Fourth Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange

Bringing you the Fourth Annual Cookie Exchange with the ultimate sugar cookie cut out recipe plus nine additional recipes from nine bloggers across the country!

Ultimate Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe | Louella Reese

I am so excited to be bringing back one of my favorite series, the Virtual Cookie Exchange! Last year the craziness of the holiday season took over and I didn’t have a chance to pull together some of my best blogger pals to host the Virtual Cookie Exchange. However, this year it is back with a fabulous group of gals and some absolutely amazing Christmas cookie recipes! Some of us are sharing Christmas classics while others are spicing up the game with unique cookie recipes! Before diving into this years cookie exchange check out past recipes: first, second, and third

As with last year, I’m excited to introduce a couple new blogger babes to the group as well. I hope you all enjoy the cookie exchange again this year and find some inspiration for new cookies to whip up for your loved ones. We would also love to hear some of your favorite recipes! Leave them in the comment section below. Oh AND…we’ll be helping several of you with your Christmas baking by providing five Target gift cards to do your ingredient shopping with! Stay tuned via Instagram stories today to find out how you can win one of the five!

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Ultimate Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe | Louella Reese
Ultimate Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe | Louella Reese
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In past years I have gone the unique route with my cookies recipes. So this year I decided to keep it classic! Earlier this season Joshua and I baked our two favorite Christmas cookie recipes (his and mine) while shooting our Christmas card photos. We wanted to shoot in our home since it will be our first Christmas in it AND our biggest accomplishment for 2019. So we decided to whip out some cookies in our favorite room of the house – the kitchen! Hershey kiss cookies for me and classic sugar cookie cut outs for Joshua. Today I’m sharing the ultimate sugar cookie cut out recipe to make this holiday season. And every holiday season after that!

The way this cookie exchange works is each blogger will feature another blogger and their recipe at the bottom of their post. There you will find a photo, what cookie they made, and a link to their site. There are a total of ten bloggers participating in today’s virtual cookie tour. I highly recommend following the chain and checking them all out to find your favorite recipe!

Ultimate Cut Out Cookie Recipe
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup softened butter
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 cup sour cream
  6. 4 1/2 cup flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Cream butter.
  2. Add sugar and gradually beat in the eggs. One at a time until well combined.
  3. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Blend in dry ingredients alternating with the one cup of sour cream.
  5. Chill dough for 30 minutes to one hour.
  6. Prepare countertop by covering a small section with flour. Also cover rolling pin with flour.
  7. Place down on floured countertop and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.
  8. Roll dough.
  9. Use cut outs to cute dough.
  10. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  12. Cool completely before frosting.
Louella Reese https://louellareese.com/

Fourth Annual Cookie Exchange |Unique Christmas Cookie Recipe | Louella Reese

Now it’s time to head over to the next bloggers site to find their cookie recipe! I’m sending y’all to Alex from Adored by Alex. To be completely honest, I am not sure how Alex and I connected. However, we have been following each other for years and have been virtual friends for quite some time. Hopefully we have the opportunity to meet IRL very soon! Alex shares a great mix of lifestyle posts along with lots of fashion! A couple of my recent favorites from Alex: How to Spread Holiday Cheers to Your Neighbors and 4 Stay at Home Winter Date Night Ideas. Today Alex is whipping up some Butterscotch and Oatmeal Cookies – YUMM! Go check out her recipe on Adored by Alex.

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34 Comments

  1. Morgan wrote:

    I love that Joshua got in the kitchen to help you with these! That’s what the holidays are all about! And it sure makes baking more fun to have your boo helping!

    -Morgan
    The HER Chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • It was honestly so much fun! We need to make baking cookies a regular at home date activity.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  2. I love that y’all do this every year- it’s so fun to see what everyone is whipping up! I’m excited to make some of these for my holiday parties!

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Thanks girl friend! I always love seeing what everyone has up their baking mitt 🙂 hope you love them!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  3. A virtual cookie exchange is such a cute idea for bloggers during the holidays. And so yummy, too.

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Thank you! I really appreciate that 🙂 very yummy! Over here drooling over everyones cookies!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  4. Shelby Back wrote:

    Y’all are too cute! thanks for including me in this fun virtual cookie exchange!

    xo!
    Shelby

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  5. Alex wrote:

    First off, you are the sweetest! I definitely hope we can meet IRL soon, maybe next year a trip?! Secondly, these sound so tasty and I definitely will be printing and filing away your recipe for years to come! Plus, these photos are just the cutest. xo

    Alex | adoredbyalex.com

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Mean it gal 🙂 and yes that would be absolutely wonderful!!! Meet somewhere in the middle of the country. Thank you lady – they are so good and Joshua couldn’t be more obsessed with them. You’re too sweet – thanks you!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  6. Y’all are so cute!!!! Sugar cookies might be my fave so I’m dying to try this recipe and make some festive shapes. Also- Josh looks like a pro froster.

    xo
    Taylor
    http://www.reeseshardwear.com

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • 🙂 Thank you lady! They’re Joshua’s as well – and these are his top pick! You’ll definitely have to whip some up and let us know what you think.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  7. Ashlee wrote:

    One of my favorite go-to cookie recipes! And always a crowd pleaser!

    Ashlee | cobaltchronicles.com

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  8. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    These are seriously the CUTEST photos of you two. I just love them! I need to try some of these recipes this weekend for Christmas!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • 🙂 Thank you so much Jessica! We had the absolute best time shooting them – lots of really funny “bloopers”. Yes with you on that – so many great recipes. I honestly want to try them all!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  9. You truly can’t go wrong with the classics! I remember LOVING the Hershey kiss cookies growing up – always my favorites to make when I was little!

    Emily | http://www.lifewithemilyblog.com

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Definitely agree with you! They are the BEST! Still my favorites – well those and Monster Cookies!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  10. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    These photos are THE CUTEST. And those cookies look INSANELY DELICIOUS!!!

    Dana | The Champagne Edit 

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Thank you so much 🙂 they are beyond fun to shoot!! And they are quite tasty – Joshua’s all time favorite cookies.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  11. CARLY HILL wrote:

    these look perfect for the holidays! so excited to be a part of this year’s cookie exchange! xx

    Posted 12.17.19 Reply
  12. You are too cute! I can’t wait to try these. You can’t go wrong with a classic sugar cookie for the holidays!

    Posted 12.17.19 Reply
  13. This is so cute! I love these pics and these cookies look delicious. I’ve been wanting to make cookies for Christmas this year, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Xx.

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
  14. Lizzie wrote:

    What a sweet post! Congrats on a great year 🙂 I can’t wait to try out your cookies recipe!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
  15. Stephanie wrote:

    Ummm I can’t get over how absolutely PRECIOUS these photos are. I know the focus is the cookies but like YA’LL. Making my heart just explode over here. Too freaking cute. And yes, yes, the cookies sound delish too 😉

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you Stephanie 🙂 we had sooo much fun shooting these snaps and baking cookies together. You are just too sweet!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 12.23.19 Reply
  16. Amanda wrote:

    These pics are adorable!! Love that you two make cookies together, such a fun cookie date!

    Posted 12.20.19 Reply
  17. Oh my goodness, these photos are so darling! Can’t wait to try out that recipe — yummmm! xo

    Posted 12.23.19 Reply