Today is my neighbor's annual cookie exchange.
I know this is coming up 12 months in advance,
but do I plan what I will bring?
Do I prebake?
So at the last minute-
and I mean the Last Minute, we were driving to the store,
I came up with butterscotch amaretto cookies.
To make the selection more attractive (hopefully)
I decided to package them in red wire baskets
lined with white tissue. The cookies are wrapped
in cling wrap to keep them bundled and a little
tissue bunched up behind them to keep them upright.
I added dollar store items:
a scraper/spreader and a red and white scoop
that can be used for flour, grain, cat food, etc.
Then I sprinkled the top with butterscotch candies
as well as strawberry filled hard candy.
2 1/4 C flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks of butter (1 cup) softened
3/4 C brown sugar - packed
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs - large
2 C butterscotch chips
Oven temperature 375 degrees F
Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies depending on size.
Set aside in a small bowl:
Flour, baking soda and salt
In a large bowl or with a mixer:
Beat the butter, sugars and almond extract until creamy
Add the eggs separately and continue to beat the batter.
Add the flour mixture a little at a time until well mixed.
Add in the butterscotch chips
Add nuts if desired
I place parchment paper onto insulated cookie sheets
to make removal easier. I drop about a tablespoon of dough
into three or four rows until I have a dozen or 16 on a sheet.
Bake around 9 minutes, a minute or two more if needed.
I slide mine from the sheets onto cooling racks
(still on the parchment paper)
so I can quickly reuse my pans with new parchment
as I bake additional batches.
These are sweet, very sweet.
If you prefer something a little less sweet
try using white chocolate and dried cranberry
or other combinations of chips.
We made six dozen of the same cookies
but there were nine people attending
which means you don't all get the same cookies.
To select your cookies, you take a number.
In this case I was #1 (Go Kathy!)
We line up and the first person (me) goes first around
the table and takes a batch of their choice.
Then #2, #3, etc. until we have made the rounds
and all the cookie batches were accounted for.
My selections were sugar cookies, gooey butter, spritz,
another type of sugar cookies, double chocolate chip and
the coveted pineapple roll ups that the hostess made.
These are amazing and I have no idea how she makes them.
We also had time to mingle and have the appetizers,
dips and sweets the hostess provided on top
of hot buttered rum or wine for those that preferred
that to soda or water. I stuck with water and a little
orange soda; however, I might have tried the hot
buttered rum if it had been a Saturday night.
Taylor is off school so she stayed with us and
attended the party, playing with the kids,
while my husband kept company with one of the husbands
up at the fire he made to burn off some of the brush.
We're all home now and I am skipping dinner,
I had plenty of appetizers to tide me over
probably for days to come!
It it up for work tomorrow,
I'll be one of the very few there this week
since I have used all my days (and then some)
but it will be only Monday/Tuesday
and then we are off on Wednesday and Thursday
but back to work on Friday.
The tree is up and now all I have to do
if find the stockings and wrap some gifts.