grad party cookie swap
Graduation – it’s the perfect excuse to celebrate! Pick up a copy of the April/May issue of Justine and read about three grad parties that really stand out. And here’s one more way to spend some quality time with your “smart cookie” friends reminiscing about high school and planning for the next big thing.

Smart Cookie Swap
Commemorate commencement with sugar, spice and everything nice! Invite your friends to bring their most impressive cookie creation; after sampling and swapping each cookie, vote on awards for the tastiest, the prettiest, the most creative and more. For extra oomph, serve a variety of flavored milks in addition to plain to wash down dessert. When you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, usher guests to a craft station to decorate white aprons with paint, stencils, stamps or even batik.

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These brilliant fortune cookies are the perfect take-home favors!
(Adapted from Planning Perfect Parties by Jen Jones)

Small strips of paper
Cookie decorating marker
Hand mixer
2 egg whites
¼ cup white sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup flour, sifted
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
baking sheet
parchment paper
Write fun fortunes on small strips of paper with marker.
Use hand mixer to whip egg whites until they’re foamy.
Add sugar. Continue to mix until soft peaks form.
Add butter, flour and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Drop a tablespoon of batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Use the spoon to spread the batter in an even circle. Bake only a few cookies at a time.
Bake at 350˚ for six to eight minutes.
When cookies are golden, remove from the baking sheet with a spatula and place on cool surface. Place a fortune onto each cookie.
Work quickly to fold cookie in half over the fortune. Then bend the cookie over the edge of the spatula to form a crescent.
To give your cookies a bright burst, color the batter with food coloring before baking. Drop dots of colored batter onto the uncolored batter rounds to create patterns.