Monday, December 24, 2012

Cookie Exchange 2012

Eileen, Prudy, and I had our annual cookie exchange on Friday night.  How is it possible we have been doing this for 28 years?? It's become one of our favorite Christmas traditions,  that we look forward to and talk about all year. Prudy hosted this year at her house, and she made the Silver Palate Chicken Marbella, rice, and sauteed spinach for our dinner, which was delicious. We had a great evening,  and love seeing each other's cookies and "presentations," complete with a few little gift items that we throw in. Our cookie exchange was the inspiration for our cookbook, which we made a few years ago, and ended up including all our favorite recipes, not just the cookies. But most of our cookie recipes are in the cookbook.

Cookies packed up

We have a lot of tried and true cookies that we make every year, but I think we each made a new cookie this year.  I made chocolate shortbread hearts, French sables, and a date and fig pinwheel cookie.  Prudy made rugelach, a sugar cookie with peppermint frosting, and a bourbon flavored snowflake cookie. Eileen made chocolate caramel thumbprints, a cranberry orange cookie, and a molasses cookie. After dinner, we sample all the cookies for our dessert. Another successful cookie exchange in 2012!

Containers are key

Sampling for dessert

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