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Out & About: Make a killing in the Upper Valley’s cookie-based economy with 2019 walks and swaps

  • Cookie are displayed during last year's cookie walk at Baxter Memorial Library in Sharon. (Courtesy photographs)

  • Cookie are displayed during last year's cookie walk at Baxter Memorial Library in Sharon. (Courtesy photographs)

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 11/30/2019 10:29:18 PM
Modified: 12/10/2019 10:02:51 AM

A holiday dessert table wouldn’t be complete without a platter of assorted Christmas cookies. Shortbread, pecan sandies, chocolate crinkles, sugar cookies, spritz — everyone has their favorites.

But with all the other preparations going on, only the most dedicated bakers have time to make all those different kinds of cookies. Fortunately, there are a number of upcoming cookie walks and cookie exchanges where you can find cookies to suit every taste.

While the goal of both walks and swaps is the same (you go home with cookies!), the two events are conducted differently.

At a cookie walk, participants bring their own containers, select the cookies they want from a variety of offerings, and then pay by the pound.

At a cookie exchange, each person bakes and brings one type of cookie, and everyone leaves with an assortment of all the different varieties. No money changes hands.

At both events, bakers may be asked to share their recipes, or at least to list their ingredients for the benefit of those with dietary restrictions.

Certain other rules may apply. For instance, at the cookie exchange taking place at Weathersfield Center Church from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, each participant is responsible for bringing two dozen cookies — one dozen to sample at the party, and one dozen to swap. All contributions must be baked from scratch. Mixes, commercial ready-to-bake cookies and no-bake types (such as Rice Krispies treats) are not allowed.

“Nothing against Rice Krispies treats,” said Sara DeGennaro, who is organizing the event along with fellow Weathersfield resident Maureen Bogosian. “But some people spend a lot of time making nice cookies. There are some really good bakers in Weathersfield.”

Novice bakers shouldn’t feel intimidated, however. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, as long as they’re homemade.

“If we get six dozen chocolate chip cookies, it’s OK,” DeGennaro said.

The Weathersfield cookie exchange, which will also feature music and ornament crafts for kids, is being revived after at least a decade on hiatus.

“When people heard about it, they were really excited,” DeGennaro said.

Asked to name her favorite kind of cookie, DeGennaro didn’t hesitate: Jam thumbprints.

If you’re craving Christmas cookies, here are some other sales and exchanges happening this month.

Cookie swaps, walksand sales

Cookie walk in Sharon

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon.

Baxter Memorial Library, 5114 Route 14.

Assorted homemade cookies, sold by the pound. Proceeds support Baxter Memorial Library. To bake and donate cookies to the sale, email Donations may be dropped off (in an airtight container) on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 3-7 p.m. or between 8:30 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 (the morning of the sale). 802-763-2875

Holiday market
in Lebanon

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lebanon United Methodist Church, 18 School St.

Unique gifts, a cookie walk, baked goods, jams, salsa, handmade crafts, local vendors, a kids craft activity and a mini holiday village. 603-448-5478.

St. Anthony Church
Christmas bazaar
in White River Junction

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m.

St. Anthony Church, 15 Church St.

Gifts, home decor, themed Christmas trees, wreaths, white elephant, jewelry, handcrafted ornaments, raffles and more. Baked goods and a cookie walk on Saturday; Knights of Columbus-sponsored lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. 802-295-2225

Holiday bazaar and cookie walk in Woodstock

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane.

Holiday gifts, handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, knitted and felted items, wreaths, homemade goodies, jams, jellies, pickles and more. A cookie walk, raffle and a visit from Santa. Donations of cookies and crafts welcome. All proceeds support Thompson Senior Center services. 802-457-3277.

Christmas craft fair and cookie sale in Enfield

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enfield United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 314 Route 4.

Crafts, gifts and a cookie sale. This event is part of the Enfield Village Association's "Hometown Holidays." Spaces for crafters are available. Contact Karen DeWolf Ricard at 603-632-1287. 603-632-1287.

Holiday cookie sale
in Enfield

Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m.

Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 Route 4A.

Choose from more than 50 varieties of homemade cookies for your holiday cookie tray. All cookies sold at $10 per pound. BYO container, or purchase one at the museum. 603-632-4346.

Holiday potluck and cookie swap in West Lebanon

Friday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Kilton Public Library community room, 80 Main St.

A potluck of holiday foods from around the world, followed by a cookie swap. Bring an entree or dessert to share. Hosted by the Lebanon Gourmet Cooking Club. Club meets monthly. Call 603-359-7116 or visit for more information.

Cookie walk in Hartland

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m.

First Congregational Church (Brick Church), 10 Station Road

Fill a box or bag (provided) with Christmas cookies. Proceeds benefit the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church. 802-436-2224.

Cookie exchange
in Weathersfield

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon.

Weathersfield Center Church, 2579 Weathersfield Center Road.

Bring 2 dozen homemade holiday cookies (no mixes, no-bake or frozen dough), along with a copy of the recipe and a container to carry cookies home. Text 802-233-8755 to RSVP.

Christmas cookie sale
in Orford

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Orford Social Library, 573 Main St.

Homemade cookie sale to benefit the upcoming 2020 free concert series at the Orford Bandstand. Cookies are sold by the pound. Bring a container, or purchase one on site. 603-353-4220.

Cookie walk in Orford

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon.

Rivendell Academy, 2972 Route 25A.

Choose from different types of cookies and fill a plate. All cookies are priced per pound. Proceeds support Rivendell Academy Spanish students' 2020 trip to Spain. 802-333-3507.

Cookie swap in Plainfield

Sunday, Dec. 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Plainfield Community Church, 1094 Route 12A.

Bring three dozen cookies of one kind, the recipe to share and a container to take other cookies home. Coffee, tea and punch will be served. 603-675-5436.

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