2017-12-06 / Entertainment

Give cookies this year

Freshly baked cookies are a wonderful holiday gift. Hosting family and friends for a cookie exchange party is a great way to start a new holiday tradition and get a variety of baked goods and some new recipes without spending much money. A cookie exchange party also is an inexpensive way to entertain because the cookies provided by your guests are the centerpiece of the party, and everyone leaves with a variety of cookies as a parting gift.

You also can host a cookie bake and exchange party. Since everyone is so busy, buying good quality cookie mixes and having the guests stir them up, bake and decorate them can become a party activity.

The first cookie exchange party started more than 70 years ago. It was usually a social event for women and was extremely popular with women’s clubs and church groups. Each person baked one or two dozen of their favorite cookies and exchanged one with each person in attendance. The party also offered a wonderful way to collect the personal stories behind the cookies. Sharing stories also acts as an ice-breaker and a way for guests to get to know each other.

Easy Four-Ingredient
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
for sprinkling
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1, Heat oven to 350 F, and line
a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir all four
ingredients together until smooth.
3. Using a tablespoon measure,

scoop out 2 tablespoons of cookie
dough and roll into a smooth ball.
4. Place pre-rolled cookies on
your cookie sheet about 1-inch
apart. Press down with the back
of a fork and then press again from
the opposite direction to form a
criss-cross pattern.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, turn
cookie sheet and continue baking
for another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle
with the remaining sugar. Cool
cookies on sheet pan for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a wire
rack to finish cooling. Makes 12-15
5. Store in an air-tight container
for up to 3 days.
Angela Shelf Medearis is an
award-winning children’s author,
culinary historian and the author
of seven cookbooks.

©2017 King Features Synd.
and Angela Shelf Medearis

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