Though I am not a huge fan of Valentine's day, I am a fan of friends and cookies...I mean, who isn't? So, in the tradition of Leslie Knope, my friend Erin and I hosted a "Galentine's day" cookie exchange.
I love cookie exchanges. I know they aren't for everyone because they do require quite a bit of baking (or buying), but the reward is so great. You get to take home SO MANY COOKIES!! Of all different kinds! And none of the calories count.*
This year's exchange was such a success. We had six wonderful women (and one adorable baby) join the festivities.
We kept the menu very light: cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, and lots of cookies! It is physically impossible for me to throw a party without champagne, so we had some bubbly (along with non-alcoholic cider and sparkling water). Coffee and tea rounded out the offerings.
Now, on to the cookies. These were seriously some of the best cookies I've ever had:
- Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 7-Layer Bars (with and without nuts)
- Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Banana Mini Muffins
- Spritz Cookies
- Snowy Bonbons
- Homemade Thin Mints
- Maryland's Famous Berger Cookies
- Blondie Bars
Click here for some of the recipes featured at the exchange.
Read about previous cookie exchanges:
Festive Cookie Exchange