Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cookie Exchange~You're Invited!

I'm hosting a cookie exchange party next week and I thought it would be fun to host a blog one as well! So for those who would like to participate in a little blog cookie exchange, here's what we'll do! Post on your blog one or all of the following: a cookie recipe you've been dying to try--then review it, or your holiday favorite treat to give to the neighbors/friends/take to parties. Once you've posted about it/them, comment here with the link. :) I'd love to see what kinds of cookies/fudge/goodies you like to make or have tried.

These festive looking cookies I did not make for my party next week, but for my 3 year olds Christmas party today. I used this recipe for playdough cookies here and just did them in red and green.
They were SUPER easy to make and fun too...would be fun for kids to help. Only suggestions I have is I had to bake mine for almost 14 mins compared to the 8 in the recipe...because they are on a stick (to be handled by 3 year olds) you cannot underbake these. Also many of the reviewers said they weren't very sweet and kinda plain. So I doused mine in a good dose of white sugar before baking. After making and trying one (ok 2) myself, I really like them. They aren't too sweet and kinda shortbread like with a hint of cream cheese flavor. I like that they can be eaten along side a mug of hot chocolate or eggnog without sugar overload. I will definitely be making these again! Oh and I didn't try it yet, but next time I might try a little almond extract to punch them up a little.

Here are a few of my tried and true holiday cookies:
*Martha Stewart gingerbread cookies~I make them every year and oh so yummy!
*my Vanilla rolled cookies I rave about
*my favorite sugar cookie~very rich cookie~recipe to follow:

Sugar Cookie
1/2 C butter
1/2 C oil
1 C sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp crm of tartar
2 tsp vanilla

Mix wet ingredients and dry separately. Combine, then roll into balls. Press down with palm of hand or fork. Sprinkle on sugar (you can roll them in sugar instead before pressing if you like). Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for about 10 mins at 350F. These cookies are a soft cookie and not to be over baked.

And here are some I spotted this year I want to try:
*Cran Crackle Bars
*Spiced Pumpkin dunking sticks
*Chocolate Whoopie Pie~wouldn't it be fun to tint the frosting green or red?


Peggy said...

Snickerdoodles! These make a lot - perfect for cookie exchange parties.

Deanna said...

I almost listed snickerdoodle cookies too! I love them! :)

carrie said...

what a clever idea! I love to make Zucchini bread... I blogged about it a few weeks ago. It's my fav!

CaraM said...

these look great! i'm going to spend the day blog hopping for cookie recipes!


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