Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cookie Exchange

I was invited to a cookie exchange last week. It was my first time attending something like that, and it was a lot of fun! Basically, someone hosted a get-together of moms in their neighborhood, had a few snacks and drinks set up, and each person was instructed to bring 3 dozen cookies, along with printouts of each recipe for people to take if they wanted. You could make 3 dozen of the same cookie, or 3 dozen different cookies. There were several recipes I found on Pinterest I had been wanting to try, and this was a great excuse! I decided to make 3 dozen different cookies. The host cut several of each cookie into sample sizes, and each of use went around tasting the different cookies. We were the given the opportunity to vote for 2 cookies. One was for "Most Creative" and the other for "Best Overall". We were not allowed to vote for ourselves. Aw shucks! :P After we were able to taste all the cookies we wanted (thank goodness they were cut into tiny pieces!) the host tallied the votes and announced the winners. At the end of the party, we were all able to take a plate of cookies home. The host had decorative paper plates available for us, which she wrapped in adorable holiday cellophane wrap from Hobby Lobby. It was a nice evening of meeting new ladies, chatting and eating scrumptious goodies!

My first batch was of peanut butter cookies. Not just any peanut butter cookies... Half-way to Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies. They were very rich, but oh so delicious! I definitely plan on making them again sometime.

The second batch was Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were my husband's favorite. He almost didn't let me take them to the party. :) I asked him if he wanted to take the extras to work and he said "Ummm NO". He wanted them for himself! This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies, so I could have stopped there to bring 3 dozen to the party, but there was one other recipe I really wanted to try....

So for the third batch I made Cinnamon Roll Cookies. They really tasted like a cinnamon roll! Eat one with a glass of milk and you'll be in cookie heaven. These were the most time-consuming cookies to make, but well worth it, since they won me a prize at the cookie exchange! I got the prize for "Most Creative". How fun! Needless to say, it was a big hit and definitely worth the time to make them. One tip: don't make these cookies too last minute,  because you want them to completely cool before drizzling on the frosting.

Hope you enjoy having a go at making any of these three recipes. You won't be sorry you did!

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