December 29, 2007

So many cookies - not so much stamping

Each year that I have lived in Houston my friend Jenn has invited me to a cookie exchange. It is a highlight of my holiday preperation. I make 9 dozen cookies and so do the other 8 gals and then we meet over at Jenn's and exchange our dozens. So for my one type that I take I get to bring home 8 different kinds. It was a great way to fill out cookie trays for work and gifts. Jenn always has great snacks for us and door prizes. She is a fabulous hostess.

I was disappointed with my cookies this year. On the cover of the Kraft Food and Family Magazine I saw the cutest candy cane cookies and knew I wanted to make them. Well, they didn't turn out so well. I only made about one dozen look like the candy cane and then the dough was too warm or soft to keep doing that. It was already late so I just made round cookies. They were good but they weren't awesome.
But, the event was fun and I wanted to share the pictures! You can see that we bring the cookies in fun containers that can usually be re-used. I brought the striped boxes. (I ordered them from OTC). I loved the little round containers. They had the best peanut butter crispy bars ever inside them.

Jenn's santa's hat merengue cookies were so good and very, very cute. She is incredibly clever. She had to make 2 types of cookies because of a last minute cancellation. She made peanut butter blossoms (the ones with the kiss on them) too. So yes, she made 18 dozen cookies. And merengue cookies have to cool for a few hours IN THE OVEN. This was a huge process for her. I want to be like her when I grow up. :)

Look at all the biscotti! Wow huh?
I loved the star boxes too. They had Mexican wedding cookies in them. (I know they have a better name but I am not sure what it is.) Here is our happy little group. We look ready to go home and sample the goods!If you don't get the KRAFT magazine it is free and comes 4 or 5 times a year. It is great and has easy and good ideas for meals. I usually try several things out of it each time it comes.

Oh, she wasn't part of the cookie exchange but she sure is a cute little cookie. We went the same afternoon to an ice skating social for the Spanish National Honor Society. (I am the sponsor). Zoe and Brett came along and she loved showing off her hat (pronounced "at" by Zoe) and her gloves. She had her first ice skating experience. Well, daddy skated and she slid on her shoes until the skate guard kicked 'em out. They didn't have skates in her size!

More coming soon!! Thanks for checking in, Lots of Love!


  1. Amy, Thanks for stopping by my blog and explaining HOW to insert a link into a blog posting. I haven't tried it yet, but..... I shall think of you everytime I do.

    This looked like a fun event. I had a friend when we lived in Vegas who hosted a cookie exchange each year. And I remember it fondly. Maybe next year, I'll be the hostess and start the tradition in our little town here in Florida.

    Have a lovely new year.

  2. WOW! Lookin' yummy!! :) Cute pics.

  3. Very very cute. I love doing cookie exchanges. Found you from Cindy's site. I too am in Texas! Good to find your site!! Love the ice skating picture..