My Wedding: Cookie Bar

by ilene on September 15, 2011 · 11 comments

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(photo by Jules Bianchi)

In addition to having cupcakes and a coffee/tea/hot cocoa station, I really, really wanted a cookie bar!   I don’t know why I was so insistent on having a cookie bar, I just really wanted one!  I thought it would be a fun, whimiscal touch.  Cookies have always played a special part in my relationship with Jeff, too.  Once, early on in our courtship, Jeff walked an infamous 3 miles in one of the worst blizzards in Boston to bake cookies with me for a Christmas cookie exchange I was hosting.  He wore his snowboarding boots and came through the door with icicles in his hair and 5 lbs of flour in his backpack.   It’s been a running joke since.  Plus, what guest wouldn’t want a whole buffet table full of cookies?!

Like everything else, I was pretty fanatic about this cookie bar!  Up until a month before the wedding, I was determined to bake all 600 cookies myself!  For months, I researched cookie recipes, baked practice cookies,  held blind taste-tests with co-workers and experimented with freezing cookie dough.  My plan was to bake a couple hundred cookies each time I flew home to California before the wedding and freeze them or freeze the dough, then thaw the cookies or cookie dough the week before the wedding.   Sounds pretty crazy, right?  Luckily, my good-sensed friends talked me out of it.  I had to give up on the idea with all the other errands and projects that quickly accumulated!  Best. Decision. Ever.  I’m so glad I didn’t spend the week before my wedding frantically baking 600 cookies!!

(photos by Jules Bianchi)

I ended up buying nine types of cookies from Diddy Riese. For those who went to UCLA, you will know this famous cookie bakery well. They have THE best cookies!! Far better than any of the cookies that I could make!  All I had to do was call in my order and have a friend pick them up the morning of our wedding. Far easier than sweating over hot ovens in my parents’ kitchen.  Since it was going to be a sunny day in Southern California, we added icecream to the bar so that guests could make icecream sandwiches! We wanted our guests to be nice and plump by the time they left our reception!

For the cookie bar, I bought big white platters from HomeGoods.  The apothecary jars were loaned from sister, she had them at her wedding a few months earlier.  I already had the three matching cake stands and I brought the white lanterns all the way from Boston in my suitcase (purchased from the Christmas Tree Shops).  The bamboo tongs were bought from Crate & Barrel.  I whipped up the “cookies” bunting banner the week before the wedding and added cellophane bags (sealed with our embossed monogrammed stickers) so that guests could bring more cookies home.

We were so busy at our wedding, I never made it back to look at the cookie bar or the coffee/tea/hot cocoa station, but I heard from many guests that they loved it!

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1 Snob on a Budget September 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

All your small touches are amazing! The cookie bar looks great. I love that you reused your sister’s jars.

2 Anonymous October 9, 2011 at 11:43 am

What a nice touch! Cookie tables are a tradition in western PA and are central to the celebration as the wedding cake. Weeks before the wedding, family & friends will spend countless hours in the kitchen baking hundreds of all-time favorites & special wedding cookies. It is always fun to watch the reaction of first time guests who have never experienced the infamous “cookie table”.

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