Four Steps to Throwing a Holiday Cookie Exchange
The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends, family, and coworkers. But between all of the shopping, decorating, and traveling, it can be hard to find the time and money for holiday festivities. A cookie exchange is the perfect party idea that takes a relatively small amount of preparation and money. Find Christmas cookie recipes below and follow our tips to throw a party that's anything but cookie-cutter.
LET'S START BAKING
Plan Your Party
After you choose a time and place for your party, send out the invites and recipe cards. You can find printables at the bottom of this page. Send your invites 2-3 weeks in advance so guests can plan properly. Each guest should bring a dozen cookies for every person in attendance, plus another dozen for the sampling table. Remind everyone to come with their recipe cards and to-go containers.
Don't Forget to Invite Ginger Evans
Just because you’re hosting, doesn’t mean you get a pass on baking. The Ginger Evans baking brand is great for ingredients and simple Christmas cookie recipes. You can find it at any Save-A-Lot food store. Tip: firm cookies won’t crumble as easily as soft ones. Keep that in mind when guests pack up their treats.
Set the Table
The cookies might be the star of the show, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the supporting acts. Make sure your table is set with more than just cookies. Layout plenty of appetizers to cleanse your palates. Choose something savory that won’t ruin the taste for everything else. See our appetizer guide for ideas.
Exchange and Enjoy
Give the guests time to sample and eat cookies before voting on their favorites. When it's time to trade, set out the remaining cookies and let guests divide and take cookies as they please.