“This is the third year for the cookie swap,” said Lynda Thornton, director of the group. “Each person brings a dozen cookies to share and a dozen to swap and any leftovers go to shut-ins.”
Cecelia Palmer, special events coordinator, said they used to have cookie swaps at East Heights Baptist Church and she thought the idea would go over well at Harrisburg.
“Every year it’s just turned out beautifully,” she said. “Last year, we had around 80 people, and each one brought 24 cookies. I’m no math whiz, but that’s a lot of cookies.”
(It’s 1,920 to be exact, and some people brought more than two dozen.)
Palmer said this year, the Merry Makers hostesses encouraged the men in the group to bring cookies, and 10 of them did.
“One brought a package of Fig Newtons right off the grocery store shelf,” Palmer said. “I think that’s so precious. But one of them actually made the cookies himself from scratch. He was saying things like sugar and flour – naming the ingredients.”
Palmer said she believes there were at least as many cookies this year as there were in 2011.
“We may have to apply for the Guinness World Records book,” she said.