December 10, 2012

Christmas Cookie Swap

It's always a treat to open a cute invitation in the mail.  And when that invitation is for a party where you will get to sample a wide variety of sweet treats while chatting with friends...well...what could be better?

Sally and Martha hosted the most thoughtful and adorable cookie swap I have ever been a part of!  

There were delicious Christmas punch options as well as a cream cheese/pepper jelly dip with gingerbread crackers--addicting!

The cookie spread: truly amazing!
I made the peanut-butter-chocolate-no-bake-cookies in the middle.
(recipe below)

Fresh bruschetta to counteract the sugar highs!

Archer, Sally and me

There were a stack of white boxes near the cookie display labeled "Cookies: share the love.  Sweet Treats to take home" for each person to pack their favorites from the party.

Each guest left with a box full of goodies and a cookie cutter for a favor.  A big thank you to Sally and Martha for being such kind and gracious hostesses!

So...these peanut-butter-chocolate-no-bake-cookies?  
Gran Fran used to make them for me when I was little I loved them--probably because they taste like fudge. They are very sweet, but the saltiness in the peanut butter and oatmeal makes them the perfect balance.

2 c. sugar
1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)
1/2 t. salt
2 c. oatmeal
6 T. cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. peanut butter

Directions: Boil 1 minute together:  sugar, cocoa, butter, salt and milk.  Add remaining ingredients and drop from spoon onto waxed paper and wait for them to harden.

What is your favorite treat to bake during the holidays?


  1. Oooooo I've forgotten about these cookies! Thanks for the recipe, Em...may make them tonight!

    1. They are delicious...basically taste like fudge... :)


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