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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Recap: Cookie Swap for a Cause

We've finally come down from the sugar high of Sunday's #cookieswap to post an event recap. And what an event it was! 150+ swappers and snackers + 8,000 cookies = one crazy awesome #cookieswap.

The festivities started at 2pm, when Santa greeted attendees downstairs at Space with a Soul and directed them to the seventh floor loft, which we'd decorated with gold tablecloths and a holiday-themed photo booth.

After checking in and sharing the number of cookies they'd brought, swappers found a spot for displaying their goodies. They also sampled Polar's holiday flavors of seltzer or UDI's gluten-free cookies, created clothespin reindeer in the craft corner, or posed in the photo booth.

Around 3pm, Melissa from Swap.com made announcements and we handed out GladWare which the swappers and snackers filled with cookies. With dozens of cookies to choose from, including Cappucino "Kisses", Goat Cheese and Lime Cheesecake Thumprints, Reindeer Pinwheels, and Peppermint Merginges, it was tough to choose a favorite. Which is why we crowned two winners in our cookie contest: Jared Lazzaro for Nonna Bea's Raspberry Squares and Dawn Durkee for her Walnut Shortbread Cookies.

The Raspberry Squares were unfortunately devoured before I could sample them, but Dawn's shortbread was pretty amazing and she even brought some wrapping paper and boxes to create a multi-level display (a swapper after our own hearts!). You can find all the recipes on the Cookie Swap microsite, which was created by our pals at My Reci, a super-cool new platform for organizing recipes online.

All told, we raised $1,000 for Cookies for Kids' Cancer and had a fantastic time in the process. Big thanks to our "swap sisters" Melissa and Amy from Swap.com, as well as Glad to Give, My Reci, KO Catering and Pies, OXO kitchen tools, Udi's Gluten Free Foods, Space with a Soul, and, of course, all our fabulous swappers and snackers.

Next, we're gearing up for World Swap Day with our January food swap scheduled for Sunday, January 22. Want to get in on the #swaplove? RSVP through Eventbrite.

Photos courtesy of The Swapaholics

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