cookie talk
n. A low-key, informal chat, particularly one where cookies are served.

Example Citations:
“If I am not involved in the process, cannot call independent references, cannot personally interview the candidate, etc. then I will stop wasting my time going to cookie talks and breakfasts and you should not pretend that I share responsibility for the choice,” Giroir wrote to Cross March 16.
—Jack Stripling, “The Fix That Wasn’t In,” Inside Higher Ed, October 22, 2009

Berry met Sims, now 58, when she was in fourth grade, and then Sims became her full-time fifth-grade teacher. As the young girl moved on to high school, Sims moved there too. The two bonded over a ritual they called “cookie talk” that would become a mainstay in Berry’s life: Sims would invite the young girl to her home to bake cookies, which in fact meant baking, bonding and blunt talking.
—Mary Murphy, “Belle of the ball: the Oscar-winning actress benefited from a lifelong mentor,” Hollywood Reporter, December 1, 2009

Earliest Citation:
Lunch isn’t served here. Just cookies, along with nourishment for the soul.

“When you bring cookies, then you have a cookie talk, so others can benefit from what you tell them,” says Pastor Rod Anderson, who gets the two-hour meeting rolling about 11:30 a.m.
—Kay Harvey, “Support group offers nourishment for the soul,” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, February 26, 1996

Notes:
Word Spy reader Diane Bowen gets to have the last ginger snap for passing along this phrase.

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