Do you and your friends or co-workers have any holiday traditions?
Each year a group of us get together for a cookie exchange. Since I am doing Paleo this holiday season (down 4.8 lbs since 11/30) I will be taking my cookies to a Christmas party this weekend. Are you wondering what a cookie exchange is? Some of you might think it’s an opportunity to bring a couple of cookies and have coffee and chat. Well, our cookie exchange is a bit more than that.
This year we had eight ladies participating in the cookie exchange. Each person makes a different kind of cookie and you then exchange a dozen of the type you bake. Since our group had eight ladies we each had to make 7 dozen cookies to share, 8 if you wanted to keep a dozen of your own kind for yourself.
In the past I made my favorite cookie the Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter cookie. My grandmother made these every year for Christmas. The year I made them for the cookie exchange I had 60 kisses to unwrap so thought I would do something easier this year.
When searching for a cookie to make I stumbled upon the “Puppy Chow Cookie”. Are you familiar with the Puppy Chow Snack mix? “This absolutely delicious snack mix is one of my favorites. People gobble it up – well, like puppies gobble puppy chow!” My daughter loves the snack mix so I thought this would be a great cookie to make. Almost better than the snack mix.
2 hours and seven dozen cookies later my kitchen was a powdered sugar disaster and I was beat. What the heck was I thinking? I thought this would be an easy cookie to make. Next year I think I will stick with the basic Chocolate chip cookie or a cocktail swap.
The cookie exchange was fun. We all shared our kitchen stories, making multiple trips to the grocery store, mixers breaking, marshmallow’s burning, cookie press breaking, high altitude flour not working and naked ginger bread men.
I have a large bag of cookies to take to my Christmas party. Decorated sugar cookies, Ginger bread men, Coconut Mounds, Ginger snaps, Salted Carmel Thumbprint’s, Macaroon’s and a plate of assorted cookies.
What is your favorite type of cookie for the Holiday season?