Precious pic and layout…. Thanks Rach!!!!!
Ahhhhhhhh! The Cookie Exchange!
Two years ago, some friends and I from Sports Authority started an annual tradition. A cookie exchange, where we could gather just us girls, eat, drink & be merry… and go home with dozens of cookies for all the parties to come. In the past we’ve had Mandelbrots (I *think* that’s how it’s spelled), Buckeyes (to die for), chocolate chip (my sis’ specialty), red and white twisted candy-cane sugar cookies, ginger cookies coated in superfine sugar (yum!) and I always make pitzelles.
This year, the tradition continued, though not one of us works at TSA anymore. The ranks were smaller… we had a sickie and two people out of town unexpectedly. But Jenn & Rach, the faithful, came bearing the most delicious goodies. Jenn made scrumptious snickerdoodles… yum! And Rach made the most addicting Biscochitos (a traditional Mexican cookie). Her recipe is on the page… and good thing too.. I’ve been craving them ever since! Genny (the sickie) dropped off her Cowboy Cookies early, and they were de-lish!
This year, I decided to have an impromptu craft… popcorn & cranberry strings, and paper chains. I made homemade eggnog that we downed with delight, and we spent the evening chatting away while making patterns we learned in elementary school. Rach did a FAB blog about this (as usual), and we all had a great time. My favorite is the paper chain… we each worked on it, and I plan to put it on the tree every year as long as it lasts. A little friendship chain to commemorate the night. View the close up pic on Rach’s blog!
I promised to share the eggnog recipe, so here it is… ironically from the Southern Living holiday cook book Jenn gave me at the first cookie exchange. I guess the chain of friendship comes full circle sometimes!
2 cups sugar
4 cups half-and-half
1 1/4 cups milk
6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups bourbon, divided
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 160 degrees. Stir in 3/4 cup bourbon. Cool; cover and chill.
Combine chilled mixture and remaining 1/2 cup of bourbon in a punch bowl. Gently stir in whipped cream; sprinkle with nutmeg if desired. Serve immediately. Yield: 14 cups