December 15, 2005 we celebrated our ninth annual exchange at Arbor
Heights. We missed having long-time baker Robert with us this year (hope
he's spreading the tradition at his new school!), but it was great welcoming
Vern into the fold! Below are
glimpses of a few moments we hope will brighten your holidays. Happy
New Year! - Keith, Mark, Dave, and Vern!
Find info on our
on the Food Network here!
Report from Discovery Elementary
in Mukilteo, WA:
just celebrated our 5th annual menís cookie exchange at Discovery
Elementary. All four of us have turned into cookie baking regulars.
Check out the attached pictures. Shawnís personalized toolboxes would
have to win the award for best presentation (if we had such an award).
Each year, I choose from something from my motherís cookie recipes, most of
which her mother made. It was at my motherís urging that my grandmother
put the ingredients in those recipes into standard measurements, instead of
handfuls, pinches, and so on. As I was debating what to bake this year, my
mom mentioned that there was another recipe that my grandmother never wrote
down, but that she had come across those same cookies in an old cookbook.
So, I made Christmas stars and brought some family heritage back to life. -
Find out how many men want to
bake cookies. This is important! The bakers need to know how
many to bake for.
Decide on a date and time for
Bake your cookies! Make one
dozen for each guy in the exchange. Be careful about how you
count! You only need to bake for the other guys, so don't count
presentation... Arrange your cookies on nice,
festive-looking plates. Colored plastic wrap and ribbon are optional here,
When the day arrives, arrange to
meet and share your creations! You'll be going home with lots of great
Miscellaneous tips and
Bars are also just fine.
Make copies of your recipe to
share with the other bakers.
Don't skimp on ingredients - use
butter, for goodness sake.
Spouses and significant others
are NOT allowed to do your baking!
Obviously, no Chips Ahoy, Slice
'n Bake, etc.
Try to avoid recipes by famous
Each guy bring an extra dozen to
leave out for the rest of the staff to enjoy.
Men's Cookie Song
by Marv Breece
Sung to the tune of "Rawhide"
Bakin', bakin', bakin'
All the cookies makin'
To the school I'm takin'
Thru rain and wind and weather,
Light as a feather
OK, they're store bought, I lied.......
Lake Stickney Elem,
Let us know if
you had a Men's Cookie Exchange at your school!
in the Seattle Times, 12/21/01
a real nice page of recipes from Derry Lyons of the Kent School
District. Thanks, Derry!