Virtual Cookie Exchange

cookie exchange

Welcome! Thank you Carol, I have absolutely loved participating alongside so many great bloggers in the Virtual Cookie exchange the last couple of years. The best thing is, I can sample all the yummy recipes and not gain a pound.

In case you don’t know Carol, she blogs at Just Let Me Quilt and hosts, lets just say, she hosts many blog hops throughout the year. They’re always fun and very inspirational.

The Virtual Cookie Exchange is all about sharing our traditions, recipes and our holiday projects. It has become one of my traditions (maybe my only holiday tradition) since 2017 when I participated for the first time.

peanut butter cookies

If I had to choose just one thing about these cookies that make them so great I couldn’t. Let me tell you why.

First of all they are quick, I can have them finished and the mess cleaned up in 30 minutes. There are 3 ingredients that go into making these cookies, 1c sugar, 1 egg and 1c peanut butter. Most people have these on hand.

Next, I can bake them on a cookie sheet for bite sized cookies or make one large cookie in an 10″ equalizer I mean cast iron skillet which is really quick, the 30 minute note above. You just have to watch it, you don’t want your cookie to get as golden as mine in the photo.

You can substitute the granulated sugar with brown sugar and it adds a completely different taste. Either way, I love to sprinkle a little granulated sugar on top when I pull them out of the oven.

And they are ooooh so good!

Crazy stocking

I had this left over Christmas fabric from Island Batik and a new Stocking die from AccuQuilt. Then there was this new sewing machine I won and dying to play with. For years my go to machine has been a straight stitch and although I had a machine with 150 stitches I rarely used it because I had to dig out the darn user manual every time I wanted to change stitches. It was too complicated.

stocking

First I placed the fabric scraps on the Crazy Quilt die, also from AccuQuilt and cut 6 blocks in one pass. Pieced the blocks and then had fun using different stitch patterns over the seams. I did sandwich the piece prior to adding the decorative stitching.

stocking

Cut my stocking and finished up. The couple extra seams I added to the stocking cuff, I wish I hadn’t but I’ll know better next time.

stocking

My Christmas Gnome

Then there is this cute gnome block designed by Carolina Asmussen using some of the same fabric. There wasn’t time to do much more than make a single block. I quilted it and am using it as a mug rug, it makes me smile every time I reach for my cup. You can find that pattern by clicking on her name above.

gnome quilt block

Merry Christmas

Last year I made this tree using Island Batik fabric, the same fabric as my stocking. The red fabric in the quilt had pockets and I added batting so they were raised from the quilt top.

christmas tree patchwork quilt, island batik

That is it for my stop but I hope you’ll scroll on down to visit everyone else and leave with a smile and yummy recipe. Have your download finger handy because you’ll want to download the recipes shared so far. Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks is also sharing a pattern for her version of gnome quilt block. There is also a Mrs. Claus quilt block on another blog.

December 6
Creatin’ in the Sticks

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Quilt Schmilt

Sew Many Yarns

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

Just Because Quilts

Treasured Nest

Cathie’s Craftworks

Scrapdash
December 7

MooseStashQuilting

Songbird Designs

Beaquilter

Selina Quilts

Life in the Scrapatch

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

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Cynthia’s Creating ArkS

amelia’s Mum
December 8

For The Love Of Geese

Days Filled With Joy

Food for Thought

Karrin’s Crazy World

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Stitchin At Home

Words & Stitches

Colletta’s Kitchen Sink
December 9

Just Let Me Quilt

Home Sewn By Us

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Quiltscapes

Texas Quilt Gal

Creative Latitude

That Fabric Feeling

45 Comments

  1. Cathie J

    My son-in-law would love those cookies. I have to try them. I love all of your quilty projects.

    • Denise

      Thanks Cathie. They are really good!

  2. Cindy Pieters

    You had me at 30 minute cookie recipe. The less time baking the more time making Christmas projects!

    • Denise

      Exactly. Or when that sweet tooth is flaring up.

  3. Carol Kussart

    I LOVE those peanut butter cookies! I have used this recipe for several years–they are the best peanut butter cookies ever–and I put mini chocolate chips in them most of the time. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe and all your Christmas projects!

    • Denise

      Oh I know, I could sit and eat the whole pan. I have added peanut butter chips to them and that’s really good, maybe I will try chocolate chips. Sounds sinful, lol.

  4. Rebecca Smith

    I’ve never thought to make peanut butter cookies in the large form like that!

    • Denise

      I’m not sure if you can do that with any recipe or if its just this one. There is also a really yummy skillet recipe somewhere in my cabinet for chocolate chip cookies in a the skillet.

  5. Joan

    I am really intrigued with your 3 ingredient cookie recipe. I love peanut butter, so I have to give this a try. Beautiful projects to light up the holidays!

    • Denise

      Thanks Joan. If yo like pb cookies you will love these.

  6. sewswift

    This is my kind of recipe…fast and yummy! My gr-grandmother used to make the best peanut butter cookies but I lost her recipe. I do remember it didn’t have very many ingredients. You make the cutest things with your die cutter and that stocking is one of them. So sweet! Love the gnome, too. Thank you for sharing and hopping with me for all these years! xo

    • Denise

      A lot of pb cookies taste too much like flour to me. these on the other hand are sweet and they taste like peanut butter. Not so good while warm though. They’re only that fast if you cook them in the cast iron skillet, still pretty quick on a cookie sheet. Thank you so much for letting me join in the fun, this is my favorite hop of the year. Merry Christmas.

  7. Vicki in MN

    I will have to try your cookie recipe in the camper sometime, since the darn oven never heats properly. What a cute gnome mug rug. Happy Holidays Denise.

    • Denise

      My oven is all over the place with heating and I really need to replace it because its 20 years old. But I’m holding on since we have been house hunting and I’ve not given up on owning another gas stove. I believe you could also cook these over a camp fire, you would just need to google how to do that since I am not a camper. Thank you for stopping by Vicki.

  8. Oh, a bit PB cookie – yum! I just made the large and small gnomes by Carolina – what a fun design! They make me grin, too, with their quirky personality!

    • Denise

      I know, they are so adorable.

  9. Love the gnome, what a cute little mug rug to have for Christmas!

    • Denise

      Thanks, he is a cheerful little guy.

  10. inflorescencedesigns7f538ce9d0

    My husband loves peanut butter cookies and would love this recipe. Your quilt makes are beautiful!

    • Denise

      Thank you. You could make these and be like the old commercial where the woman splashes water and flour on her face and pretends she slaved away. They are worth the effort to bake.

  11. Karrin Hurd

    Cookie sounds great! I have several members of the family that would love these! Love all your projects!

    • Denise

      Thanks, they are really good too!

  12. Your cookie looks wonderful – we love peanut butter cookies and would love it just as brown as yours! That is a gorgeous stocking, and also that gnome mug rug is so, so cute! Love that darling batik Christmas quilt with the puffed pockets!

    • Denise

      Thank you. For some reason when this recipe is cooked that long they have a bitter after taste.

  13. Merry Christmas Denise. Your fun projects sure helped put me in the spirit. Love that Gnome mg rug. Now I need to go make pb cookies since I know I have the 3 necessary ingredients. 😉

    • Denise

      Of course you do. Caution, these could easily become a weekly task.

      • Weekly? More like every second day! I made a batch and DH has already eaten half of them. He says I need to make more before the weekend 😉

        • Denise

          Lol, I’m sorry. Did you bake them in a skillet or bite size?

  14. Hi Denise! Ooh, a cookie that I could make in an iron frying pan?!! How COOL is that. Hmm. My nephew’s birthday is the 21st and he always loves those big cookies. Perhaps I could make one this year instead of buying it. I’ll just need to be able to decorate it with frosting words and wishes. Your stocking is so darn cute! I just LOVE the crazy quilt fabric design. It’s makes it a fun nod to the older fad with an updated look. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Denise

      Thanks Roseanne. Yes, you could for sure use this recipe for that, just make sure you use a 10″ or larger pan. You could use a smaller pan and split the dough. You can also bake chocolate chip cookies in them. If you are going to decorate it and not cut it in the pan I would use parchment paper for sure. Thank you for stopping by.

  15. Oh, you got the Christmas stocking die too! Isn’t it great? I love mine.. your giant cookie looks yummy! I’ll have to try the recipe soon xx

    • Denise

      I love the die too. Have you tried piecing blocks and cutting them with the stocking? Oh yes, the cookies are soo good.

    • Denise

      I love my cast iron and use them whenever I can. I also love these cookies so its a win win and they are sooo good.

  16. Ooooh, cast iron skillet and peanut butter cookie sounds like a wonderful combination! I think they are my favorite cookie of all. I guess I just love peanut butter anything! LOL Thanks for sharing. Your stocking is adorable! I keep eyeing that stocking die from AccuQuilt. Guess I’m just gonna have to get that one! LOL

    • Denise

      It was so easy but I loved using the crazy quilt die. We all have those misfit quilt blocks too and the stocking would be a great way to make something from them. I’m a glutten when it comes to these cookies and I love pb too. Just a tad of jelly with my peanut butter.

  17. Colette

    Love the stocking. Big cookies yum. I have small cast iron skillets for big cookies….hot out of the oven with ice cream.

    • Denise

      Oh that sounds really good.

  18. Carla

    Hands down, the best peanut butter cookies and they remind me of my grandma – she made this recipe all the time. Cute stocking and gnome too.

    • Denise

      Yes it is. The only pb cookies that I have had that were better were the ones from grade school. They may have been frozen or baked from scratch, dont know.

  19. Deonn Stott

    Wow, such fun projects! I love AccuQuilt and it looks like your crazy patch stocking went together really quilt. Fun to use all the fancy stitches too. Thanks for the easy cookie recipe – that’s my kind of cooking! Happy Holidays!

    • Denise

      That is my kind of cooking too, anything that will save me time so I can get back to the sewing room. I love AQ too. When they sent me the GO! cutter I felt like Granny Clampett when she walked into the kitchen in Beverly Hills. Cutting fabric is not my most favorite thing to do. Had I known about their dies and cutters and how nice your blocks come out I would have purchased one a long time ago. OMG, the Storm at Sea die is the bomb, I will never cut all those pieces out again. They are looking for GO! Getters if you are interested. Thank you for stopping by.

  20. Oh I love everything that you made! That gnome mug rug is just so cute.

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