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On Sunday I hosted a Holiday Cookie Swap at my house. Before the hoopla got underway, I made sure to go on my long run!

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I ran by tech companies and the bay marshes, both scenic in their own ways. My Garmin died somewhere between mile 0.5 and mile 1.0; I always forget to charge it! After a quick shower and last minute changes to my fantasy football lineup, I got to work on another batch of cookies, recipe below!

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Red Velvet Cake Crumb Cookies
A great way to use up leftover cake or cupcakes! Just don’t include the frosting when blending the cake into crumbs!

3 1/2 cups red velvet cake crumbs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Prepare two baking sheets.
  2. Place leftover cake crumbs in a food processer and pulse until you get fine crumbs. Pulse the flour and baking powder until fully combined. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fully combined.
  4. Mix in the egg yolks one at a time and then add the cold water and vanilla.
  5. Add the cake crumb flour mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture. Beat well.
  6. Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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They may not be the prettiest cookies, but they tasted great! I loved re-purposing the leftover red velvet cake into cookies.

Laura was the first girl to arrive. She brought fabulous wafer cookie sandwiches. Imagine this: two wafer cookies, marshmallow and peanut butter in the middle, chocolate coating. Ummmmm, amazing!

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Laura actually arrived 4 hours before the party started. Her sister flew in a couple days early from London, so Laura decided to drop off her cookies and then drive to her family’s house for a big welcome home dinner. I’m so glad she stopped by (especially with such yummy cookies in tow!)

Here’s my set up: wine from Healdsburg, Napa, and Paso Robles (I keep it Californian), a festive gingerbread house, chalkboard classes with red + green chalk for labeling, and tea just in case.

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Krizia and Sarah got very festive with their glasses… I wish I would have taken a photo :(

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The cookie table!!!!!!

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And another table with way less sugar… veggies, hummus, tortilla chips, crackers, and cheese. Like the gourds? Borrowed them from my mom!

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Below, you’ll see Megan’s white chocolate and cranberry oat cookies, which were crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle (the best way to be IMO).

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In the background of the above photo, you can see Krizia’s chocolate chip walnut cookies – very good!

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Megan also brought rugelach. We popped a few in the microwave for ~20 seconds to soften the outsides and make the chocolate and walnuts inside warm. Perfecto. You can just barely see the red velvet cake crumb cookies that I made on the left and the peanut butter blossoms that Luci brought over. I really went to town on those – peanut butter is my weakness. Thanks, Luci :)

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Sarah brought iced raspberry shortbread bars. She followed a secret recipe from her boyfriend Mike’s family cookbook. The recipe was labeled “not-so-secret,” so I think we’re okay :) We’ve got to respect data privacy laws! I need to get that recipe from her and share it on the world wide web because they were reallllyyyyyyy good and quite festive!

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There are those wafer sandwich cookies again…. drooling! On the left you can see a few of my Better-Than-Brownies cookies. They were so so so so chocolaty.

Kelley (left) stopped by after working (on Sunday!!) with some tasty lemon cookies and PB/chocolate cookies. I made sure to try one of each – no cookie left behind.

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After a few hours of chit chat and catching up, the girls assembled to-go boxes and plates. Despite all the cookies they took home, I still have an enormous cookie stash! I brought three plates to work and have one ready for Kyle and one for my mom. (And a secret container for me MUAHAHA.) It was so fun to have everyone over! Why can’t cookie swaps happen once a month??

Happy Monday! Just a week until Christmas Eve!



3 Responses to Holiday Cookie Swap!

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Wow your cookie party looks like so much fun!!
    Red velvet is my favorite flavor. I have to make those cookies soon.
    P.S I vote for the super secret/not so secret shortbread recipe. Those are my 2nd favorite.
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  2. Cookie galore!!! Looks so dangerous, but also so delicious! Krizia’s chocolate chip walnut cookies would be my first pick.
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  3. cookies looked so good! loved the chalkboard glasses! can you ask laura to make some cookies and bring down here for NYE? Please?! k. thanks…

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