The Men's Cookie Exchange, 2006
Arbor Heights Elementary School
Seattle, Washington

Earlier exchanges: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998


On December 13, 2006 we celebrated our tenth annual exchange at Arbor Heights.  We had a great turnout this year, including newcomers Mark and Roberto!  Below are glimpses of a few moments we hope will brighten your holidays. Happy New Year - Keith, Mark, Dave, Mark, Walter, and Roberto! 


Find info on our 2003 appearance on the Food Network here!

Report from Discovery Elementary in Mukilteo, WA:

We held our 6th annual Men’s Cookie Exchange this year – our biggest and best one yet!  Three guys came to our staff at Discovery this year, and they all joined in the baking.  Not only were all the cookies edible this time – they were delicious!   Shawn’s red polycarbonate canteens would have earned him the award for best presentation for the second year in a row (if we had such an award).  There were plenty of extras that went into the staff room for the women to share, so everyone was happy.  And it was educational - Jeff learned not to put all 6 dozen cookies on one big plate! Happy holidays!

Our Recipes!


  1. Find out how many men want to bake cookies.  This is important!  The bakers need to know how many to bake for.

  2. Decide on a date and time for the exchange.

  3. Bake your cookies! Make one dozen for each guy in the exchange.  Be careful about how you count!  You only need to bake for the other guys, so  don't count yourself.

  4. Presentation, presentation, presentation... Arrange your cookies on nice, festive-looking plates. Colored plastic wrap and ribbon are optional here, but fun. 

  5. When the day arrives, arrange to meet and share your creations!  You'll be going home with lots of great cookies!

Miscellaneous tips and suggestions:

  • Bars are also just fine.

  • Make copies of your recipe to share with the other bakers.

  • Don't skimp on ingredients - use butter, for goodness sake.

  • Spouses and significant others are NOT allowed to do your baking!

  • Obviously, no Chips Ahoy, Slice 'n Bake, etc.

  • Try to avoid recipes by famous women bakers.

  • Each guy bring an extra dozen to leave out for the rest of the staff to enjoy.

The Men's Cookie Song

by Marv Breece
Sung to the tune of "Rawhide"

Bakin', bakin', bakin'
All the cookies makin'
To the school I'm takin'
MY PRIDE.........
Thru rain and wind and weather,
Light as a feather
OK, they're store bought, I lied.......

Other Men's Exchanges:

Discovery School,
 Mukilteo, WA

Lake Stickney Elem,
Mukilteo, WA

Let us know if you had a Men's Cookie Exchange at your school!

Article in the Seattle Times, 12/21/01

Here's a real nice page of recipes from Derry Lyons of the Kent School District.  Thanks, Derry!



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