Holiday Cookie Exchange Made Easy

Ahh..the holidays. Time to get together and share treasured experiences with friends and family. For those of us who enjoy baking, it can also mean the annual cookie exchange.

Ever wonder where the cookie exchange came from? The first record of an exchange in the United States is from 1936 in Syracuse, New York. Not surprisingly, this is during the height of the Depression, where people were looking to save some money and offer more variety by sharing their baked goods.

If you are looking for a simple cookie, consider a sugar cookie which can be decorated in many different ways. Here is a simple recipe which will yield about 4 dozen cookies. You may have most of these ingredients in your kitchen right now. You will need:

2 ¾ cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of baking powder

1 cup of butter, softened

1 ½ cups of white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

With schedules getting busier and time getting crunched, wouldn’t it be fun to get together and bake cookies as a group and leave the clean-up to someone else? L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis can make this happen for you. On Saturday, December 13th, from 9:00- 12:30 p.m., you can gather friends and take our Holiday Cookies: Beginner cooking class and make cookies with friends to take home.

In addition, we have cooking classes in Memphis and cooking classes in Kansas City . A gift certificate for a class makes a great gift for the foodie in your life.

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