Every holiday season, I need to have a game plan: whether it is for gifts, for travel and/or for baking. Personally, cookie exchanges necessitate one.
This year, I RSVP’d to not one, not two, but three cookie exchange holiday parties. I cannot say no to cookies, more about that later. The finale is this weekend and requires 5 dozen cookies. I don’t know about you, but my Kitchen Aid rarely gets used outside of November-December. SO, as I am not a baker by nature, I must have a good plan.
- I stock up on ingredients. I go to Costco and buy the necessities. I use these big food storage containers from OXO. They are large, they keep the ingredients fresh, they look nice, I can see what’s in them and how much if left– what more do you need?
My Bulk List:
- baking cocoa
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- wine… oh wait
- For everything else, I hit up the regular grocery store and use Ibotta (cash back on purchases). I don’t know about you guys, but I am killin’ it on my Ibotta cash this season! If you sign up with my referral link you get $10 and I get $5!
- Next, I do a little research on Pinterest. I usually try a recipe from a popular blog with lots of comments. I just trust the opinions of those who read blogs more than those on company websites (like Pillsbury, for example).
- I pick a “stretch” cookie, something a little fancy yet still very doable. I am always tempted by extravagant ideas (ask me about the year I tried to make meringues…or better yet, don’t)! Practical is always better! There are plenty of attractive cookies that don’t require expert skills or copious amounts of time.
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Finally: I go, I have fun, and then I give the gift of cookies to others. I LOVE trying everyone’s recipes, but then I LOVE giving the cookies away (my husband does not love this step). It is a low-cost and functional gift. I’d be willing to bet it keeps me from gaining like 5 pounds!
Here are a few photos from this year’s second cookie exchange. They are thin mints from Sally’s Baking Addiction and they are delicious! I also made these for cookie exchange #1 (but went for the more ambitious cookie cutter version). I didn’t think to take a single photo-bummer! I opted for the more practical slice and bake version for round #2.
What is your favorite cookie-exchange friendly-recipe? Post in the comments below!!