Friday Five: Cookie Exchange Party Preparations

Tomorrow is my second annual Christmas cookie exchange partay (yup, I added the a, it’s going to be off the hook!) I need some zzzzzzzz my speech is getting iffy!  But first tonight…. Is my second annual seeing a trend?  bake night with Kelly! Here is the plan…

 1)      Bake cookies —For the exchange I thought, hey I know where I can get a good recipe… Pinterest! OMGOSH obsessed with Pinterest!  An hour of repining later… I found this recipe for colorful spiral cookies BEAUTIFUL right? Who would not want to make these, side note, when writing out recipe cards it is best to have a short cookie name… lazy…maybe.  So I give you the recently (like this morning) renamed…. Happy Cookies.

2)      Bake alternate cookies — Turns out Happy Cookies… are not actually easy to make. . . the dough is chilling now, but I am nervous! Therefore I give you the shortbread dunked in chocolate second cookie that we will be baking tonight… you know, just in case. I mean, I am hosting the party, I can’t have awful cookies?!  That would be a huge disaster, almost like the time in the 4th grade when Peggy (the lady who used to stay with me in the morning and drive me to school when I “missed the bus,” I missed the bus every day, it’s cold in AK who wants to ride a bus!) anyways, tangent… in the 4th grade I remembered last-minute that I needed cookies for school… Peggy decided we would make them that morning, well when we were done, Peggy only had nine fake nails…yup… tragic.

 So way long story short… I am making these as either, a coffee dunker, or to exchange if the happy cookies bake unhappily. . .

3)      Bake cupcakes — Seems kinda obvious… partays heheiamfive need dessert… even cookie parties, so the red velvet cupcakes will be making an appearance!

4)      Set table — Another obvious one… this one will be so nice to have help, our fancy pants ikea table extends to seat 12 comfortably… it needs to tomorrow, so we will water it and watch it grow! Then cover it with pretty glittery festive toppings! No, not mine, but so dramatic right?! Thank you Pinterest… cough, get off Pinterest…cough back on and pinning!


5)      Enjoy a hot toddy with Kelly! — While sipping a boring old DC today at lunch I was perusing the new bon appétit magazine and I saw this recipe… this is the conversation that followed… looking forward to our hot toddy tonight… PS – when you make toddy plural… does it become toddies?! That just sounds a little off!


 Honey-Bourbon Toddy

The addition of house-made apple-infused bourbon is a spirited stroke of genius. Makes 2 December 2011


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
  • 2 3×1/2″ strips lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you’ll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between 2 Toddy glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.
  • To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced Fuji apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain and sip of use in recipe above.

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  1. bob jensen says:

    Aloha: Thanks for the update blog … Peggy really enjoys reading them … especially the recipes! Come see us when you can! If we don’t see you, Peggy and I wish you and Justin a very Merry Christmas! Love You …. Uncle Bob and Aunt Peggy

  2. OOO I’m so jealous! I want to do a cookie and wine party but right now I can barely get my act together to even cook dinner a couple of times a week!

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