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 – Saint Lucie Cats

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s make Saint Lucie Cats with Kristin Frøyland Jørgensen from Vamperstein  

1. What is your recipe?

Saint Lucie Cats

150 grams butter (melted)
5 deciliters milk (luke warm)
50 grams fresh yeast (or one single pack of dry yeast)
½ teaspoon turmeric
150 grams sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tea spoons ground cardamom
13 deciliter all purpose flour

1 beaten egg for brushing
Raisins for decorations (optional)

Mix the butter, yeast and the milk in a bowl. Add sugar, salt, cardamom, turmeric and flour until a bit firm. Let the dough rest until double size (somewhere between half an hour and an hour).

Set the oven temperature on 250 degrees Celcius.

Split the dough into about 30 small pieces and make them into finger thick sausages. Then you shape them into figures like shown here:

Saint Lucie Cats

Saint Lucie Cats

Let them rest for 15 minutes and brush the egg on top and decorate with raisins. They should be in the middle of the oven for about 5-8 minutes until golden.Saint Lucie Cats 2

2. What is it about this recipe that you love?
For me, these “cats” is basically Christmas. There is something about the scent and the taste of them.

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

My grandmother has made them as long as I can remember and it is from her I learnt to make them.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.
It’s also often a tradition to make them around the day of Saint Lucie, December 13th. In some places, there is also a “Saint Lucie procession” with the person in front symbolizing St Lucie herself and the whole procession sing “St. Lucia”. I remember that when I was in kindergarten, we did those processions each year at the primary school next door and a lot of the girls wanted to be Lucia (as we call her in Norway). Just in case anyone is curious about the song and the St. Lucia tradition, here is a Youtube clip from Sweden.

5. What are your social media sites?


Multicoloured Handknit Hat for Teenage Girls From Vamperstein

Multicoloured Handknit Hat for Teenage Girls From Vamperstein