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The Cookie List

December 16, 2009

When the cookie-baking spirit hits, it hits hard.  In December there is pretty much never a day when I don’t have 2 sticks of butter softening on the kitchen counter.  Sometimes I don’t even know what they are destined for when I take them out of the fridge; I just know I will be creaming them shortly, and a baked good is imminent.  Speaking of butter; if you live near a Stew Leonard’s, 1-pound boxes of their house butter are 4 for $7.   Not for nothing, as my friend Karen would say.

Chewy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies with Cranberries and Pecans

If you need a little nudge to get your cookie recipient list off to a good start, here are some people who might appreciate a little box of somethin’-somethin’.  And so you’re not scrambling through your Tupperware and scribbling names on containers with a Sharpie, don’t forget to stock up on nice giftable bags and tags. (Writing this makes me feel so organized and mature, I hardly recognize myself.  I just might take my own sanctimonious advice.)

The kids’ teachers

The mailman

The guy who plows the driveway

Your aunt

The neighbors

Your kids’ best friend’s family

Your assistant

Your boss

That guy in accounting who has such a thankless job

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Your boyfriend’s mother

The doorman

Your doctor

The other parents in the carpool

Your kid’s piano teacher

Your uncle

The vet

Your favorite bookseller

The residents and employees at the senior home

The interns

Your vegan friend, who never gets to eat cookies


Your great aunt and uncle

The folks at the soup kitchen

The dog walker

The potato guy at the greenmarket

The babysitter

The building super

The tutor

Your favorite cashier at the supermarket

The newsstand guy

The pharmacist

Your brother-in-law

Everyone at the nail salon

The other class mom

The nurse who was so nice to your grandfather

The friend who just lost her job

Your lawyer’s really nice receptionist

The nice guy at the copy shop who stayed open late to finish the job

The colleague who helped save your can on that big project

The librarian

The dry cleaner

The wine store guy

The yoga teacher

The older woman who lives down the street and always seems so inordinately pleased to see your children

Who are you baking for this year?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Eve permalink
    December 18, 2009 12:46 am

    This sounds so dreamy . . . but I’ll just have to keep dreaming for now. I find that this time of year is so crazy, with about four times the normal amount of stuff going on. Then one kid gets sick, then another . . . and things get further and further behind. So for me the thought of baking cookies for anyone at this time of year is a pipedream — sad, isn’t it?
    I like to bake and give it away, but I think I will have to do it at some totally unexpected time of year, when I am relaxed, and when people are getting tired of their January austerity diets — maybe February would be a good time!

    • Katie Workman, Editor-in-Chief permalink*
      December 18, 2009 12:20 pm

      You know, that’s just a great idea. It’s not like there aren’t enough holiday sweets flying around the house and the office at this moment in time. february is whenw e could all REALLY use some cookies!

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