Friday, December 13, 2013

Cookies

I am all set for the cookie exchange. In order to appear less “grinchy” I agreed to join in.   I have not participated in a cookie exchange in years…the memory of strange cookies, broken messy cookies and bad cooks had faded sufficiently. 

I decided to make Swedish Browns.  I needed eleven dozen so I doubled the recipe, and made two batches and had cookies left over which are now sitting in freezer bags inside an ice cream pail in the freezer. ( I hate broken cookies)

Cookie exchange cookies

With enough butter and sugar anything tastes good.

Swedish Browns…a recipe from Mary (she was in the Wistful Wednesday Photo the other day.)

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons soda

1 egg yolk

2 cups flour ( heaping)

Mix well, roll into balls then dip them in sugar.  Bake 350 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes. They will practically melt in your mouth.

I searched and searched for appropriate packaging.  I was in the midst of looking for Christmas Tins in thrift stores when I happened by Ben Franklin where they had a sale on containers.  They are perfect…and at half price a bargain too.

Cookie Containers

My cookies are safely nestled inside Ziploc storage bags, safe from breakage.  A bakers dozen fit nicely in the containers.

I was tired after all that baking and settled down for a long winters nap..so not much else was accomplishedSmile

Gift count: ten bought and seven ordered.  Gifts wrapped: none.  Cookies made: Complete! Christmas letters: Complete!  Homemade ornaments: Complete!  Homemade gifts: Two complete and one in progress.  Decorations… the snow outside, a pine cone wreath, the Nativity and a flag outdoors. Oh and 1/3 of a Shiny Brite Tree!  12 days and counting.

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23 comments:

  1. I am so lucky to be disabled. I get a pass!!

    Still, Land's End had a sale on fleece throws (50" x 70") for $12.25. Couldn't resist. I bought two for myself and four to give away. Now all I have to get are gift bags and tissue paper.

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  2. I agree with your what makes anything taste good philosophy especially the "butter" part. Did Julia Childs coin that part? In any case I can even handle lutefisk with a pound of butter with it....:)

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  3. Oh yummy, those look so good...thanks for sharing, Francine.

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  4. Those look real good. Glad that is all behind you now and you got in your nap.

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  5. The cookies look/sound delicious. Great to find the perfect containers.

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  6. They sounds scrumptious. Yum. I kind of like broken cookies because that means I can eat it to get it out of sight. :-)

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  7. The cookies look yummy and the containers are so cute! Great job! I went to a cookie walk at a local church and bought all my cookies. I'm just not into baking anymore.
    Now I need to go and finish up my Christmas cards.

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  8. The cookies look great! Eleven dozen is a lot to make! Hope the party is fun!

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  9. The cookie and packaging look wonderful :) That is a lot of cookies ~ for me to do it they would have to be "very" easy... some of those holiday cookies are so fancy! Have a great Friday!

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  10. I used to participate in Cookie Exchanges but found that most of the cookies were not really cookies, but candy. I prefer a honest to goodness cookie! Thanks for sharing Mary's recipe.

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  11. That cookie recipe looks like a good one. I first though they were ginger cookies but I bet this cookie doesn't get hard as quickly as ginger cookies. Big tree goes up tonight.

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  12. Those cookies look mighty good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. I'd say baking that many cookies was a good days work. I hear you when you talk about broken cookies and poorly baked cookies. and I've never been on a cookie exchange, but my micro manager has in the past participated in cookie exchanges.

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  14. Your cookies look divine! I have never made these and want to thank you for the recipe, I am going to give them a try. I miss our Ben Franklin store, it is no more.

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  15. IM about to bake some more cookies now.
    I do them a bit at a time. Then I freeze them and wrap them in packing tape so I don't dig in before Christmas EVE

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  16. What a good idea to put them in tins before the exchange!

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  17. The cookies look delicious. You're still way ahead of me getting ready for Christmas--but I'm making slow, but steady progress. :)

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  18. Connie, those look delish...and packed in a cute tin to boot? Lucky cookie exchangers.

    Jen

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  19. Your cookies made me think of ginger snaps, but no ginger in the recipe...so similar....but different:) Good job on completing another job on your list!

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  20. Good job on the cookie baking and wrapping. I have never done a cookie exchange, sort of because I don't have friends that do it, and also because what most other people bake is not what I think are special. Well, that doesn't sound good - but it's true.

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  21. I've never done a cookie exchange either. Does that mean you will get 11 dozen cookies back? Whoa! That's a lot of cookies. I'm enjoying reading about your Christmas preparations.

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  22. Wow! That a lot of cookies! I've never had these. They sound delish! :)

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  23. Thank you for the recipe! Those sound like they'd be right up my alley! I love cookies....I think they're my favorite dessert...plus ice cream but I can't have much of that anymore else my cholesterol goes through the roof.You're way ahead of me in the Christmas department. I think Thanksgiving took it out of me. I won't be ready for Christmas until Spring...I hope everyone understands. LOL!
    I used to participate in cookie exchanges but I got paranoid about some of the people baking and their sanitation practices plus I would make from scratch and get slice and bake in return or just plain old chocolate chips...not Christmas Cookies. I know, I have high standards. But now I make my own favorites and they're all good! Yours look great and I'll be trying them this year as I usually try a new recipe each year. thanks so much!

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Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments! If you have a question I will try to answer it here. Connie