Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJCookieExchange

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the months of November and December sharing holiday recipes during the first Christmas In July Cookie Exchange! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJCookieExchange right here on our blog!

The Cookie Exchange began on Wednesday – November 19th, 2014 and concluded on Tuesday – December 23rd. As I mentioned the team is international and we received recipes from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative bakers!

Each team member shared with us their recipe, as well as a little bit about their memories of holiday baking. I personally made a few of these new recipes this season! I added them to the assortment I bake each year! Please join me as we conclude the #CIJCookieExchange!ChristmasCookies_12.24.14

Here are the recipes:

1. November 19 – Struffoli /Ghirlandiamo – Lia
2. November 21 – Buns / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
3. December 4  – Pumpkin Tikvenik / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
4. December 9 – Pecan Nugget Cookies / Corkycrafts
5. December 10 – Habichuelas Con Dulce / TheLarimarShop – Angie
6. December 11 – Four Way Fudge / CrochetNature – Jessica
7. December 12 – Roasted Almonds: Bavarian Style / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
8. December 16 – Saint Lucie Cats / Vamperstein – Kristin
9. December 17 – Stained Glass Cookies / StockLaneStudio
10. December 18 – Peanut Butter & Honey Dog Cookies (For your Furry Friends) / NauticoCreations
11. December 18 – Seven Layer Bars / designbcb – Beverly
12. December 19 – Traditional Greek Melomakarona /AJRusticCreations – Andrea
13. December 22 – Soft Gingerbread / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
14. December 23 – Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti /LollysCubbyHole – Becky
15. December 23 – Chocolate Dings / PlethoraGifts – Cindy

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the Cookie Exchange!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJCookieExchange on social media as you visit all the delicious recipes we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJCookieExchange!



#CIJCookieExchange – BUNS (kourampiedes in hellinic)

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Let’s Make BUNS – Recipe from Ifigeneia of fifrixtra

1. What is your recipe?


Recipe from Ifigeneia – Greece


600gr almond
600gr fresh butter
2 egg yolks
225gr isugar
900gr flour
1 cup brandy or liqueur
3 vanillas
flower water
icing sugar
you cut almonds in big pieces and you fry them.
Mix all the materials together and bake them 10 minutes at 180 C.
As they are hot, sprinkle them with flour , water and icing sugar or if you prefer with chocolate! they are ready!



Buns And Holiday Goodies

Buns And Holiday Goodies

2. What is it about this cookie that you love?

They are very easy and they taste like mamy!!!

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

It’s my mothers recipe.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

The first Christmas with my daughter she was 10 months and she dragged herself in the sitting room to take 2 of them! One in each hand!!

5. What are your social media sites?
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Handmade Felt Christmas Ornaments From fifirixtra

Handmade Felt Christmas Ornaments From fifirixtra