Continuing on the theme of all things cookie related…
Last Thursday was the date that I taught my monthly cooking class for Community Education. (Check out my November recap here) I debated on doing some sort of “How to Make Your Christmas Meal Memorable” class, but then I got the brilliant idea of hosting a cookie swap instead, where I not only teach how to make a few of my favorites, but have every student bring 2-3 dozen of their own favorite Christmas treat and recipe cards to swap. I wasn’t quite sure how it’d go over being that so many people are already overwhelmed by all the to-do’s during the month of December, but luckily I had a great handful of students sign up. I love the group of people that keep attending, they are some of the nicest people I’ve met, and definitely make teaching enjoyable!
I finally got some pictures of where the classes are held and how things are set up!
I really like having one volunteer to help out with each recipe too—it keeps things more interactive!
I really enjoyed not only sharing my 3 top Christmas recipes of 2010, but it was so much fun to see all the goodies everyone else brought—they blew me away in both presentation and taste! Some people made more than one kind, and I am planning on featuring each recipe in the coming months, so keep an eye out for those—you won’t want to miss them, trust me!
Here’s the trays for everyone to fill…
All the goodies brought by the students..
Loading up their trays…
And now a drum roll for the final results..
What a great selection, huh? I told you that you’ll want to stick around for the recipes!!
And I suppose you’re wondering what recipes I chose to make/share with the class. Two of them you’ve already seen..
- Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies (recipe here)
- Cinnamon Roll Popcorn (recipe here)
And the third recipe I decided on is new to the blog—short, sweet, and simply stunning on cookie platters!
Holiday Gift Package Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 to 2 tablespoons half-and-half or milk
- Food color
And here’s a behind-the-scenes shot after all is said and done.
I think it’s time to call it a night!
Have you ever attended/hosted a cookie swap?