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Diane & Jeffrey » 3rd Annual Cookie Exchange

3rd Annual Cookie Exchange

Cookie Exchange 2011

Held our yearly cookie party a week earlier than normal so my momma could partake in the festivities. I sent my invites out a little late and was expecting a small turnout but we ended up with a good amount of cookies.

Chinese Almond Cookies

I made Chinese Almond cookies. I would buy them all the time from the Chinese restaurants when I was growing up in Hawaii so I wanted to try and make it on my own. My mom have me the recipe which she got from her mom. The secret? Good ole lard! Lol. Or I guess they sell it as Crisco nowadays. Here is the recipe:

Chinese Almond Cookies

Cream together:
1 1/2 c Crisco (do not substitute butter)
1 1/4 c sugar

3 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

1 beaten egg

1 t almond extract

Roll into balls (i used my cookies scoop), flatten with the bottom of a flat cup. Place a red dot using red food dye and the back of a chopstick in the center of the cookie. Bake 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Yield 36.


Here are some of the other cookies!

Gingerbread Men - Torie
Gingerbread Men baked by Torie. My favorite bikini wearing men, lol!

Chocolate Chip - Sandy

Crispy Chocolate Chip cookies from Sandy

Mint Cookies - Chi

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chi

Lemony Sugar Stars - Hunter

Lemony Sugar Stars from the Hustons.

Peanut and Oatmeal - Carrie

Peanut butter Oatmeal from Carrie

Brownie Bars - Jerrie

White and Milk Chocolate Chip from Jerrie

Cookie Exchange 2011

Chi brought her 2 little ones Paige (8 months) and Peyton (2 years). Pictured above is Paige and Lilia (1o months), Roger and Carrie’s little girl.


Grandma Jerrie took care of Vinny while i played hostess.

Mom, Vince, Carrie, Lilia

He had on the cutest Christmas outfit thanks to Patti, complete with Santa hat.

Cookie Exchange 2011

And some of our guests:


Renee, Wayne and Hunter (8 years old)

Bonnie and Kyle

Kyle and Bonnie (she is expecting a little one in April)

Torie and Orlando

Torie and Orlando with their gingerbread man and woman 😉


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