Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blogger Cookie Exchange

Last week, Sacramento Bloggers helped to promote a blogger cookie exchange hosted by Catherine at Munchie Musings. The event was held at Le Rivage Hotel which is always such a beautiful venue. I attended a blogger meetup in the summer and enjoyed their gorgeous patio. This event was held inside by the cozy fireplace with all of the festive holiday decorations. 
It was a truly lovely event.

When I heard about this event, I immediately called my mom to see if she would be interested in joining me. I invited my mom for three reasons. 1. She's one of my favorite people to hang out with. 2. She is a blogger. 3. And she is a rockstar baker. Let's face it. I needed some help and at thirty-something, I still call mom.
me and my momma
Each blogger brought 3 dozen cookies (no store-bought) and we each took home a few of each other's cookies. Take a look at my assortment of baked sugar. 

Now I realize that I'm totally and completely bias. That being, I thought our cookies were the cutest. Maybe not the most delicious but we were going for looks folks. My cookies were the raspberry shortbread cookies. In case you were wondering, here is the recipe.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherry
48 gummy raspberries
royal icing
granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl beat butter for 30 seconds on med-high speed. Add powdered sugar and salt beating until combined (scrape sides of bowl). Beat in the cherry liquid and almond extract. Beat in as much flour as you can then use a spoon to mix any remaining flour and the chopped cherries.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar, flatten the balls until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Bake 14 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. After the cookies cool, use royal icing to glue the gummy raspberries into the center of each cookie. This recipe makes 48 cookies.

Now for the grand finale, my mom's original cookie design, snow globe gingerbread cookies.
 How stinkin' cute are these things?

To learn how to make these adorable cookies, you'll have to visit The House's Money. Random blog name, eh? Maybe. But it's a killer book title. My mom's husband is a published author and this blog is related to his book. While you're there snagging THE cookie recipe of the season, buy a book. 
It is a total page-turner. Swear. 

As if this event wasn't awesome enough already, I won some cool stuff. The event host did tons of giveaways so everyone left with something. Check out my loot. I won a gift bag from Whole Foods with all of this yummy food. Plus, this adorable cookbook! Score.

What are your favorite holiday cookies?


Team Harries said...

What a fun idea! Everything looks delish!

Angela said...

My friends and I just did our first cookie exchange. We had to make 12 dozen! Which is a lot, but we left with a dozen of a dozen different types of cookies. Great for re gifting.

Kerri Andersen said...

leave it to bloggers to make all these amazing cookies! yours are the prettiest, i will say! sound yummy too! :)

Jayme and Mendi said...

This looks like it was so much fun! You mom is gorgeous and her cookies are amazing!!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Amber said...

Sounds like it was a fun time. Love the picture of you and your mom!

Emma said...

you are too cute and i wish you all the best on your journey! :)


Dream Chase said...

That cookie really is just awesome! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

Wow those are amazing! That shortbread is too cute and so unique for a cookie! I'm gonna have to try it out...thanks for sharing! :)

The Mrs. and The Momma

Emily said...

Yum yum! You and your mom have got skills! What a blessing to have something you like doing together like that. You have inspired me to get up and go get myself some cookies now....What? Did you think I was going to say bake some? lol ;)

Janna Renee said...

Bloggers and cookies go hand in hand, so this is the PERFECT meet up!

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