07 December 2009

Cookie Smorgasbord at Laurie's!!!

Sunday Lisa and I had a wonderful time at Laurie's Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange and came home with a wonderful sampling of delicious cookies (and a belly full of sugary treats!). Laurie's country home is truly beautiful and we had a great time visiting with old friends and meeting new ones!! Thank you Laurie for inviting us, we had so much fun! As for those cookies we all took home, well, let's say my children have left a few crumbles in the box....

I made my palmiers and drizzled them with chocolate...

After sampling the wonderful cookies and voting for our favorites, the following winner cookies took the prize for best tasting!!

Triple Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies
(chocolate categorie)

2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped dark chocolate-covered pomegranate poms (Costco has them!)

Mix wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

Maple cookies
(non-chocolate categorie)

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, shortening and both sugars together. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add dry ingredients. Roll dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet. Pat cookies down to about 2 inches across. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes. Do not over-bake. Remove from pan and cool. Frost with maple glaze.

Maple glaze:
Melt 1/4 cup butter until golden brown. Blend in 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and a few drops of maple flavoring. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water until icing spreads smoothly.


  1. Oh what a fabulous time you must of had! Love the decorations and the cookies look scrumptious! Years ago, I used to host an exchange, when the kids were little...haven't done so in a long time but I'm feeling inspired! (or maybe hungry for those treats!) Thank you for the recipes!
    Take care, Laura

  2. All the goodies look so delish! That bright cookie tree is adorable. Blessings!

  3. What a great idea and post,everything looks so festive!! May just suggest that next year,thanks! Chrissy

  4. I think I just gained five pounds! What incredibly beautiful cookies--looks like fun!!

    Merry Christmas, Isabel!


  5. The presentation of the cookies looks like magazine material. What a fun time to get you into the spirit!!

  6. WHat an awesome home! It looks like such a fun time!

  7. What a sweet treat (literally) for the eyes! I would have been on sugar overload and bouncing off the ceiling. I think I gained 5 lbs. just looking. Speaking of looking, I saw some great ideas I'm just gonna have to borrow for my own open house! Thanks!!!

  8. how fun!!
    happy holidays!
    xoxo, Tiffany

  9. How fun! Wish I could have been there for this! Laurie's place looks beautiful! Oh, and your palmiers with the chocolate look scrumptious!!! I am making mine tonight!


  10. OH so many beautiful and yummy looking cookies... love all the photos, you gals are so talented with your baking skills... such fun you all had...


  11. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  12. Oh my gosh...this is the most delightful display of cookies I have ever seen!! Looks like you have a blast!! xOxO


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