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Spring Cookie Exchange Party

By Laura Ferrante

Most people think this is only a Christmas type of party. I find that I am so busy at Christmas time I don't have the time to devote to making dozens of cookies.

However, during the Spring months things have slowed down a bit. This would be a great time of year to have a Cookie Exchange Party. Plan it the week before Easter. You can have a simple exchange among co-workers or something as elaborate as a Spring Luncheon.

Here is how the party works. Each participant brings enough cookies to trade and sample during the gathering. The hostess should establish the number of cookies to bring prior to sending out invitations. This depends on the number of persons expected to attend. It’s a good idea while making the guest list to take a verbal poll to determine the expected response.

On the day of the exchange, offer guests coffee, tea and punch. You may want to even serve some finger sandwiches to balance the high sugar content of the cookies. Be sure to set aside enough room for trays of cookies for sampling. Identify each contributor's cookies with a printed sign such as "Suzie Jones' Toffee Squares".

To avoid confusion, assign several friends to help sort the packages of wrapped cookies as they arrive. Use grocery bags or shopping bags marked with each participant’s name. When the party is over, guest pick up their bags filled with cookies. It’s always fun to see how creatively guest wrap their cookies. Use paper plates or bowls, foil-covered cardboard, baskets, ribbons and colored cellophane to get in the Spring season.

Here is a sample invitation:

You are cordially invited to a

Cookie Exchange

And

Recipe Swap

On

_______________

At

________________


Here is your chance to exchange your favorite cookie and have a variety of goodies to serve in your home. How does it work? You bring a total of six dozen cookies, all of one kind. Have one dozen attractively arranged on a plate and 10 packages of six cookies each. You’ll have the opportunity to taste everyone’s cookies and have six of each kind to take home. You will also receive copies of the recipes. Please send me your typed recipe by _____. If I haven’t received your recipe by the date, I will know you can’t make it to the party.

While all this may sound complicated, it’s really not. The sample invitation here, based on 10 guests, will serve as a guideline. It shows how easily the party is done.

Some people on your guest list may think the number of cookies is high, but when making one favorite cookie recipe, only a few batches will be needed. All of the ingredients will be the same and baking will go much faster.

By Planning this before Easter, when the little ones invade your house looking for eggs you will have plenty of cookies to keep them going. You will also have extra to put in the children’s Easter baskets.

About Laura...

She is a sugar art lover currently living in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Tampa, I grew-up with the beautiful Florida sunshine and beaches.

She is married and has a charming little girl that was born in October 2000. You can normally find them at Disney World on the weekends. Her husband and her love all the restaurants and her daughter can’t resist “The Mouse”.

She has a passion for decorating cakes and trying new decorating techniques. She has found a lot of people like her cakes because they are something unique and different.

She enjoys sharing her cakes and party ideas on this site. She hope you find them helpful.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
An all-time favorite flavor combination; chocolate and peanut butter morsels combine in a melt-in-your-mouth cookie treat.

Estimated Times:
Preparation - 10 min | Cooking - 10 min | Yields - 60


Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, (2 sticks)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels, (11-oz.pkg.)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe & photo is from Very Best Baking's web site. For more great recipes, visit VeryBestBaking.com
© 2002 Nestlé




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