About a month ago I received an email from a coworker asking if I would be interested in taking part in an office Christmas cookie exchange.
I have to admit that I was pretty excited about this. First of all, I know that many of my coworkers are fans of Maiu’s baking. Second of all, this gives me a chance to try out our cookie press that we purchased at the Baking & Sweets show a few months back.
There are 9 of us involved in this cookie exchange. The way it works is that each chef involved will receive 6 cookies from everyone. We will also bake extra cookies so that we can sell them to the rest of the office. Money raised will go charity.
When trying to decide which recipe to use for this, it was not time experiment. We chose the cinco de cocoa cookies. These were a big hit when we ‘tested’ them on my coworkers a little while back.
That being said, I wanted to switch it up and use the cookie press. In hindsight, not a good idea. I’ll get into that in a moment.
With all the ingredients gathered, it was time to get started. Maiu was on mixing duty, and I was making sure she had what she needed when she needed it, and then I would put stuff away when she was done with it. It’s a great system and worked like a charm.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In the original recipe, it calls for chocolate chips to be added in the last stage of mixing. Now because we will be using the cookie press (mistake #1), these will have to be added on top of the pressed cookies (mistake #2).
Now that Maiu has made the mix for me (a perfect mix I might add. Thank you darling), it was time for me to mess everything up. Time to learn how to use the cookie press. I chose the Christmas tree design. I thought it was fitting for the situation. After a few test cookies, I was ready to roll….or actually I was ready to press.
I was able to fit 24 cookies per cookies sheet. They were in the oven for 10 minutes. The recipe called for 15 minutes, but these were much smaller due to mistake #1 (yes, the cookie press).
After much baking, I had my cookies ready for packing. Maiu cut out some cardboard squares and wrapped them with aluminum foil. I placed 6 cookies on each and then put this in Christmas cellophane bags.
If the cookies don’t work out, at least my presentation was perfect.
The next day was the BIG DAY! I walked into the lunch room where the exchange would take place and was blown away with a massive display of sweetness! Cookies as far as the eye could see. I am usually not intimidated when someone else’s cookies are larger than mine, but I have have to admit that this time, I was envious.
Everyone placed their cookies in large trays. No individual packaging. I thought to myself “oh no, I didn’t do it right”. I was welcomed with several “oh wow Rob, you out them all in bags, that’s great”. Phew, I did ok.
There was a space at the table reserved for me. I placed all of my amazingly packaged cookies in a nice neat pile. As I participant in the exchange, I got to bring home a big pile of cookies for Maiu to taste. They were all so delicious with Jennifer’s Empire Biscuits taking #1 in our hearts (she was willing to share this recipe with all of us).
At the end of the day, $100 was raised. This will go towards Christmas gifts for a children’s charity.
What did I learn here. #1 leave the baking to Maiu. #2 if I must absolutely do baking, don’t mess with the recipe.
Here’s an image of what I brought home to Maiu for tasting.
Maiu will be posting the amazing recipe for our cookies soon. Stay tuned kids.