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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is getting together with my friends for a cookie exchange. I mean, how can you pass up good friends and good cookies?!?
Because one of the major parts to a Cookie Exchange Party is well, cookies, I searched through the Duncan Hines recipe index until I happened across these beauties: Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. Swoon, right?
Of course, I can’t just leave the recipe as-is; I had to put my own spin on it!
I followed the recipe to a T all the way through the formation of the dough. It was super easy. I did honestly have the best intentions of following the recipe exactly, but once the dough was all nice and thick, I had an epiphany. Hello white chocolate chips!
I added around a cup and a half of the white chocolate chips to my dough; you can use as much or as little as you’d like.
I did come up with a few helpful hints that aren’t in the recipe as I was baking.
1. If you don’t have a 1 inch scoop, use a tablespoon scoop — it worked great!
2. The red velvet will stain your hands. I touched the dough as little as possible by using spoons and forks to help me. I was still able to make little balls:
Along with the white chocolate chips, I also took the recipe a step further by creating a Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. I put a good helping of Duncan Hines Cream Cheese frosting into a plastic sandwich bag, cut off a little bit of the tip, and swirled it on the bottom of one cookie. Press another cookie on top and you have a super rich and yummy whoopie pie to share!
Now that the cookies are finished, it’s time to party! I used an adorable *free* printable set courtesy of ellinee. It has a rustic, homey Christmas feel which is exactly what I was going for. Here’s my finished table set-up:
The cookies were the piece de resistance of the table decor and the tent cards were a perfect way to label each type of cookie.
Each guest had a sugar cookie in the shape of a gingerbread man piped with their name on it as the place card and found a special gift from me at their seat: a large mug filled with hot chocolate and mini marshmallows tied with pretty ribbon and adorned with a coordinating gift tag.
Recipe cards were out to share and write recipes on.
Some rustic Christmas decor added the perfect final touch. I used the round tags and drink flags to create a small garland to wrap around the small Christmas tree.
Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together!
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