Contributed by: NAPSA
Hosting A Cookie Exchange-How Sweet It Is! (NAPSA) - The holiday season often means that time is tighter than ever, making it difficult to bake a large variety of cookies for your holiday table. A cookie exchange offers a simple solution for today's busy bakers.
A cookie exchange is usually held at someone's house, where the guests bring enough of their home-baked cookies to share with the entire group. As a result, participants can bring home a wide variety of cookies with less effort and time.
On the invitation, clearly state the rules of a cookie exchange:
Schedules fill up fast during the holiday season, so it's a good idea to hold the party at an "off-peak" time, such as a weekend morning or a weeknight. You can also host a Pampered Chef cookie show, where a Kitchen Consultant can demonstrate easy cookie preparation and decorating techniques for baking delicious cookies with the All-Occasion Cookie Dough recipe. For more information, or to find a Kitchen Consultant in your area, call 1-800-266-5562.
Preheat oven to 350 F. In Small Batter Bowl, microwave 2 sticks of butter on High 1 minute or until melted. Slice remaining butter into 1/2-inch pieces; add to melted butter, tossing to coat. Let stand 3-5 minutes or until softened.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine cake mix and flour; blend well using Stainless Steel Whisk, breaking up any large lumps. Whisk butter until smooth and free of lumps. If necessary, microwave butter an additional 10-20 seconds or until creamy and pourable. Do not melt completely.
Pour butter all at once into dry ingredients. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated and dough is smooth. (If dough is too stiff to stir, knead by hand until smooth.)
Form cookies as desired. To decorate cookies before baking, brush unbaked cookies lightly with milk or egg whites using Pastry Brush and sprinkle with colored sugar crystals, sprinkles or finely chopped nuts.
Bake cookies on flat Baking Stone 15-17 minutes or until very light golden brown. Cool 3 minutes on baking stone; remove to Stackable Cooling Rack. Cool completely. To decorate cookies after baking, use icing or melted chocolate, or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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