Monday, December 21, 2009

Ah, the delicious aftermath.

Max's cookie
(photo by Dan)

Why choose just one?
(photo by Dan)

My 13th annual Holiday Cookie Party was last night. Once I finish the dishes (which may take a while), I'll get back to regular blogging -- and I'll share recipe links and photos for many of these items.

A number of my friends couldn't make it, but most of those who did attend are among my favorite people in the NYC area. About 50 friends and friendly strangers stopped by over the course of the evening, including two women from across the street, whom I'd never met, who just happened to be outside their home and were invited on a whim by one of my other guests.

Rosy cheeks at the cookie party
(photo by Dan)

Three children were in attendance this year (up from one last year and none the previous 11 years). They were delightful to be around, but I know that the party's evening start time doesn't work for parents whose kids have early bedtimes. Next year, I may have to throw a pre-Cookie Party event for the tots, with an emphasis on decoration, and then I could serve any uneaten creations at the classic evening party.

Cookie Party prep

Cookie Party Menu (2009)

1. Black and White Espresso Chip Cookies - NEW!
2. Chocolate Peppermint Snaps - NEW!
3. Chocolate Wakeups
4. Citrus Sizzlers
5. Coconut Joe Froggers (vegan)
6. Cornflake Pecan Honeys - IMPROVED!
7. Deluxe Sugar Cookies to decorate
8. Magnolia Peanut Butterscotch
9. Margarita Cookies
10. Mrs. Fields Cookies (walnuts)
11. Nutella Cranberry Crisps (hazelnut)
12. Cocoa Snowflakes (pistachios)
13. Salty Oatmeal Cookies
14. Shortbread Jammies - NEW!
15. Snickerdoodles
16. Spritz Cookies (contain almond extract)
17. Triple Ginger Spice Cookies (vegan)
18. Walnut Rum Errors (2 ways) - NEW!
19. World Peace Cookies - NEW!

Bar Cookies and Other Sweets
20. Boy Scout Bars
Buttermilk Bacon Pralines - NEW!
Double Decker Peanut Butter Marbled Meltaway Fudge
English Toffee (peanuts)
Midnight Rum Balls (vegan)
21. Pecan Turtle Bars

Artichoke Dip and crackers
Baby Carrots and Hummus
Crispix Mix (pistachios) - Lime or Original
Dried Wasabi Peas
Herb Biscuits with filling (vegetarian)
Spicy Cheese Puffs
Turkey Meatballs
Veggie Booty

Fair Trade Hot Cocoa
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Cranberry Tea (optional: with rum or bourbon)
Milk, Water, Assorted Teas
Wine (thanks to all the people who brought wine!)


If you attended, leave a comment letting me know what your favorite cookie was. And if you took any photos during the party, send them my way.

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