Rindy over at Kitchen Klique along with her friend Sarah, hosted their second annual Cookie Exchange. After last years event I waited very impatiently for my invite in the mail this year. These ladies know how to do a cookie exchange like no other. Wow! On the invites we were asked to bring an appetite, wear a festive apron, and bring 3 dozen homebaked cookies. I scoured for an original cookie and even had The Recipe Girl on Twitter send me a suggestion but at last I found the perfect cookie. Red Velvet Black and White Cookies. I love Red Velvet and I love Black and Whites, it was a match made in heaven. But I tripled the recipe and forgot an ingredient in my hurrying to get these baked up. Look I made one big cookie mess! That was my second Red Velvet disaster of the week.
So I went to my tried and true recipes, which is what I should have done in the first place and made these Raggedy Robins or No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. From an old church cookbook, this cookie recipe was donated by a dear lady and friend, Jean Dawson who had died this past October 2008. One thing she will always be remembered for is singing “I Wonder As I Wonder” each Christmas on our church’s stage by the Christmas Tree until she could no longer get up from her wheelchair due to MS. She continued singing this song each year while sitting in her wheelchair behind the last pew. Although singing from the back of the church her voice was so strong and beautiful. Never a dry eye after she sang. This cookie is an easy ole standby for me and can also be done with milk chocolate by substituting the white chocolate chips for 4 tablespoons of cocoa.
In a large Dutch Oven mix sugar, white chocolate chips, butter, and milk. Stir over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil. Boil one minute (after rolling boil starts.) Remove from heat. Quickly stir in vanilla, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Working quickly, drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper. Cool for 20 minutes. Makes 36.
THE COOKIE EXCHANGE
I don’t even have a tree up yet and look at Rindy’s beautiful entry. Was I back in The White House? See the bags on the stairs, those were for our cookies to take home. Each lady was able to make a very full bag of cookies and such a variety.
Rindy had this huge center piece asking, “Got Milk?” Very cute for a cookie party. She and Sarah made spectacular appetizers and I hope she shares the recipes. Mini Crab Cakes, Mini Reuban Sandwiches, Spanikopita, Antipasti, Shrimp Cocktail, Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Onion Tarts, Stuffed Endive, Brie Bites, and Mini Peanut Butter and Chocolate Puddings, and Mini Mint Cups. There was so much more than that too. All so delicious!
Look at my bag of cookies. That’s just one layer, there were four more layers under that one. My children were thrilled with the cookies Momma brought home and were amazed at the variety. I don’t think there were any duplicates and that is saying a lot for there being over 30 ladies there.
Here is Rindy, Sabrina, and I enjoying our time together. This party was so much fun. I got to see some friends I had not seen in a while and meet some new people too. One thing’s for sure, those ladies can bake!