Christmas Cookie Swaps

A fun way to enjoy and celebrate the holidays with your friends and family members is by hosting or participating in a Christmas cookie swap. Not only do holiday cookie exchanges allow you to spend time with your loved ones, but they also let you try a variety of new cookies and can help lighten your holiday cookie-baking load.

Plus, hosting a successful cookie exchange party is easy. With a little planning, you and your friends can be swapping cookies and favorite cookie recipes this holiday season.

Hosting a Cookie Exchange Party: Early Planning Tips

Like any other party, you”ll first need to plan the time and date that you will host your cookie swap. Plan well ahead of time, and keep in mind that the holidays are a very busy time for many people. Therefore, it will be more likely that your guests will be able to attend your cookie exchange if you set the date for your party as early as possible.

Late in the holiday season, your guests” schedules may be too tight, so consider holding your cookie swap early in the holiday season. However, you don”t want to hold it so far in advance that you and your guests won”t be in a festive mood. A good time to have your party might be early in December, since many people will have extra time over the long Thanksgiving weekend to do some baking.

Cookie Swap Party Invitations

After you”ve set the date for your cookie swap, you”ll want to make a list of friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to invite to your party. Remember, the more guests you invite to your cookie exchange, the more types of cookies you”ll have to sample and swap at the party.

You can purchase invitations for your cookie swap at your local card store, or you might want to make your own invitations. You can also consider using e-mail invitations to invite people to your cookie swap party.

You”ll want to keep track of the people who will be attending your cookie swap, so record your guests” responses to your invitations. To make the task easier, you can create a simple chart that lists the guests” names, whether or not they will be able to attend and what type of cookie they will bring with them:

Guest Name Yes No Type of Cookie
Shirley Jones Yes Chocolate Chip
Rebecca Smith No N/A

If you are going to be the host of the cookie exchange, it is your job to keep track of who is going to bring what type of cookie. This is important, as you want to avoid duplications.

Cookie Swaps: How Many Cookies to Bake?

Once you know how many people will be attending your cookie swap, you”ll want to tell guests how many cookies they should bake and bring to the party. You”ll want them to bring enough so that people can sample some at the party and then take some home after the party.

Base the number of cookies each guest should bring on the number of guests that will be at the party. For example, if you have 11 guests, ask each person to bake and bring 12 dozen cookies to the party. This will allow everyone to bring one dozen home and will also leave one dozen for party guests to sample.

Remind your guests to bring extra tins, plastic bags or plastic containers to the party so that they can safely transport their cookies home after the party.

Cookie Exchange Recipes

On your cookie exchange invitations, tell your guests to bring copies of their recipe to the party. You”ll want each guest to receive a copy of each recipe. Part of the fun of a holiday cookie exchange is swapping cookie recipes and telling the stories behind the recipes.

If you have the time and are feeling extra creative, you might want to create a cookie swap recipe book for your guests. Ask your guests to send you their recipes at least one week before the party. This will give you enough time to bind them into individual folders. Distribute your cookbooks to your guests as they arrive at your cookie swap.