Thursday, December 9, 2010

christmas cookie exchange 2010

Last night was my 15th annual Christmas Cookie Exchange and it was so much fun! There were so many yummy cookies, fudge and caramel to sample and exchange and wonderful family and friends to share the night with. Can't wait until next year!

This year I made my yummy Orange Cream Cheese Chocolate Chunk cookies...
1 c butter
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 c sugar
2 tsp orange zest
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 c flour
1 tsp salt
12 oz pkg milk chocolate chips

Heat over to 350. Blend butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg, orange zest and vanilla on low speed until creamy. Mix together four and salt and add slowly to creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by tsp onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. edges won't brown but they are done. Let cool on cookie sheet for 4 minutes and more to cooling rack. Cool completely and ice with Orange butter cream frosting. Enjoy!!

Renee's Almond Orange Buttercream Icing

1/4 c saltedsweet cream butter, softened
2 c confectioners' sugar
2 tsp orange zest
3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Add enough orange juice to achieve frosting consistency.
Merry Christmas~ Renee


1. All cookies/candies should be homemade.

2. No plain chocolate chip cookies, rice crispy squares or cookie mixes.

3. Please bring 8 dozen total cookies.

4. The theme is "Holiday Cookies"

5. Arrange cookies in 8 1 dozen containers, plates or baskets.

6. Christmas attire is encouraged!

7. RSVP as soon as you can and let me know what type of cookies you are planning on baking - no duplicate recipes allowed

8. If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, but still want to attend just go to a real bakery and buy 8 dozen yummy cookies.

Why 8 dozen... so you have more variety and more cookies to take home to enjoy and share

A great site for ideas is…

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