With Love
From Kat

With Love
From Kat

A Holiday Cookie Exchange with Louise Roe

Hollywood Hills, CA

Growing up, our family friends threw a huge holiday cookie exchange at their home in Scottsdale every year.  I always looked forward to going with my mom and sister and would come home with a huge assortment of homemade cookies to nibble on throughout the week!  If you’ve never been to or heard of a cookie exchange – it’s where guests bring a plate full of their favorite cookie (only 1 type!) and everyone lays their cookies out on one long table.  Each guest picks up a cookie tin and fills it with a variety of delicious cookies to take home with them!  It’s so fun to swap recipes with other guests (many of them have been passed down for generations!), get baking secrets, and of course taste test all of the different treats.

I went to lunch with my dear friend Louise Roe (the talented and gorgeous TV host, writer, blogger and mommy to be!) the other week and was telling her we should throw a cookie exchange for the holidays.  She had never been to one, so I knew we had to re-create one of my favorite childhood traditions together!

We met at her beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills and laid out an assortment of delicious cookies; Mexican wedding cookies, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chip… This is such a sweet tradition to do with girlfriends, kids, cousins, nieces, nephews and something that I’m looking forward to continuing for years to come.  See below for the yummiest ginger chew cookie recipe!

Chewy Ginger Cookies

3/4 Cup Butter (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1 Large Egg
1/4 Cup Molasses
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
*additional coarse turbinado sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg and molasses.
4. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
5. Gradually add the creamed mixture and mix well.
6. Refrigerate dough for up to 1 hour, until it begins to harden
7. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll into remaining sugar.
8. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffy and lightly browned
10. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.


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  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Oh how beautiful and fun. The cookies 🍪 look fantastique & delicious! 🍪👍🏼🍪

    ❄️🎄LA BIJOUX BELLA ❄️🎄 | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    December 13, 2017 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    We have a similar tradition with my family and I love it! SO cute that you guys were able to get together!


    December 13, 2017 | Reply
  • Mia says:

    These photos are too cute! I really want to try those chewy ginger cookies. They sound so tasty and perfect for the holidays! Great post as always!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    December 13, 2017 | Reply
  • Kate says:

    I love cookie exchanges! Such a fun way to get a group together and eat delicious treats. Also completely alleviates the worry of what to bring as a hostess gift!



    December 13, 2017 | Reply
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  • Natali says:

    You two ladies are both so gorgeous and one of my most inspiring influencers! Beautiful photos and such a yummy cookies!


    December 13, 2017 | Reply
  • Ev says:

    Trying to make these delicious cookies but missing how much cinnamon, and cloves says 3/ground cloves..is that teaspoons I assume! Thanks and love the cookie exchange idea!!

    December 17, 2017 | Reply
  • Laurence says:

    Thanks for sharing this ginger cookie recipe! I will have to try over the Christmas break.

    December 18, 2017 | Reply
  • Diana says:

    What a great Idea! Will definately give them a try! 😍💕🙌😋

    December 18, 2017 | Reply
  • Lakpa Lama says:

    Loved the cookies and yummies. The decor and set up is just beautiful. Will try them out soon. Thank you for sharing the recipes.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!May you achieve all that you set out to this year. Lots of love. ❤️🙏

    December 18, 2017 | Reply
  • Maurenice Bisono says:

    What a match in heaven you two are….almost like American and British sisters! Love how delectable all these cookies are, already going to get some of the ingredients I need to try them at home. I absolutely love when you share recipes and things that you love like entertaining. Kat, hope you had a beautiful bday in San Francisco this weekend.



    December 19, 2017 | Reply
  • Carrie Hernandez says:

    I must have to try that recipe 😍💛 can’t wait to see how delicious it is 🙌

    December 19, 2017 | Reply
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