Christmas cookie exchange preserves “sweet” friendship

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Christmas cookie exchange preserves “sweet” friendship

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

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

Kendall Martin

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

Kendall Martin

Kendall Martin

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

by Kendall Martin, Editor

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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, inviting  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.

Produce

  • 1 cup, chopped and peeled apples, tart

Refrigerated

  • 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

Dairy

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