Holiday Cookie Swap

14 Dec
Classic cut out Christmas cookies

Classic cut out Christmas cookies

One of the classic ways to cut down on holiday stress while having a great time with friends is to host a holiday cookie swap. Each person brings ingredients or prepared dough for one or more cookies. Everyone bakes and decorates the cookies together, and at the end of the day, everyone gets a portion of each type of cookie. You can make a ton of cookies at once and spend quality time with friends and family.

rolling pecan cookies in powdered sugar

rolling pecan cookies in powdered sugar

 

Another benefit is learning new cookie recipes. A friend from Germany has the most interesting (and complicated!) cookie recipes. She promises to give us the recipes after she translates them. Sometimes she has trouble finding needed ingredients such as marzipan and almond flour. The chain store World Market has proven a good resource for international foods in Savannah.

coconut macaroons

Gabi's German Coconut Macaroons

For our cookie swap party, I made classic homemade eggnog- delicious and surprisingly easy!

 

Homemade Eggnog

In a sauce pan, beat 6 eggs, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir in 3 cups of milk. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the spoon. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Chill overnight. Before serving, you can stir in a couple of shots of your favorite liquor. I like dark or spiced rum.  The eggnog is also delicious without alcohol. Then whip one cup of heavy cream and fold into the egg mixture. Serve in mugs with a dusting of nutmeg.  Enjoy!

Charlie hopes for dropped tidbits.

Charlie hopes for dropped tidbits.

 

 

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