Friday, December 6, 2013

What is a cookie swap? I will give you the answer along with some recipes.

What is a cookie swap?
It's a fun alternative to your traditional Christmas party. Here is how it goes.
Each guest brings her favorite cookies, (enough to go around and for each person to take home some, a good rule of thumb is 1 dozen cookies per person attending) and also the recipe in case someone wants a copy. You get to sample everyone's cookies. Sounds like my kind of party especially if there is chocolate in the room!
Below you will find some recipes and printable to get your very own cookie swap off the ground.

First off... you need to send out invitations, below are some I found you can use.

Invitation template 3 also envelopes.

Several here to choose from,
even more here.

Next..... choose your recipe, here are some to get you started.

Don't forget!....Make little name cards so everyone will know what kind of cookie each plate has, when they RSVP they will tell you the cookie they are going to bring.

plate card template 1
plate card template 2

You may also need name tags:

Recipe cards templates for copying the recipes:

How about a little competition?
Ballets to vote for the best cookies!

Don't forget ribbons for the winners!
They can be found here.

You can also have some take home containers or baggies in case there are leftovers to take home. Or step up a notch and have gift boxes, wrapping paper and ribbons to wrap gifts for people or even better shut ins.

Below are some people who have been kind enough to share a complete cookie swap party printable package with everything you need.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cookie dough you can make into whatever cookie you would like.

With this basic dough you can make several different cookies. Chocolate chip or the flavor of chip you want, M & M cookies, sugar cookies, or just experiment with raisins, oatmeal etc. I am going to give the chocolate chip and sugar cookies directions below as that is what I just made and all I have pictures of. :)

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
(if you have never dealt with a recipe that calls for packed brown sugar, it means just that,  keep packing down the sugar till you can't get any more in.)
2 eggs beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
 sugar sprinkles, chocolate chips or M & M's whatever you wish to use.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
3. Melt butter, 1 stick at a time in a coffee cup for 30 seconds.
4. Put sugars and butter in a different bowl from the dry mixture and beat by hand till mixed good.
5. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.

O.K. if you are doing sugar cookies, start spooning out on an un-greased cookie sheet. You use a tsp. or tablespoon depending on the size of cookie you want. I use a tablespoon and fill it half full as shown in the picture above and this recipe will make 42 medium cookies. When you spoon it out flatten it a little but only if you are doing sugar cookies. Sprinkle with sugar, bake and then sprinkle again with sugar.

6. For chocolate chip or M & M cookies, add a bag of whatever chips/M&M's you want and stir. Make sure you scrape sides and bottom good or you will have cookies with no chips.

7. Drop by spoonfuls, 1 1/2 inches apart.

8. Bake for 8 minutes.
9. Let stand for a minute or so. This step very important.Do not leave on cookie sheet. It will make your cookies hard and brittle. Remove from cookie sheet and put on cookie rack until cool.

Transfer cookies to a sealed plastic container. Put a paper towel between the layer of cookies to keep them from sticking together.
Hope you enjoy, drop me a line and let me know how you liked them and which flavor you fixed.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Do you like free stuff to try? Do you like to give your opinion on a product? Swaggable is for you!

What is Swaggable you ask? It is a site that will send you a sample. In return you try it out and then share with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, etc. Share what you liked about it, or didn't like. You can be totally honest. Sometimes you also get coupons on the item. They send it right to your door. You are required to log onto your Swaggable account and rate it 1-5 stars. And share your feelings about the product. Here again either good or bad. they want an honest review.
Who doesn't love to try free samples and share with your friends? I have found a lot of products that I liked that I didn't even know existed. I have yet to find one I didn't care for.
You can also find me on Swaggable. The link is below.
Hurry go and sign up so you can start getting free stuff!

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