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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Great Cookie Swap of '09

The lovely and talented AlbanyJane @ hosted a cookie swap this past Sunday.

I was a cookie swap virgin up until the 13th. I drove Sexybeast insane pondering what to bake, how to store it, making sure I could double a recipe, etc. The man deserves to be canonized to put up w/ me.

In the end I found the perfect cookie, oatmeal chocolate chip pecan. I was really nervous because #1 i don't bake and #2 I wanted everything to be perfect perfect perfect.

As I don't own a Kitchen Aid (I WANT!), I borrowed my mother's Sunbeam hand mixer, which she received as a wedding shower gift in 1968.

OK, so, dry ingredients mixed together, wet ingredients in a separate bowl. The mixing of the wet worked perfectly. I enlisted Sexybeast's help slowly putting the dry into the wet. Hmm... why is this 42 y/o mixer going slower and slower. At which I gave up and mixed by hand.

I had no parchment paper, so I substituted w/ aluminium foil, which worked like a charm.

1st batch in the oven, perfecto. 2nd batch, hmm 3 cookies weren't baked fully. 3rd batch, mostly raw.

I got mad and the stress leaked onto Sexybeast. It finally sunk in that perhaps I should stop opening the oven door so much.

We had a fabulous time at the home of AlbanyJane & her husband AlbanyJohn & the little foster kitties. I almost fainted from cuteness overexposure! She baked a personal fave, candy cane cookies. And lilimonster of was also in attendance w/ her nummy num Filipino cookies (I lost count how many Sexybeast scarfed down!) And met many other cool peeps and tasty treats to boot. Twas a good day.

All the stress and worry has prepared me for my 2nd swap o' the season at the office this Friday.

Making chocolate dried fruit cookies. Details to follow.


Dijea said...

Cool! Swaps are always fun. I used to go to an ornament swap the 1st Sunday in December for years. Then the evil woman went insane & divorced the most wonderful man - we kept him in the divorce. My husband's best friend.

The Girl Least Likely To said...

Sounds like you had fun! I'm going to my very first cookie-party-sort-thing this Saturday and I'm super nervous about cooking because I never do (I've only ever used my stove 3 times in the last 9 months!) so I volunteered to bring other stuff we need, like milk! Maybe next time I'll suck it up and just cook!

phairhead said...

dijea: maybe she was a witch. they say witches can bake

GLT: 3 times a year! wow, you must eat a lot of salad :D but you know, sometimes it's good to in charge of the little things, like milk or cups

Albany Jane said...

I am so glad you had a good time. We will have to hang out again! For serious, you guys are good people.

phairhead said...

AJ: i'll send you an e-mail