Holiday Cookie Exchange

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I have always wanted to be a part of the Holiday Cookie Exchange.  I think they’re tremendous fun!  If you are a Holiday Cookie Lover this is the best way to get a cupboard full of cookies and only actually having to make just one kind!  Below I’ve got a few tips to help you host a successful Holiday Cookie Exchange!

Cookie Exchange

If you are hosting a Cookie Exchange (or dessert exchange) in your home:

  1. Invite your friends and fabulous bakers.  Send them a Facebook invite as well as a paper invite my post.  And invite in hand is always special.  You could even include your favourite cookies recipe in the invitation.
  2. Let everyone know that since it is an exchange, they should bring ample cookies of their own favourite recipe.  Bare minimum 60 cookies.  So that each individual can take a few of each kind.
  3. Be aware of allergies, and make sure that your guests are aware as well.
  4. Prepare your home.  Be ready to host 10-15 of your friends.  Have paper plates, coffee and tea.  Even cocktails if that’s your thing.  Make it pretty and festive.
  5. Pick up some fabulous cookie containers or take away containers, so that everyone has something to take their goodies home in.
  6. Have cake stands and plates set up on a large table so everyone can set out their creations.
  7. Have a start time and an end time.  And a “No Left Overs” rule.  That way you don’t end up eating too many cookies!

If you are hosting a Send Away Cookie Exchange

  1. It is always fun to get goodies via mail, but it does get pricey.  Keep it to one or two people to keep your costs low.
  2. Find those who want to exchange! Create a Facebook group and invite all your friends… the ones who join will be your exchangers!
  3. Start chatting about recipes.  Or keep it secret!  Which ever your prefer.
  4. Set a date that they must be mailed by, so that everyone gets their goodies in time for the Holidays.
  5. Pick a  cookie that will ship well.  And pack them in tight.  The last thing you want is for your recipients to get crumbs in the mail!
  6. Make them pretty!  Even if your cookies are not as beautiful as you would like, if the package they come in is pretty (and reuseable) your recipeint will still be thrilled.

Happy Baking!

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  1. You did such a great job! Mine look like a three year old decorated them. Oh wait… :P

  2. I want to organize this with my girlfriends next year! Those look so yummy…

  3. Thanks for the post! I had’t heard of cookie exchanges before.

  4. I do this every year! We have 6-10 ladies and everyone makes a different cookie or square. Then we get together about a week before Xmas and swap. Its so much fun!

  5. The parent council at My Daughters school is doing teacher appreciation and they want us to bake ..I think this would be perfect

  6. I don’t just do cookie exchange during Christmas. Sometimes I skip the cookie exchange during christmas because Christmas is already so full of indulgences. I sometimes do it during the fall or the spring and it’s a nice treat for everyone.

  7. I will have to do this Christmas 2013

  8. Cheyenne P says:

    I love baking and this sounds right up my alley! Thanks so much for the idea!

  9. I have never done this but I think it would be a great idea!

  10. Tammy Dalley says:

    Me and my besties do this every christmas, we have alot of fun!

  11. Victoria Ess says:

    I love cookie swaps, and my friends and I have a good tradition going. I’ve never considered a cookie swap via post, though, and will have to mull over the logistics of that.

  12. Your cookies look so good. I love making thumb print cookies but never thought of drizzling chocolate on them :-)

  13. saminder gumer says:

    i love to do this exchange. i love your cookies as well.

  14. I love baking exchanges!


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