How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange

The holiday season is all about spending time with friends, family and loved ones. A snazzy cookie exchange is a terrific way to kick off your seasonal festivities and a delicious way to turn a memory making get-together into a beloved holiday tradition.


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    Learn that a cookie exchange party is a clever way to encourage the spirit of giving, plenty of warm wishes and lots of fun throughout the day. With just a little planning, and very little effort, it can be a secret strategy for getting ahead on your holiday baking and ending up with a Santa-sized platter of fantastic cookies in all sorts of tempting varieties.
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    Send out invitations to your guests at least before the date of your cookie exchange. December is a busy and hectic month for most people. For best results, aim for 8-12 confirmed guests. Ask your guests to RSVP as soon as possible, and to let you know what type of cookie they will be bringing. This way you can avoid the dreaded cookie duplication and make sure that their choice fits the exchange.
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    Notify those whom are signed up of who is coming, how many people will be there, and how many cookies they will need to bring. Typically you should ask each guest to bring either a dozen or half dozen cookies for each guest, plus a dozen to nibble on at the party.
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    Request that everyone only makes holiday cookies or expand your collection to include other goodies such as home made candy, chocolate covered pretzels, or other festive sweets. Whether you are a host or a guest, you should always try to bake a show-stopping holiday treat. Choose a delectable cookie that is sweet, tasty & pretty. Make yours an impressive melt-in-your mouth treasure that everyone else wants to bring home.
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    Have everyone tell stories. It could be a story about the cookie's origin, where the recipe comes from, or just a holiday baking memory. Sometimes it’s as much fun trading stories as trading cookies.
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    Swap family recipes. Your friends may have recipes they wish to share, so once the tasting ends, continue the celebration in another delicious way. Be sure to request that each guest bring along copies of their recipe, and put them right on the table next to their cookies. As an added treat, you may even want to assemble a booklet of recipes for everyone to take home with them.


  • If you are inspired by visions of powdered sugar, Velvety chocolate & billowy meringue dancing in your head, know that with a bit of careful planning and a few hours spent baking and decorating, you can plan a fun and festive get-together with friends, while swapping cheerful holiday wishes, treats and memories. Bon appetite!

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