Tis the season… the season of cookies, Christmas music, New Years celebrations, family, friends and “Giving Back” I am so so excited to share this post with all of you! Not only do I have a GREAT new recipe, my Peppermint Sugar Cookies, but also some tips and tricks to throwing a perfect cookie swap party! These cookies are so easy to make and the flavor is perfection. A little sweet, a little minty, a lot delicious! The peppermint crunch baking chips I used are awesome, they aren’t hard like a candy cane but more on the chewy side, so good in these cookies! With a great cookie recipe, some festive ribbon, bows, labels and Rubbermaid TakeAlongs you can throw a simple but perfect cookie swap!
In my opinion the best gift you can give is a gift that is from the heart and one you can eat! The holidays should be all about getting together with friends and family, laughing, enjoying good food and creating wonderful memories. I thought it would be really fun to throw together a little cookie swap party for the moms and grandmas so I headed out to Walmart to pick up all my supplies. Cookie swaps are a fun way to give thanks to those you care about too! Take some back home for yourself and take another package to a friend, a firehouse, police station or even someone you don’t know well all in the spirit of Giving Back.
I grabbed some adorable holiday cards thats just happened to be covered in cookies and used them as my invites. A little snowman notebook to write out the names of the cookies on the table. I found some cute, inexpensive holiday ribbon, chalkboard labels and bows to wrap and decorate our cookie filled Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. The red cups, plates and peppermint sticks are all from Walmart as well. I did grab two sizes, the deep square and the rectangle Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, though there are many different sizes to choose from, these worked out great for our cookie swap. These containers are absolutely perfect for gift giving of any kind… whether some chicken soup, cookies or leftovers to share with others. The Quik Clik Seal™ technology lids keep food secure and helps prevent spills in transport, because no one wants cookies on the floor of their car.
OH and something fabulous for you… There is a $1 Off Of Any 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Products rebate offer, exclusive to Walmart shoppers!!
Lucky me, my family bakes great cookies!! On the table are my Peppermint Sugar Cookies, my moms White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Grandma Lou’s Chocolate Fudge Cookies and my mother in laws Coconut Macaroons!! Mouth watering, I know!! The tablescape is really simple but so festive right?!?!
We had a blast laughing, sampling cookies and packing them up to take home. The Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are functional and inexpensive, just perfect for sharing goodies. To dress them up we wrapped our cookie filled containers with really chalkboard labels, cute ribbon and bows. How cute are our delicious packages of cookie!
Can’t forget party snacks too… so here are some great recipes that would be a wonderful addition to your cookie swap: Fried Prosciutto Tortellini, Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Cups, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Crostini, or Roasted Eggplant Dip.
- 2½ cups flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ sticks butter, room temp
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup peppermint crunch baking chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and mix until well combined. Next add in the egg, vanilla and water and mix until light and fluffy.
- Add in half the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients. Be sure not to over mix. You want the dough just combined, use a wooden spoon to incorporate any flour that didn’t get in there.
- Stir in the peppermint crunch baking chips
- Using a small scoop, plop the cookie dough out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet about an inch apart from each other. Bake for for 10-12 minutes or until the very outer edge is lightly golden.
What are your favorite holiday cookies?
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