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Obama Cookies for Valentine’s Bake Sale

A few weeks ago my church had a Valentine’s bake sale.  I started not to volunteer because I was short on time.  It was Superbowl weekend and I was making lots of yummy snacks.  But I really like baking and who can resist a Valentine’s sale.  I thought about some pretty heart-shaped cookies with pink or red sprinkles but thought that was too much trouble.  You know, rolling out the dough and cookie cutters…  Instead, I opted for a cookie I could make in my sleep: chocolate chip cookies.  You can’t go wrong with them.  They are easy-schmeasy.  Plus, everyone likes them.

The problem was that they are not very pink or Valentine-ish.  I thought about trying to make them heart-shaped.  I also thought about adding red or pink sprinkles, but I decided that would detract from the taste. So I went ahead with regular chocolate chip cookies.

I keep cookie staples on hand.  You never know when you want to bake cookies, need to bake cookies, or need a cookie fix.  I probably shouldn’t with mu sugar addiction but that’s for another post.  I had everything I needed for three or four dozen except I was running low on semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Luckily I had a bunch of white chocolate chips.  I decided to use 1/2 of each.  I also added extra vanilla.  I knew these cookies would have an extra sweet taste with the white chocolate and extra vanilla.  But hey, you can’t be too sweet for Valentine’s day, right?

To make he cookies Valentine’s Day cute, it was going to be all about the packaging.  I had some little clear plastic bags from Michael’s.  I also had some pretty pink ribbon.  I bought some conversation hearts stickers.  Voila, I was ready.

I put 3 cookies in each bag, tied it with a silver twistie tie, then covered that with the pink ribbon ties.  I added a sticker and I was good to go.

The mixed chocolate chips reminded me of mixed race so I ended up calling the cookies Obamas.  The cookies were a hit in our house.  I gave a few to my husband and son.  I had to hide the ones for the bake sale!

A day or two later my son asked me “Are there any more Obamas left?”  There weren’t.  Guess I’ll have to make some more.

All Aboard on the Cookie Exchange!

I can’t believe that I’m almost 50 and before yesterday I had never participated in a cookie exchange. For those of you who don’t know, a cookie exchange is an event where a group of people agree to get together to share cookies they have baked. Each person makes several dozens of the same cookie. You meet and each person gets to take away a few of each kind. The most kinds of cookies I’ve ever made in one season is about 4: sugar cookies, chocolate pepper cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and magic cookie bars. It is time-consuming to put together all those different doughs and then to bake them all 8 minutes at a time. Yesterday I walked in with chocolate chip and walked away with 13 kinds of cookies!  I couldn’t wait to get them home on my oversized red Christmas plate.

We so often try to do everything on our own. When you involve other people and throw in a cooperative spirit, look what can happen!  It’s amazing!

If you’ve never done a cookie exchange before, I highly recommend it. I will definitely do this again.  It was  so much fun. It was basically a big cookie party!  We presented our cookies, we walked around and took cookies. We stood around eating cookies!  It doesn’t get better than that! 

Here are some of the cookies I got:

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Scottish Shortbread Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Chewy Orange Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Gingersnaps

Oatmeal Coco-Nutters

Merry Cheese Cakes

Baking for my family over the holidays

M&ms pretzel

Toffee
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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Bars
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Christmas sugar cookies.
Image via Wikipedia
magic cookie bars
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Hershey's Christmas Kisses
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Peanut Butter Blossoms by Hershey's
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Decorative Tin Lid
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I usually bake something during the holidays.  My family likes peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kiss in the middle, also called Peanut Blossoms or Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies.  I also like to make Magic Cookie Bars.  My grandmother always made those.  They have coconut, nuts, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate.  So yummy.  And of course, I like to bake basic Christmas sugar cookies in festive shapes like stars, and reindeer with colored sugar sprinkles.  

My new idea this year is to bake a favorite for each person, wrap it in a decorative tin, and put it under the tree with the other gifts. 

Of course, I will have to keep my baking secret which may be hard.  I plan to do this for my husband, son and Mom.  For my husband I will make chocolate pecan bars.  They are a take on pecan pie.  My husband loves pecan pie.  For my son I am making pretzel M&M blondies.  Pretzel M&Ms are his favorite.  For my Mom I will make toffee.  This should be fun.  I hope it all comes out ok!