I don’t care if you buy your cookies or bake them. I just think everyone should participate in this most fun work event of the year. Although, as much as we all love oreos, cookie swap deserves some effort—even if it’s just slice and bake. The tins start arriving at my desk in the morning, and by 11:30 people in meetings are eyeing the clock. At noon the trays are laden and we gather to admire our collective handiwork. By 12:30, there are nothing but crumbs and we are happily back to work.
Every year, I feel a responsibility to really represent and some years I try to deliver some over the top creation–preferably dusted with gold powder. But sometimes the classics are just fine. I look forward all year to Ina Garten’s Fruitcake Cookies. They are the best, I just replace the figs with more dried apricots, cherries, and cranberries. And this year I was determined to make a dent in the red, green, and white sprinkles I bought on sale last year.
Feeling inspired? After all it’s just not Christmas without a tin of something sweet. Look here to find your perfect molasses cookie or the chocolate treat that will keep Santa hanging around.