That time of year has finally rolled around again, and holiday cookies just might be the best food group there is to date. Lucky for us, Springfield’s very own Betty Crocker shares what it takes to put this cookie love to use and host a holiday cookie exchange party.
Elle Feldman is well-known for her skills in the kitchen. She previously owned and operated Elle’s Patisserie, and this year she debuted Good Clean Wine with Courtney Dunlop, while co-running Good Skin Day, too. Her resume in the food industry is stacked, but it’s her cookie exchange we really wanted her to dish about, and she was more than happy to deliver.
The tradition of this glamorous party started in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin, where Feldman grew up. For as long as she can remember, Feldman acted as her grandmother’s sous-chef. She helped assemble family recipes like pecan fingers and Mexican wedding cakes. Without fail, her grandmother hosted the party for 45 consecutive years, and each party welcomed 25 guests. Only recently did Feldman learn that it was her family’s Austria-Hungarian roots that spurred this cookie exchange tradition. When she left for college, Feldman realized she cherished the tradition more than she realized, and later in her adult life, after moving to southwest Missouri, she decided to bring the cookie exchange with her.