Cookie Exchange

I have a love/hate relationship with Cookie Exchanges.
I love every kind of cookie imaginable
{unless it has nuts baked in}.
I hate it when my pants don’t fit.
I’ve been to two different cookie exchanges over the years; one at my neighbor’s house and the other at a good friend’s {which is when I got my delicious hot mulled cider recipe!}, and both times I ended up eating way more cookies than I should have…and loving every bite.  Apparently self-control is overrated.
Anyway, four or five years ago, I found a solution to the dilemma.
Remember these guys?
They’re my super fabulous Bible Study group {minus a few members who weren’t there for the photo}.
We decided to do our own spin on a cookie exchange; each person bakes several dozen treats and we fill up containers with them…then we GIVE THEM AWAY!
That’s right!  Instead of ending up on my hips, the cookies go to folks in our community to remind them of God’s love during this special season.
We take tins full of homemade cookies to:
the library
the fire department
the nursing home
the Salvation Army bell ringer
the boy scouts selling Christmas trees
the employees at the fast food drive-thru windows
anyone we know who is a shut-in
the local tattoo parlor and liquor store
the gas station attendants
…and anyone else we can think of who might be blessed by it!
This year, Little Crafter and I worked with my grandmother to make 15 dozen cookies!  We made 5 different kinds; iced sugar cookies, gingerbread men, snickerdoodles, peanut butter blossoms, and a chocolate rice krispie kind my grandma had a recipe for.
And we only sampled one of each kind…quality testing, you know?
It’s always such a joy to give them away and see folks’ reactions.  Now that we’ve been doing it for several years, I think some people, like the firefighters, kind of expect us although they never know which night we’ll show up.  It’s such a fun twist on a cookie exchange and has become one of our favorite holiday traditions.
Today, I thought it would be fun to have a little calorie-free
VIRTUAL COOKIE EXCHANGE
too.  All you have to do is post about your favorite cookie or holiday treat recipe and then link it here.
The only rule is that if you wouldn’t take it to a real-life cookie exchange, don’t link it up…
save it for Shine On Fridays instead!
Can’t wait to read the great recipes you’ve got up your sleeve!
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5 comments on Cookie Exchange

  1. Rose @ Walnut Acre
    December 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM (3 years ago)

    This a really good idea. I’m sure many people are blessed by this.

    Reply
  2. Grandma
    December 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM (3 years ago)

    I love that we do the cookie give away…
    It is such a blessing to give to others.

    The recipes make me want to start baking…
    They look yummy.

    Reply

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