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13 Nov, 2012

A bit about a recent cookie exchange

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I’ve talked about my issues with cookie baking here before. First, I lack some equipment that would make it easier and faster (er, like a fancy Kitchen Aid stand mixer… I’m SURE I’d bake more if I had one!) and then there’s the patience side of things. The mere thought of measuring mixing cutting placing baking cooling decorating is ALMOST too much for my poor brain to bear.

ANYWAY. Enter Sobeys. (You can read about my involvement with Sobeys here.) As part of this gig I was asked to participate in a cookie exchange. And here’s the best/worst part of it! Rebecca – who is surely a master baker because she seems to bake something almost Every Single Day – was my cookie swap partner.

Cue panic attack.

I had no choice but to bake up a batch. Here’s my post/recipe about it over on the Sobeys website. And below is a quick pic of the cookies we received from Rebecca. They were gone in a flash, mostly because my family is utterly starved of homemade cookies. Poor things.

Rebecca's cookies!

Here’s the recipe for Rebecca’s cookies as shown above.

I think this wee project may have converted me into a cookie baker. What about you? Are you a cookie baker, or cookie buyer? :)

p.s. If you’re on Pinterest and love food, you might be interested in Sobeys new contest. Deets are over here.

4 Responses to "A bit about a recent cookie exchange"

1 | Pamela

November 13th, 2012 at 11:02 am


Andrea, cookie baking can be complex, but it can also be SO EASY! Cookies are my go-to if guests are coming in half an hour and I need to make something up fast. They’re that easy. Just in the past week I made chocolate chip cookies and snicker doodles on two separate occasions. One cookbook I use a lot is called “Vegan Cookies Take Over the World.”

2 | Lisa from Iroquois

November 13th, 2012 at 6:09 pm


I’ve settled for making batches of squares until I’m finished my thesis. It’s a time management thing.

3 | Erin Marshall

November 13th, 2012 at 6:53 pm


Rebecca brought your cookies to the e-Newsletter workshop last Tuesday and they were fantastic!

4 | andrea

November 14th, 2012 at 12:10 pm


Pamela: I need to be better at this. I know it!

Lisa: I’m with you! Squares are so much less finicky!

Erin: Good to know. Thanks for sampling!!

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