Nut Free Cookie Exchange !!
Last Thursday we hosted with a dear friend of mines our first annual food allergy friendly cookie exchange. This cookie exchange has been in the works for over a year now, it was actually suppose to happen Christmas of 2018.....but you know how life can get in the way of things. So Sunday December 15th, we got our brains together and said we're going to do this !!! Okay, our cookie exchange was a nut free cookie exchange, because that is Peyton's primary allergy we just needed to avoid nuts. But I'm sure whatever kind of allergy you may be allergic to, you can plan accordingly. First things first, I had to let all of our girlfriends know on the invite that it was a nut free cookie exchange. I am so blessed to have a circle of girlfriends who was willing to find cookie recipes that they could make that would be "safe" for Peyton to eat. I had no complaints, only text messages from my girls asking and confirming if products was safe. The cookie recipe that Peyton and I choose was a cookies and cream cookie. OMG!!! When I tell you this cookie is soooo good, yall !!! Jayden told me, "Mama from now on this is the cookie that I want you to make for me!!!" It makes me feel so good when my children get excited over something that I've cooked.
My first step was to find nut free and made in a nut free facility chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. My go to now for nut free chocolate chips is Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Allergen Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels. These Chocolate Chips are free from the top 8 allergens and made in a peanut/tree nut free facility. I also purchased Ghiradelli's White Chocolate Chip Morsels. This entire line of semi sweet, dark chocolate, and white chocolate chips are nut free and made in a nut free facility. I felt like I hit the jackpot when I saw that my local HEB had these in stock. I have to go to Walmart to purchase Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious, they also have semi sweet, dark chocolate, and white chocolate chip morsels, HEB doesn't carry them.....but I loaded up on them yesterday. My next ingredient was white cake mix, 8 table spoons of butter, 1 egg , 1 teaspoon of vanilla and cream cheese until a dough forms. Stir in the 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, and another 1/2 a cup of white chocolate chips, and 2 cups of crushed Oreo cookie chunks. The recipe called for the dough to sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to a hour. BUT, you know how I am.....I don't plan accordingly, I ended up having to let the dough sit in the refrigerator for only 30 minutes. I then mad 24 even balls of dough and baked them for 10 minutes (make sure that you don't over bake the cookies). Now, the cookies looked under done to me, but I flattened the balls with a spatula once I took them out of the oven and and let them cooled.
So, the next day when we hosted the party, we made sure that we had two crafts for the girls to do. They painted Christmas ornaments, and made clear plastic ornaments. With the clear ornaments we stuffed them with tinsel, the kids drew to eyes on the ornaments, we cut out orange felt for the carrot nose. We then glued two cotton balls on the side of the ornament with a cloth wire to make ear muffs. We also had appetizers for the kids to eat, pizza, queso ,chips, fruit tray, and a hot coco bar. Then it was time!!! We numbered everyone's cookies and had the kids sample a small piece of each, and then they voted for the most creative and the best cookie. I'm sad to say my cookie didn't win, but we provided each winner with a prize.
The kids had a BLAST!!! You can have your own food allergy friendly cookie exchange, plan it according to what allergies you want to avoid. But, I think what really made my cookie exchange a success was my circle of friends. Everyone was so willing to go out of the way, change their recipe
2 and 3 times just so that this could be a "safe" event for my Peyton. You have to have friends and love ones who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that all can enjoy the . I thank God every day for my circle of friends, they love my family and Peyton unconditionally. They are willing to educate themselves to make sure that she is safe while in their care. I can't ask for anything more from them, thank you so much ladies!!