pinwheel cookies are fun, festive, and deliciously sweet. Make this recipe with either homemade or store bought cookie dough."

(Link to the Slow Roasted Italian Recipe)

Hershey's Kiss Snowball Cookies, Jordan

"Hershey’s Kiss Snowball Cookies are a classic Christmas dessert recipe to make during the holidays. These snowball surprises are stuffed with a chocolate kiss in the center surrounded by pecan shortbread cookie dough and rolled in powdered sugar to give it that classic snowball look. An easy Christmas cookie tray recipe that everyone will love."

(Link to the Swanky Recipe Blog)

Pecan Pie Christmas Toffee

"Pecan Pie Christmas Crack Toffee is a twist on traditional cracker toffee, made with a pecan pie topping over saltine crackers for a perfect sweet and salty treat! It is a super simple recipe for an impressive dessert!"

(Link to the Slow Roasted Italian Recipe)

Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees, Kal


  • 3 Tbsp (42g) salted butter, diced into 1-Tbsp pieces
  • 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • Green gel food coloring (such as Wilton brand)
  • 6 cups (170g) Rice Krispies cereal
  • White decorating icing (I just used store-bought)
  • Candy or sprinkles for tree decoration


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add in marshmallows and stir until melted, while tinting with green food coloring to reach desired shade.
  3. Remove from heat add in Rice Krispies cereal and fold mixture until evenly coated.
  4. Let cool about 5 minutes.
  5. Shape mixture into tree shapes, either with cookie cutters or by hand into triangle shapes
  6. Add white frosting garland and candy pieces to decorate

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Happy Holidays from everyone at ByWater Solutions!

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