The cookie swap is a type of party that I associate with the holiday season, i.e. December, but there is no reason whatsoever not to have them year-round, or at least start early – especially many of your friends happen to be enthusiastic bakers.
For those who don’t know what a cookie swap is, there’s a very thorough explanation here; basically, someone hosts a party to which everyone brings a large batch of cookies – that’s the “cookie” part – then everyone exchanges part of their batch – that’s the “swap” part – and everyone ends up with about as many cookies as they started with, but all different kinds. Variety, the spice of life! Or something.
Anyway, I made these:
Mint chocolate cookies. They are great for cookie swaps, because mint is festive (as everyone knows), and the cookies are small, but the recipe very reliably makes exactly five dozen.
Unfortunately, I cannot share the recipe, due to a promise my mother made to a family friend sixteen years ago. So I guess you will just have to host a cookie swap and invite me! I think I can give away this much, though: to get that glossy layer to the top, break Andes Candies mints in half, and place half a mint on top of each cookie as soon as they come out of the oven. Wait a few minutes for the mint to begin to melt, then use the back of a spoon to smear it around. Voila! And happy holidays.
What I’m reading: How Did You Get This Number, Sloane Crosley; Tinkers, Paul Harding
What I’m listening to: Achtung Baby, U2