I just realized this is only the second time I've baked cookies this year. The beginning of the year I made chocolate crinkles. I should make more time for baking. For the cookie swap party I made vanilla cookies. I wanted to use my cookie press for the first time. Thanks to my mother-in-laws advice, I used the recipe that came with the cookie press. My first batch went to waste as I learned the how to use the cookie press. Of course, I made a mess but once I got the hang of it, I was able to flow with it. The cookie press makes cookies look lovely and time consuming (which it isn't). I added frosting from a tube I got from the market and I also added red sparkles to the cookies.