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 – Pecan Nugget Cookies

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Let’s make Pecan Nugget Cookies – Recipe from Corkycrafts

1. What is your recipe?

Recipe – Pecan Nugget Cookies

Preheat oven 325 degrees

1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups ground nuts (I use pecans) your choice if you prefer other nuts
Powedered sugar i.e. confectioners sugar

Place your softened butter, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl and cream until moist. My grandmother’s original recipe said to sift the flour but we’ve made it with and without sifting and it tastes the same. Use a medium bowl and put your flour in there. If you don’t shift flower then join the dark side with me we’ll be the evil chefs in the kitchen! sinister laugh. Add vanilla, and scrape down the sides of your bowl some then dump in your pecans or as we Southerners call it “Puh-kawns” then mix it all up again until well combined.. Make sure its mixed good if not add a touch more of vanilla not too much just a dash. I use my melon scooper to make round sized cookies. It can make about thirty but you can easily make fifty or so instead if you make them small enough. Cook in oven for 15 – 20 minutes, don’t brown! After they cool roll gently those little balls in powdered sugar and watch them disappear!

Pecan Nugget Cookies

Pecan Nugget Cookies

2. What is it about this cookie that you love? They are a clone of the Archway Holiday nougat cookie.

3. How did you learn to make this cookie? Grandmothers recipe passed down generations.

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

Anybody from the South loves Pecans. This recipe takes me back to childhood spending the night at my grams and cooking in the kitchen with my grandmother. My mother and sister hate to cook so I’m the one that continues the traditions with passed down recipes generation after generation during the holidays. Learned to cook from my grandmother and miss her dearly she lived to be 95 and as an adult I miss her so much.

5. What are your social media sites?

Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament From Corkycrafts

Wine Cork Reindeer Ornament From Corkycrafts

Wednesday The Cookie Exchange Begins – #CIJCookieExchange

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Christmas In July Cookie Exchange! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJCookieExchange right here on our blog! In addition to cookies, other recipes will also be featured!CIJAvi

The Road Trip begins on Wednesday – November 19th. As I mentioned the team is international and we are going to get a lot of new cookie ideas along the way!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Wednesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the cookies that have been submitted are: Struffoli, Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Four Way Christmas Fudge, Buns (kourampiedes in hellinic), Pecan Nugget Cookies, Chocolate Dings, Seven Layer Bars and Soft Gingerbread! What new recipes will be submitted?

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Wednesday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJCookieExchange on social media as you road trip with us!

Want a sneak peek of one of the recipes? Lia from Ghirlandiamo lives in Italy and is going to share her Struffoli recipe! Come meet Lia on Wednesday and learn about her recipe! Thank you Lia for participating!



So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a cookie exchange! A #CIJCookieExchange!