Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cookie Exchange

For the past seven years my daughter, sister and I have hosted a cookie exchange at my house. It gets a little wilder and crazier each year. It's not only a cookie exchange but a contest too. It started out innocently enough with voting for the best tasting cookie. Because the chocolate always seemed to win we added a non-chocolate category as well. Then decided to add best recipe card then best presentation... It seems to have taken on a life of it's own!

We had over 30 competitors this year! It was so much fun. Here are some of the memories...

We started with a mixer to get to know each other. What better way than digging through each other's purses. The room was divided into two teams. Each team was given a list of various items you might find in a purse, the team with the most found items got to start their cookie sampling first!

Wonderful family and friends...

Just look at these cookies...

And the winners...
Best presentation was won by Sharon Hocking...
Best tasting chocolate went to my extremely talented sister-in-law/friend/business partner, Debbie Taylor. The Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies were here own recipe! Congrats Debbie!

Best tasting non-chocolate went to JoAnn Taylor (no relation to Debbie). Not only did JoAnn win for best tasting, guest judge Kimberly Koch from truly scrumptious boutique bakery voted for JoAnn's maple cookies because they reminded her of warm pancakes!
Best recipe card went to Kim Woon (this is Kim's fabulous presentation, her cards are hiding behind it and they were gorgeous)...

We also give out a prize for the 18 years and under group. Best tasting, for her Oreo Balls went to my niece Faith Burton...

Best presentation went to the amazingly creative Jessica Melberg, is that cute or what! Her meringues were great too...
It was such a fun way to kick off the holiday season!

13 comments:

GypsyNurse said...

My goodness.. what YUMMY dipsplay..and what a fun time with the girls... I do this every year with my 10 year old..but your cookies..by far out do the mish mash I have of youngsters makings!! Love the Eiffel Tower display! Can I be a friend of yours to join in next year..? Hehe.. I could just do quality control and make sure everything tastes ok...LOL
Great fun!
Cat

Celticlass said...

First found your blog when you posted your cookie exchange last year. So incredible!! Have thoroughly enjoyed seeing you at everything from Vintage Gathering to Barn House and Kindred Spirits this year. Only missed the Camas show due to this crazy BPA thing. You have been a JOY and BLESSING to my daughters and I this year. Wishing you and yours the most wonderful Holiday!!!
Erin

The Flying Bee said...

So fun! Everything looks amazing!

Stolen Moments said...

I am so sad I was not able to come this year! Next year for sure!Love you friend!

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Thank you so much for your visit. I LOVE your blog too!! Yours came at just the right time. I was having a "why am I doing this blog thingy?" day.....and your sweet comment was there.

I hope you come back again. I will visit you often. LOVE LOVE LOVE the cookies....
Warm Wishes,
Karen Eileen

Tammy Gilley said...

How fun, and how very festive!! Happy holidays to you, Laurie.

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

I had the best time! Thanks so much for hosting such a great party with such lovely ladies.
oxox
Lara

Lori said...

What a fun time you had and everything looks good enough to eat ~ lol!!

happy zombie said...

You have the ULTIMATE cookie exchange, Laurie! I remember swooning over your CE last year... and that was the tops. And now you've topped your top!

I love the Elf "Candy Cane Forest" platter... I suddenly have a craving for maple syrup.

mimi charmante said...

Oh, you have no idea how much I would have loved to be there! Great photos my friend, and everyone looked gorgeous!
Happy Holidays,
xx

The Whispering Creek House said...

Wow you are surrounded by cookie artist!!So amazing and looks like so much fun!!Wish I could have been there!

bella said...

Merry Christmas!
Your blog header is wonderful but I like everything that you do :0)
See you soon!

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