The season of holiday entertaining is upon us and boy can it be expensive. Between gifts, food, beverages, decorations, etc.. it can all add up to broke city. Looking for a way to tame the extravagance and preserve the bank account?
Why not try a simple cookie swap or exchange gathering for your holiday celebrations. All each attendee needs to do is make a batch or two of one cookie recipe and bundle the cookies up in groups of 3 or so (Saran Wrap with ribbons around or the holiday Ziploc bags make for great gift wrapping). Then each person brings his or her bundles to the party with some recipe cards attached.
The entertainment is built in as everybody enjoys sampling others’ cookies and checking out the recipes. The gifts keep on giving after the party as attendees can take home their remaining cookies to loved ones and save the new recipes to try out later. Hot chocolate goes great with these types of parties and I have just the recipe to satisfy. I have made it a number of times over the years. It is an alteration of a recipe submitted to Southern Living some time back by Karyn D. in Louisiana.
White Chocolate Hot Chocolate
2 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
2/3 cups white chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine first four ingredients in pan over low heat until chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Top with whip cream to taste. (Serves approx. 4).
Speaking of Southern Living, check out their recipes and others below for lots of cookie ideas.