First of all, Happy Birthday to my Husband, Tim! Today he’s 31 years old! And judging from the grey hairs that have been popping up all over my head, it appears I’m getting older with him…
Happy Birthday Babe! I love you!
For the last few years it has been a tradition among the girls I’m friends with through Tim and his friends’ significant others to have a cooke exchange. In the past, Leah has always hosted it and done a really great job, but since she moved to Texas this year and we wanted to continue the tradition, Emily and I decided to host the same type of cooke swap. We decided we’d share the hosting duties. We decided on a date and sent out the evite, but as Decembers always tend to get really busy really fast, we had a more intimate group. It still turned out to be so much fun!
And as usual, I waited until the last minute to make my cookies. In fact, I waited until after my 22 mile run to even go to the store to buy the ingredients. Talk about pushing it! I picked a pretty simple recipe that didn’t require chilling for an extended period of time, and I’ve never been happier with my results.
This year, I made Andes Double Mint Chocolate Cookies, and they were fantastic. I think the key was the Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips that I was lucky to find at my Publix.
Melting together the butter, chocolate, chocolate, brown sugar, and chocolate almost stopped me there. I probably could have sipped that slowly from a cup all afternoon and been fine.
But I did continue to the next steps and add the egg and flour and baking powder.
After baking for only 9 minutes, I took the cookies out of the over, dropped even more Andes pieces on top, and spread them around with the back of a spoon.
We had fun tasting all the cookies, and there was a good variety to try!
Thankfully Meghann grabbed a picture of most of the girls, though Christi had already left. We had a lot of fun catching up on off seasons and middle school hair don’ts among other things.
I loved hosting the gathering, though getting the house ready and everything setup tends to stress me out more than I should let it. If you’re a fan of Andes mints and cookies, you must make the recipe. There are officially none left in our house, along with all the other kinds that have disappeared as well. Don’t worry, I didn’t eat them all. Tim took some to work with him today.
Do you do any cookie swaps for the holidays?
What’s your best baking success?