Host a Cookie Swap
When one thinks of Christmas or the holiday season, cookies most likely come to mind. I grew up baking Christmas cookies with my mother and grandmother and I definitely want to continue the tradition with my own girls. But baking several varieties of Christmas cookies can be more time consuming than our hectic schedules allow.
Several years ago, I attended my first cookie swap. I came home with 6 different varieties of cookies. I froze most of the cookies and then took them to my extended family's Christmas party and all I had to do was bake one type of cookie.
A cookie swap is a fun way to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family and you can cross baking off of your holiday to-do list.
How to Organize a Cookie Swap
1. Invite your friends and/or family over for hot chocolate or coffee.
2. Ask everyone to bring 3 things to the party:
- One dozen cookies for each of the participants to take home. As the host, you will let everyone know how many packages to prepare. If a dozen is too much, make it a half-dozen. Have the participants bring the cookies already packaged in bags or containers.
- Additional cookies or another treat to share during the party.
- A basket or large bag to take home their new cookies.
4. At swap time, have the participant's place their baskets or bags around a table. Then each participant should place their packaged cookies in the other participant's baskets.
Some cookies swap recipe ideas:
What's your favorite holiday cookie? Have you ever hosted or attended a cookie swap? Let us know in the comments.
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