My invitation to “cookie bomb” the Annual Hoyt Street Cookie Exchange was taped to my front door. Isn’t it precious? This is a special year because it is the 25th Anniversary. I don’t live in the neighborhood but I get an invite from my friend Joy every year. She hosted it this year and did a bang up job.
I started a new job six weeks ago and my life has been crazy. Check out my other blog, the patty beat, to see the details of that. As I was reflecting just yesterday, that when life is crazy anyway, throw a major holiday and family wedding in the mix and *%#@!*#@!
I planned in advance knowing I would have little time this week get it altogether.
I chose the recipe from Cook’s Country December/January 2015 and it was the Grand Prize Winner of the Christmas Cookie Contest entitled Chocolate Croissant Cookies by Karen Cope of Minneapolis, MN. The requirement for the cookie exchange is to make 5 dozen cookies to share among a group of people and take home a smorgasbord of cookies to share for the holidays I made the dough in advance and popped it in the freezer for the past two weeks. I put it in the refrigerator 24 hours before assembly for it to thaw.
The dough is a mini version of the croissant. The chocolate bars are placed in the center, fold over the dough and pop it in the oven.
Rolling out and cutting the dough into twenty 4 x 2 inch pieces was the challenging part of the construction.
I was pretty amazed that I rolled out and assembled the cookies in 2 hours. The last batch was warm from the oven and placed separately from the first two batches. Didn’t want the chocolate to schmush.
Lucky for me Joy had two lovely plates for me to put my cookies on to display.
Every year the cookies become more creative.
St Nick Cookies
Almond Coconut cookies
Pecan Pie Bars
Joy displayed a poster of all the pictures from all the past years and it was a nice to reflect on the past and look to the future.
The 25th Annual Hoyt Street Cookie Exchange 2014