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Topic: Holiday Cookie Swap CLOSED!!(sign-up 11/10-12/1 send out by 12/10)  (Read 11687 times)
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« Reply #150 on: December 18, 2005 05:35:04 PM »

this doesn't have anything to do with the swao :-/ but I do have a question about everyone shipping the cookies. What do people do? ...err...How do you mail them? Should I freeze them over night...package them frozen, then mail them that day...like priority mail? Or do I not need to freeze them at all? Should they be fine packaged for 2 - 3 days in the mail? lol I'm baking them for a holiday gift and I just don't want to mail them and have them be all gross and spoiled.

 I didn't get to join this swap but it was my inspiration for my gift. <3
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« Reply #151 on: December 18, 2005 08:32:14 PM »

My cookies took 6 days to arrive (thanks, USPS), and were in super condition.  They weren't frozen but packed in a ziploc bag, wrapped with a bit of bubble wrap, and then surrounded by packing peanuts.
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« Reply #152 on: December 18, 2005 08:35:33 PM »

mistress_batty, I didn't freeze my cookies or anything.  The cookies were baked the evening before the day I planned to mail them to my partners.  After the cookies were baked and thoroughly cooled (important, since I packed them in ziploc bags, any condensation might cause them to spoil...), I wrapped the packages of cookies in bubble wrap, and shipped them in a box via priority mail.  HTH.  
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« Reply #153 on: December 18, 2005 08:39:38 PM »

My cookies took 6 days to arrive (thanks, USPS), and were in super condition.  They weren't frozen but packed in a ziploc bag, wrapped with a bit of bubble wrap, and then surrounded by packing peanuts.

Uhm...yeah...once you drop them off at the post office, who knows what the post office does with the package *sigh*  Know what?  It would have taken way less than 6 days to get in my car and drop them off at PlayItGeorge's doorstep!
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« Reply #154 on: December 18, 2005 08:53:16 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions! <3
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« Reply #155 on: December 18, 2005 10:59:35 PM »

Mine beat yours and you sent first Huh I hope mine come soon. I forgot to put a note (I had 5 packages to send that day!) Coconut/macnut dipped in chocolate, white chocolate, macadamia and chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip . I hope you liked and they survived the trip. I realized when I got to the post office that I didn't have enought packaging to protect them.
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« Reply #156 on: December 19, 2005 04:31:51 AM »

Oh my, mine haven't gotten there yet?  Undecided  Man, that pisses me off...they were supposed to be there last Wednesday at the latest...I have a feeling they may not be all that tasty if they had to be in transit that long....lemme know and if they aren't (be honest, miss mafia) I'll replace them after the holidays...sorry, I've been having bad luck with shipping lately...
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« Reply #157 on: December 19, 2005 06:18:48 AM »

I got mine from Nutella a week ago, but I've been t o lazy to post.  Undecided

She sent Spice and Sugar cut our cookies with a lovely frosting (not too thick or sweet) and Oatmeal Butterscotch with Orange frosting, which are just wonderful! Sadly, not much is left of he package, so I've asked her to post pictures!

I would SO do this swap again! Grin
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« Reply #158 on: December 19, 2005 10:42:51 AM »

As a public service, I'll post the recipe for the spice cookies- the recipe is from Good Housekeeping, circa 1976, and as far as I know, it hasn't been re-published.

And yes, that's the right quantity of butter. These suckers are NOT moist!

Spice Cookies

   4 t butter or margarine
    c sugar
    c honey
   3 c flour
   2 t baking powder
    t cocoa
   2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
   1 t cinnamon
    t cardamom
    t ground cloves

Stir together butter, sugar and honey; do not over mix. Sift together flour, baking powder, and cocoa. Stir into sugar mixture; it will be slightly lumpy and dry. Beat eggs with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, and stir into first mixture.

Press the coarse dough into an 8 log shape; wrap in wax paper and refrigerate one hour or longer.

Preheat oven to 325*
On a well floured cookie sheet with floured rolling pin roll of dough into a thickness. Cut out cookies and remove excess dough from around cookies. (I actually roll separately and carefully transfer cut out cookies onto a floured cookie sheet.)

Bake cookies in the top half of the oven at 325*f for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool only slightly on cookie sheet. Complete cooling on rack.
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« Reply #159 on: December 19, 2005 11:27:34 AM »

Mine beat yours and you sent first Huh I hope mine come soon. I forgot to put a note (I had 5 packages to send that day!) Coconut/macnut dipped in chocolate, white chocolate, macadamia and chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip . I hope you liked and they survived the trip. I realized when I got to the post office that I didn't have enought packaging to protect them.

If eating 6 cookies in one sitting qualifies as liking them then yes, I liked your cookies...jesus, I didn't even realize there were 4 different kinds until I read your post. I ran back to the box and started stuffing. You truly spoiled me. The coconut/macnuts are my favorite. Thank you for being a kick ass baker and sharing.

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