Last night my wife attended an event that I had never heard of before…a cookie exchange. For those of you, like me, who were totally unaware that such a thing existed, a cookie exchange is when a group of people make one type of cookie in bulk as individuals and then meet together as a group to trade their cookies. Being that I am not much of a dessert person in general I figured I would be totally uninterested in said exchange but, unfortunately for my waist size, I was wrong.
My wife decided to make nine dozen Fudge Crinkle Cookies. They’re ridiculously easy to make and even easier to shove in your mouth to fill your stomach. While I’m sure that our use of the mixer made it even easier I really don’t think you need anything special to get these out the door quickly. There are a ton of recipes available all over the web but they all boil down to this simple recipe:
- 1 (18 1/4 oz) box devil’s food cake mix (Betty Crocker Super Moist suggested)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- confectioners’ sugar or granulated sugar, for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Stir (by hand) dry cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl until dough forms.
- Dust hands with confectioners’ sugar and shape dough into 1″ balls.
- Roll balls in confectioners’ sugar, place 2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until center is JUST SET.
- Remove from pans after a minute or so and cool on wire racks.
Now, when we were making these delectable treats we found that we had to roll the cookie dough on paper towels to get rid of some of the oil as they were just ridiculously oily. The oil apparently helps them to spread as they cook so I don’t suggest altering the recipe much but be warned that it’s a bit of a pain to do but I promise it’s well worth the minimal these cookies require.
At the end of the day The Wife returned home from her exchange with seven dozen cookies the majority of which The Wife will eat–probably for lunch and if I weren’t cooking–dinner too. Their names include Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Chocolate Truffle Cookie, Fudge Crinkle Cookie, Monster Cookie, Pistachio Bread, Hershey Kiss/pretzel/m&m treat Cookie and Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie.
So do you make cookies at this time of year? If so what recipes do you make? Have you ever participated in a cookie exchange? How big are the groups you do it with? What is your favorite cookie in general? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your recipes, thoughts, and ideas!