A dear friend of mine in San Diego hosts a Cookie Exchange every December. It is the best! Everyone bakes 10 dozen of one kind of cookie, then brings them to the exchange. We all hang out for a few hours (eating and chatting!) and then go home with 10 dozen of all sorts of wonderful cookies! I was able to put the cutest plates of cookies together for friends. It was fantastic!
I wish so much I could have you all over for a real cookie exchange, but I simply don’t have room! But how about a little “virtual” cookie exchange to get us ready for the holidays? One of the best parts of Jen’s cookie exchange was discovering new recipes, so I thought a Cookie (Recipe) Exchange here on the blog would be fun!
So, share your favorite cookie recipe of all time. Or your favorite holiday treat that you like to share with friends (i.e. you don’t have to “bring” cookies…just something yummy!). I’ve got my sprinkles and cookie cutters ready to go!
Oh! And here’s my recipe. I discovered these at the first cookie exchange I went to. I have no idea who made them or brought the recipe, but I will be forever grateful!
– 1/2 C sugar
– 1/2 C packed brown sugar
– 1/2 C butter, softened
– 3 oz cream cheese, softened
– 1 egg
– 1 t. vanilla
– 2 C all purpose flour
– 1/2 t baking powder
– 1/4 t. salt
– 1 C semisweet chocolate ships, melted and slightly cooled
Heat oven to 350F. In large mixing bowl combine sugars, butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms. Fold melted chips into dough until lightly marbled. (do not overmix)
Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 mins, or until edges are light golden brown. Cool completly before storing.