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Cookie Exchange in the Rain

Cookie Exchange in the RainWith the Christmas season approaching, I thought it would be fun for have a Cookie Exchange in the Rain. 

A few years back, several friends and I would get together each December to do a Cookie Exchange.  We would eat, drink, exchange cookies and gifts and enjoy each other's company.  As it does sometimes, life just got in the way and we no longer do this.  I miss those special times.

So, I'd like to invite my Rain pals to help fill that void.  Please post your favorite cookie recipe.  It can be a family classic, a diet-friendly, ethnic or personal favorite. 

Can't wait to see where this exchange goes!  Thanks for participating!

Comment balloon 30 commentsPamela Cendejas • November 26 2010 12:48PM

Comments

Oh, this is a great idea! I'll tag this to come back and post. It's going to be a whole lot of fun!

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Hi Vickie - Thanks for participating!  Can't wait to see what you have to share.  Enjoy your day!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

I have nothing to add here in terms of a recipe...I cant cook or bake...but I will read all the recipes and see if I can make some edible cookies for my boy :)

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jeffrey - What a gift for your son!  I'm sure there will be recipes that you can manage.  It's actually easier than you think - if you can a recipe and follow directions, you can cook.  Start a new tradition.  If nothing else, go to your grocery store and purchase ready-made cookie dough.  I have faith in you - you can do this.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Great idea...I'll be back!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 10 years ago

Hi Li - Can't wait to see what great recipes you have to share!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

First of all, there is "diet-friendly" and "cookie exchange" do NOT belong together, just ask Paula Deen!  But, this is a GREAT idea.  I always bake cookies at Christmastime.  I'll have to come back and post my favorite here.  Also, I'm looking forward to seeing what new recipes I find posted here.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Heather - It does sound like an oxymoron, doesn't it?  But, I know there are people who are dieting or have dietary concerns.  So, I'm hoping to get some great recipes from them, too.  Can't wait to see what recipe(s) you post.  I know you've got some good ones in your collection.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Great idea...............since I don't bake I have nothing to share, but will be back to see some of the recipes to pass them on.............this sounds like so much fun.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 10 years ago

What a fun idea!!!  I do a cookie exchange each year and get amazing varieties.  One of my fave cookies is the Thumbprint Cookie.  It can be made to be so colourful with different jams/preserves:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 2/3 cup any flavor fruit jam 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
2. Separate egg, reserving egg white. Cream butter or margarine, sugar, and egg yolk.
3. Add vanilla, flour and salt, mixing well.
4. Shape dough into balls. Roll in egg white, then walnuts. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes.
5. Remove cookies from oven. With thumb, dent each cookie. Put jelly or preserves in each thumbprint. Bake for another 8 minutes

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Pamela,

I'll have to get one for you. I am an owner of a bakery, but I don't bake.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 10 years ago

Hi Pamela - What a fun idea.  I don't bake but I used to eat cookies.  I rarely have them anymore.

Posted by FN LN almost 10 years ago

Hi Roger - I'll bet you have a sister, aunt, uncle or someone else you know who has a great recipe you can borrow.  I'd love to see you participate.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Susan - I sure miss the cookie exchange I had in my old neighborhood.  Guess I'll have to make more friends in the new neighborhood.  Your cookie recipe sounds great!  The photo looks like there's coconut in them, too.  Thanks for sharing.  You're more than welcome to "bring" more than recipe to the party.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

That's funny, Brian.  I'll bet one of the bakers in your bakery has a cookie recipe they'd like to share.  Maybe you could borrow one from them.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hey Marc - I'd like to see you participate.  Who do you know that bakes cookies?  Maybe you can sweet talk them into giving you a recipe.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Chocolate Kiss Cookie, also known as “crescent cookies” 

Recipe courtesy of My Mom. I'll post a photo after I've made them this year!

1 lb butter
3/4 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
2 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 can walnuts
1 large bag Hershey's Chocolate Kisses
Confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream butter and sugar together.

Add egg yolks and vanilla, mix well by hand.

Add flour and baking soda and mix until doughy.

Add nuts.

Roll dough in hands around chocolate kiss.

Place on cookie sheet one inch apart

Bake 15‑20 minutes or until cooked through.

Let cool.

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) almost 10 years ago

JoAnna - YUM YUM YUM  I'm baking these for sure!   Thanks so much for sharing your Mum's recipe with A.R.  

YAY Pamela for thinking of this!!!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Hi JoAnna - These sound soooo good.  Makes my mouth water.  I'm sure they are a lot of people who will be using this recipe for the holidays.  Thanks for playing.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hey Susan - This has been one of my better ideas.  It's only successful, though, if a lot of people of join in.  I love everyone's enthusiasm.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

The Jam Thumbprint cookies look like assorted jewels on a plate.  In the picture, I could swear I see toasted cocoanut sprinkled on the sides?  My imaginantion--or maybe just  a variation?

Posted by Nancy Williams (Coldwell Banker Homestead Group Select Professionals) almost 10 years ago

Hi Nancy - Susan Emo provided this recipe.  Not sure if this is an actual photo of this recipe.  But I see coconut, too, and wondered the same thing.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

The Thumbprint Cookies are dipped in egg white and rolled in either crushed walnut/pecan/almond or coconut.  Really, there are no rules :0)   Whatever you have on hand.  Have fun with them!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Yay, Susan!  No rules!  My kind of cookie baking.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Pam...just posted a blog on PA Dutch Sugar Cakes; hope that it went through for the group.
       Great idea & you have a good weekend---baking. LOL
Barb

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 10 years ago

Hi Barb and Sal - Thanks for posting.  I'll take a look at the group to get your recipe.  I love this - so many great people participating!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Well I will be making the thumbprint cookies (they look like they may have coconut in them); and making the chocolate kiss cookies. 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey, Rebecca - Love the festive garb!  You're too thin to be Mrs. Claus, though.  Maybe eating a little cookies would help.  :)  All of the recipes added so far sound scrumptious.  I hope you'll have some to add to the list, too.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

This recipe came from Land O'Lakes Cookie Lover's Cookbook.  Easy, no-bake cookies!

Cherry Date Skillet Cookies

1 cup Land O Lakes Sweet Cream Butter                             1 tbsp vanilla

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar                                        3 cups toasted rice cereal

8-oz  pkg chopped dates                                                  1 cup flaked coconut

1 egg                                                                             1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

2 1/2 cups flaked coconut

In heavy 10" skillet melt butter over medium heat (4 to 5 min.).  Stir in sugar and dates; remove from heat.  Add egg; return to heat.  Continue cooking over med. heat, stirring constantly, until mixture biols all over the top (4 to 6 min.).  Boil for 1 min., stirring constantly; remove from heat.  Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT 2 1/2 cups coconut;  sitr until all ingredients are moistened (1 to 2 min.).  Let stand 10 min.; shape rounded teasponfuls of dough into 1" balls.  Roll in coconut.  May be placed in mini-muffin paper cups. 

 

Enjoy!

Posted by Deb Jones almost 10 years ago

Thanks, Deb.  Love the easy recipes.  This can be made when the oven is full of other cookies being baked.  Merry Christmas!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

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