AHHH I’m a day behind *sad face* but in my defence yesterday I worked 1-9:30 then I came home and had to bake 11 dozen cookies. Soooo I wasn’t done until 1 am and I was actually at my friend’s so I did not have my laptop with me. Also, I missed the VS Fashion Show and I’m rather disappointed in myself.
So while I’m writing this post I am watching the show online, drinking some Sleigh Ride tea from Davids Tea *mmmmm* and having some popcorn. Can we talk about the perfect night?
So day 5, well technically 7 Since my Internet was down last night ? Ugh … either way, it’s post 5; My first experience with a cookie exchange! (Which might just be one of my new favourite things about Christmas.)
Like I had mentioned I was up rather late last night baking 11 dozen cookies. There was an ultimate reason for that, and no I’m not a fat ass and wanted 11 dozen for myself LOL. But I participated in my first cookie exchange.
I am part of a local mommy group on Facebook and a couple weeks ago I saw a post asking if anyone wanted to do a Christmas cookie exchange. I was super excited because not only do I love to bake, but being able to have a variety of baking for holiday gatherings is awesome.
For those of you who don’t know what a Christmas cookie exchange is, it is where a number of people sign up and bake 1 dozen cookies (or other baked good) for each person. In the end, you end up with a dozen of however many people there are baking. In my case, there were 11 so I ended up with 11 dozens of different holiday treats, including candy cane Rice Krispie squares, mini “hot chocolate mug” brownies, Oreo truffles and peanut butter balls just to name a few
I choose to make a “ginger sparkle” cookie (recipe will be at the end of the post) which is basically a chewy sugar coated gingerbread. The recipe is super simple and tastes awesome !
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
- The first thing you want to do is gather your ingredients, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and get 2 bowls. 1 for wet ingredients and 1 for dry
- Next, you will want to melt your butter, and then add all of your “wet” ingredients into the bowl. Next, you want to add your brown sugar to the wet bowl. In another bowl, you want to mix all your “dry” ingredients
- Slowly you want to mix all your dry ingredients into the wet. Note that the molasses mixture is very sticky and thick and it is a little tough to mix together!
- Once it is fully mixed you want to roll the dough into little balls and coat them in coarse sugar. Once coated in sugar, place on a greased cookie sheet and press down with a fork Put in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
- If you want a chewy cookie you will cook it for less time and vice versa for crispy.
- Once they are out, remove from cookie sheet, let cool and enjoy your delicious cookies !
Please note this recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies , depending on the size of the cookie you make!
Have you ever participated in a cookie exchange? What’s your favourite type of holiday baking? Let me know in the comments below 🙂