Friday, December 4, 2009

Cookie Exchange by Cooking Light's Virtual Supper Club

I smell cookies in the air.  It's that time of year for baking up all sorts of cookies and there is nothing like a home baked cookie.  Welcome to the Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club's December theme of Cookie Exchange.  Five bloggers come together once a month to present a themed supper club menu.  I love baking so I was excited about this month's theme (but honestly I get excited about every month's theme).  I wasn't sure how cookies would be "light".  Most of Cooking Light's cookie recipes use less sugar, butter and eggs than a full fat cookie.  All the things you think should be in a cookie.  So, was I a little skeptical?....yes!

I chose a Slice and Bake Cookie called Raspberry Strippers.  They were rated 5 stars (Outstanding) on  Well, I have to say, we rated these cookies Outstanding as well.  These were fun cookies to make.  The cookie was tender and the combination of the raspberry filling with the glaze on top made it really special.  Within 15 minutes of my husband coming home from work, he had already eaten 4 of them (that's ok since they are low fat, right?).  They lasted less than 2 days in the house.  I guess that means I have to make another batch.  These are perfect for a cookie exchange party because they are pretty and everyone will think you are an amazing baker.  Little secret....they are easy to make.

See what the other Virtual Supper Club members brought.  We got to "exchange" some really good cookies.  Also, read about us on Cooking Light's blog, Test Kitchen Secrets.

Shelby from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch - Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprints 
Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen - Peppermint Patties  
Val from More Than Burnt Toast - Orange Walnut Tassies 
Helene from La Cuisine d' Helene - Maple Date Bars    
Jamie from Mom's Cooking Club - Raspberry Strippers   

Did you know that today, December 4th is National Cookie Day.  Celebrate this time of year by baking and sharing home baked cookies.  Not only will you carry on traditions and create memories but you will put a smile on the recipient's face.

  See some more pictures below on the baking of my cookie.  Note:  the only change I made to the cookie recipe was to use an entire egg instead of just the egg white.  I think using the whole egg made the cookie tender and moist without adding that much more to the fat content.  

Divide the cookie dough into 2 equal parts

Roll each dough ball into 12 inch logs

Place dough logs on cookie sheet and take a wooden spoon handle or your fingers to make an indentation down the length of the dough.

This is the raspberry preserves that I used.  You can use a variety of other jam flavors, like strawberry, apricots or cherry.

Fill the "trench" with the fruit preserves.

Drizzle the glaze over the baked cookies before cutting in diagonal slices (I used almond extract in the glaze but you can also use vanilla extract)


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: has some very good cookie articles such as Cookie Swap and Cookie Basics.  Give some of these lighter cookie versions a try.  You may be surprised at the results. 


Bellini Valli said...

They sure look delicious Jamie and are definitely a success when the family gobbles them up!!!Thanks for bringing them to our supper club cookie exchange!!!!

HoneyB said...

I have made these Jamie and we love them. Grumpy especially loves them because he loves raspberries! I wish we could have literally shared!

Aggie said...

Oh these are awesome and look so easy Jamie! I love raspberry preserves...I bet these are perfect with a cup of hot tea!

Helene said...

Such a nice cookie to put on a plate for the Holidays. I'm sure many would enjoy them. They look delicious.

Patsyk said...

I have made these before as well... very yummy!

Barbara Bakes said...

A cookie that is delicious, easy to make and impressive sounds like my kind of cookie!

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

What a yummy looking recipe. I love holiday cookie swaps. My favorite recipe to share: Ginger Drizzle Cookies (I make them w/ canola oil -- so they're not as decadent as they taste). Happy Holidays!

Jamie said...

Jamie! I've been out and too swamped to visit you and the two Bostons but I've been thinking about you! These cookie bars are fantastic! I love them and they look pretty fun and easy to make. Great recipe and I'll see you again here before Christmas!

Laura in Paris said...

They look delicious!

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