Day Three – Virtual Cookie Exchange/Giveaway Blog Hop
It is time for the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop. From December 5 – 7 many blogs are participating in sharing their favorite cookie recipe and/or Christmas tradition. This is our very first blog hop and giveaway!
Virtual Cookie – Yum!:
No calories gained in following this tasty virtual cookie exchange. I had to think long and hard about which recipe I should share. Before I get to the good stuff, I’d like to share a little bit of our Christmas traditions. Sue and I have been besties since high school, and now share a home and families. She is my sister from a different mother and her family is my family (and vice versa). We host a Christmas Eve celebration every year and everyone is welcome.
It’s Not Christmas Eve Without Traditions
Sub sandwich trays are ordered from a local deli (Lee’s Deli in Racine!), shrimp, baked beans, sliced ham and softer buns, family salad, mocha chocolate chip cheesecake (just for Chris!), and other goodies are spread out over our large island. I always try one or two new appetizers like Ruben dip in a bread bowl, artichoke and spinach dip with rye bread crisps, etc. to expand our offerings. I haven’t chosen the specialty this year – I want it to be gluten free for sure! Janice’s husband always brings wings, Sue’s mom makes fluff (my favorite) and a cheese ball, and all just eat and laugh and have fun.
Sue’s nickname is Dr. Auntie Claus (well earned Dr. so I don’t let that drop!), and she always reads that story to the kiddos who are getting older every year. In the past, she also read a story from the Bible with her sister, Jodi, who is now with us in spirit. The kiddos open presents, we admire the lights on our village that is no longer expanding (or we’d need a bigger house), enjoy the train that great-grandpa Tom got working again just for Dominic to enjoy, and chat. Officer William will be able to join us this year, and he’ll bring along a special someone in his life. There might be some wine opened, shared and enjoyed as well. Finally, whoever wants to go heads off to the 11:00 p.m. candlelight service at church. This has to be one of my favorite days of the year. ~smile~
The Good Stuff Finally
Are you still with me?! I didn’t bore you to death, I hope. Another part of our tradition that has fallen by the wayside recently is a cookie bake. It was usually held on a weekend day/evening depending on everyone’s schedule. Everyone had a job whether it was official mixer of the dough, dipper of the pretzels in chocolate, unwrapper of Hershey Kisses for the peanut butter cookies, or even fussy cutting a sleigh and reindeers one year. I do not make cutout cookies (too lazy), but I do enjoy the whole decorating process. The oddballs (HAHA!) of my family do not like sprinkles or nonpareil candies on ANYTHING so that severely limits our decorating. Today I’m sharing the recipe that we make every year, and I am sure that great-grandpa Tom will be giving Dominic a small crumb even though he shouldn’t. ~smile~ Link to .pdf found below!
One of our other traditions is that I make fudge every year for Christmas Eve. I have been coerced into making it once in July. I’m told that fudge lovers can eat it any time of the year. This recipe is from my sister, and it is definitely a family favorite. Technically not a cookie, I wasn’t sure if I should share it or not. It is too good not to share. ~smile~
Here is a link to both of our Cookie & Fudge Recipes – Nona’s Classic Sugar Cookie and Pat’s Fannie May Fudge. I hope you enjoy them both.
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