The Great Metafilter Cookie Swap 2017: sign up today! November 18, 2017 3:38 PM   Subscribe

It’s been A Year, and we here at cookie swap central would like to bring baked joy to as many MeFites across the globe as possible. If you'd like to bring edible tidings of cheer to people’s lives this month, read on.

To sign up, please take a few minutes to fill out and submit the google form by Wednesday, November 29th. If you’re gluten-free, vegan, suffering from an almond allergy, etc., don’t worry—we’ll find you a swap group.

As in past years, I will arrange bakers into swap groups of ~4 and send out group assignments by December 1st. You will then be tasked with sending at least 6 cookies to each of your group's MetaBakers. While this means you are on the hook for a minimum of 18 cookies, you should likely bake extra for yourself, your loved ones, or your housemates, as they can get cranky when only strangers benefit from your baking. To maximize the chances that holiday travel won't ruin everything, the mailing deadline for this year's swap is Friday, December 8th. Let the baking begin! 
posted by ausdemfenster to MetaFilter-Related at 3:38 PM (120 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

I can't participate, but I just found an oatmeal cookie recipe from Katie Workman that looks fantastic.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:48 PM on November 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

Hooray! Cookies!
posted by Secretariat at 3:48 PM on November 18, 2017

I am excited for the annual debate as to what constitutes a legitimate cookie.
posted by poffin boffin at 4:13 PM on November 18, 2017 [10 favorites]

Jaffa Cakes count as cookies, yes? Okay, Le French may have found the concept of the Jaffa Cake confusing, but one thinks they should be included. The Cookie Tent is a large and inclusive tent and it is 2017, after all.
posted by Wordshore at 4:42 PM on November 18, 2017

I really like this idea but my oven is on the fritz. If I can get it working in time, I'm very in.
posted by egregious theorem at 5:36 PM on November 18, 2017

For tax purposes Jaffa Cakes are cakes, though.
posted by fedward at 5:56 PM on November 18, 2017 [3 favorites]

I'm participating this year for the first time! Can't wait!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 5:58 PM on November 18, 2017

Woo! I've been waiting for this post ever since the Quonsar post! I love holidays at MetaFilter!!!
posted by Weeping_angel at 6:23 PM on November 18, 2017 [1 favorite]

I really like this idea but my oven is on the fritz.

I made bourbon balls for the swap last year-- no baking required (though a food processor helps). There's also No-Bakes, which need stove top cooking. I admit I didn't stop to contemplate whether or not they qualify as cookies, though.
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:01 PM on November 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

I will bravely go on the record to say that in this context I completely consider bourbon balls to be cookies
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 7:12 PM on November 18, 2017 [3 favorites]

I'm in!
posted by rmd1023 at 7:47 PM on November 18, 2017

posted by egregious theorem at 7:52 PM on November 18, 2017

posted by Soliloquy at 10:23 PM on November 18, 2017

Just signed up.

In the interest of planning - I signed in as someone without any allergies or preferences (well - except broccoli, but I don't think that will be pertinent), but the cookie I'm eyeing is technically gluten-free, in that it doesn't include flour. I'm going with a lot of German cookies this year, in honor of a trip I just took last month; who'da thunk it, there's a lot of nut-meal-and-egg-white cookies in there.

However, for my sins, my kitchen may not be 100% sterilized, especially on the day of baking (I'll be baking a LOT all in one fell swoop) so those with celiac disease, say, may be at risk. If there's a gluten-free-ish swap group I might be safe, though.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:01 AM on November 19, 2017

Yaaaaaay! Canada represent!
posted by just_ducky at 9:27 AM on November 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

Three weeks ago I saw a cookies recipe and thought "That would be perfect!" and saved it for the cookies exchange.
Last week I bought the ingredients for those cookies, pleased with how nice it is to plan ahead.
This morning I signed up and the immediately started googling cookies recipes, finding several with completely different ingredients that would be perfect.

I'm going to make ALL THE COOKIES!
posted by lepus at 4:49 PM on November 19, 2017 [2 favorites]

Hong Kong's tiniest kitchen reporting for duty! I presume that my cookies will be delayed at customs and so shall individually wrap each cookie in a comforting swaddle of safety and parchment and explanatory notes.
posted by mdonley at 8:03 PM on November 19, 2017 [6 favorites]

Signed up! Also, I am capable of baking vegan cookies, so feel free to pair me with people who can't have dairy.
posted by easternblot at 4:23 AM on November 20, 2017

I have signed up again. I have no idea what I'll make yet, since I made my best idea last year for the first one, but no matter. That's what excuses for cruising my (growing) stack of recipe books is for!

Last year, I did one swap and yet somehow wound up making almost 3 dozen cookies. Apparently, it's a cardinal sin to make cookies for a swap and not share them amongst your significant other and his friends.
posted by PearlRose at 6:30 AM on November 20, 2017

If my swap group ends up all local, or even if it doesn't, I will be happy to host an in-person cookie-swap and tea meetup for Portland and Portland-adjacent cookie swappers. It's nice to turn Stranger Cookies into Acquaintance Cookies.
posted by janell at 9:01 AM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

WOO. I’ve been checking for this since October.
My brother is talking about signing up, and wants to know if he can request to be in multiple groups. We’re very much a “make at least six dozen cookies” kind of family.
posted by Kreiger at 9:07 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

That's a great idea janell - I'd be happy to host something similar if there's an all-local Cambridge/Somerville/etc group. I have many varieties of tea to share.
posted by rmd1023 at 9:51 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

It's interesting, I enjoyed doing the in-person swap last year, and I also enjoy getting faceless spontaneous mail cookies. I feel like it's a win either way.

I'm thinking about testing that recipe Johnny Wallflower linked, but the dough is supposed to rest for at least 2! days! I wonder if the cookies turn out good just because you end up anticipating delicious cookies for 2 days?
posted by Secretariat at 10:18 AM on November 20, 2017

I have a question. If I do this, will it bring joy and cheer into my life?
posted by meemzi at 10:51 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Maybe? It will definitely bring cookies, and the knowledge that you have delighted others with your cookies.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:54 AM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]

Y'all get to enjoy the fruits cookies of my reverse engineering labor. I got dragooned into making my wife's family's traditional cookies after her dad passed away, and one recipe in particular (known only as "Christmas Rolls") was going to kill me without any sort of oral tradition to go with it:
4 cups flour
2 egg yolks
1 cup cream
1 yeast cake
1 cup butter

Work yeast cake into flour with fingertips. Then work in butter. Add cream and egg yolks. Knead until smooth. Keep in refrigerator overnight. Roll small bits of dough in powdered sugar paper-thin. Fill with ground nut meats and sugar, roll up. Let rise about 1 hour. Bake at 350°, 15 to 20 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.
I had eaten these before, but I'd never seen them made. My wife had never made them. "Roll small bits of dough in powdered sugar" sounded to her like dipping a ball in the sugar, but then that's impossible to roll thin. I figured out that really meant that you "flour" the counter with powdered sugar and as you roll out the unsweetened dough (with a rolling pin) it gets enough of a coating to get crispy on the exposed edges. She didn't know what sort of nuts to use for the "nut meats" and had no idea how much to use. For the first couple years the feedback was "they're good but they're not right." Eventually we realized that we had only eaten them stale. Her dad always made them ahead, froze them, then mailed them with a bunch of other cookies, and we only ate them after all that had happened. Turned out the problem was that when fresh they are, in fact, better than remembered.

My version has been deemed acceptable but last year I finally managed to type the right words into Google and learned these are called kifli (and at one point a recipe was printed on Fleishmann's yeast packets). We had already figured out that we needed to use walnuts, I use demerara sugar in the filling, and I add a little salt. People On The Internet, it turns out, roll out big discs and cut them into wedges instead of rolling out each piece individually. I'm going to try that this year, but my wife insists on an A/B test against the individual ball method. We both agree we're not adding any liquid ingredients to the filling.

And that's only one recipe out of six they used to make every year. I still can't get the date nut swirls right, but apparently her dad used to complain about them every year, so I'm not alone. I never should have let her know I liked baking.
posted by fedward at 11:57 AM on November 20, 2017 [6 favorites]

Yay! I've been checking for this meta. Cookie swap and Quonsmas are the highlights of the season.
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 12:26 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Awww yeah.

get ready for ketchup cookies!
posted by ArgentCorvid at 2:50 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

Ketchup potato chips, yes, but ketchup cookies?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:22 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


They sound disgusting, but the amount of ketchup is small, and they end up with a spicy flavor and just a slight Rosy tint.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 5:06 PM on November 20, 2017

Yaaaaaaas! Woohoo!
posted by miratime at 6:11 PM on November 20, 2017

I adore the cookie swap! I'm four months vegan, so this is a new world of baking to me. Happy to contribute to the vegan cookie squad. Hope y'all like my noob plant cookies!
posted by missmary6 at 8:05 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

There's no reason for vegans to limit themselves to plants. Sure, you can't kill or squeeze animals, but there's a enormous world of prokaryotic organisms, plus fungi and miscellaneous protists like protozoa and slime molds, all just waiting to be turned into delicious* cookies!

posted by aubilenon at 10:02 AM on November 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

I sprained my wrist in a failed attempt to walk, and one of my first thoughts was "what if I can't roll cookie dough??", but I think I'll be fine by next week.
posted by easternblot at 1:43 AM on November 22, 2017 [3 favorites]

Yes! And I’m even on vacation so I’ll have more time for baking :-)
posted by amapolaroja at 12:20 AM on November 23, 2017

I was really excited to participate last year for the first time but I think I only got one package of cookies back and I felt like I went all out in cookie making and I'm still bitter about it :(

But I am going to be baking a ton of cookies anyway for friends and what's the harm in popping some of them in the mail? Maybe one or more of y'all will blow me away with your baking prowess and that will replace my bitterness with sweet cookie grace.
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 12:41 AM on November 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

This is such a lovely idea!! I just signed up, but I am on a ketogenic diet and know this might be a real pain for people - so if you can't find anyone to group me with, I will understand. :)

For the record; I am happy to be put in a group with other people on diets outside of the norm, wheat/gluten free, vegan etc.

Also where is the cookie line? Are brownies in or out? Flapjacks (UK not US)? If the rules have been chipped into stone - where could I view them?
posted by TheGarden at 2:53 AM on November 23, 2017

If the rules have been chipped into stone

Iced onto a single massive cookie, surely.
posted by jaduncan at 3:43 AM on November 23, 2017 [1 favorite]




posted by jeoc at 8:36 AM on November 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

Cookie recipes... need cookie recipes...
posted by jadepearl at 6:35 PM on November 25, 2017

Just a few more days until we start arranging swap groups and notifying people!

Current sign-up counts, by country:
USA - 61
UK - 5
Canada - 4
Germany - 1
Hong Kong - 1
Singapore - 1
South Korea - 1

We encourage everyone to sign up, but if you're in one of the underrepresented countries and are on the fence about participating, know that there are some people already signed up that could use a swap partner (or several!).
posted by ausdemfenster at 4:39 PM on November 26, 2017 [2 favorites]

First time participating in this... Have been baking traditional German Xmas cookies from my mom's handwritten recipe collection for weeks. A few more recipes to go before I'm done. So ready for this. Can't wait to taste other's cookies... Hope my mixer doesn't give out before I'm done. It's been sounding like the gears are almost stripped...
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:29 PM on November 26, 2017 [1 favorite]

In! This has become a long enough tradition in my household that my husband no longer thinks you guys are going to poison him.
posted by nanhey at 7:16 PM on November 26, 2017 [8 favorites]

First time I signed up, I had to test each delicious batch as it arrived before my friends would risk eating a cookie.

Said friends have been asking me since the end of September if I was doing 'that holiday cookie thing, on that weird site' this year.
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:39 PM on November 27, 2017 [4 favorites]

When I mentioned this to my own friends last year, it was the first time one of them heard of the very concept of cookie exchanges. It visibly blew his mind; he kept saying " only have to bake one big batch of cookies, then."

"Well, yeah."

"And you still end up with a variety."

"That's right."

posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:36 AM on November 28, 2017 [3 favorites]

Is there a confirmation email when you sign up? I started filling out the form and then I realized I'm pretty sure I already signed up this year.
posted by drlith at 6:22 PM on November 28, 2017

No confirmation email at sign-up; we'll make sure you only get signed up once!

Swap group arrangements will likely go out laaaaate on 12/1. It'd be great if everyone who's interested signed up by today, but if you want to sneak in tomorrow I'll still get you into a group.

posted by ausdemfenster at 12:32 PM on November 29, 2017 [2 favorites]

But what if I want to sign up twice!! (I don't)
posted by aubilenon at 12:51 PM on November 29, 2017

Swap groups are going out now (and for the next hour or so)! Let me know if you don't receive yours.

Group name theme this year is Delicious Things That Aren't Cookies; apologies that only four of you could fit in Group Rita's Water Ice.

Happy baking and mailing, everyone!
posted by ausdemfenster at 9:43 PM on December 1, 2017

While the assignments are going out, I have put together playlists with the favorite song picks.

The Spotify playlist has 60 songs and is almost 3.5 hours long. (URI: spotify:user:1236893927:playlist:7zB66bSyc0dqImyk0JTRBC )

There were a few tracks that were not available on Spotify, so I made a supplemental YouTube playlist. And since some may prefer a YouTube playlist anyway, I added songs that were picked by multiple people to fill it out some.

The following songs had the most mentions:
Carol of the Bells - 6 (by Mykola Leontovych/Peter J. Wilhousky)
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York - 5
Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You - 5
Bing Crosby - White Christmas - 4

And finally, there's one song that several people picked that was a MeFi Music Song: Jingle Rock Bell by Lentrohamsanin
posted by mountmccabe at 10:28 PM on December 1, 2017 [3 favorites]

Quick update: I read the Jingle Rock Bell thread and realized that there were two YouTube versions created, a literalist video and a karaoke performance! So I have added those.
posted by mountmccabe at 10:41 PM on December 1, 2017

My assignment went to Spam but I have rescued it. Thanks, ausdemfenster for coordinating as always, and mountmccabe for the tunes! Get ready for tasty treats, Group Stollen!
posted by miratime at 12:49 AM on December 2, 2017

Yay! Mine also went to spam but I found it. (Also flagged it "not spam". It's obviously cookies.)
posted by easternblot at 3:40 AM on December 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Earlier I said something about how I had an idea for what I was going to make already - I didn't mention that it was a chocolate-spice cookie. Ironically, when I got the distribution today I saw right first - "no all-chocolate cookies, please."

Fortunately I am making 5 kinds of cookies this year so my group will just get one of the others instead. :-)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:59 AM on December 2, 2017

....Hang on, what is the theme to "Ghostbusters" doing in a Christmas mix?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:02 AM on December 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Ghostbusters is appropriate for all seasons.

Also, Ghostbusters 2 is set in winter and has some bits with the boys running around in Santa hats.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:37 AM on December 2, 2017 [2 favorites]

I'm sort of mad at myself for not naming one of the groups "Spam."
posted by ausdemfenster at 9:46 AM on December 2, 2017 [4 favorites]

... Group Cannoli! Your group would prefer no nuts, strawberries, raisins, pork, cinnamon, apples, alcohol, or salmon in its cookies.

[me, tenderly tucking away prized pork-salmon snickerdoodle recipe: maybe next year...]

Still excited! Baking demo shortbread cookies this afternoon.
posted by Iris Gambol at 10:45 AM on December 2, 2017 [8 favorites]

EmpressCallipygos, my group said no walnuts and one of my most delicious cookies is walnut based. I emailed my group so I could find out who all had the restriction, and I'm going to send a walnut-free assortment only where it's wanted. Maybe I'm pushy, but they're so good!
posted by fedward at 2:42 PM on December 2, 2017

prized pork-salmon snickerdoodle recipe

Yeah, I hope nobody in Group Scone was really looking forward to making some kimchi-eggplant meringues.
posted by fedward at 2:45 PM on December 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Group Sorbet, looking forward to tasting your delicious vegan cookies! I am not vegan but have some go-to vegan cookie recipes that I make all the time, and I'm hoping I can make something worthy of real vegan bakers. I don't have any holiday-ish ones, so I'm really excited to try some new recipes. Coincidentally I just checked out three vegan cookbooks from the library so it must be fate.

Also, major thanks to ausdemfenster for putting up with a pain in the ass request from me that required far more emails than it should have!
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 4:19 PM on December 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

I am LOVING the Christmas mix! The Benjamin Britten piece is gorgeous, and I’m enjoying the rather abrupt tonal changes from song to song (also, who added this treacly Backstreet Boys song?! I will find you).

I realized that in the midst of moving, not only have I packed my mixer, but also EVERY SINGLE bowl. I’m tearing open some boxes tonight and baking tomorrow, group Sorbet!
posted by missmary6 at 4:58 PM on December 2, 2017

I finished my cookies! I really want to show them, but will wait to post a link to the image until the rest of group Eton Mess has received them. I'm really worried they won't survive the post, even though they only have a very short journey, so I photographed them before mailing.

(Curious amateur internet detectives can find the picture. It's not difficult.)
posted by easternblot at 9:58 AM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

I think I giggled for two full minutes at the ingredient exclusion list I got. (Despite knowing that the no-salmon is MY FAULT)
posted by FritoKAL at 10:53 AM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Team Pizza - this was a strong contender for being your cookie, but that recipe LIIIIIIIIIIES when it says it makes 35 cookies. I ended up with only a dozen.

So I am adding the link - the good thing is that it was easy, so y'all can make your own.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:42 PM on December 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

I do not know why this year was a nightmare of people's swap group notifications getting stuck in spam filters or black holes, but: it was!

If you still haven't received your group from me, please MeMail me and I will copy the info in there. Sorry for the back and forth this weekend!
posted by ausdemfenster at 1:58 PM on December 3, 2017

Oooh, just found my assignments in my spam folder. I'm in Crème Brûlée (no pork in their cookies, but alcohol is ok) and Biscotti (no meat, peanut butter, alcohol, or medical marijuana).

Your loss folks... you won't get to sample my famous "Schmalznüsse" ("lard nuts"), made with freshly rendered pork fat. But, no worries, plenty of other cookies coming your way...
posted by Hairy Lobster at 2:14 PM on December 3, 2017 [2 favorites]

Group name theme this year is Delicious Things That Aren't Cookies

[Group] Biscotti ...

waaaaaitaminute... aren't biscotti cookies??
posted by bunnysquirrel at 11:46 PM on December 3, 2017

Biscotti are definitely cookies! More like a slice of a larger cookie, but still. (Or are they considered a very dry "cake"?)
posted by easternblot at 1:44 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Mine ALSO went into Spam, and I couldn't find it, but whew, there it is, after some careful searching this morning. I have the perfect cookies in mind, and a group to send them to, whew.
posted by PearlRose at 5:29 AM on December 4, 2017

I beg to differ on Cool Whip being a delicious not-a-cookie thing, but then I remember that I used to eat it from the bowl straight as a kid, so there you go.

Also, shout out to the rest of Team Cool Whip!
posted by PearlRose at 5:32 AM on December 4, 2017

Mine went to spam but I rescued it this morning before thinking to check in here. I suppose I should have already decided what to make...
posted by bilabial at 6:10 AM on December 4, 2017

Hooray for cookies! I am curious about something. Every year I've signed up indicating that I have no dietary restrictions and can make and receive anything. And every year I get placed into a group with dietary restrictions that invariably invalidate all of the exciting cookie ideas I had before I got my assignment. I'm still a good sport and am happy to play along (although I've never baked gluten-free in my life and am intimidated) but I'm just curious if there are ever any groups with no restrictions at all. Or does my lack of restriction just make it more likely that I'll be placed in a restricted group because I can fit into any group? Perhaps I just need to not plan any cookies at all until I find out what kind of restrictions I have to work around. Either way, hooray for cookies!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 8:22 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

waaaaaitaminute... aren't biscotti cookies??

I sure hope so because I'm pretty sure I sent out biscotti a few cookie swaps ago.
posted by aubilenon at 9:30 AM on December 4, 2017 [2 favorites]

1) Biscotti is like a desiccated cookie? They are not something I'm going to put my cookie court barrister wig on about, certainly, but I don't think of them as cookies. Who can say!

2) This year there were 28 groups; 5 had no dietary restrictions whatsoever. The assignments are based on a combination of geography (main criteria), compatibility of dietary restrictions (no ALL MEAT paired with VEGAN RIDE OR DIE), and whether the person has individually written me to request a different outcome ("Hey I got paired with 2 people who didn't send cookies last year; please give me a different group this time?").

3) Cool Whip 4ever
posted by ausdemfenster at 9:34 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

I am very grateful for easternblot letting me know I'd buggered up my postcode, and I am manfully restraining myself from searching for cookie pics...

Sent mine off today, hoping like mad they'll be intact/edible/tea dunk-worthy by the end of their journeys.
posted by Gin and Broadband at 2:10 PM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Three cheers for ausdemfenster and mountmccabe! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

I'm so glad you like the Benjamin Britten piece, missmary6. I listed it as my favorite. So tired of overplayed holiday Muzak everywhere you go.

Hairy Lobster, I'm in group Biscotti and have no objections to sampling your famous schmalznusse, as long as they have no peanut butter or medical marijuana.😊

Groups Biscotti and Almond Roca, I have sad news. 😥 Right before the swap group lists were sent I broke a bone in my foot and was told to keep off it for 6-8 weeks. 😱 I emailed ausdemfenster to ask if I should drop out or if it would be okay to send cookies just this once from a yummy bakery. It is a very yummy bakery. Promise you I'll redeem myself next year.
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco at 7:56 PM on December 4, 2017 [4 favorites]

I'm so excited (Go Team Strudel!)

This will be the first time I send cookies through the mail. Does anyone have any pro-tips on packaging in order to prevent breakage?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 9:39 AM on December 5, 2017

Right - Team Pizza, the cookies are all baked, but I had a bit of a curve ball last night when my roommate announced he'll be moving out at the end of the month and so now I'm trying to juggle packing-and-posting with new-roommate-screening. Will try to get the cookies packed tonight for shipment tomorrow so it's done.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:58 AM on December 5, 2017

rogerrogerwhatsyourvectorvicto I buy the sandwich sized plastic boxes from the 99 cent store, they usually have glad brand around here which are sturdy. I put the cookies in there and put them in a manila envelope,(sometimes padded, sometimes not) and I believe they have arrived intact.
posted by amapolaroja at 1:55 PM on December 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hmm I thought I'd signed up but I didn't see an email! It's ok if it didn't go through but I want to make sure I'm not assigned a swap group that I should be baking for...
posted by exceptinsects at 1:57 PM on December 5, 2017

you can just tape the containers closed with packing tape and slap a label on there. Postal workers didn't even blink.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 2:13 PM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

exceptinsects, per the email I found in my spam folder, you're in Cannoli with me and two other SDiegans.
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:47 PM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

Obviously if this year's swap doesn't work for you, that's okay!
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:48 PM on December 5, 2017

Okay, I just tried baking a new-to-me recipe and was not impressed, although I suspect a not-inconsiderable part of it is pilot error. So I'll make something more familiar tomorrow night and send off both.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:14 PM on December 5, 2017

Oh yay! Can you forward it to me, exceptinsects at gmail? Maybe I typed my email wrong on the form.
ETA: nm, found it!!
posted by exceptinsects at 8:41 PM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

Regarding cookie mailing technique, I used this method as reference. I'll let the rest of group Eton Mess decide whether it worked...
posted by easternblot at 5:43 AM on December 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

The Empress' contribution to Team Pizza is going out tonight!

As for shipping technique - I live near a Michaels and about 10 kitchen/baking/foodie shops, so I have an assortment of "treat bags" I've picked up. I bagged 6 cookies in a bag, found tins small enough to perfectly fit the cookies-in-bags, and then boxes small enough to hold tin-plus-lots-of-shredded-paper. (And the shredded paper is from shredding junk mail over the year.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:15 AM on December 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

Team Stollen, your cookies are baked and cooling as we speak! I still need to make a trip out to get appropriate containers, etc. but they will be on their way by the deadline.
posted by miratime at 8:44 AM on December 6, 2017

Can confirm that easternblot's postage method, like their cookies, is impeccable.

This swap has made me so happy (even before I stuffed a cookie in my gob), thanks everyone for participating!
posted by Gin and Broadband at 1:53 PM on December 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

Team Biscotti: the dough is resting right now. After my dance lesson, cookies will be baked.
posted by amapolaroja at 8:20 PM on December 6, 2017

I regret to inform Group Scone that I will not be mailing any cookies until next week at the earliest, because I don't want to ship my cold along with them. It's day 12 of symptoms and day four of antibiotics, so I think the way these things go I should be able to start baking next week.
posted by fedward at 9:39 AM on December 7, 2017

My contributions to Team Pizza went out last night, and it looks like I got someone in my group this year who was also in my group the last year I did this (at least, your mailing address was in my account at my local pack-n-ship). Yay!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:00 AM on December 7, 2017

I mailed out my cookies to Team Strudel yesterday! As for packaging- well, I broke my ankle in September and am still at least a week away from being allowed to walk (I feel your pain, LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco, it's only very recently that I've had the energy, coordination, and patience to be able cook or bake, and everything takes at least twice as long as usual) and there currently is no such thing as a quick jaunt to the store for me, so I sent my husband out to pick up some cheap tupperware. I said "look at the height of the stacks of cookies, they're each 6 cookies tall" and he came home with... these guys. Uhhh, my cookies are pretty thin, but even with careful overlapping, I can only fit 4 cookies in each of those. So everyone got two separate gift-wrapped containers, each with 4 cookies (I had extras, plus that keeps them from rattling around in there too much). I guess this is also the holiday tupperware swap!
posted by Secretariat at 9:54 AM on December 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

My car was in the shop yesterday (still is today, but at least now I’ve got a loaner...), so groups Almond Roca and Fudge, your cookies are getting mailed out today!
posted by Weeping_angel at 12:24 PM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Secretariat, sorry to hear about your ankle (broke my leg last year so I've been there) -- I'm so impressed that you still baked and mailed cookies -- the resilience you've surely added will make them taste even better!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 12:32 PM on December 9, 2017

Aah, got my first box of cookies today! Right as I finished up lunch, perfect timing.
posted by Secretariat at 2:00 PM on December 9, 2017

Teams Strudel and Tiramisu, your cookies are in flight!
posted by janell at 3:51 PM on December 9, 2017

Team Sorbet, I mailed the cookies out today! I am not sure if the delicate cookies I baked this year will do a good job of arriving intact so I am just hoping by some grace the hard-working folks at USPS are kind of the packages. The post office was absolute chaos today so I know that's wishful thinking, but I can say the crumbs that I taste-tested from the cookie sheet WERE quite tasty.
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 7:00 PM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Got my first box of delicious cookies from Team Biscotti! Thank you LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco!!! Trying very hard to not eat them right away b/c Mrs. Lobster is overseas right now and won't be back until next Thursday to try them with me.

I got my cookies for Teams Biscotti and Crème Brûlée wrapped up and ready to go. I will package them up tomorrow and send them out on Monday.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 11:17 PM on December 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

OK cookies are posting to Team Cool Whip today. I have never done Christmas cookies sans nuts, coconut, and alcohol, so I got a little creative and I hope y'all don't hate 'em.
posted by jeoc at 1:07 PM on December 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Cookie time!!! I just shipped out all my packages for teams Biscotti and Crème Brûlée.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:53 PM on December 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Okay, Team Strudel was AMAZING and I have received all of my cookies and they are, hands down, the best thing about the holiday season thus far. This was my first time participating and will now become an annual tradition!!
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 5:04 PM on December 11, 2017 [2 favorites]

Got my second package from team Biscotti today! Filled with highly aromatic spiced cookies! Still trying very hard to not eat anything until Mrs. Lobster returns later this week.

Thank you, amapolaroja! Can't wait to dig in!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 8:28 PM on December 11, 2017 [1 favorite]

Team Strudel, everything has arrived and was so good! Would you believe I've almost eaten everything already? I guess I have been sharing them. But nearly gone, so soon!
posted by Secretariat at 10:23 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

OK I got some really lovely cookies today (plus peppermint fudge!), but they are from different people than I sent cookies to. Did I fork this all up? Or is that how it works?
posted by jeoc at 2:56 PM on December 12, 2017


I'm on Team Cool Whip, and my cookies were sent Saturday, and they were chocolate-butterscotch.
posted by PearlRose at 6:50 PM on December 12, 2017

Two more packages have arrived. Got everything from Team Biscotti now. This last package contains deliciously smelling chocolate cookies of some sort and some kind of fascinating roll looking things I haven't yet identified from acidic. Thank you! Having a really hard time resisting that smell... so good!

First package from Team Crème Brûlée: a solid serving of delicious looking cranberry bars, a packet of walnut orange scone white tea and a nice card courtesy of topophilia! Thank you so much!

Two days to go until Mrs. Lobster's return. I am weakening... holding on but definitely weakening. Must. Not. Eat. Cookies. Yet.

posted by Hairy Lobster at 9:07 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

My biscotti-that-are-totally-cookies went out yesterday to groups Rita's Water Ice and Cake Pop (this last group includes you, jeoc - maybe you were also in two groups and missed one of the emails?).
I've received very tasty shortbread, two kinds of yummy thumbprints, and I just opened up some molasses cookies and fudge.
posted by bunnysquirrel at 12:11 AM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

OK yeah. I didn't get the initial email(s), and our fearless cookie leader kindly forwarded team Cool Whip info to me - I didn't realize there was another group.

I just found that info in my spam. And yay I can make rum balls for Cake Pop! Look for cookies later this week.
posted by jeoc at 7:09 AM on December 13, 2017 [3 favorites]

Group Scone, I apologize for my extended delay, as I went directly from sinus-infection-with-cough to norovirus-with-fever and I am only now 48 hours past the fever. Your cookies have all been delicious and will be rewarded. Eventually.
posted by fedward at 11:41 AM on December 13, 2017

Happy to report that Team Stollen has heaped me in deliciousness! Thanks, everyone!
posted by miratime at 11:49 AM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Team Eton Mess has filled me with festive cheer and amazing cookies. Mr B agrees that this is an excellent new tradition. Thank you team, thank you organisers, thank you Mefi.
posted by featherboa at 2:01 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Received my last batch of Team Biscotti cookies today. I need to up my cookie game for next year to keep up with Hairy Lobster and Acidic.
posted by amapolaroja at 8:43 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]

Another package arrived today from Team Crème Brûlée! A boatload of delicious Pfeffernüsse accompanied by a lovely note courtesy of meemzi. So awesome! What a blast from the past! I love Pfeffernüsse but for some reason my mom never made them as part of her x-mas line-up back in Germany and so I would have to trade for them with friends. Kinda like this swap actually. Thank you so much!
posted by Hairy Lobster at 9:28 PM on December 13, 2017

I got the last set of cookies today, to round out a dazzling array of treats from Teams Tiramisu and Strudel. So delish! So many cookies!
posted by janell at 6:51 PM on December 14, 2017

All cookies from team Cheesecake in a Jar have been received! (On my end, anyway)

Thanks for another great year, everyone!
posted by ArgentCorvid at 1:43 PM on December 16, 2017

Everything from teams Sorbet and Tiramisu have arrived, and I am up to my eyeballs in cookies!

Just the way I like it.
posted by aubilenon at 6:46 PM on December 16, 2017

An unofficial submission, and also unbalanced because I didn't give anything back - but if anybody tells you perrouno doesn't bake an excellent cookie they are lying.
posted by Dr Dracator at 1:55 PM on December 17, 2017

Just boxed up cookies for Group Scone! Also finally created a Spotify account, and I didn't realize I should have specified an artist for "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Barbra seems to be doing a slower, even more syrupy version of Barry Manilow's arrangement (with the Manilow Modulation™, but without the opening verse). The one you want, though, is Nancy Wilson. So good. (That one modulates too, but doesn't call attention to it). Ella's is good too but I feel like the Nancy Wilson recording is canonical, even without the verse.
posted by fedward at 8:56 AM on December 18, 2017 [3 favorites]

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