It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year! And one of the best things about the holidays is all the great food—especially when it comes to cookies! Whether you need to stock up your cookie supply (and don’t want to do ALL the baking) or you’re just looking for another reason to gather your friends and family, cookie swaps a quickly becoming a favorite holiday tradition. Here are some tips to hosting a cookie swap to remember!
Invite around 10 people and ask each guest to bring two dozen holiday cookies. One dozen to share and an additional dozen for sampling at the party. This way everyone gets to leave with a package full of different cookies to keep for themselves or give as gifts. Ask each guest to bring copies of their recipe and take-home container to fill up at the party. Have some large plastic bags on hand just in case guests forget to bring their own container.
Decorate a table with cake stands and platters for guests to display their cookies on for sampling. Print labels to display next to each plate so that each guest can label their baked goods upon arrival. Place the recipe copies next to each display so they can be passed amongst your guests.
To accompany all the cookie sampling, we highly recommend a festive hot cocoa bar with all the fixings! See our Creamy Crockpot Hot Cocoa recipe below.
When it’s time to exchange the cookies, place the extra dozen cookies on the table for each guest to package to take home. Have guests walk around and choose one (or a few, depending on attendance) of each cookie. It’s always a good idea to make a cookie that is not too delicate and will store well when packaged. We like the Grinch Cookies (see recipe below).
Consider having a packaging station where you can set out some decorating materials for guests to package gift boxes with all the holiday trimmings. Include items like small gift boxes, tags, ribbon, string and small packaging trinkets.
Now you’re all set for the perfect cookie swap party! Will you be hosting or attending a cookie swap or bake party this holiday season? Share with us in the comments section below.
1 Box French Vanilla Cake Mix
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
Green Food Coloring, 1 Drop
Powdered Sugar for Dusting
Sprinkles or Candies, Large Heart-Shaped
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Cream cake mix, food coloring, oil, and eggs in mixer.
3. Chill the dough for 10-15 minutes.
4. Drop by Tablespoon into powdered sugar and roll into balls.
5. Place on baking sheet and press 1 large heart candy/sprinkle.
6. Bake for 8 minutes until just set.
7. Let cool 2 minutes on pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
CREAMY CROCKPOT HOT COCOA
1.5 Cups Whipping Cream
1 14-oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
6 Cups Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Stir all ingredients together in a crockpot.
2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving.