A couple of years ago I decided to start hosting a cookie exchange. I’m not going to lie I was hoping it would end up being a yearly tradition, but wasn’t sure if I would keep it up. I’m happy to say that this year was my 4th year hosting it. It’s become something that family and friends look forward to eat year! This year we even sweetened the deal with a money pot! We collected $10 from each guest to be included in the tasting. In the blog world I have so many friends from all over, which means having them at my house for the cookie exchange is not possible. I decided this year to do a blogger cookie exchange with my blogger pals! Not only do they to take part in my tradition, but I also get to learn some more cookie recipes!
I tested out many recipes before figuring out which one I would do and of course I ended up with the first one I tried. It was simple to make because you didn’t even need a mixer and I could make it before hand and freeze the dough! I had never done slice and bake cookies before and it was amazing.
I ended up going with Jammy Pinwheels and they were delicious. Just the perfect amount of chewiness and a flavor that was so familiar but I could not figure out what they reminded me of. They were the perfect compliment to my daily cup of tea.
They were so easy to make!
All you need is:
This isn’t my recipe so I can only link to here.
A couple of tips:
-Leave the butter out for a couple of hours or even overnight for it soften naturally. I don’t recommend putting it in the microwave to soften up.
-For the raspberry preserves I went with Bonne Maman and it was a crowd favorite. You could also switch out the preserves to whatever you like. I also want to try out a new batch with a combo of raspberry and dulce de leche.
-Putting the dough in the refrigerator for chilling is key. Don’t skip this step. I found it hard to get the dough in a perfect rectangular shape so I would chill the dough for a little and the slice the edges to get a better rectangular and warm up the dough with my hands and use the excess dough to fill out the rectangular where it needed more dough in the corners.
-Recipe calls for 12-15 mins in oven, but I used copper baking sheets and it needed more like 20-22 mins. I would try the 12 mins and then just keep adding a min or two until the edges are golden brown.
I still need to perfect my circles, because with the rolling it can be a little hard to get a perfect circle, but it didn’t matter. People loved the taste!
Make sure to check out the other bloggers taking part in the cookie exchange!
Have you ever participated in a cookie exchange? Have a go to recipe that I must know about?