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 – Roasted Almonds – Bavarian Style

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s make Roasted Almonds – Bavarian Style with Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

1. What is your recipe?

Roasted Almonds – Bavarian Style


1 1/2 cup Almonds – not peeled, this gives the typical brown color
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar

Boil water with sugar, vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. 2Then add the almonds and stir until the sugar is dry. Don’t give up, because you must stir 15 or 20 minutes.3

Now reduce the temperature to the half. The sugar begins to melt and wrap the almonds.4

Some like it more, others less crunchy. I quite like having it if the crust is a little tender. Everyone must decide how you like it.5

Now pour the almonds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Possibly separate the almonds with a fork.1

2. What is it about this cookie that you love?
My whole life I love roasted almonds . When I go to the fairs and markets I only need roasted almonds to be happy and satisfied.
But since I know, how homemade almonds taste, I only eat this.6

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?
Many years ago I was on the road and heard a radio show, where the moderators cook roasted almonds in the radio station. They swarmed about the smell and the good taste.
It was magical!!! I would never get to be the idea of making homemade roasted almonds .
Fortunately the recipe was available on the radio stations webpage. When I was at home, first I copy this recipe and in the next weeks before Christmas we make many portions of roasted almonds. Everyone who taste the almonds were excited.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.
Now every year at Christmas time we make many portions of roasted almonds. The smell of candied sugar and cinnamon is everywhere in the house. We fill cellophane bags with these almonds to give away for friends, teachers, and customers.
For Christmas celebrations in school, clubs and private, we made big bowls full of almonds and I get back the bowls they are empty.

5. What are your social media sites?

Knitted Scarf With Buttons From MermaidsHatbox

Knitted Scarf With Buttons From MermaidsHatbox