The Great Virtual Cookie Swap

Today is a doozie of a post, but it’s only because there is lots of deliciousness to share… but first, I must mention last night. Hubbs and I hosted friends over for a Christmas dinner. It was so much fun to get to show off our Christmas decorations and have a reason to set the table.

Chirstmas friends dinner set up

It was pot luck and there were many yummy things to eat. (I made Iowa Girl Eats’ Healthified Artichoke dip – it was a success!)

Iowa Girl Eats Artichoke Dip

The scene was set, everyone arrived, festive cocktails were poured… then Hailey went berserk! I’m talking inconsolable-tears-running-down-her-face berserk. I had never seen her like that, ever. We tried every trick in the book- bouncing, white noise, nursing, even the bath tub. Nothing worked. My heart broke because it was clear she was looking at my with ‘I’m hurting, mama’ eyes. I knew it had to be a tummy troubles. About 45 minutes and one warm bath later, she finally let some solid toots escape… instant relief. My happy little girl returned.  Clearly she had worn herself out, which was nice because it meant we could return and have dinner with our friends. What are the odds that she goes crazy the one time we have people over? Luckily they are a fabulous group, and no one minded a bit :)

Christmas friends - goofy

Now that you’re in the Christmas mood, let me tell you about the…


It was so neat to participate in a secret Santa type cookie swap, especially because it meant receiving scrumptious treats in the mail!

There were these can-I-just-pretend-these-are-healthy-because-they-are-so-good dark chocolate cookies from Meg.

dark chocolate cookies

These festive, thin-mint tasting (YUM) mint chocolate truffle cookies from Teri

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies

and these melt-in-your-mouth (seriously!) Peanut Butter Hazelnut Brownies from Kristen.

peanut butter hazelnut brownies

In order to receive all these fabulous treats, I had to participate myself, so I whipped up some of my mom’s super easy and always a hit

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - ingredients

  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • confectioners sugar
  • food coloring

I doubled the recipe so there would be leftovers 😉

Cream Butter and cream cheese in mixer. Gradually add sugar until light and fluffy.

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - light and fluffy

Then add the egg yolk and vanilla. Beat well.

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - gradually add flour

Gradually add flour. Why yes, that is an adult onesie I’m wearing. Don’t hate.

Mix until well blended. Scrape down the sides and chill dough for at least 1 hour.

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - dough

Preheat oven to 325. Roll dough into 1” balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - balls

Create the thumbprint… using a well-washed thumb :)

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - thumprpint

Bake for 12-15 minutes. About halfway through I stick my thumb back in to ensure a proper thumbprint. Once baked, pull out and allow to cool. Once fully cooled, blend confectioners sugar, a little bit of water and food coloring, until you have icing. Pour into cooled thumbprints.

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - pour icing

Once icing hardens, package them up!

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - package

It was fun to bundle up the cookies and send them on their way!

Cream Cheese Thumpprint Cookies - ready to go

I hope you check out some of these great cookie recipes, and if you try out my cream cheese cookies, let me know what you think. I love them. They’ve always screamed CHRISTMAS to me :)

What is the one cookie that Christmas just isn’t Christmas for you without it?



  1. says

    My mom make lemon flavored soft almost like sugar cookies that are shaped into knots and dipped in a powdered sugar/lemon glaze topped with sprinkles. No Christmas is complete without them!
    I also LOVE thumbprint cookies though. I usually fill them with jam but I like the festive-ness of yours :)

  2. Jenny says

    I have to second the Peanut butter kisses but I always make the traditional spritz cookies (the ones you make with the cookie press) I can’t wait to start my baking this week!

  3. says

    Looks like SUCH a fun time!!! YAY!! Glad little Hailey settled down eventually too! (sometimes, you’ve just gotta let the fart go, and move on with your night! :) Aren’t I classy for saying that???? :) ) I’m dying to go to a cookie swap, but have yet to. Next year, I’m organizing it myself! My favorite Christmas cookie? Whipped shortbread. Sooo good, but soooo not “weight watchers point friendly”. Have a good week Brittany!!!

  4. says

    To be honest: Me and my family don’t have any cookies anymore during the Festive season because we had cookies in abundance when I was obese and I just can’t let us go back to that again. So no more cookies over Festive season anymore.
    Happy to hear that your little one was fine after 45 min and also that it was a great group of people who did understand.


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