This was the 11th year for our annual cookie exchange and, by now, it just wouldn’t seem like Christmas without it. Our spouses and families have come to look forward to it, and we know all the “rules” for getting the cookies home in the best condition. Most important: Don’t mix them all together!
Rather, separate them based on type: All peanut butter cookies together in one baggie; all peppermint cookies together; all ginger cookies together. And, for goodness’ sake, don’t mix the soft cookies with the crisp cookies — or they all will turn out soft! Trust us on this. It comes from years of experience.
We highly recommend that everyone either organize or participate in a cookie exchange. It’s easy. If you are the host, just enlist a friend to help you with bartending and then serve a light lunch buffet — either a brunch casserole or a number of quiches and salads. If you are a guest, bake six dozen of your favorite cookies and bring them to the exchange. After an hour of socializing and a few bites to help keep up your stamina, it’s a free-for-all as everyone races to the table to collect a wonderful assortment of cookies.
It’s fun to watch because each woman has a different strategy. Some go straight for the kill, tossing cookies into their tin without much thought. (Of course, they sort them out later!) Others stand back and meticulously decide which cookies to select. But the bottom line is that this is, as one guest observed, “the best girls’ party of the year.” The cookies are just the excuse — and a great byproduct to bring home.
Great job, everybody!