Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cookie Cutters

Every year around this time, our neighbor McCheesy and her husband McMeaty host a cookie swap. It's a really great event, something Blondie and I always look forward to. There's fun people, amazing food, and cookies galore. The premise of the event is simple. Everyone brings 5 dozen cookies to share with the group. In return, each person gets to go home with a ton of various types of delicious cookies.


One of the highlights of the afternoon is when all the ladies gather round the living room to discuss what type of confection they made and what inspired them to do so. It usually goes something like this:


  • "I made a petite double layer chocolate cookie with crème fraîche and toasted almonds."
  • "This year I tried my hand at making cookies with white ganache and fresh organic strawberries."
  • "I went with my all time favorite recipe, peanut butter melt-a-ways with marshmallow fondant."

Then comes our turn:


"This year Blondie and I went all out and decided not to buy cookies at Costco. We actually made M&M cookies. Some are a little burnt. Watch your teeth on the ones near the middle of the plate. Can I have some more wine?"


Ok all you cookie makers out there. We obviously need help. We are supposed to RSVP today with what we are bringing. Any suggestions?


13 comments:

Dawna said...

I LOVE making Christmas cookies! I can give you two recipes: 1. Italian Chocolate xmas cookies - my grandmother's secret recipe. 2. The BEST snowball cookies (I call them xmas teacakes) which might impress your neighbors.

Your choice. :)

small town dyke said...

I just saw a recipe on a rolo bag that looked fool proof. It was a small pretzel with a rolo melted on top and then covered with a pecan!

p.s I can't bake!

Marcie said...

Jim volunteered me to bake cookies for you....or I just made a new recipe for chocolate cranberry oat squares. they are yummy and easy!

LilliGirl said...

I'd buy them from a bakery...I "hear" the trick is to microwave them for 10 seconds to dry them out just enough so they seem homemade.

If you really do want to cook something though I'd go with no bake. Or maybe haystacks (just google them.)

Let us know how it goes.

KMae said...

I got nothing. zip. I try NOT to eat cookies, let alone bake them.

Allison said...

plain sugar cookies. dip half in white chocolate, then take the dipped half and dip again in crushed-up butterfingers.

variations galore: white, milk, dark choc, or peanut butter chips melted and and crushed buterfingers, candy canes, oreos, etc.

if you want to get fancy, look into oils and garnishes: sugar cookie dipped in white choc that had a few drops of lemon oil and, while still wet, strewn w/ a few pieces of very very finely grated lemon peel. or sugar cookie dipped in white choc, then sprinkled w/ chopped craisins and very very finely grated orange peel.

Allison said...

plain sugar cookies. dip half in white chocolate, then take the dipped half and dip again in crushed-up butterfingers.

variations galore: white, milk, dark choc, or peanut butter chips melted and and crushed buterfingers, candy canes, oreos, etc.

if you want to get fancy, look into oils and garnishes: sugar cookie dipped in white choc that had a few drops of lemon oil and, while still wet, strewn w/ a few pieces of very very finely grated lemon peel. or sugar cookie dipped in white choc, then sprinkled w/ craisins and very very finely grated orange peel.

Anonymous said...

Haystacks! Melt butterscotch chips, mix in some peanuts and chow mein noodles. Drop spoonfuls on waxed paper and let cool. SO EASY!
Trudy's Mom

pawsingtospeak said...

Slice and bakes... ice them and decorate them... wine... more wine...

the only daughter said...

The simpler the better. I like the dipping of sugar cookies in various items. :-)

CJ said...

Oh wow - you gals are good! How sweet of you Dawna to be willing to share your grandmother's secret recipe (not sure I should be trusted with that).

Fool proof is just what I need Small Town . And we are pretty partial to Rolos....

That was very nice of Jim to volunteer you Marcie :) And thank you for the offer. I think we should take you up on a lesson or two sometime.

Lilli - I like that idea too! I didn't know about the microwave trick. That could come in handy.

LOL KMae - I like to eat them, but not so thrilled about the baking part.

Allison those sound awesome! So do we need one of those double boiler thingies to melt the white chocolate or can it be microwaved? Yes, you guessed correctly. There is no double boiler located in this kitchen.

Hey Trudy's Mom - I've heard of Haystacks and I remember them to be quite good! Now about this melting of chips - again, is the microwave ok for that part? I'm prone to burn things.

Right on Pawsing! Are there any cookie recipes that call for wine? Might as well start off on the right foot.

I like that one too Only. It would be fun to get creative with that. And fun to lick the spoon from the melted chocolate bowl :)

CJ said...

So we did RSVP. And put in M&Ms as a placeholder only. It's Blondie's turn this year to pick the cookie and I have told her about all these great suggestions. I'll take pics and let you know how it all goes. Thank you everyone!

Anonymous said...

NO BAKING!!
Peanut Butterscotch Drops - 50 Servings
Total time to prepare: 30 min
Ingredients
1 2/3 (11-oz pkg)cups Butterscotch Flavored Morsels
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 1/2 cups corn flake cereal

Directions
LINE baking sheets with waxed paper or foil.

PLACE morsels in large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH (70 %) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add corn flakes; stir until coated.

DROP by rounded teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

I make these all the time for my wife and she LOVES them.
J