Virtual Cookie Exchange… My Day..

2020-Cookie-Exchange-300x300-1Hi Everyone, today is my day for this blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Carol has done this hop for quite a few years now, this however is my first opportunity to participate. I’ve always been busy with my own 12 Days event that I just never took the time to look into this hop but I have followed it and visited the sites that have previously participated. Thank you Carol for hosting this fun hop.

Who doesn’t love cookies at any time of the year? I enjoy cookies but at no time more than at Christmas time. Cookies are the one thing every year that I make without fail. I can do without everything else, but cookies are just fun to make and really can brighten up your spirit at any time of the day.

My favorite cookie at Christmas time is Snickerdoodles. They are just yummy and I could literally make a batch and eat them all at once, thank goodness my hubby loves them also. Sadly, since he became diabetic, they have been left for me to eat since he can’t have the sugar and he is really good about sticking to the low carb diet. I’d have a harder time if I were diabetic.

The following is the recipe I use, I like it because it doesn’t need you to chill the cookie dough first, so literally within 30 minutes you could be eating nice warm yummy snickerdoodles…

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Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Topping
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats (always recommended for cookies). Set aside.
Make the topping: Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Make the cookies: Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 different parts. The dough will be thick.
Roll cookie dough into balls, about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough each. I recommend this cookie scoop. Roll the dough balls in cinnamon-sugar topping. Sprinkle extra cinnamon-sugar on top if desired. Arrange 3 inches apart on the baking sheets.
Bake cookies for 10 minutes. The cookies will be very puffy and soft. When they are still very warm, lightly press down on them with the back of a spoon or fork to help flatten them out. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cookies remain soft & fresh for 7 days in an airtight container or a freezer bag at room temperature.
I always use butter when I make cookies. It doesn’t matter to me if the recipe calls for margarine, or shortening, I just prefer butter in my cookies instead of the other options.
When I was a slightly softer cookie, I will bake the cookies for about a minute less than the timer wants for the recipe. This gives you a nice soft middle and a crisper outside to it.
When I am making cookies, I use 3 cookie sheets, one gets ready and goes in the oven, the other gets ready and sits and waits to go into the oven, and when the 2nd one goes in, the 3rd gets ready and goes into the oven when ready. I do this to allow the first sheet the time to cool and remove the cookies from the sheet. I don’t like placing cookie dough on a warm or hot cookie sheet as they will sometimes tend to “melt” so I like to cool my cookie sheet down prior to adding more dough to them. Using three sheets allows enough time for the cooling down sheet to cool down.
While I make cookies I normally will drink something I love. While I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE coffee drinker, I absolutely love to have a cup of hot chocolate while I bake.. I don’t know why it’s just a habit I’ve come to love doing.
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So this year, I made a fun hot chocolate mugrug pattern for you to enjoy with your own cup of hot chocolate and perhaps a donut also. I’ve made this pattern in three sizes so you could make matching placemats or a large hotpad also. Click the above image to purchase the pattern. Feel free to use the discount code  12DaysOfChristmas2020 and save 20% off to save a bit on this pattern thru the weekend…
I’m giving away one of the sizes as a free pattern, the other sizes you’ll have to purchase if you wish to have them. The free version comes in the 9×6 … perfect for a mugrug. Expiration for the free pattern is December 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm mst. The other sizes in the pattern are 12×9, and 15×12.
I hope all of you have a beautiful Christmas season full of happiness and joy. A new year filled with everything that dreams are made of and hopefully, we can put 2020 behind us as one of those years we just choose to forget. Co-vid isn’t the only thing I’d like to put out of my mind… but it is heavy on my mind as so many people have been lost this year and it’s just torn me apart, friends, family, and I don’t want to love anyone else.
Other Bloggers Participating in this event

December 1

Creatin’ in the SticksDoreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry StitchesHome Sewn By Us

Quilt SchmiltFood for Thought

Life in the ScrapatchMs P Designs USA

Just Sew QuilterCathie’s CraftworksCynthia’s Creating Ark

 December 2

MooseStashQuiltingKaren’s KornerSew Many Yarns

Selina QuiltsPieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With JoyWords & Stitches

Just Because QuiltsBeaquilter

 December 3

QuiltscapesWebsterquiltDayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy WorldSamelia’s Mum

Songbird DesignsFor The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At HomeDreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me QuiltQuilt Fabrication

DesertSky QuiltingSeams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage QuilterPumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling DogwoodKathleen McMusing

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23 thoughts on “Virtual Cookie Exchange… My Day..

  1. Love snickerdoodles! The dog we have is an australian labradoodle and our friend, who had a greyhound, always referred to the breed as snickerdoodles. Hope you are well.

  2. How did you know Snickerdoodles are my families favorite cookie, as well as mine. The mug of cocoa is the perfect acompliment. I also got the Gnome and moose.

  3. Love it but I think I’ll make a hot chocolate and Snickerdoodles mug rug! Great cookie and wonderful pattern. Thank you.

  4. Snickerdoodles are a perennial favourite here too. We haven’t made them for awhile so I must put in a special request to the Resident Chef (DH) in hopes there might be some in the cookie tin before long. Your mugrug design is very cute!

  5. That’s a really cute pattern and it’s marvelous that it can be made in several sizes. Thank you. I, too, think Snickerdoodles are the best cookies and it doesn’t need to be Christmas to enjoy them. I like to freeze them and take out what I need. I think it’ll help force me to eat them more slowly but I’m not too sure that works – dang, I like them frozen, too!

  6. Marian it sure has been a year, hasn’t it? So many losses but so nice to see everyone in our quilting community pulling together and sharing and caring. Thank you for all your beautiful patterns and this mug rug is wonderful! Snickerdoodles? I’ve never made them but think your recipe has inspired me to change that? Thank you for joining in on the fun! Merry Christmas to you and yours. I can only hope 2021 will be a better year for you with good health and lots of fun.

  7. The cookies look absolutely scrumptious! And even your quilt block is making me hungry. It is the sweetest applique pattern of a cocoa mug that I’ve ever seen. Thank you.

  8. I loved that we are on the same day! These cookies look yummy, and not having to chill the dough is a major wonder. Thank you! Thanks also for the cute mug and donut pattern. That will come in handy for many things.

  9. I love, love, love Snickerdoodles, so thank you for the recipe! That little mug rug is adorable…thank you for sharing. This year has been no fun at all with Covid, politics, weather disasters, fires etc. Our little quilting blog world gives us a window of peace in all of it and I’m grateful for that and you. Let’s hope 2021 brings us more joy! Thank you for joining in the hop. xo

  10. Hi Marian! I’m glad you were able to join in the hop this year. It’s my favorite one of the year with so many blogger friends joining and and sharing. Who doesn’t love seeing favorite cookie recipes and hearing a bit about family traditions?! Snickerdoodles are a cookie that I don’t think I’ve ever made but I need to change that this year for sure. Thank you for sharing your favorite recipe, and for the mug rug pattern. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

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