Dec 16 , 2013

Host a Cookie Exchange (Recipe Included!!)

Winter break is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love having the kids home to snuggle and watch movies, go sledding, live out our advent, and most importantly celebrate the birth of our Savior.  We are wrapped in a sort of warmth that can never be replicated, only repeated with each Christmas season. That said, sometimes I find myself smack dab in the middle of the break needing, well, a break.  It's often too cold for the kids to do anything other that stay cooped up indoors, and it doesn't take long before we all begin to get a little stir crazy.  In an attempt to minimize the cabin fevers, we try to schedule at least one event every day -nothing fancy or elaborate- just something for them to look forward to (and maybe something for me to hold over their heads...because....the fighting....). One of our favorites is hosting a cookie exchange.  We invite a handful of friends to come over with 3 dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies in hand, then we spend the afternoon sampling sweets, visiting, and letting the kids get some of the crazies out. At the end, everyone leaves with a smile and a plate of assorted baked goods. It's the playdate that keeps on playing. This year, I will be contributing a chocolate chip cookie that tastes like Christmas... Foothills House Sweet Dreams Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed 1 egg, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups unbleached flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup powdered sugar Directions: Cream butter and mix in brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and blend into butter mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts (optional). Refrigerate until dough is firm. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease baking sheets. Break off small pieces of dough and roll into 1" rounds. Dredge in powdered sugar. Arrange on prepared baking sheets at least 2" apart. Bake 10 minutes. Cool 5 minutes on the sheets before transferring to racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. **How do you keep your household happy during Winter Break?**

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