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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap
December 6, 2012 • Posted by Christina Fong

The Cookie Monster loves cookies, Angelica Pickles loves cookies, and we know you love cookies too. With the holiday season upon us, what better way to indulge in these bite-sized delights than with a good old fashioned cookie swap?

It’s a perfect way to bring friends and family together and sample an assortment of cookies while cutting down on the massive task of baking for the holidays. Never hosted one before? Don’t worry; they’re a simple and even sweeter affair.

Invite Guests

  • Think about how many people you want to invite and can realistically accommodate. 10 is a good number but feel free to adjust the number as you see fit.
  • When sending out your invites, make sure you give your guests plenty of notice so they can think about what cookies they want to bake and have enough time to bake them as well.
  • Ask your guests to make about a dozen cookies per guest plus another dozen for sampling. 

Choose What Cookies to Bake

  • What are some family favorites you know everyone will love? Once you’ve chosen a cookie to bake, give yourself enough time to prepare them while still maintaining their freshness.
  • Get an idea of what everyone else is preparing so there are no duplicates of a particular cookie, and ask them to bring enough copies of their recipe for everyone.
  • Notify your party of any allergies other guests may have and discourage them from preparing delicate cookies.

Prepare For the Swap

  • Cookies go down a lot easier with some refreshments. Provide milk for any kids that may be in attendance while serving the adults some coffee, tea or holiday drinks you wish to prepare.
  • Set up a packaging station where guests can wrap up their pick of cookies at the end of the swap. Use cardboard boxes and add a little decorative flair with ribbons and tissue paper.
  • Create display cards before the swap. Once the guests arrive, have them label their cookies and place their copies of the recipe next to their display.

…And SWAP!

  • Once everyone has arrived, set their batch of cookies and samples on two separate tables. Have everyone sample each cookie before the actual swap.
  • Give everyone a box and let them walk around the table, taking a dozen of each cookie (or however many they brought per person). Some may only want to take home their favorites.
  • Make sure everyone has taken their share of cookies as well as copies of recipes they liked. The packaging station should have all the supplies they need to wrap up their treats.

You and your guests will not only have a big batch of assorted cookies ready to serve for the holidays but new recipes everyone can make for their friends and family for years to come. Happy Holidays!

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