Cookie Party!

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My friend Colleen, who just happens to be part owner of Tsunami, emailed me a tasty looking cookie recipe one day. I suggested we have a cookie party and make a bunch of cookies to share. One thing led to another and soon we had eight women, 11 kids, and four recipe books at Tsunami on Sunday. We had the run of the kitchen (and the bar)!

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I'm not much of a baker, but with a little help from my friends I whipped up some butter cookies for the kids to decorate and some surprisingly delicious chocolate chip cookies. (The secret ingredient was walnuts!) Colleen & Maggie made some almond cookies; Mary made lace ones; Natalie whipped up some Martha Stewart peanut butter and jelly cupcakes (pictured below); Kirsten made brownie cookies; Aimee was a general assistant; and Launa made a crazy cream puff tower for her daughter's French class.

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The kids stayed busy yelling, screaming, fighting, laughing, hugging, drinking cocoa, coloring, playing video games, watching Spongebob, running around, and occasionally helping. The colored icing and sprinkles were what finally got them on board with the scheduled activities.

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Colleen's husband, Ben, Tsunami's other co-owner & chef, arrived just in time to taste our individual efforts and declare my chocolate chip cookies the best. (Ok, not really.) We all got a to-go container to fill up and take with us. Friends, cookies, cocktails, and kids combined made it the sweetest afternoon I've had all year.

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