We're creating holiday mocktails inspired by your family cookie recipes!
Welcome to The Great Virtual Cookie Exchange! This is the time of year when most of us would normally have a calendar full of parties, family gatherings, and toasts.
If you're feeling a little disconnected from the people you love this year, you're not alone! We are too. So we wanted to bring you some fun and excitement for the last few weeks of the year, highlight some fun family stories, and maybe create some new traditions while we're at it.
Two of our favorite things are zero-proof cocktails and cookies! How could they not make you happy!? We also love a holiday cookie exchange party. So let's party! But wait... we are putting a twist on this cookie exchange.
Submit your family's favorite holiday cookie recipe, a brief story or history of the recipe, and why it's important to you. Does the recipe remind you of holidays with your grandparents? Maybe you got engaged over a plate of these special cookies. Tell us!
We will compile all the submissions over the next week and we will draw winners whose recipes will inspire a new collection of zero-proof cocktails to help ring in the New Year!
Submit your recipes here.
The one that started it all
Our first cookie inspiration recipe is from our friends at the Pike Place staple Le Panier.
"Our recipe is a classic butter rolled cookie that I have been making for over 30 years. It has a lovely texture that makes it so easy for anyone to handle as they roll it out. My 3 daughters, when they were small, could roll and cut with great success.
I think cookies are the simplest of gifts that bring such joy. I usually make this recipe with my family or friends. The laughter when rolling and baking is priceless and it is such fun to be creative when decorating - from a simple sprinkle of sugar to multi-color icing.
Cookie exchanges are always so delightful for several reasons. First, everyone seems to make their most sentimental recipes and these are the recipes that have stood the test of time. And second, there never seems to be any two cookies alike. What is better than that?!" - Kristi with Le Panier
ROLLED SUGAR COOKIES
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbls water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, water, and vanilla extra until well mixed. In a small bowl, sift together dry ingredients and add to the sugar mixture. Beat just until mixed. Divide dough in half, shape into two flattened rounds, wrap, and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a well-floured work surface, roll out the dough until 1/4” to 1/8” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and set on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake 10 minutes or until dry, but not browned. Remove from pan and cool on racks. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Simple Icing (optional): In a small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 Tbls milk and a splash of vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust ratio for desired consistency. To frost, drop a spoonful of icing in the center of the cookie and spread it to the edges with a small knife.