Toffee Chocolate Chip Toonies

By Thursday, December 22, 2011

Every year, time seems to speed up. And every year, I find myself repeating the same clichéd sentence.

“I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas!”

Here we are, once again. Just a few sleeps away from what is – in my opinion – the biggest day of the year. I’m not the type to get excited about Christmas, but lately I have been thinking I should take more time to appreciate the season, the special people in my life and generally just be more festive.

It would help if we could get some snow, but I guess that’s asking for a lot.

I try my hardest to get really into things. Day-to-day life can get mundane and repetitive – wake up, go to work, sleep, eat, shop, go to soccer… these are the things that I do every day and can do every day. Halloween, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Christmas… they only come once every 365 (or 366) days. Might as well take advantage of them, switch up the regular and dive head-first into these festive occasions. I like to use them as an excuse to change it up.

This is especially true at work. Sitting at desk all day, staring at a computer or being in meetings can wear thin. So whenever there’s a special event, I make sure we celebrate in style and urge my colleagues to do the same. Why waste the opportunity to have fun and get excited for a change?

For Christmas, we decided to do a gift exchange and cookie exchange (we also had a catered lunch by Brian’s Butchery and Deli and it was amazing). The gift exchange was a blast but I’d done a lot of them before (mostly in Girl Guides, to be honest).  The cookie exchange was a first for me, and it turned out to be really fun.

I made Toffee Chocolate Chip Toonies and they were really great. Quick, easy and because I made my cookies bigger than toonies, the recipe made four dozen (it’s supposed to make 75) which was perfect for our exchange. My Other Half promptly inhaled eight of them, and we decided that since we had 20 participants in the office cookie exchange, everyone should bring 40 cookies. That meant we got two of each type. Pretty good idea.

So I went home with a tin of 20 different types of cookies, and two of each kind. Had I been sticking around Ottawa, this would have been awesome to put out for guests, bring to parties, or just eat in bed (which is the more likely situation). But because I was going away for Christmas I ended up leaving them for My Other Half and big cousin to devour. I did however, in true Julia fashion, pick out all the good ones before I left.

A cookie exchange is a nice way – at any time of year – to switch up the regular potluck or office party.  Take the time to get involved and be festive. It can be surprisingly rewarding. Our cookie exchange and Christmas party was a great success, so I’m sure we’ll do it again someday. Maybe I’ll even have my book club do it in the New Year. Anyway…

Merry Christmas everyone!

(That’s right, I said Christmas. Not “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings”. Christmas!)

1 Comment
  • Mama Kent
    December 24, 2011

    OK so did you find two of each cookie was enough? I wouldn’t think so unless I didn’t like them. Mind you with 20 participants it would be a killer to do 6 or 12 for everyone. Just a thought.

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