Cookie Exchange Fun

11 Dec


Don’t you just love cookie exchanges!!! I love everything about them. The fun and creative cookies you can make for your friends and family is amazing. There are just so many type of cookies out there, and then there is the curiosity of what you get in return. Eekk, I can’t wait!!! It doesn’t take much to make me happy as you can tell. Not many people I know get excited over Christmas Cookie Exchange. My husband loves it..only due to the fact that I leave with these cookies and come home with a ton more. More for him to enjoy I guess.

I love that this year our office decided to do this, and not some sort of gift exchange. Don’t you just hate buying gifts for people that you’re not sure if they will take your joke gift seriously or not. Or the minute you open up your gift, you know it’s either going to be a regift or put in the closet till you forget about it, collecting dust. So cookie exchange just seemed like the perfect fit for our office. The only deal was you had to bake the cookies, no ifs and or buts..I especially like the fact that are a few non-bakers in our office that are pushing their limits and baking something. Whether they turn out or not (and I am sure they will all turn out), it’s really the effort they put in that pleases me.

I had decided to make Candy Cane Cookies. These were very easy to make and so much fun. I love having colour in my cookies. They are just prefect for the holiday, so festive and cute. The more festive the cookie, the less guilty I feel for eating so many. What makes these cookies so special you ask? It’s the candy cane kiss right in the middle. Makes them so scrumptious and magical. If you’re leaving cookies out for Santa, these would be the kind he wants to munch on…just make sure everyone else in bed first, or else there wont be any left for him.

How can you say no to cookies like these…Here is the recipe for these wonderful cookies.

Candy Cane Cookies

1 bag Hershey’s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar

Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)

Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

Enjoy and Happy Baking!!


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