Happy US Citizenship to my good friend 🙂
I was invited and participated in my first holiday cookie exchange!
How it works:
1. Bake 6-8 dozen holiday cookies, and package them up in 6 or 12 – depending on what the cookie is, how many you bring, what fits best etc.
2. All invited parties gather at one location on the designated cookie exchange night
3. All extras, burnt cookies, broken pieces etc. are set out for sampling
4. All ready-to-exchange-cookie packages are displayed for later exchange
5. After some visiting, drinking, snacking and sampling….
6. Each person introduces the cookies that he or she brought… and the exchange commences!
At the end of the evening, you leave with as many cookies as you arrived with, but so many more, beautiful and tasty varieties to enjoy. Happy Holidays!!!
I made these two:
I’ve made these before and have been very happy with them. Of course, right!?–they have potato chips in and on top of them!!! 😉
This was a new recipe for me, but I was happy with how they turned out. The dough was nice and flaky, and the Ghiradelli chocolate on the inside was of course quite nice as well. 🙂
Boy, December sure has been a busy month!! Before December ends, I want to try and catch up on a few posts that I haven’t had time to get to because… well, partly because I have been baking! 😉
A college friend of mine is having a baby boy soon, so I helped bake a couple of treats for her woodland themed baby shower in early December. Among the rest of the delicious spread complete with baked stuffed mushrooms, orzo pasta salad, green salad, spiced nuts, cheese, crackers and fig spread, and an outstanding (and delicious I must say!) chocolate cake baked and decorated to look like a tree stub by another friend, were these toadstool mushroom cupcakes…
Before packing these up for the party, I used a few items that I had to create a quick home habitat to snap a few shots of these little ‘shrooms.
And for the acorn cookies, I baked up a batch of my Grandma’s sugar cookies and dipped them in semi-sweet chocolate for the little cap. Mmmmm! I contemplated sprinkles on the chocolate part, but decided that I liked the simplicity as they were…
Christmas of 2008, I received these plastic Jell-O Jiggler letter cut-outs. I use them primarily for cookie cutters, and have way too much fun. 🙂
I remember making cookie names for all of my neighbors and friends, and I am sure many more than I have thought to capture digitally, but here are some examples…
But I also love it when I send or give these customized cookie letter messages to people, and they send me back photos of their new word combinations….. 🙂
My friend sent me a recipe via Smitten Kitchen’s blog, for potato chip cookies!! Potato chips are my favorite food, so I was very excited to try these…
I made them and they were DE-licious!
Who doesn’t love classic Spritz cookies!? So perfectly shaped and bite-sized. I wanted to contribute something to a friend’s silent auction, so I baked up a batch of both classic vanilla as well as some chocolate Spritz cookies and layered them in a transparent paint-like can from Michael’s with colorful papers.