Yesterday we hosted our very first Christmas Cookie Exchange. What an awesome day we had being able to hang out with great friends while we slowly slipped into a sugar coma.
When Kaela and I settled on a date for the cookie exchange, we sent out the invites and asked each person to submit thier recipe so that we would not have any duplicates. We also asked that they bring 4 dozen cookies on a platter, along with a storage container to transport any leftover cookies back home.
Holy cow, did we get some yummy recipes rolling in.
I felt fatter just reading them!
One by one, everyone arrived toting platters of deliciousness! We kept aside some cookies for sampling and displayed the rest. It looked like the Taj Mahal of cookies.
To give each cookie it’s own 15 minutes of fame, we had each person tell us about their cookie while we passed around some samples to taste. Did I mention the sugar coma? Yes it was certainly kicking in at this point. My grandson Cameron was certainly the hit with all the ladies when he volunteered to pass out all the cookie samples.
All the baked creations were so beautiful and delicious and for some friendly competition, we let everyone vote on the cookies. The categories were Most Unique, Most Yummy, Best Looking and Best Overall.
Drum roll please……
And the winners were….
- Most Unique – Peanut Butter Poochie Treats by Courtney Roper
- Most Yummy – Oreo Chocolate Chip by Jillian Boyle and Holly Antolino
- Best Looking – Hallon Kaka by Bre Burke
- Best Overall – Salted Carmel Shortbread by Melissa Vega
We also did a little D.I.Y. tutorial on how to make some cute little cookie gift packaging. After all, we certainly cannot eat 4 dozen cookies each, so we’ll share a little sugar love with our friends and family. I know I’ve got a few people already waiting to get theirs. (Right Paul?)
After a wonderful day of laughter and insulin shock, everyone packed up their goodies to go. Each person took several cookies from each platter so they went home with almost as many cookies as they came with (minus a few for the sampling).
As a thank you and hopefully inspiration for next year, everyone got a cute little cookie cutter. I found a free printable tag here.
Starting today, I will post one recipe a day so you too can share in these delicious treats and make some for yourself.
Thank you again to all the ladies that came and shared some delicious recipes. Your presence and friendship is greatly appreciated and I pray you all have a “sweet” and blessed Christmas.
Click on first picture to view photos of our fun day.