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The Fabric Maverick says... Let them eat cookies!

December 3, 2008

 

 

One of the traditions of Christmas is the cookie swap party. How many of you have been to a cookie swap party? I have been to a couple. It is a great way to connect with your friends during the holidays. It is also a great way to end up with several different kinds of cookies for sharing with your family and friends.

Domino Sugar has created a great section on their website on how to plan a cookie swap party. It includes invitations, recipe labels and more! Can't think of a cookie to make? They will help you there, too. They have recipes from cinnamon stars to tiramisu cookies.

 

  1. Party should be planned to allow at least 2 hours on a weekend or during the week if that is convenient to all the party goers. I know that I am a weekend person.
  2. Party should be planned 2 weeks to 1 month ahead. Send out invitations. This website has some cute invitations to download.
  3. Each person should bake one dozen cookies for each person invited. In other words, if there are four people, you should bake 4 dozen cookies.
  4. Let the hostess know what kind of cookie you will be bringing. No one wants to end up with 20 dozen chocolate chip cookies.
  5. Most cookie parties have between 8-12 guests. Remember to keep the list manageable. You do not want to get overwhelmed.
  6. Bring copies of your recipe to share.
  7. Take pictures
  8. Do not forget to bring containers to carry your cookies home with you.

 

 Better Homes and Gardens is sponsoring a Cookie Swap House Party on Dec. 6, 2008 to help end childhood hunger in America.

 

Here are some tips from BHG on making your cookie swap party more fun:

 

  1. Share recipes
  2. Listen to holiday music
  3. Exchange holiday stories
  4. Plan a cookie contest in several categories

There is still time to plan your own party. Let me leave you with at least one cookie recipe from Domino Sugar.

Raspberry Shortbread Sandwiches

A list of ingredients you will need:

1 cup (1/2 lb.) - butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup - Domino® Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon - vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon - salt

1/2 cup - raspberry jam

About 1/3 cup - Domino® Confectioners Sugar



Instructions »

In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and salt and mix on low speed until dough comes together in a ball. Transfer to a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough in half. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each portion to about 1/8 inch thick. With a floured 2- to 3-inch star-shaped cutter, cut out cookies. If desired, cut a 1/2-inch star out of the center of half of the cookies to make a window for the jam filling (see tips). Place cookies 1 inch apart on buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets. Gather excess dough into a ball, re-roll, and cut out remaining cookies.
Bake in a 325°F regular or 300°F convection oven until edges are just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. If baking more than one sheet at a time in one oven, switch positions halfway through baking. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
Spread the flat side of each of half the cookies (those without holes) with about 1/2 tablespoon jam. Top each with a remaining cookie (with a hole), flat side toward filling. Dust tops of cookies evenly with confectioners sugar.
Tips: Use a sharp knife, a 1/2-inch cookie cutter, or the narrow end of a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip to cut holes out of half the cookies before baking. These cookies are best eaten the day they are filled, but you can store cooled, unfilled cookies airtight at room temperature up to 3 days; freeze to store longer.

Just remember when you are stressed, it is always a good idea to have a cookle in your pocket.

Happy 3rd Day of Christmas! 

 

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1 Comment

Another simple and free way to send an invitation is to use www.evite.com. Instead of filling out a paper invitation, you create an invitation website with all the important info and cute graphics and send an email to all your guests who can then RSVP. It's super simple to use (they even have pre-made site and email templates so you only have to change the text), and if you have to make any changes to the party (date, time, whatev...) you can make the change on the site and send an update email all at once. Also, everyone can see who all can, maybe can and can't come to the party, so it's easy to tell how many batches of cookies to make. I use this site for all our parties now, even little ones.

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