Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Christmas Kitchen Tip - The Cookie Swap

By: Trish Berg

Yes, I know. I have swapping on my mind...all the time. As a supper swap mom for almost 6 years now, I know how supper swapping can save moms time, money and add deeper friendships to their lives. I love supper swapping so much I write The Great American Supper Swap so moms everywhere can become supper swap moms.

But swapping is not limited to suppers. Nope. Not at all.

In fact, one of the BEST swap I participate in is a Christmas cookie swap every December.

About 5 girlfriends and I each get together and decide on which type of cookies we will each make for the swap. Then each of us makes 6 dozen of that one type of cookie. You can make them ahead of time and freeze them as well, depending on your schedule.

We then choose a December day to meet for lunch at one of our homes to swap our cookies. We have a delicious lunch together, sit and visit, chat and laugh and eat way too much great food.

Then, when it is time to go home, we each leave with 6 dozen cookies - 6 different varieties - to share with our own families over the holiday time.

Swapping is an amazing way to simplify your life, maximize your labor, and yes, even save money and add deeper friendships to your life.

Over the years, I have swapped baby-sitting with friends, house cleaning, even participated in a clothing swap.

But around the holidays, I simply adore my Christmas Cookie Swap. It is so much simpler to make 6 dozen of the same cookies than 1 dozen each of a different kind of cookie. Grocery shopping for the ingredients is easier, and you can get it done in one afternoon.

And, my kids LOVE the variety of cookies that come home with me, from Snicker Doodles to cut out Christmas trees and nutmeg logs.

So grab a few girlfriends, decide on which type of cookie you each want to make, and GET SWAPPING!!!

To help you get started, here is the BEST cut out cookie recipeyou will ever taste. I am not kidding...

I can't take any credit for these awesome cookies, but I do guarantee they are the BEST Christmas cut out cookies you will ever make or eat. The recipe is my friend, Holly, and it has become a Berg family MUST HAVE every Christmas!

Holly's Christmas Cut Outs

1 c. real butter (USE REAL BUTTER)
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
5 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Powdered sugar

1) In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar and eggs with a wooden spoon (do NOT beat!)2) Add sour cream and vanilla.
3) Add soda and salt.
4) Stir in flour , 1 cup at a time.
5) When you add the last cup of flour, mix with your hands.
6) Roll out on the counter, use powdered sugar instead of flour on that surface and your hands.
7) Use your favorite cut out shapes, and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.

Holly uses butter cream frosting from the can, which tastes great, and is much easier. But you can use any icing you like!

Until next week, happy swapping....

Trish Berg


ACU said...

I love cookies, as evidenced by my Father Christmas physique. Here is a recipe that Chrissy Lynn, author of GRANDMA SAYS (Leafwood) shared with me. Since that time, the Christmas season hasn't started at our house until the first batch of these Scandinavian cookies come out of the oven. -- "Santa" Larry Fitzgerald

A Norwegian Christmas Cookie

1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. buttermilk with
1 tsp. soda, dissolved
3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla (or almond extract)
Salt (optional)

Cream butter, sugar and egg, adding ingredients alternately with buttermilk and soda. Add vanilla. Chill overnight, at least 12 hours. (Do not skip this step.) Flour pastry cloth. Drop 1 teaspoon dough in flour. Roll pencil thin. Form figure 8's. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees until light brown. (About 6-10 minutes.) Brush excess flour from Kringlas with soft paper towel before storing. Yields 3 1/2 dozen.
From: from www.grandmasays.net

Trish Berg said...

Larry- Awesome recipe. They sound delicious! I can't wait to try them out this Christmas.

I just love those kind of traditions that stick with your family like that.

I'll have to check out the www.grandmasays.com website..


windycindy said...

My friends and I did this cookie sway for three years and then we stopped. I really miss it. The fun and the cookies! Thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

"I LIKE BLUE!" Thanks, Cindi