I began to realize that perhaps the reason I never win at the cookie party is because I'm not really a very good cookie maker. I decided to make the cookies smaller and watch the time & temperature more closely. This batch looked better:
Still reeling from my realization that I'm not a good cookie baker and admitting that my cookies were not very Christmas-y, I decided to consider another tactic. Maybe I could be clever about my presentation. I thought my cookies had a black & orange color theme and given how crazy people are in my area about the San Francisco Giants baseball team (who have a black and orange color scheme), I thought I could call them Giants cookies, and I made some signs to display with them:
Still a little worried that this was just going to be a dumb idea, my kids assured me it would be okay because many of our friends are Giants fans. When I arrived at the party, the hostess said to go to the party room and place your cookie in whatever category you wanted for judging. I went out to the party room and found it decorated in Giants regalia. Each category had something to do with the team and its championship season!!! I laughed and placed my cookies into the category titled "Cody Ross Happiest Cookie."And I won! How silly is that? My prize? A candy cane shaped Christmas tree ornament, in a San Francisco Giants motif.
I'm not really sure what lesson to draw from this experience, other than the fact that even if I'm not a good cookie baker, at least I seemed to have found the right circle of friends.