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One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending a cookie exchange. This year I am hosting a virtual cookie exchange with my family using my mobile phone.
For me, the ideal cookie exchange is with my family. There are ten kids in my family, and we all have our favorite cookies, so when we all get together and make them, and swap them, I go home with lots of yummy treats, and even more awesome memories.
Unfortunately we no longer all live close enough to do a live cookie exchange. Which is a real bummer, but I had an idea, I thought it would be fun to do a virtual cookie exchange. We could carry on the tradition despite living in separate states.
How? We would use mobile phones to share photos, videos, and recipes virtually. We can snap chat our cookies, share instructional videos, group text, and basically have an amazing time baking together, apart.
My husband and I have been thinking about getting our kids a phone, and so I went to Walmart and picked up the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit on Rollback for about $80, and a Walmart Family Mobile Starter Kit. The service is $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ($29.88 for the second line) and it comes with 5GB of 3G Data. Also, right now you can get a $40 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of the Samsung Galaxy Avant, 12/14-12/27.
Because I believe in being well-versed in any technology I allow my kids to use, I decided to try the phone and plan out before giving it to my kids. And the virtual cookie exchange was the perfect excuse for using it and learning all the fun ins and outs. With great phone features, the lowest priced unlimited plans on talk, text, and data, the Walmart Family Mobile phones and plan were a great way for us to enjoy our virtual cookie exchange!
I have always been an IOS lover, so this Android device surprised me with its use and functionality. And I must also mention how much I appreciated the clear service. When I was trying to share my favorite cookie recipe with my sisters I wanted to make sure the texts went through quickly, the video was clear, and I could stay in contact with them throughout the whole process. The phone and service were a great combination for connecting during the holiday.
So want to see?
This is the instructional video I made on the Samsung Galazy Exhibit for how to glaze sugar cookies properly.
But let’s take a minute to talk about these cookies. They are an oldie but a goodie over here. They are light, fluffy, puffy, sugary, and really delicious sugar cookies, which can be shaped in all kinds of festive shapes for the ideal cookie exchange cookie. They hold their shape well, which I love. But the real magic here is this glaze! It was the perfect peppermint, and with the addition of ground up candy canes on top, I was in heaven!
I highly recommend making them part of your holiday tradition, and if you have a cookie exchange to go to, they are a fun addition!
Peppermint Glaze Sugar Cookies: Virtual Cookie Exchange
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3 tsp merengue powder
- 1/3 tsp food coloring
- 1/3 tsp peppermint flavoring or oil
- 1/2 recipe of Soft Sugar Cookies
- Bake Soft Sugar Cookies according to directions and allow to cool (Or buy premade sugar cookies)
- Put glaze ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until incorporated, if too thin, let stand for a few minutes, if too thick, add a little more milk
- Glaze cookies by dipping in glaze, and allowing excess to run off, then sprinkle with garnishments and let dry. The glaze will dry hard and shiny
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
And for other great holiday cookies be sure to check out these: