Yummy Cookies!! And A Cookie Exchange Kit Giveaway!! With DownEast Basics

I received the most adorable Cookie Exchange kit from DownEast Basics and I love it! Each kit con­tains enough for 12, com­plete with invites, recipe cards and cookie id cards! Plus, there are treat bags, com­plete with tags and rib­bon! And, cute stick­ers if you want to have a lit­tle friendly com­pe­ti­tion! You can see details, or buy your own right here. It’s a cute  way to put together a cookie exchange!

I made these cookies last night as a test, and I have to say the next cookie exchange I go to I am bringing these!!

Paula Deen Chocolate Meriange Kisses!!!  They are yummy crisp on the ouside and chewy on the inside!!  I love the nuts in them!!

Here is the recipe!  I used my Kitchen Aid to whip the egg whites and then carefully folded in the other ingredients.It is a little labor intensive but easy!

Chocolate Meringue Kisses


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Beat egg whites with mixer until stiff.  Using a large bowl, fold the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time into the stiffly beaten egg whites. Add the crackers, nuts, and vanilla, and fold in gently. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and allow to cool slightly. (I melted mine in the microwave) Fold the melted chocolate into the egg white mixture. Using a greased cookie sheet, drop the mixture by rounded half teaspoonfuls. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and repeat until batter has been used up.

Ok here is the info for the Giveaway!



DownEast Basics would like send the kit to TWO (2) Pink Cake Pate read­ers too! How  Fun is that!

How to WIN:

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite

Christmas cookie is!!  That is it!

For extra entries (leave a seperate comment for each):

2. Follow Pink Cake Plate on Facebook or Twitter = 1 entry for both

3. Fol­low DownEast Basics on face­book &/or twit­ter = 1 entry for both

4. Share about this give­away with a link on face­book or tweet the fol­low­ing (copy & paste): “You can win a Cookie Exchange Kit from @DownEastBasics via @PinkCakePlate http://wp.me/p1seoX-rJ

(up to 4 entries per per­son: if you’re already fol­low­ing, I love you! Just make sure you leave a com­ment & let me know!!)

Give­away will end on Dec. 16th at 11pm MST. Give­away open to US res­i­dents only. One kit per win­ner. Win­ners with a valid entry will be selected at ran­dom using random.org and be noti­fied via email (win­ner will also be posted on this post). They will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new win­ner is selected. Com­pany is respon­si­ble for ship­ping prize. Given hol­i­day ship­ping, prize can­not be guar­an­teed in time for Christmas.

Dis­clo­sure: I received the kit shown above from Down East Basics. All opin­ions and expe­ri­ences are my own.


  1. This is a neat giveaway! My daughters want to have a cookie exchange and this would be perfect :-)

  2. And I hit “submit” too quickly…my favorite cookies are chocolate crinkles. Maybe you could delete my first comment since I forgot to mention my fave cookie :-0

  3. How did I miss out on getting in on giving away these adorable kits with Downeast? I feel left out, therefore I shall enter all these giveaways determined to win one! LOL

    I must say, I love an old fashioned decorated sugar cookie. Nothing reminds me more of Christmas and time with my kids :)

  4. I follow PCP on FB!

  5. I follow on Twitter, of course!

  6. Cyndi Felton says:

    Love this! Please enter me in the contest!!!!!!!!

  7. Meagan Darrow says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is Spritz!!!!! Yummy and buttery.

  8. Meagan Darrow says:

    I have liked and follow you on Facebook!

  9. Meagan Darrow says:

    I now follow Downeast Basics on Facebook.

  10. Meagan Darrow says:

    I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page.

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