Cookie swaps are joyful. Cookie swaps are social. Cookie swaps are hip yet old-school, trendy yet traditional. Cookie swaps are creative, inexpensive, DIY, and a great way to entertain. Cookie swaps are baking meets Stitch ’n Bitch, with newspapers, magazines, and websites—including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Family Fun, Southern Living, Kraft.com, and Ed Levine’s Serious Eats—all writing about the trend. Cookie Swap! captures all of this and more in an idea-packed, slightly sassy guide.
On the one hand, it’s all about the swap: when to swap (Christmas, of course, and other holidays, but also birthdays, bridal showers, graduation parties, PTA meetings, and fund-raisers—or just at your next book club meeting). And how to swap—with a planner, cookie swap math guide (so everyone gets the same number of cookies), ideas for invitations, decorations, containers, and then, when the crumbs have settled, how to make a keepsake.
On the other hand, it’s all about the cookies. Lauren Chattman is a former professional pastry chef and baking writer who’s put together a knockout collection of more than 60 delectable, easy-to-make, simple-to-sophisticated recipes covering every kind of cookie—from crowd-pleasing favorites like Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies to unexpected treats like Flaky Cardamom Palmiers and Green Tea Sandwich Cookies with Almond Cream. Finally, the book ends with a chapter of drink recipes—such as Iced Irish Coffee, Mini Strawberry Milk Shakes and Juicy Sangria—because not every cookie wants milk.
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˝ cup ˝ teaspoon 15 minutes 48 cookies Add the eggs airtight container almonds Bake the cookies baking powder baking sheets baking soda bars biscotti Blondies bowl and beat brown sugar brownies cinnamon Combine the flour container at room cookie swap cookies BAKE cool completely cream cup sugar cups unbleached all-purpose Defrost double layer dough logs Dutch-process cocoa electric mixer flavor flour mixture FREEZE freezer heavy-duty foil inches ingredients large bowl large eggs layer of heavy-duty layer of plastic least 2 hours lightly floured medium bowl meringue milk chocolate nuts parchment paper parchment-lined baking sheet party pastry pastry bag pistachio Place the butter Preheat the oven prepared baking sheets puff pastry pure vanilla extract rack and let recipe room temperature Royal Icing rugelach sheets with parchment Shortbread slices smooth Sprinkle STEP AHEAD Stir tablespoons teaspoon pure vanilla teaspoon salt unbleached all-purpose flour unsalted butter whisk white chocolate wire rack wrap