Christmas lunch and cookie exchange with friends!

I have a wonderful group of girlfriends that get together throughout the year.  We forged these friendships when our children were very young and now some of these same children are having babies of their own.  Our friendship all along has stayed connected in good times and in bad.  I guess I’m fortunate to have a group so loyal and steadfast in our commitment to each other.  We always like to add a special outing or get-together around the holidays and this year was no different.  One of the gals decided to host a lunch at her place, we also decided to indulge in a cookie exchange.  For those of you who do not know what this tradition might be, it is basically an exchange of cookies.  You bake a few dozen of your favorite cookies for each member participating, and you end up leaving with a few dozen of an assortment of cookies that others have baked.  The recipe below is a very quick pecan toffee recipe, I added a chocolate chip favorite too.

Ingredients for Toffee Recipe

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

Method

  1. Butter a square 9″x9″x2″ pan.  Spread pecans in pan
  2. Heat sugar and butter to boiling, stirring constantly
  3. Boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for 7 minutes or more
  4. Immediately spread mixture evenly over nuts in buttered pan
  5. Sprinkle chocolate pieces over hot mixture and place baking sheet over pan so heat will melt chocolate
  6. Spread melted chocolate over candy
  7. While hot, cut into squares (mostly though they don’t really cut up into squares, but it sort of looks nice all chopped up in varying lengths.

A great festive luncheon and good cheer with an amazing group of gals!  Merry Christmas all!

 I’m presenting this at our weekly Friday Fiesta (# 48) hosted by the amazing Angie.  Her posts week after week are just sensational!  Take a peek at her blog, and you’ll be in for a treat!  

34 comments

    1. Thank you my love, Jhuls. It was great meeting you in this blogging world this year, I wish you all the very best for 2015. Are you doing anything special on New Year’s Eve?

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    1. I hope you enjoy your post-holiday party with your girlfriends too Angie. It is always so warm and special when friendships can last as long as they do. It has been wonderful getting to know you and all who frequent Fiesta Friday week after week. Thanks to you, you’ve made it happen. I’ve always wanted to blog, but never got around to doing it. I’m so glad I’ve taken the plunge, there’s no going back for me now. Thanks again, and a Happy New Year 2015. Keep up the great blog, you’re an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie, yes it is wonderful to get together with extra special friends over the holidays. I feel we are all very much a family on here too. It is beyond exciting reaching so many different folks around the globe who come together in the blogging world isn’t it? I’m happy to have met you too and your lovely blog. Best wishes for 2015.

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  1. So lovely to have such old friendships and to celebrate them too! Your cookies look and sound fab and I am now craving ravioli, having seen the spread!! I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday and all the very best wishes for 2015, Loretta xxx

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    1. Indeed Selma, it’s quite wonderful that I’ve managed to stay in touch with friends from Kenya and other places I’ve lived too. There’s nothing like friendships from the heart is there? I wish you and Jake all the very best for 2015 too. It is wonderful that we’ve met via the blogging world yet I feel that I’ve known you for such a long time. Thanks again for helping me launch my blog. xoxo

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    1. Oh I’m sure if you looked hard enough, you’d find a few milling around Justine :). It is such fun when a bunch of bff’s get together though, perhaps you can initiate it? I’m sure you’ll get a few begging to be let in. 🙂

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  2. I am an American and moved to Sweden and have tried, without much success to host a cookie exchange with new friends. Despite explaining the concept it seems no one really grasps it. Your tips for a successful lunchtime cookie exchange are excellent, along with your additional recipes maybe my next one will be a hit. Thank you!

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