I have a story I would like to share......
My Mother & her friend Nancy started having a 'Cookie Exchange' every year at Christmas time. It was normally the older ladies from their church & the community and since it was in the middle of the morning on a week day, I was working & never got to go. My Mother & Nancy would always talk about how much fun they had & we would sample all of the cookies, so in 2010 my 18 yr old daughter & 21 yr old son (he was home on his winter break from Ft. Bliss) went to represent our family.
That evening they were laughing and telling stories about the exchange....that was when I decided that next year I would go. In February of 2011 my Mother found out that she had stage 4 colon cancer and after an eight month battle she lost, and passed away the end of September. Needless to say....when the cookie exchange came around, I went to honor my Mother & her dear friend Nancy who was having a really hard time doing this since my Mother was no longer there to participate.
They were planning on making a 'Cookie Exchange Cookbook' for everyone that came with prior year’s recipes, well after looking EVERYWHERE in my parents’ house (twice actually) we could not find the recipes that my Mother had so Nancy only had about half of the recipes for the cookbook. Anyway, on your invitation you are asked to bring the recipe for the cookies that you bring to the exchange.
Things were really busy for me as the exchange approached (also, I was a little depressed at the thought of our first Christmas without my Mother), so I went to the store & bought some Nestle Toll House Turtle cookies. I baked & took those 'as my cookie'. You need to understand that my Mother was a very sweet woman, but she was also very ornery. She was always picking on people and playing around and having fun.....always laughing, so in her honor I wrote the attached recipe for my cookies.
Nancy loved it and laughed (as would have my Mother). Nancy enjoyed it so much that she made me get up in front of everyone & read it to these wonderful women that were all missing my Mother too. We all shared a few tears & a laugh as well. I am looking forward to the exchange in 2012 and seeing my recipe in the cookbook!
I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as we did! Debbie (Froebe) Hudson
Nestle Toll House Turtle Cookies
ü Cookie Sheets
ü Cooling Racks
ü Cute Oven Mitt
ü Favorite Spatula
ü Wine Glass
ü Favorite Wine
How to make:
Get in your car and go to your favorite grocery store. Find the closest parking spot available. Get out and walk straight to the refrigerated section in search of the ‘Heat & Eat’ cookies (sometimes they are where the biscuits are, sometimes by the butter or eggs). Purchase your selection of cookies. After paying for them get back in your car and return home, mouth watering in anticipation of your upcoming treat. At home turn your oven on to the temperature indicated on the back of the package (different kinds require different heat settings). While waiting for the oven to pre-heat, get out your cookie dough, scissors, cookie sheets, cooling racks, cute oven mitts, spatula, wine glass and wine. Using the scissors cut open the package of unbaked cookies and place on your cookie sheet. Go and relax until the oven has pre-heated and enjoy a nice glass of wine.
Once the oven has pre-heated (different kinds require different times so always remember to check the back of the package) place your cookie sheets in the oven and set the timer. Now it is time to relax again until the timer goes off, or maybe start a load of laundry or clean something. Don’t forget to enjoy another glass of wine while doing all of this.
When the timer goes off open the door and check on your cookies, they may need a couple more minutes. That gives you just enough time to finish your glass of wine.
When the cookies are done to your family’s tastes, remove the cookie sheets and set aside to cool for a few minutes. This gives you time to pour another glass of wine.
After the cookies have cooled slightly, remove them with your favorite spatula to the cooling racks.Remove any extra crumbs from the cookie sheets and repeat the process.
When all the cookies have been baked, hide all of the packages they came in, get some flour and rub a little on your face and a little on your clothes. Then tell the family that you have slaved away just for them… and that you are exhausted and are going to sit down on the porch and enjoy a glass of wine.
Take your glass and smile, as you head to the porch, at a job well done.
Recipe by: Debbie (Froebe) Hudson