Christmas cookie exchange preserves “sweet” friendship


Kendall Martin

Heather Martin, Heather Parsons, and Timber Beers take the last batch of cookies.

by Kendall Martin, Editor

Cookie exchanges are a century-old tradition. Family and friends bake dozens of their favorite cookies, then take them to a party and everyone exchanges the cookies they made.

This month, my mom hosted a cookie party, invitingĀ  15 people including children. Each adult brought 15 dozen of their own homemade cookies, including pumpkin nut, chocolate chip, pumpkin chocolate chip, apple cream cheese, Russian tea cakes, snickerdoodles, seven layered bars, and peanut butter kiss cookies.


My favorite cookies were the apple cream cheese. Here is the recipe.


  • 1 cup, chopped and peeled apples, tart


  • 2, Eggs

Baking and Spices

  • 3 cups, All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp, Baking powder
  • 1 tsp, Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup, Brown sugar
  • 3 1/4 tsp, Cinnamon
  • 1 cup, Granulated sugar
  • 4 cups, Powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp, salt
  • 4 tsp, Vanilla


  • 1 1/2 cup, Butter
  • 1 8 oz. block, cream cheese