In this post-ironic age, a cookie party is hard to pull off. A generation or two ago you could have had folks over for confections without too much nudging and winking. Now it’d be pretty much impossible to pull it off straight. But anyone who’s ever caught Sarah Silverman’s Cookie Party! knows there’s still something compelling in baked goodies. Cookies are like Darwin’s finches, evolved with a seemingly endless degree of variety, each reflecting something about its baker. Even if relegated to single courses at holiday parties, cookies add atmosphere—there’s a reason stagers tell you to have chocolate chips fresh from the oven when you’re trying to sell a house. To load up on cookie inspiration, head over to Brooklyn and the Cookie Takedown this Sunday, December 20th, at 6:30pm.
The Bell House will do the hosting, with TONY’s Gabriella Gershenson and Baked’s Renato Poliafito on the judging. Matt Timms is your host, of famed chili, bacon, and mac ‘n’ cheese takedowns. His events bring glory to the amateur chef, and fortification to those who sit in judgment. Just $10 gets you all-you-can-eat cookie goodness from thirty different bakers, plus spiked eggnog to help you wash it down. Past years’ treats have included sugar cookies with whiskey-whipped cream, hazelnut love bites, and blue cheese and bacon cookies. But please, no more blue cheese and bacon cookies. Even something as kitschy as a cookie party has to know where to draw the line. [Photo/ / CC BY-SA 2.0]