My friend Meatball invited all of our Boston-based college friends for a cookie swap at her place in Charlestown. I'd never been to a cookie swap (we all agreed that gathering to do this was "so adult"), so I wasn't sure what to expect. Armed with a tin full of homemade Pecan Sandies, I headed up to Boston.
We were greeted by a glowing tree:
Our hostess made peanut butter bars which hearken back to our college days - Bates commons always had these tasty treats and I loved them all alone or mixed with soft serve ice cream. Since these friends from the cookie swap are the ones I spent hours (more like days, or even weeks) sitting with in the dining hall, chatting & eating & laughing with, these bars were a taste of college (minus the Milwaukee's Best Light):
My friend Holly and I arrived first and we unpacked our cookies onto the same platter - here are her jam thumbprint cookies alongside my Pecan Sandies:
Our final spread included (clockwise from bottom right) Oreo truffles, the Pecan Sandies & thumbprint cookies, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Chip cookies, mocha cookies with cocoa nibs, peanut butter bars, & peanut butter cookies with Hershey Kisses.
I left with a tin full of cookies and Jesse and I are (not so) slowly making our way through them. I need to email all the girls and get their recipes... this is a killer spread of cookies!
One week to go 'til Christmas...stay hungry!