Holiday Cookie Exchange…

So, we had a cookie exchange at work on Monday. I made Peanut Butter Blossoms. I’m not really a cookie baker, but I had tried this recipe the weekend beforehand, and frankly, it came out good enough. I did end up burning the first batch; I think because the oven rack was too low, but I still ended up with enough dough for my needed 5 dozen cookies (and then some), so all was good. Of the 11 participants in our exchange, 4 people made Oreo Balls… Never heard of them before, but the ones my boss made were the tastiest. She called hers Inside-Out Oreos and by gosh, that’s just what they tasted like! One of our salesmen made some semi-nutty sort of bars, maybe blondie-like? I have to ask him for the recipe because they were very tasty, too!

As for pseudo-drama, one woman brought a single plate of cookies with just enough for one cookie per person… Mind you, the idea was exchanging batches of 1/2 dozen cookies here. No biggie, but kind of typical for this person to “do her own thing”. Of course, that “own thing” is part of the reason why she is recently no longer with the company. Some of us are waiting to see if she shows up for the company luncheon tomorrow, cuz that’s something she would do (and being a former employee, she’s not really invited, per se). Another woman showed up a day and a half late with her cookies, and that information did not get passed along properly, so she ended up with maybe 1/3 of what she should have gotten. Not atypical for where I work, really. All in all, we’re riding sugar buzzes these past several days. Oh, and one woman brought homemade Irish Cream, which reminded me to bring out MY Irish Cream recipe… that’s on the agenda for Christmas Day! 🙂

Here’s another pic of my Peanut Butter Blossoms, with the recipe below. The cookies are tasty, and pretty simple to make, which was all part of the appeal:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • additional sugar for coating
  • about 7 dozen Hershey’s Kisses

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat together sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.

2.  Shape into 1″ balls; roll in additional sugar. Place 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet.

3.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Immediately press 1 Hershey Kiss into the center of each cookie. Remove from baking sheet and place onto wire rack. Makes about 7 dozen.

Next post = Colts game pics! 🙂

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