Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Tea & Cookie Exchange

You are invited to the Tenth Annual

Christmas Tea


Cookie Exchange

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009

Time: 4:00 PM

Place: Judy's

Each guest will bring Seven dozen of your favorite cookie.

Include your recipe with each dozen. You will go home with Six

dozen fabulous cookies.

One dozen from each guest will be for sampling.

Bring a beautifully wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament for exchange.

Turn the fireplace on cause I am expecting my guests.

Everything is looking just fine.

We put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving.

I made Dried Fruit Cookies. This recipe is from
Ina Garten
Dried Fruit Cookies
1/2 pound fried figs
1/4 pound raisins
2 ounces candied cherries, coarsely chopped
2 ounces dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 ounces chopped pecans
Kosher salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cups superfine sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
Snip off the hard stems of the figs with scissors or a small knife and coarsely chop the figs. In a medium bowl, combine the figs, raisins, cherries, apricots, honey, sherry, lemon juice, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cloves, superfine sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the egg ad mix until incorporated. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt just until combined. Don't over mix! Add the fruits and nuts, including any liquid in the bowl. Divide the dough in half and place each half on the long edge of a 12 by 18-inch piece of parchment or waxed paper. Roll each half into a log, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch thick, making an 18-inch-long roll. Refrigerate the dough for several hours, or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
With a small, sharp knife, cut the logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place the slices 1/2-inch apart on ungreased sheet pans and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden.

Here are all the cookies..........yum they all look good:) It is always so much fun to see what everyone has made.

Here is Cara with baby Kelsey. She was such a good baby. We were all waiting for Kelsey to finish her bottle so we could have our ornament exchange.

Look I made.........Individual Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies. Added a tea pot with extra dough for the tops.
(I bought the Tea Cup cutters from the Pineapple Tea Room)

Lavender scones and Lemon curd.

I had so much fun with the table.

Switched it up a bit. does it look?

Hand dipped pretzels. They were so much fun to make.

Shrimp cocktail and Crab dip......and of course Champagne with a cherry.
I served a fruit salad. Apples, celery, red grapes, pomegranate, nuts mixed with miracle whip and nutmeg.

Individual Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies, Italian Olives, Cranberry Relish.
Christmas Tea Green (french tea) was served with dinner.

Everyone sampled the cookies we all made.
Christmas Tea White (french tea) was served with dessert.

Everyone went home with a bag of.........

"Magic Reindeer Food"
On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this wonderful
Reindeer Food on your lawn. The moon will
Make it sparkle bright. The smell of oats will
guide Rudolph to your home. And when you
awake on Christmas morning you will find
the gift left from Santa Claus.
~ Merry Christmas ~
1 part oatmeal
1 part birdseed
1 sprinkle red glitter
I buy the small bags (by the cookie bags) from Michael's craft store. Then I type out my tag (put a picture of a reindeer on it) and staple it together. It's so much fun:)
I am a little late for Foodie Friday, but I was so busy with the prep of my Christmas Tea.

Foodie Friday is presented by Gollum at
"Designs by Gollum"
visit her site for more fabulous recipes:)

Check out Susan from
"Thoughts from over the Rainbow"
for more holiday fun.


Haden News said...

What a great party! Everything looked so pretty, loved the teapots on the Chicken Pot Pies! Wish I could have been with you all :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Every thing looks wonderful. The food looks so good - thanks for sharing you party with us. Now I am hungry!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This is my kind of party! Looks like fun.


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Everything looks so perfect and you certainly put a lot of work and love and attention to your preparations.

Jeanette said...

I would love to come to your cookie party. What fun ideas and yummy recipes. The Ina Garten recipe is my all time favorite cookie. You did a wonderful job on the cookie exchange. I know your guests felt so welcomed.

Sandy said...

WOW! You are one busy gal!!! Everything looks wonderful and very festive. I love the tall thinner tree. Everything looks so yummy. I am going to try your dried fruit cookies.
Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!
Merry Christmas!!

Kammy said...

I love your post ! I haven't done a cookie exchange for years....I know they are so much fun ! Love your decorations....Those pot pies look super yummy...I can't figure out what type of little pans you are using ?? Do they have a bottom crust too ? Yummo !

The Fajdich Times said...

Kammy ~
I purchased the "Food Network" ramekins for my pot pies. I did not do a bottom crust for this recipe. Back in October I posted my recipe for "Savory Chicken Pot Pie", that is the recipe I used, and divided it into 8 ramekins. They were sooooo good.

susan said...

You ladies definitely know how to swap cookies! Everything from the menu to the table is lovely and shows so much attention to detail. Love the reindeer food. Thanks for linking to Deck the Halls!

Kate said...

Great post! I enjoyed everything! The cookie exchange looks like it was a lovely time. Pot Pies in ramekins! Great idea! I love the Magic Reindeer Food. Really cool.

Natasha said...

Oh I wish I was there...I can just imagine how divine your home smelt that day. Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas, pictures and recipes. I love Ina's recipes so will have to give that a go.

Best wishes, Natasha.

Carol said...

Fabulous cookie exchange!