I hosted my first cookie swap last weekend. I invited all my women neighbors, and I'm hoping it continues to be an annual tradition.
I had a few snacks available when they first arrived. I made butternut squash soup - this may be my new squash soup recipe - and served with a baguette and wine. We sat around the table and got to know each other a little better. It was very fun. Then after a couple hours, everybody went home with 6 dozen cookies! Awesome.
We got a nice variety, too, although mental note to ensure chocolate is more represented next year. I made Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, shown above. They were good, but I think everybody agreed that they'd be better if the walnuts were replaced with chocolate chunks. I also made Ginger & Spice cookies, and they are absolutely my favorite of all the cookies represented. I used a recipe from Fine Cooking, which isn't online, but it's very close to this one. Best of all, they were very easy to make.
So I survived the crazy weekend. It started with Kevin's company holiday party on Thursday night and ended on Sunday night with the cookie swap. We had a birthday, gingerbread houses, a birthday party, and a family visit in-between. Whew!