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Wrap party and cookie swap

It’s time, Conflucians. Yes, once a year, we go looking for the tape and wherever the kids have hidden the scissors and spend the evening wrapping all of those things we spent too much money on.

Note to the economists: my gauge of a successful Christmas season is how much time I spend in predatory parking mode at the mall. This year, it didn’t take me long to spot my prey. Some years, I can circle the parking lot for 20 minutes. This year, not a problem. I have been finding them with relative ease. That’s not to say the mall isn’t crowded. This is NJ, after all. But there aren’t that many people blowing wads of cash this year. It’s not as bad as 2008 but it’s still pretty bad.

Anyway, I thought we could keep each other company during the wrap session by swapping cookie recipes. My favorites are Raspberry Jam Strips but I have to go look up the recipe. In the meantime, MissChievous, a Swiss-Canadian living in Switzerland, posted this chocolate cookie recipe for Tp-Die-For Chocolate Mint Cookies:

Yum-yum. Let’s see Paula Deen top that.

On your mark… Get set… Wrap!