The Cooky Tyrant

A while ago I decided that I would say yes to more things. I set a simple rule. I could say no if it was something I hate (I’m not coming to strip your wallpaper), something I wasn’t available for or something that required me to take my clothes off and/or break the law. 

I’m doing this for two reasons – left to my own devices I would moulder alone at home. I’m not the sort of person who tends to get invited to things (I’m not especially fun or witty, which doesn’t help). I also need to meet new friends (who might not mind that I’m not especially fun and might invite me to do things). 

I’ve said yes to a day session about learning to code, I said yes to the Brownies, a theatre board, the symphony, farmers markets and now I’ve agreed to participate in a Christmas cooky exchange.

I am bringing shortbread. I was going to bring homemade butter tarts, but we are only allowed to bring cookies. Fine. Nana’s shortbread. Someone posted they were bringing chocolate chip cookies. Now, I like chocolate chip cookies. But, not exactly festive. Then there was the person who is bringing gluten free peanut butter cookies. I don’t begrudge the gluten free (and I’ll bring her a batch of gf shortbread – it’s easy), but, uhhh, peanut butter? 

Maybe another rule. I think another rule. One that lets me be a bit more tyrannical. 

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3 Responses to The Cooky Tyrant

  1. Stacey says:

    I did a cookie exchange last year and honestly ALL the other cookies were so awful that I vowed never again. I made Chocolate orange cookies, you know the Terry’s chocolate oranges? I think I used 11 of them and chopped them into bits, and zested all these oranges to infuse the batter. I made all those batches then in exchange got: three kinds of dry cranberry cookies, a tiny baggie of dog biscuit hard mint chocolate stars, and I don’t remember what else but we ended up throwing them in the compost. This year I’m only baking for family and friends and I’ll make my own variety. p.s. I don’t know if your job brings you to Calgary anymore but I’ve always wanted to be brave enough to say we could have coffee if you wanted. I’ve been reading your blog for years but you don’t really know me so I never wanted to sound like an internet weirdo.

  2. debby says:

    Hi. I AM an internet weirdo! Maybe we could have an internet weirdo convention! Where people who are not especially fun or witty could meet. And not exchange cookies.

  3. loribeth says:

    I know my relatives in the States are always doing elaborate Christmas cookie exchanges — but I have never heard of or been to one here. Maybe we Canadians just need more practice at it?? 😉

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