The Adventure Starts Here: Holiday Cheer - Cookie Exchange

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Cheer - Cookie Exchange

This year I went to my FIRST Cookie Exchange Party.  My MOMS group had one last Thursday and it was so much fun!  One of the moms hosted the party at her house, and it was so beautifully decorated for Christmas... I was so jealous!  Not only were there delicious cookies to bring home, but she made a ton of appetizers to eat while we drank wine and socialized.  If this is what a cookie exchange is all about, I could totally get used to this!  It was a really fun way to spend an evening.

^^^ These are my cookies right at the bottom :)

^^^ I'm so happy to be part of this great group of ladies (and moms)

And here are some more detailed shots of the cookies the women brought.  Aren't these making you so hungry... and making you want to start baking???  We also left with a mini recipe book of all the cookies from the evening.  I will definitely be baking some of these in the future!

I brought Angeletti cookies, which I started making maybe 3-4 years ago and have become kind of a tradition for me.  I often make them on other holidays as well and just switch out the sprinkles so they match the holiday.

Here's the recipe, that I got from Real Simple.  It says it makes 36 cookies, but I guess I make mine bigger than they are supposed to be, because I usually get about 24 cookies from this recipe.


Makes 36 cookiesHands-On Time: Total Time: 


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for rolling the dough
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Glaze:
  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons multicolor nonpareil sprinkles, for decoration (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and eggs until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined (do not overmix).
  3. With floured hands, roll level tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and the bottoms are pale golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and the vanilla until the mixture forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more water if necessary).
  5. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and let set, rounded side up, on a rack set over a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with non-pareils, if using. Allow the glaze to set, about 20 minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Happy Baking!

I'm linking up with Natasha at Schue Love and Heather at The Lovely Cupboard!


  1. Looks like a great exchange with tons of yummy options!

  2. Too much goodness! I would probably lose all self control at that cookie table.

    Thanks for linking up today:)

  3. Wow! So many delicious looking cookies!! I'm wiping the drool off my desk as we speak! ;)

    Thanks for linking up!! :)


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