cookie exchange 2013.

we are in the midst of our annual cookie exchange by mail.
when we moved to colorado from napa and knew our connections with friends were going to thin, we decided to start a christmastime cookie exchange with the old gang.
most of our gatherings with this group were food centered affairs (blind wine tastings, super bowl games, friendsgiving, etc)...so it's only fitting that this annual tradition involves food.
this year 5 couples (now turned families in three cases with the addition of four kids to our group in the last few years) participated.
we've received two packages thus far.
the Ps sent two types of cookies and their annual card always featuring some exotic travel picture...they've been all over this globe.
 chocolate chocolate and white chocolate chip cookies:
(30 cookies)
2.5 sticks butter, softened
2 c sugar
2 eggs
2.5 t vanilla
2 c flour
.75 c cocoa
1 t baking soda
.25 t salt
2 c white chocolate chips
1.5 c semisweet chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350f.
cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, scraping the sides once.
add the eggs, one at at time, mixing after each addition.
mix in the vanilla.

sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, then add in batches to the mixer, mixing until just combined after each addition.
gently blend in the white chocolate chips and the chocolate chips.

using a cookie scoop, add 1 T portions to a baking sheet.
bake until the cookies are done but still soft and chewy, about 8 minutes.
let cool on a baking rack.
honey peanut butter cookies:
(36 cookies)
mix thoroughly:
.25 c shortening (substitute butter)
.5 c peanut butter
.5 c sugar
.5 c honey
1 egg

sift together and stir in:
1.25 c flour
.5 t baking powder
.75 t baking soda
.25 t salt

chill dough.
preheat oven to 375f.
roll into balls the size of large walnuts.
place 3" apart on lightly greased baking sheet.
flatten with fork dipped in flour, crisscross.
bake until set, but not hard, 10-12 min.

 the Gs sent cranberry pistachio biscotti.
 recipe here.
the two other deliveries have yet to arrive.
loving this tradition.

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