Last Sunday I hosted a Christmas cookie exchange. I invited eleven friends and handed out eleven of my favorite cookie recipes, one for each friend. And I was there too, of course, which rounded it out to an even dozen. A dozen friends, a dozen different kinds of cookies. The instructions were simple – Each of us baked a batch of four dozen cookies, enough for all of us to sample one of each at the party and then bring home three of each kind to share with friends and family. Along with these hundreds of cookie confections (576 to be exact!) I had on hand hot coffee and tea, cold milk and creamy eggnog. And a dozen pretty white boxes, lined with red and green tissue paper, all in a row, ready for filling with assorted cookies.
With Christmas already so near, and coming faster than ever, I’d wanted to get this post up as soon possible, so you all might have a chance to make some of these yourselves this year. In step with the glittering sugar-plums, visions of a Monday afternoon blog post danced in my head from the start. But man oh man, I’ve had a crazy week! And try as I might, it just didn’t happen. And so, already later than I wanted to be, I’m going to try and make this post short and sweet as can be. Even thought I could go on and on, I’ll just share a few thoughts about each cookie, and then get straight to the recipes.
I do have to say though, every last cookie turned out sensationally! Everyone did such a fantastic job, I couldn’t get over it! As each guest arrived and un-veiled her cookie, I became more and more thrilled. And we all had such a blast, tasting one another’s cookies and sharing our baking stories. I can hardly wait to do it all over again next year!
Cookie number eight fell into my lap too, another cancellation that I greedily snatched up. These glittering lemon-sugar sandwich cookies looked so adorable, I couldn’t resist adding them to my Saturday baking agenda. Incredibly tender cookies, so delicate and fine, with a crunchy bite of sugar coating and a smooth, bright filling of zesty lemon icing. Fabulous in every way, and one of my favorites in the mix.