December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!
Kyle – our master of ceremonies

The plan was to make my dough the day before, allow it to chill overnight, and then wake up early Monday morning and bake my cookies so that they could be fresh and warm for the 10:00 a.m. cookie exchange.  In retrospect, a late decision to test-bake a batch probably saved my ass.  Given the size of my kitchen, the single baking pan that came with the apartment, and the fact that I had to bake 13 dozen cookies, I probably would have had to wake up at 4:00 a.m. to be ready in time.  As it was, I was baking until bedtime last night.

December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!
78 cookies later and I’m ready for bed.

This morning, I was the first one to present my Drunken Uncles (TM Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and/or whoever actually came up with the Drunken Uncle name) at the first annual Dark Matter cookie exchange.

December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!

 Akemi included a tag with each bag of cookies.  A nice touch, I thought (note the careful attention to red noses).  And then I saw the little tags on the cookies presented by our 1st Assistant Art Director and Graphics Maestro Roxanne Borris:

December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!
Pretty awesome, no?

We gathered in the production office where we laid our cookies out for the photo op –

December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!
Two of our bakers M.I.A. Note my endearingly natural smile.

After which we helped ourselves to the cookie selection – 12 half dozen varieties.  I sample every one of them.

December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!

And then shut my office door and napped until it was time to go home.

Can’t wait until next year!

13 thoughts on “December 15, 2014: The Dark Matter Cookie Exchange!

  1. Hey!! Did I miss it? Who won? Not you I’m guessing.

    That is a great idea and I love the tags. Awesome tag from your 1st Assistant Art Director and Graphics Maestro, but what would you expect from her. Where is a picture of the winning cookie?

  2. My sister baked a lemon pound cake cookies last night for her husband’s cookies exchange. They were amazing! Sadly his coworkers put little to no effort and what he brought back was….well….sad! Only one well made cookie was worthy!

  3. I’ve eaten many a cookie in my day, and the best I’ve ever had ALWAYS comes down to Nestle Toll House cookies (no nuts), prepared exactly as the recipe dictates (butter, not margarine, for instance). They are like crack. (I must find a good GF alternative – Pillsbury has a GF cookie dough that is pretty good, but I want a ‘from scratch’ recipe.)

    Second best ALWAYS comes down to those sugar-dusted, buttery, nutty cookies my Italian friends always make around the holidays. They remain ever a mystery to me…I have no idea what’s in them or what they’re called, but whatever they are I can’t stop eating them!

    Alas, I haven’t had Toll House or those mysterious Italian delights in over two years, but I still remember them as the two cookies I just can’t stop eating…well…couldn’t stop eating until my belly forced me to go glutton…I mean, gluten…free. 😉


  4. I have my mother’s banana bread cookie recipe written down somewhere.

    I agree with das, sometimes the recipe right on the chocolate chip bag is the best. The one on the Quaker oats lid does it for me, I adore oatmeal cookies. Today I begin my “neighbor” baking, starting with a double batch of fudge. No one really reciprocates, except the gal who gives me wine, and the family whose kids “make” bags of hot cocoa and marshmallows. That’s okay. I am the cookie lady on this small block.

  5. I’m so jealous. You work (and play) 20 hour days, and eat every dessert you see, often multiple helpings, and you are not fat! I can’t help but think that there is a daily 5 mile run in your schedule that you just don’t mention. You do, occasionally mention exercise, but casually and with no real enthusiasm. I’m beginning to suspect smoke and mirrors in that you “pretend” to not like to work out, but secretly run marathons while the audience is distracted by the cute girlfriend and doggies. 🙂

  6. Well, I know by the results of my fantasy football game that you probably ended up losing last night thanks to the completely inept Bears. It is amazing how there are weeks where only of a few of the fantasy stars play a halfway decent game and everyone else just tanks. Case in point: last week I got 185 points as most of my guys did a little better than expected(we have PPR and many bonuses), this week my same exact starting lineup only got me 108. Thankfully it was still enough to win as my opponent barely broke 80 points this week. Mind you, he won the title for highest regular season points. One of the most fun things about fantasy football is also what is the most infuriating about it: its unpredictability! Now I’m in the championship game, against a team that has only lost one game this entire year. It’s gonna be a rough one…

    Why is the cookie exchange only a yearly event? Seems to me like it should be at least every other month or so! Perhaps one per quarter, following a seasonal change? Different times of year have different cookies that go with them, right? 😉

    -Mike A.

  7. I would have taken a nap after all those cookies too! Or maybe run a few laps around the building to keep from getting a post prandial dip.

    I’ll echo everyone else and ask for recipes! (also pictures of the other cookies please)

    Das: I wonderful if you’re talking about those little shortbread cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar? There are lots of names for those little addictive treats. Mexican Wedding Cookies, snowballs, pecan meltaways, skipplens and etc…. I’ve heard there is a new flour mixture that performs close to wheat flour in recipes. I’ll find out the name, if you’re interested.

  8. So many cookies!! I’m trying to stay cookie free until Christmas, at which point I will ditch the kale and spaghetti squash and eat pre-nibbled cookies from my nieces. I like Kyle’s xmas sweater, very Swedish-crime-solving-detective, I want one.

  9. Wow, that’s better than an office Christmas party any time! The tags were a nice touch! Those Santa tags look like metal, are they? Awesome!

  10. So, is the spaceship on Roxanne’s (excellent) card the final decision on the shuttle design? 🙂

    Are you now going to rate everyone’s cookies? Maybe not so good an idea! 🙂

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