Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2010 Christmas Cookie Exchange

This year marks the 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange hosted by me, my good friend Beth at OurFairAdventure and my sister in law Hollie at A Day in the Life.  Our family and friends have been sent an E-vite Invitation that sends them to this post to find out all our rules (blogger friends you can join the fun too - keep reading)!

So here you go:

Take a break from the holiday rush 
and share the Christmas spirit
with friends old and new. 
Come and enjoy an appetizer buffet,
hot spiced cider and sample all those
delicious cookies!
We look forward to seeing you 
...and your cookies, of course!
DATE: Tuesday, December 7, 2010
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
by December 1
Hostesses: Beth, Hollie & Andrea
The Rules of the Cookie Exchange
1.           All cookies should be homemade, baked and main ingredient must be flour.
a.     Exception for 2010 - Candy will be allowed with the following conditions:
                                                    i.     Ideally should be something like fudge, caramels, turtles, brittle
                                                   ii.     NO covered pretzels
                                                 iii.     Must be a homemade candy
                                                 iv.     You will need to bring 12 dozen pieces (if very small candies)
2.           No plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or bars.
3.           Please bring 6 dozen total cookies 
(this is usually about 1 large batch or two smaller batches).
4.           The theme is "Christmas Cookies" 
5.           Arrange cookies in a basket or platter and be creative! 
(Gifts for most creative!)
6.          Bring a large container to carry away your cookies 
(plastic bags will be provided by the hostesses to keep cookies sorted so flavors don’t mix but you may want a basket or plastic container to take cookies home).
7.           Put a copy of your recipe in our Google Docs File before the party (by December 3rd) 
(hostesses will create a cookie recipe book for everyone to take home)
8.           Christmas attire is encouraged!
9.           RSVP as soon as you can (by December 1) via the E-Vite invitation and let us know what  type of cookies you are planning on baking -- no duplicate recipes are allowed so first to upload first to bring selected cookie!
                       (my Cinnamon Polar Bears are already uploaded)
10.        If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, but still want to attend you must go to a real bakery and buy 6 dozen yummy cookies.
11.        The more the merrier – if you have a friend you would like to bring along please have them RSVP as well!

Note:  not a rule but a good guideline – cookies should be baked at least 3 days in advance of the exchange to give them time to set (fresh cookies won’t transport as well).  Or make them super early and freeze them  - just don’t forget to thaw the night before

Go HERE to share your Christmas Cookie Recipe (Google Documents).  If you have any problems just e-mail me the recipe and I can get it put in for you!

For our on-line friends (or friends who can't attend but want to share some yummy recipes) please upload your favorite Christmas Cookie (or candy) recipe (following our guidelines above).  We will put them in a nice Christmas pdf file and e-mail the document to everyone who participates.

For Iowa followers (you must be a follower of my blog) - if you'd like to meet IRL and make some new friends come join our party!  You can send me an e-mail and I'll send you the invitation information!

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