As soon as I pack up my Halloween decorations I’m plotting out my Christmas calendar of activities, shopping and getting a head start on all the special goodies I love to bake. For years I have taken part in baking exchanges to lighten the load of baking expectations placed upon me at pop-in visits throughout the season. I love that I can bake one type of dessert or cookie and end up with 6-8 other varieties to carry me through. If you’re not familiar, a baking exchange is a time you can get together with 6 or more of your friends for good company and to exchange baking. If you haven’t had the chance to participate, Burnbrae Farms is having a virtual #CookieEggChange and invites you to come for a chance to win some amazing prizes.
I don’t expect you to bake cookies to join this event but it had me scouring my tried and true exchange recipes for the best one to share with my readers. There were so many good ones, many which were adventurous, but it all came down to a known classic, my grandmothers traditional Christmas Jam Jam Cookies (recipe below). There’s one solid rule about a baking exchange and that is, don’t over-think it. Taste-testers want one thing, a tasty treat and usually the best are simple classics, although I have to say some of the recipes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately are to-die-for.
Jam Jam cookies are easy to make, they just require a little time to chill and roll out the dough for cutters; the key would be not to over-beat the eggs. What is your favourite baking exchange recipe?
Recipe Contest With the change of seasons Burnbrae Farms is bringing the holidays indoors. Burnbrae Farms is encouraging you to bring out your best cookie exchange recipes for the #CookieEggChange recipe contest from now until December 4th at 11:59 pm ET. HOW to ENTER
It’s easy, all you have to do is upload a picture of your favourite recipe perfect for a baking exchange. The recipe can be cookies, squares or bars but must include eggs. Submit the recipe and photo for a chance to win: Grand Prize: 1 KitchenAid Artisan® Series Stand Mixer 5 Quart, Red MRSP $499.99 CAD; 1 $150 CAD Burnbrae Farms Gift Basket with coupons & merchandise
2nd Place: 1 - $150 CAD Burnbrae Farms Gift Basket with coupons & merchandise
3rd Place: 1 - $75 in Burnbrae Farms coupons *Open to Canada to those who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry.
Jam Jam Printable Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup dark corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter or shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3½ cups flour
- Raspberry or strawberry jam
- Icing sugar
- Mix in order.
- Chill dough in fridge for about half an hour.
- Roll out the chilled dough and cut cookies with 2½" cookie cutters. If you'd like the peek-a-boo whole, use a round shaped smaller cutter to cut a whole in half of the cookies to match the solid cookies.
- Bake about 5-7 minutes in a 350° oven until lightly browned and cool completely.
- Spread ½ tsp of jam on each solid cookie and match with a peek-a-boo cookie. Sprinkle with a small amount of icing sugar.
TWITTER PARTY ALERT If an irresistible #CookieEggChange recipe contest wasn’t enough, join us at the #CookieEggChange hashtag on Twitter November 19th 9 pm ET where we’ll be talking holiday entertaining, gift ideas, mouth-watering recipes and giving away $1150 in prizes!! Make sure you follow the host, cohosts and #CookieEggChange bloggers and RSVP in the linky below to be eligible for prizes. Date/Time: November 19th 9pm EST Topic: Talking about Holiday entertaining, gift ideas & recipes PRIZES: 1 KitchenAid Mixer, two $150 gift baskets and 7 prizes of $50 in BBF & Naturegg coupons; total value $1150 in prizes RSVP by entering your Twitter profile url in the linky list below. *Open to Canada to those who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence at the time of entry.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms campaign. I received special perks in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.