Cookie Exchange 2011

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As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have something special in store for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies today – a cookie exchange! My three best friends and I got together over the weekend for an afternoon of lunch, chatting, and of course, cookie swapping. We each contributed 2-3 dozen of our favorite cookies. Some were already finished, and some still needed baking, which made it even more fun since I love baking with friends!

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We perused cookie magazines we’ve collected over the years over cups of coffee and sampled one another’s creations, and the way the house smelled as cookies were baking up in the oven was heavenly. I wish I could get a cookie exchange-scented candle; I’d burn it all year long!

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So today, instead of sharing one cookie recipe, I’m sharing three – one from each of my friends. And, for the final week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas cookies next week (can you believe it’s already here?!) I’ll be sharing one of my own recipes from our exchange for 7-layer cookies. I hope you enjoy the cookies, and happy holiday baking!

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Ginger Creme Sandwich Cookies, adapted from Taste of Home

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the filling:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg until well-combined, and then beat in the molasses. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the dough into 1″ balls and roll them in the granulated sugar. Place the balls 2″ apart on the baking sheet. Flatten them slightly with a form, forming a crisscross pattern. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to a wire rack to cool. To make the filling, combine all of the filling ingredients in a bowl and beat until smooth. Spread over the bottom half of the cookies, top with the remaining cookies. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the frosting:

  • 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk, heated

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients until combined. Stir in the dry ingredients until the dough comes together. Roll out on to a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. For the frosting, beat together the sugar, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat in the milk gradually until the desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring for color. Frost the cooled cookies with a knife.

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Peppermint Chocolate Crinkles, adapted from Taste of Home

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the microwave, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips, stirring until smooth. In a small bowl, beat the butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg whites and extract, and then stir in the melted chocolate. In a separate bowl, whisk together the four, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the water. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until easy to handle. When ready to bake, roll the dough into 1″ balls and then roll them in the powdered sugar. Place 2″ apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

22 Responses to “Cookie Exchange 2011”

  1. 1 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Aww I love this! And those peppermint crinkles are like my favorite cookie ever. I was so sad to see the Panera Bread version has HFCS in it. Now I can make my own :)

  2. 2 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Lovely! We have our cookie swap on Sunday – I need to make a decision for which cookie to make and I’m so torn!

  3. 3 movita beaucoup Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Just when I thought I’d seen one too many cookies, you go and make me want three dozen more… Lovely!

  4. 4 Jenna Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    The little sandwich cookies look amazing. What I would give for a sampling of your cookie spread!

  5. 5 Angela Watts Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Such a cute idea. Glade makes a cookie scented candle, but its nowhere near the right scent.

  6. 6 Aimee @ ShugarySweets Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    How fun, I haven’t been to a cookie exchange in several years. Hmmm, maybe I should host one!!

  7. 7 jennifurla Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I want one of each please.

  8. 8 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    That looks eerily similar to our cookie exchange table! A spritz cookie is a spritz cookie is a spritz cookie, eh?

  9. 9 Katrina Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    How fun! Love this idea. You gals are too cute :)

  10. 10 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Cookies & friends – does it get much better?

    The ginger cream sandwiches look SO good!

  11. 11 Carrie @ poet in the pantry Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    It’s a 3-for-1 deal! :) Looks like a fun day and the cookies look delicious!

  12. 12 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I can’t decide which would be my favorite. A cookie exchange would be so much fun.

  13. 13 Helen Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    lots of great recipes, thanks for sharing, I will be hosting a cookie swap at our Ladies ministry christmas party this year

  14. 14 Nettie Moore Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    What a fun day baking and I just love cookie swaps! I love getting to try cookies that I have never thought about making before and then I think about them and try it! I tried linking up my fudge twice but it doesn’t seem to be coming up? I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! See you soon!


  15. 15 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Those all look great!

  16. 16 Becca Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    The pepermint chocolate crinkle cookies look especially tastey! I can’t wait to be on Christmas break so I can spend all day makeing cookies!

  17. 17 Raina Says:
    December 9th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Sounds like so much fun. I love cookie swaps. Your cookie recipes all sounds so yummy:)

  18. 18 Elizabeth Says:
    December 10th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    These look wonderful!

  19. 19 Maria Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    This is the BEST. IDEA. EVAAARRR~~

  20. 20 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    December 12th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I want to come over and be one of your best friends and talk cookies? Is that weird?
    Those ginger creme sandwiches look out of control!

  21. 21 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Says:
    December 13th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my goodness…all of these look delicious, but I am positively drooling over the ginger creme sandwich cookies! They sound amazing!

  22. 22 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    December 13th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Wow! So many amazing cookies. Sounds like so much fun! We had our annual family cookie baking day on Saturday… And, I can totally relate to how nice it is to just get together with friends/family and chat about cookies. At my house, there was plenty of munching and sneaking tastes of cookie dough, too. :)

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