This post is sponsored by Hills Bros.® Cappuccino drink mixes and Wal-Mart. All thoughts and ideas are my own! #CappTheNight #sponsored
One of the many traditions during the holidays that is carried out in homes across the country is the cookie exchange. I’ve been to plenty myself, and I’ve gotta say the themed ones that are run well have been the most fun to be at. Thinking ahead a little bit, I’ve come up with a Cappuccino and Cookies themed cookie exchange that works great as a girls night in! Just plan to get cozy with Hills Bros. Cappuccino™ after you’ve picked out your sweets and settle in for some girl time.
To start off our night in with the girls, I set up a coffee bar full of deliciously luxurious tasting Hills Bros. Cappuccino mixes I picked up at Wal-Mart.
A Keurig full of water is perfect for coffee bars these days–they can accommodate drinks that use k-cups and drinks that need hot water. If you have enough mugs for everyone use those, otherwise, I love white disposable coffee cups that are fancied up just a little! For my cups, I used a little washi tape and 2 inch circles.
Set a table full of platters and leave lots of room for your guests to serve up samples of their cookies and put out their cookies for swapping.
I just love pretty packaging for cookie exchanges! Check back soon for tutorials on how to make these boxes, and all the free printables to go along with them.
A great way to make your cookie exchange super custom is to type out the cookie recipes ahead of time for guests to take home. You can download the one we are using at our cookie exchange party below. And don’t forget the tented labels for each of the cookies on display.
- Download Free printable blank cookie recipe card
- Download pre-printed Toffee Cappuccino Shortbread recipe card
- Download cookie exchange tented labels
While we’re serving up our Hills Bros. Cappuccinos, a few yummy cookies are perfect to go with it. If you need a few ideas for fabulous exchange-worthy cookie recipes, I’ve got them! Including this one for Toffee Cappuccino Shortbread Cookies. They even use a bit of Hills Bros. Cappuccino mix in them to give them a great unique flavor!
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- ¾ brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons Hills Bros. English Toffee Cappuccino mix
- 2/3 cup toffee chips
- Chocolate Coating
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup (6 oz) dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup toffee chips
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together butter and sugar. After scraping down the sides, add in the flour and cappuccino mix and blend together on low speed. Add 2/3 cup of the toffee chips and blend on low until just combined.
Roll the dough into 1-inch balls. From there, roll the to make logs--this will make them oval shaped after they are baked. Place the dough logs two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 19 minutes or until a light golden brown. Cool cookies completely.
For the chocolate coating, melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 cup chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Put in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, stirring afterwards, until the chocolate is completely melted.
Dip the cooled shortbread into the chocolate and place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with toffee chips and then refrigerate to set the chocolate.
There are more cookie exchange ideas to be seen! Click to see details:
- Packaging your cookies for a cookie exchange
- Christmas cookies: Peppermint oreos
- Christmas cookies: White Chocolate Coconut Cookies
- Christmas cookies: Peanut Butter Buckeyes
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