Let me start with the lesson I learned yesterday, which I think everyone else already knows.

Don’t try a new recipe for a cookie exchange.

You should stick to your favorite recipes. Or at least one you’ve made before.

This was the situation:

While searching for a new recipe for a cookie exchange,  I settled on some pecan butter cookies, because they sounded pretty good, and fairly easy to make. They weren’t bad… but they weren’t great. And who wants to waste themselves on an ok-cookie? Maybe there are people out there that like bland cookies. If so, I have a box of cookies for you.

So at the very last minute, I decided to whip up a super quick batch of fudge. I figured, I owed it to the participants to include something I knew was tasty.

5 ingredient fudge

5- Minute Fudge

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 candy cane, crushed (optional)

Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on 50% power, for about 5 minutes, stirring every minute. Once melted, add in the sweetened condense milk and pecans. Pour into an 8×8 pan, lined with wax paper. Spread evenly. Top with salt and candy canes (if you’re feeling festive). This recipe is so easy, and seriously comes in handy in those “oh crap” last minute moments. Obviously, you could do a million variations on this, so feel to let your mind go wild.

But regardless of my dessert fiasco, everyone else seemed to have lots of success! Our lovely host & organizer, Valerie, blogs at Pursuit of Sweetness so if you haven’t checked out her blog before, go give her some love! (That’s her in the picture below) Isn’t she adorable? I need her to come make my kitchen as festive as hers!

Cookie Exchange

Cookie exchanges might be the best idea ever. Now, instead of having dozes of the same cookie, you have a whole bag of goodies full of all kinds of fun flavors! And did you see those cinnamon french toast cookies? Yep, Valerie made those. They were as delicious as they are cute. And that’s impressive.

Have you ever been to a cookie exchange?