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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Thanks so much for the recipe and the packing ideas! The Rumballs sound easy to make and delicious.
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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Or you can make them like my husband's aunt did one year.
    Cut the recipe in half and 'accidentally' double the rum.

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of rum and it just wasn't enough so I always doubled it. Then one year, I thought, "I'd better change the actual recipe" so I erased 1/2 and wrote in 1. The next year, forgetting that I had done that, I doubled it and put in 2 CUPS!!!! of rum. They were practically inedible and I had to make another batch, but I did find some lushes who were willing to take them off my hands.
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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;3750684;
    I had a variation on rumballs last year that were made with tequila and had a kind of lime cookie base. I wish I had the recipe they were great.
    Ooh, that sounds delicious -- Margaritaballs! That sounds pretty easy to improvise sans recipe.
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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for Margarita Cookies that sounds pretty good: margarita cookies | smitten kitchen

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    I make these Ginger Cookies and they are easy to make and easy to mail. The molasses helps to keep them from breaking.

    Ginger Cookies

    3/4 cup shortening
    1 cup white sugar
    1 egg beaten
    4 T molasses
    2 tsp. soda
    2 cups flour
    1 tsp. ginger
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    white sugar to roll dough in

    In a small bowl mix together soda, flour, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
    In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar.
    Add egg and molasses. Mix well.
    Add dry ingredients and mix until blended.
    Chill dough until firm.
    After dough has chilled, pinch dough into pieces and form into 1'' or smaller balls. Roll the balls in sugar and place on a greased cookie sheet. Don't flatten.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Great tips everyone. Thanks! I think my daughters have decided on the cookie we're going to make for the exchange. It's a double chocolate cookie using chopped chocolate mint bars instead of chocolate chips, and then you sprinkle the top with chopped / crushed candy canes. They are pretty and yummy and I don't have to roll or cut anything out, which is a deal breaker for me when you're making such a large batch.

    My cheap plastic cookie scoop broke, so I'm on the hunt for a medium-sized metal one that will last for awhile. I like using the scoop because the cookies turn out so uniform and nice. I'm in Canada...any tips on where to find a good scoop?

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea;3756434;
    My cheap plastic cookie scoop broke, so I'm on the hunt for a medium-sized metal one that will last for awhile. I like using the scoop because the cookies turn out so uniform and nice. I'm in Canada...any tips on where to find a good scoop?
    Amazon carries the OXO scoops, which have great reviews...
    Amazon.com: Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop: Home & Garden

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Every year we have a cookie exchange at work. The last 2 years I have made tropical gingerbread men and women. I just use the regular gingerbread cookie cutters and then I draw little icing bikinis and swim trunks on them. Some get sunglasses and some get tropical little drinks drawn on their hand depending on how much detail I feel like doing. They are cute and a little bit different than the usual holiday cookies. One year I even did Adam and Eve ones and drew little banana leafs over stratigic areas

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    Re: Tips for a cookie exchange?

    Quote Originally Posted by ClosetRTWatcher;3756479;
    Amazon carries the OXO scoops, which have great reviews...
    Amazon.com: Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop: Home & Garden
    Thanks! I'll check it out.

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