What is a Cookie Exchange???

Let travel back a few years. I had been in the States for less than 3 months - Halloween, Thanksgiving (well I missed that one) and now an invite to a cookie exchange...WHAT IS A COOKIE EXCHANGE? I was give a few instructions - but I think I stopped listening at the '...make 12 DOZEN Cookies...' part.  What does one do with 12 DOZEN Cookies??  I still have a pillow case of candy to dispose of...Now you're going to add a mountain of cookies to the pile?  

Sadly I missed the cookie exchange that year as I had to suddenly return home to Australia, so that year I sent home 12 packets of TIMTAMS for my husband to deliver to the Cookie Exchange - well someone had to experience this cultural phenomenon.  According to Robin Olson (who surprisingly, has copyrighted the official Cookie Exchange  rules) I FAILED! I got .5/10 (no bonus points for creative thinking I see!).  Well I never was a great test taker and clearly this is one that I didn't study for xoxo 

"The Rules of the Cookie Exchange"by Robin Olson ©1997

  1. All cookies should be homemade, baked and main ingredient must be flour. X
  2. No plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or bars. x

  3. Please bring 12 dozen total cookies.    "I think there is 12 in packet 1/2 a mark for that one"

  4. The theme is "Christmas Cookies" (You can make any theme you like.) X

  5. Arrange cookies in a basket or platter and be creative! Bring a large container to carry away your cookie, (or the hostess can provide a take away container.) X
  6. Email a copy of your recipe before the party (or bring recipe to the party) x
  7. Christmas (or party theme) attire is encouraged! x

  8. RSVP as soon as you can and let me know what type of cookies you are planning on baking - no duplicate recipes are allowed. x
  9. There's a prize for the best Christmas outfit. (Give prizes!) I don't think I won????

  10. If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, but still want to attend, you must go to a real bakery and buy 6 dozen yummy cookies. X


2011...Maybe this is a site that I should have taken to time to look at back in 2007...Now I'm scared (outfits, christmas decorated cookies!!), why did I take the time to research. I should have just played the foriegner card & made those chocolate chip cookies as planned...

Well as expected that invite has come around again and this year I have plans... To get a little creative with rules, play the foreign card and modernize the COOKIE EXCHANGE xox 

Click HERE for the Cyber Cookie Exchange
I Would like to invite you to a CYBER COOKIE Exchange (Weight Watches approved) - no outfit needed or piped icing cookies required! 

Simply click on the Gingerbread-man for THE PANTRY CYBER RULES & let's make cookies xox