Getting to the cookie swap was pretty easy for me this year, especially since last year my oven was on the fritz and I had a heck of a time not burning cookies, and spent a good portion of prep day in tears...thankfully this year was a lot smoother, and my cookies turned out perfect, and that's with trying new recipe as well. Yay me!!!
I also had found pretty boxes and cellophane bags a few weeks ago when Amy and I had gone to Essential Packaging for a looksie, and both ended up leaving with exactly what we needed, and without overspending.
|Loving the snowflake theme and satin ribbon.|
Here is the links to both cookie recipes if you are interested in trying either of them:
Currently, the site for the Andes Creme de Menthe cookies is down, I will upload the link when it is back and running. For now, you can get the recipe by searching the above wording.
They cookies both baked up really nicely, and I doubled the Cranberry batch to get over 4 dozen, and the Andes recipe allowed for more the 4 dozen as well, perfect for a cookie swap or gift giving during the holiday.
|White Chocolate and Cranberry cookies.|
|Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies.|
After the cookies cooled, I bagged the cookies, by the dozen into the cellophane bags, tied with the ribbon, then put on of each kind of cookies into the gift boxes, which I then tied with ribbon and added my homemade gift tags. Ready for swapping.
|I hand stamped the snowflakes onto the front of the tags, and then,|
with my own handwriting, shock there, since I hate it, I added greetings
and names to the tags for each girl.
Just before the ladies arrived, I put out the gift boxed on the table, put out a platter for the sampling cookies, and got the tea out and ready for sipping. Lite some candles, and then waited somewhat patiently for the evening to begin.
|My dear friend Erika, and her selection of cookies to bring home. Love all the|
packaging that we had this year.
|Alyssa is Erika's best friend, and someone I've had the pleasure of getting to|
know over the years through her Stampin up clubs and with Erika.
|I've known Alison just as long as Alyssa, and they are actually sister|
in laws, but friends as well, and I'm thankful that we at least have once
a year to gather and stay connected.
|Me and all my wonderful cookies from my friends.|
I am so thankful for this small, but good group of ladies, and their awesome homemade cookies and for
their company for one evening during the holidays. Once again, I think our evening was a great success.