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It’s December, and we all need to save a little money and time. It’s a busy season – but I love it. I love the lights, the cold weather, and the parties. I always have people in my home. I love to host and bake, so December is a really fun month for me. I have some parties to go to, but I am also hosting a cookie party. I did this last year with my neighbors, and we had about 20 people come. Each person brought 6 dozen cookies – so you can just imagine how much fun that was.
Cookie parties are my favorite because I get to try out what other people make for the holidays and they share their recipes. It’s also a pretty easy party to plan because you don’t have to supply all the food. But I do need to get the house prepared for a lot of guests. My go-to store during the holiday for quick and easy trips is Dollar General. It’s super close to my house. It’s not a giant store so I can quickly walk through and grab everything that I need and the prices are low! It’s the ultimate saving time and money store for me.
Here are some other tips I use to make sure my cookie parties are a success!
Invite your guests: Set up a Facebook group instead of sending invitations. No one really needs one more piece of paper this month – so keep it digital and invite your friends online. After the party is over, they can all share their recipes in the Facebook group for everyone to enjoy!
Make your Menu: Since your guests will be bringing most of the food make sure you have some coffee, tea, and milk. I also like to throw together a simple punch like cranberry juice and lemon-lime soda. Decorations: This is easy – you shouldn’t have to spend any extra money or time decorating because you should already have your house decorated for Christmas.
Use paper products!
I like to pick up Dixie Ultra® 10 1/16in paper plates. They are big enough to use to serve my cookies, and my guests can fill up a plate to bring home. They are affordable, very sturdy (they hold up to 2 pounds of food) and they are pretty. While you are at Dollar General also pick up Mardi Gras® Napkins. Most napkins are boring, but these napkins have questions on them to help keep the conversations moving. Brawny® Paper Towels can handle anything from your toughest messes to simple, everyday cleanup. But I also use them as a “cooling rack” for my cookies. I just put a few sheets on the counter and when it’s time to remove my cookies from the cookie sheet I place them on the paper towel. It pulls out any extra moisture from the cookies and helps them to be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. When it’s time to move the cookies to a plate – you just throw away the paper towel. Less dishes to wash – more time with my family! Never run out of toilet paper when you are hosting a party. I use a paper towel holder next to my toilet for extra rolls of toilet paper. It will hold three rolls – so no one should need to snoop through my cabinets for extra toilet paper. But your guest shouldn’t have to worry about changing out a toilet paper roll when you use Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue, 9 Mega Rolls. Each roll is huge, and it is strong and flexible, to give you a comfortable clean.
Make sure you head to Dollar General to grab everything you need for your Cookie Party. You will save money and get through the store quickly. (I also love the small parking lot!)
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Basic Christmas Cookie Dough
Printable Recipe (Makes about 10 dozen cookies)
- 1 ½ cups butter softened
- ⅔ cups shortening
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 ½ cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 ¾ cups flour
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- In a large stand mixer, combine the butter and shortening.
- Add the sugars until light in color – it will take about 2-3 minutes.
- Mix in the eggs, one at a time and the vanilla.
- To avoid using a separate bowl for the dry ingredients, you can add half the flour and then the salt and baking soda. Add the remaining flour and mix until it is mixed well.
- Add anything to the batter to make your preferred cookies. You can scoop tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough on to a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
- Let them rest for about 2 minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a paper towel to finish cooling.
I love this cookie dough because you can add anything to it to change the flavor without a lot of work. The cooking time stays about the same but always check it around 9 minutes – it’s better to undercook vs. over bake the cookies. Mix-In Ideas (measurements will be based on the amount of dough you use)
- White Chocolate Chips and Macadamia Nuts
- Holiday Chocolate chips
- Roll in Sugar
- Add red food coloring to part of the dough and make any canes
- White Chocolate Chips and Cranberries
- Toffee Chips
- Drizzle with melted chocolate after they are baked
What’s your favorite cookie to bring to a cookie party?