My mother wasn’t a big cook and except for the holidays, she wasn’t much of a baker either. On the holidays however she pulled out all the stops. We made many kinds of cookies and then they were used as gifts for our teachers, the minister, the postman and relatives. This is a tradition that I’ve continued in my life. I do nice trays for my milkman, my hardware store and my library in addition to having cookies all through the season. If you invite me over during December, I show up with a plate of assorted goodies.
About 10 years ago my boss asked me if I knew anything about cookie exchanges as she thought it would be a nice “morale booster” at the office. I didn’t know a thing but thanks to the magic of the internet I because knowledgeable over night! Despite having 15 kinds of cookies on my front porch (it’s cold out there) I now organize the office cookie exchange every year.
Then this year a good friend of mine decided to do a cookie exchange and asked if I were interested. I enjoy her parties and know a lot of the same people she knows so I said “Sure.” So now I have two cookies exchanges on the calendar despite a porchful of holiday treats.
There were quite a few of us today. We drew numbers, went around the room and told the “story” of our cookies and then split into groups and took 2 dozen cookies in each of three rounds. A little different protocol than the classical exchange but pretty good for the big number of folks who were there. We also had beverages and other appetizers to keep us going. The stories were hilarious and the company fabulous.
Guess I’m taking cookies to the office tomorrow.
What holiday cookie would you take to a cookie exchange?