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Old 11-25-2008, 12:19 AM
 
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A little early, but what the hey

Does anyone else do these? If so what do you make?
This year my in-laws have 10 different people in it. So that means pretty soon I'm gonna have to start making 20 dozen cookies (2 dozen each)
I make chocolate mint cookies (I think I make the best ones lol)
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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We have friends who do something similar, but with a very unique twist. Each year, usually the first weekend of December, they gather about a dozen or fifteen people together at their home for a massive cookie-baking marathon.

It starts early in the morning, and generally takes until late afternoon for all the batches to come out of the oven and the kitchen to get cleaned up. Each participant brings ingredients to prepare one or two varieties of cookies, and some of us bring extra cookie sheets, Kitchen Aid mixers and other supplies as well. Often folks will make up one variety in advance to bring already finished, and just prepare a single variety there at the house (that's generally what we do, to reduce the demand on oven time and space).

It is absolutely a blast; we see folks we only see a few times a year, and everyone gets along surprisingly well. Our friends who host the thing have a large and beautiful kitchen with lots and lots of workspace and two ovens, and they both love preparing food with friends. It's always the first major holiday event for us, and it sets the tone wonderfully well for the rest of the month.

As to what we'll be making, I've gotten several requests for some wickedly rich and decadent fruitcake cookies that I made for the first time last year, so I'll take those. I found an almond-poppy seed cookie in the latest Penzey's catalog that I want to try. Or I might possibly make tiny pecan tarts, though as one person has a nut allergy, I'd have to get creative to get around that. I'm thinking Grape Nuts cereal might work as a crunchy substitute for small pecan pieces. I'm going to experiment a little this weekend and see which comes out better.

The spouse is probably going to be making Pan de Polvo, also known as Biscochitos, which is a very short, rich cookie that we remember from South Texas. And he's also thinking about making bourbon balls, which are nice because they're no-bake cookies, hence wouldn't be any competition for oven space.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Eastern Maine
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Default Cookie exchange

I recall my wife a number of years back joined in on the neighborhood cookie exchange. She started out with the basic recipe and then decided to alter it as most cooks usually do. They came out great, but only after 5 more batches of guessing what she put into that first batch!.....
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:00 AM
 
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Our neighborhood used to have one every year. Most of the other women made identical sugar cookies, there wasn't a lot of variety. I made cookies like date nut cookies (similar to chocolate chip cookies), and "lace" cookies dipped in chocolate. I do miss those get-togethers. The younger women who moved into the neighborhood just never seemed interested in attending them, so we stopped them alogether. And it's not like I am old, I am only 44.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Ahh fond memories of when I use to do this with 3 other friends each year. We spent one day doing cookies the following day making candy and our spouses had to fend for themselves but usually brought us fast food to eat during a short break.

andthentherewere3 it seems around here the younger people don't want to get together for such things too. Shame because it is fun times, we get a lot more done with so many hands and all families enjoyed the goodies.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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The younger women who moved into the neighborhood just never seemed interested in attending them, so we stopped them alogether. And it's not like I am old, I am only 44.
What a shame; I'm 29 and my sister in law is 20, we obviously like them. But it is too bad more young people don't like them...we all have a blast.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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I tried my first one last year and it was a flop....I invited a lot of women...I reached out to some people who were just casual friends, thinking it would be a great idea. I had a very low response. Then on the night of my party, there was a terrible storm. I postponed it until the next night and some people who couldn't attend sent cookies so they could still participate in the exchange. I think it is a fun idea and would love to participate if I were invited, but I don't think I'll be doing it again.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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When I lived in PA and briefly here, did that and loved it.

We all made a variety (2-4 types each but dozens of each to trade): there were thumbprints, some of those I forget the name: a metal thing you fried them on, many I don't know the name of. I honestly don't recall sugar cookies other than those that were beautifully iced or decorated - no cheapo stamped out cookie cutters ones.

I always made candy cane cookies (labor intensive but yummy).

Would be nice to revive that again.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Mid Missouri (Miz-oo-ree)
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Our neighborhood used to have one every year. Most of the other women made identical sugar cookies, there wasn't a lot of variety. I made cookies like date nut cookies (similar to chocolate chip cookies), and "lace" cookies dipped in chocolate. I do miss those get-togethers. The younger women who moved into the neighborhood just never seemed interested in attending them, so we stopped them alogether. And it's not like I am old, I am only 44.
ONLY 44.....dang, you're ancient......44 years old; good grief.....geriatrics cookie brigade...that means you were born in 1964, why that's.....the same year I was born......why you're just a sweet young thing, them silly girls don't know what they missed do they
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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A little early, but what the hey

Does anyone else do these? If so what do you make?
This year my in-laws have 10 different people in it. So that means pretty soon I'm gonna have to start making 20 dozen cookies (2 dozen each)
I make chocolate mint cookies (I think I make the best ones lol)
What's the recipe? Sounds amazing. Mint and chocolate is a wonderful combination.
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