I have yet to find a culture that doesn't love American cookies. And really, who doesn't love refined sugar, right? It's come as a surprise to me that apparently American cookies are not very easy to make. Many other cultures don't really bake like we do in the US (in China they don't usually have ovens, they boil everything) so the idea of baking cookies is a bit daunting. Plus the ingredients are not necessarily common in households. As a result, I get a lot of requests to bake (a lot of) cookies.
One of the many things we love about our life is that we live with all the same people with whom we work. It makes for a great community - one that we hadn't expected prior to arriving.
So, in the American tradition, when Christmas rolls around I bake for my friends and colleagues. For me, those groups are one in the same, and it is one large group. This year the initial list (it always grows) was 72 people. If I put 6-9 cookies in each bag...well, you can do the math. I'll be baking quite a few cookies over the next week!
This year the cookies will include Oatmeal and cinnamon chip, Peanut butter, Traditional chocolate chip, Espresso chocolate chip, Pumpkin biscotti, and the all time favorite, requested every year, Gooey Butter Toffee cookies.