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I am new to this cookie exchange thing. This is not my rookie year, but it is only my second year. Although I am a cookie exchange noob, I have learned a few rules of etiquette and wanted to share my findings with you.
– When you agree to a cookie exchange, it may not be written anywhere, but it is understood that the cookies will be baked in someone’s home. It doesn’t have to be YOUR home, but they cannot be anything purchased in a store. If you have a friend or relative who is willing to be your cookie bitch, and make the cookies for your exchange, more power to you… but don’t stoop so low as to bring chips ahoy (not even the extra chunky kind). And don’t bring the burned cookies and if you must bring cookies that didn’t quite work out visually, make sure they are the best tasting cookies EVER.
– If you are organizing the cookie exchange, it is important to be realistic with your rules. For example, it is rude to ask people to bring cookies even if they cannot attend. If someone wants to take part, but cannot, it is fine to collect cookies before the party, but don’t require it. Seriously.
– It is also rude to require specific cookies be made by each attendee. Part of the fun of the exchange is that there will be a variety of cookies, but if there are 2 or 3 chocolate chip cookies because there was no previous coordination, everyone will be fine. I promise. If you are going to be that person anyway, try asking people to respond with what they are bringing – that could help.
I am sure there are other rules. Honestly, I have not actually met someone who knows someone who brought store-bought cookies (maybe it is an urban legend), but the others I have witnessed or heard about (first hand). Have you seen any odd etiquette faux pas?
I tried to make these cookie bars from Pioneer Woman, but ended up with this. The cookie part is perfect, but the melting and easy spreading of the chocolate chips was… less than perfect. Because I’m allergic to nuts I thought I could use chopped Christmas colored M&Ms. Wrong again. Chopped M&M’s means demented looking candy coating and gray candy dust.
Now I don’t know what to do with these cookies. They were supposed to be for the cookie exchange, but I think bringing a failed experiment would be frowned upon. I guess I’ll have to eat them.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before or not, but I LOVE fall. (I know – you are shocked).
Finally the temperatures are going down, the trees are starting to change colors. Chestnuts are falling from the trees and all the squirrels and chipmunks are getting fat from them. I finally get to have all the casseroles I have been wanting, since the oven heating the kitchen won’t cause us to spontaneously combust. Now, I get to bake the yummies that I have been looking forward to baking. And FINALLY – will get to try out some of these fabu ideas sent to me a few weeks ago (although I can’t recall who sent them… was it Private i? ) What’s the fabu site, you ask? Well it is www.bakerella.com. I love the little tasty bites and can’t wait to try it.
Do you have a favorite recipe for fall? Please share – I am feeling inspired.