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 – Habichuelas Con Dulce

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Habichuelas Con Dulce – Recipe from Angie of TheLarimarShop

1. What is your recipe?

“Habichuelas Con Dulce – Sweet Dominican Sweet Beans”
Recipe from Angie – Dominican Republic

Serves 12

Prep time: 15 min.
Total time: 2 hours and 15 min., plus soaking time
1 bag (1 lb.) GOYA® Red Kidney Beans
1 can (13.5 oz.) GOYA® Coconut Milk
1 can (12 oz.) GOYA® Evaporated Milk
1¼ cups sugar
10 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb.), rinsed, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 ½ cups)
½ cup raisins

Dominican milk cookies, for serving (optional)

In large bowl, add beans and enough water to cover beans by 3”. Cover; soak 12 hours. Drain beans, reserving soaking liquid. Add enough water to soaking liquid to make 10 cups total; transfer to large, heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Bring water to boil. Add beans; return water to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until beans are completely tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Drain beans, reserving 6 cups liquid.

Blend beans and reserved liquid in batches, until smooth. Strain bean puree through fine-mesh strainer, if desired, discarding any solids in strainer. Transfer bean puree to large, heavy saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add coconut milk, evaporated milk, sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks; bring bean mixture to boil.

Transfer beans to large serving bowl. Serve warm or chilled. Top with milk cookies, if desired.

Habichuelas Con Dulce

Habichuelas Con Dulce

Habichuelas Con Dulce

Habichuelas Con Dulce

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

In the Dominican Republic, Lent (called Cuaresma) is not complete without a sweet bowl of Habichuelas con Dulce – Dominican Sweet Cream of Beans. There, pureed red kidney beans are cooked with coconut milk and evaporated milk, sweetened with sugar and spiced with cloves and cinnamon to make a thick, creamy dessert. Add little pieces of sweet potato and a handful of raisins for texture; and of course, a few Dominican milk cookies for a final touch.

3. What are your social media sites?

Larimar Pendant From TheLarimarShop

Larimar Pendant From ThelLrimarShop