Each year for the past 3 years now, I've been hosting annual holiday cookie exchanges. Each year has been more fun than the past and this year was no exception. I hosted this year's party in our building's party suite, which had ample room and offered some great city and lake views.
With about 25 guests attending, I prepared a few light appetizers for them to nosh on before we had our sugar rush with cookies. Stay tuned this week for the recipes of the appetizers I prepared, which included...
Artisnal Cheese Board
with dried apricots, dried figs & assorted crackers
Chicken & Mushroom Pastry Puffs
For drinks, I set up a station of hot cocoa, vanilla cappuccino, coffee, and two fruit punches (pineapple punch & strawberry banana punch). I also included a variety of condiments such as candy canes, mini marshmallows, flavored syrups and caramel.
We also incorporated a twist this year where not only did we exchange/swap holiday cookies but teas and coffees as well! It was a fabulous offering of various teas and coffees for us to choose from and take home including...
Assorted Tazo Teas
Baimon Green Tea, made from Thai Mulberry
Papa Nicholas Coffees in
Vanilla Nut Caramel Coffee & Cinnamon Coffee
Assorted Teas from Tazo & Twinings
Cafe Castelo, a Cuban Coffee
Here are the awesome cookies that graced our table. Be sure to check back this week for the recipes which I'll be posting to share!
Almond Sprinkles Shortbread
Triple Ginger Gingersnaps
Mexican Tea Cookies
Cranberry Decadent Cookies
Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Holiday Checkerboard Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies
Tea Time Tassies
Lemon Cream Cookies
Persian Rice Flour Cookies
Holiday Spritz Cookies
Chocolate Marshmallow Surprise Cookies
Gingerbread Cream Cookies
Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Double Chocolate Dream Cookies
Happy Holidays Everyone!