Holiday Entertaining: Christmas Cookie Swap

Holiday Cookie Swap By Rebecca Kracke Gordon Southern Hostess Buttermilk Lipstick Recipes Tailgating Easy Entertaining Gingerbread Snowballs How To Package Cookies Food Gifts Cooking Lessons Chocolate-Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies Baking Holiday SweetsHoliday Entertaining

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How To Host A Cookie Swap

Hidden away in a jar of pumpkin pie spice are the essentials for making a fine selection of classic holiday cookies, pies, pastries & breakfast rolls. Simply open the lid & get ready to savor the sweet scent of Christmas morning with a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & allspice making this popular spice blend a hardworking pantry staple. Couple that with a smidgen of molasses & you have a shortcut gingerbread recipe without the need to roll & cut dough. Gingerbread cookies have always been a personal cookie favorite with the first batch removed from the oven signifying the official start of the Christmas season.

The Logistics

Have each guest bake & share 1 dozen of their irresistible morsels. A gathering of five or six friends will yield a lovely variety of cookies. Friends can have the cookies already portioned & ready to exchange or you can offer a variety of boxes & bags that can be used for the divvy. As the hostess, plan to bake an extra batch of cookies for the party to enjoy with company. Serve with spiced coffee, hot cider or eggnog for a festive beverage. But don’t feel locked into cookies. Miniature loaves of banana bread, pound cake & holiday scented muffins make excellent sweets for giving, too.

How To Hast A Cookie Exchange By Rebecca Kracke Gordon Birmingham Alabama Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Gingerbread Snowballs Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies Cooking Lessons Tailgating Expert Easy Entertaining Christmas Cookies Holiday Sweets

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickGingerbread Snowballs
makes 5 dozen

The recipe leans more on the side of a shortbread but the molasses will yield a softer bite.

1 cup softened butter
2 Tbsp molasses
2 1/4 cups ap flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup finely ground toasted pecans
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp table salt
Powdered sugar

one
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Beat the butter & the molasses with an electric stand mixer until creamy.
Whisk together the flour, the powdered sugar, the pecans, the pumpkin pie spice & the salt.
Add to the butter mixture & blend on Low just until the dough comes together.

stop the mixer on occasion & scrape down the bowl sides

Roll the dough into 3/4-inch portions.
Place onto parchment-lined half sheet pans.

two
Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottoms.
Cool completely. Roll in powdered sugar.

How To Host A Cookie Exchange By Rebecca Kracke Gordon Southern Hostess Buttermilk Lipstick Recipes Easy Holiday Entertaining Sweet Cookies Gingerbread Snowballs Tailgating Expert Alabama Football Fanatic

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickChocolate-Gingerbread Thumbprints
makes 5 dozen

Dark chocolate kisses pressed into the warm-from-the-oven cookies can be substituted for the Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache although I did win my husband’s heart by preparing them the old-fashioned way.

1 recipe Gingerbread Snowballs
1 recipe Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

one
Prepare the Gingerbread Snowballs dough as directed.
Press an indentation in the center of each portion of dough before baking.
Bake as directed. Cool completely.

two
Omit the powdered sugar.
Prepare the Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache.
Pipe a small amount into cookie centers.
Let stand until set, about 1 hour.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickBittersweet Chocolate Ganache

Microwave a 1/2 a cup of bittersweet chocolate morsels & 2 Tbsp heavy cream in a small glass bowl on High 30 to 60 seconds or until melted & whisk it smooth. Whisk in 2 Tbsp heavy cream & let stand 5 minutes. Dividing the cream will cool the mixture more quickly. Use as directed.

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How To Host A Cookie Exchange Christmas Cookie Food Gifts By Rebecca Kracke Gordon Birmingham Alabama Football Tailgating Expert Southern Hostess Buttermilk Lipstick Gingerbread CookiesHow To Package Cookies For Gifts

Freshly baked cookies are some of the most special gifts you can give.
Pick up a variety of sacks, boxes & bags to slip treats into.
Even just a few tucked into a mug with cocoa mix make a sweet gift.
Decorate with ribbon, twine or bakery string & add a simple tag.
Get creative & show someone how much you care about them. 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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