ffwd – 2014 Christmas Card/Recipe Exchange

Question #102: If you could indulge in only one type of cookie this holiday season, which cookie would you be eating a lot of?

Thus started my participation in this year’s Christmas Card exchange among the members of French Fridays with Dorie. For the past few years, those who were interested/able exchanged Christmas cards. It’s a wonderful tradition, and one that has also prompted me to up my game on Christmas cards in general. It is such a treat to check for mail and find some interesting and lovely cards that are so thoughtfully provided by friends and family. After receiving a couple of (wonderful) recipes in the post along with a card, as a much lesser co-conspirator with our friend Alice who amazes us all with her energy and is the real spirit behind this project, we decided it would be fun to exchange recipes and blog about them – either our own, or someone else’s that we wanted to try.

Well, so that leads us to where we are now. I worked on an international project until the 18th of December, and of course, cards with recipes wouldn’t necessarily arrive until close to Christmas itself. But what a wonderful project! We were able to share in the real lives of our virtual friends, and in some of the experiences of love and family across the miles. Totally irresistible!

So, back to my question – my Mom’s answer was: “the coconut bars Grandma used to make”. So that was my choice for the recipe exchange. Of course, this is a group that has decided opinions – so the first time I read “eeewe!” I thought that perhaps I should make my own. But so many other choices too. I confess that I went with the 1st received methodology for choosing my recipes. So many more I would love to try! But alas, not enough time!!

I did enlist my nieces for some of the work. We get together every year for as much time as we can to bake cookies in anticipation of the Christmas Holidays. It’s a special time we get to share with each other, and we are able to catch up on what’s going on. Now that they are “all grown up” it is even more fun that they can make time to spend an afternoon with “Aunt Candy”.

OK, so my coconut bars were on the agenda. I guess people like coconut or don’t – if you do, these are really fantastic. Before the girls joined in the fun, I made Maria’s melomakarona. What a fun departure, which was the whole point. I got huge kudos for these when I shared with friends. I also made Karen’s Christmas Crack(ers) as I dubbed them – irresistable, and just a bit lighter than traditional toffee. I’d never made them before and it was fun to try Karen’s Grandmother’s recipe! We also made Tricia’s snickerdoodles – always a treat (well, ok, not perfect looking, but still a favorite for all of our tasters). Finally, Trevor’s hollandaise was irresistible as a treat for Christmas eve – just the perfect thing to make our king crab legs and broccolini that much more special!

Since my timeframe is getting a bit narrow, I will leave you with the photos of our efforts. So very much fun, and I was sorry to not have enough time to make all of the recipes I received. I will certainly make the effort over the coming days/weeks, as they all sound so delightful.

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Thanks to all of the Doristas who helped make this season Merry and Bright. It is such a pleasure and privilege to cook along with you, and be so impressed with all of your awesome efforts each week. Thanks so much for sharing a part of your home and families this season!! Here’s to a delightful and delicious 2015!!

22 thoughts on “ffwd – 2014 Christmas Card/Recipe Exchange

  1. Merry Christmas, Candy!
    I loved the recipe exchange idea (even though I mailed mine out too late to make it pre-Christmas).
    I am not on team coconut, but your dessert did catch the interest of the rest of my peeps who root for that team 🙂

    • It made me laugh when I saw your comment about coconut!!! My nieces and their mom didn’t think they liked it for a long time (forget the part about devouring cookies with it as an ingredient). I’ve converted my nieces at least. Im sure that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you the best in the new year!!

  2. With everything you had going on, I’m impressed with the number of new recipes you were able to fit in. I’m addicted to Karen’s Crack(ers) now too. And there are so many more recipes to try. Hope your Christmas was Merry and that you 2015 will be a happy one, filled with delicious adventures!

    • Thanks Betsy! This was a fun challenge! You inspired me last year with your cookie recipe… I made them and they were so delicious. I wasn’t able to make your toffee, but hope to get the chance. I hope your Christmas was delightful, and all best wishes for the new year.

  3. It has been so much fun looking through your pictures. The afternoon with your nieces sounded delightful. I especially appreciated the walkthrough of the Maria’s Melamakarona and Karen’s Christmas Crackers (fun alliteration!). Take care of that beautiful blender – they don’t make them as they used to. My mom has the same in avocado green 🙂

    (The adobo container felt like a fun Easter egg.)

    • Adriana, I saw the Adobo in that picture and thought of you! Funny how things sneak into the frame!

      I’m happy that you enjoyed. We did have fun! I hope the remainder of your holidays are wonderful!

  4. This was such a wonderful idea Candy, thank you. I hope to make each and every recipe during the coming months. Happy New Year to you.

    • I do too, Ro! This was a lot of fun. And wonder to share the holidays with our friends around the globe! I hope you and Jim had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the new year!!

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  6. Wow! You got so many recipes done. I miss baking with my nieces – so nice that you’ve kept up with the tradition. (And I’m on team coconut, too.) Happy New Year!

  7. Candy, that cookie spread looks amazing! I want to make your recipe and I’ve got the coconut! My only bummer is that I think I’ll have to use actual breadcrumbs instead of pie dough leftovers…hopefully it turns out the same. Frankly, coconut is just really good so I don’t think it’ll be a problem. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  8. Candy, your cookie day looks like a wonderful tradition! Such fun! I actually have been making Cracker cookies (we called them Saltine candy), since my daughter was in HS…a long time ago! They are a huge hit around here!
    I am looking forward to trying all the recipes that came in the mail! It was so nice of Katie to make the PDF for it!
    Have a very happy New Year, Candy!!

    • Wasn’t that so terrific for Katie to put that together??? I was excited to see that we covered almost all of the recipes. I think maybe 3 were missed (that whole timing thing!!!).

      Yes, the girls and I always have fun together. A very special time!

      Happy New Year!!

  9. I am so impressed by all of the cooking and baking you did, and so jealous of all of those treats. Your coconut bars are on my short list of desserts to try soon. I LOVE coconut.

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