Host the best Christmas cookie exchange with these tips and delicious cookie recipes!
Holiday cookies are a huge tradition in my family. From perfect sugar cookies to snowballs and more, there are certain cookies my family makes every single year for Christmas. Then there are new ones, like my gingersnaps and the cranberry white chocolate cookies that I like to experiment with. I think everyone has at least one family recipe that is special to them and that they make each year. I love the idea of sharing those with friends and learning about their family traditions. A holiday cookie swap is so fun because not only are you letting your friends take part in your favorite recipe, but you also get to indulge in theirs. This is one party where you are reaping rewards for days after the soirée is over. Plus you get a break from holiday baking for a while!
But, before you send out the invitations here are some recipes and hostess rules to get you started from Jill:
Guests will need ample time to plan for this party. Since you are asking your friends to bring cookies be sure to give them enough prep time. Also, on the invitation, be sure to determine the amount of cookies you would like your guests to bring. Depending on the number of guests you invite will influence the amount of cookies you ask each guest to bring. I would say for a small party a dozen cookies each will be ample, and for a larger party two dozen will suffice. When guests RSVP for the party, ask that they send you the type of cookie they will be making and the recipe. You can type up the recipe and create a small cook book as a take away gift.
As the hostess, it is very important that your cookies are homemade. Also, be sure you bake more than one type of cookie in case a guest shows up empty-handed.
My favorite cookies to make every year are these Perfect Sugar Cookies. They have been in my family for generations, and they are an absolute must at any holiday gathering!
Gingersnaps are always a welcomed addition to any holiday party! The warm ginger and sweet molassses are fabulous with spiced cider or mulled wine! And at only 45 calories each, you can feel free to indulge without regret.
Snowballs are another family tradition that my aunt used to make every year. She would always gift each of her neices and nephews a box of them with a Christmas ornament. Snowballs always remind me of her. Plus, they couldn’t be easier to make!
Cranberry Bliss Cookies are inspired by the Starbucks holiday treat, the Cranberry Bliss Bar. They are loaded with cranberries and white chocolate, and perfect this time of year! You can find all of these, plus many more cookie recipes on my blog, by clicking on the links!
Besides baking delicious cookies, you will need to get goodie bags or tins for your guests to take their delicious baked goods home with them. These gift boxes are inexpensive and adorable, these snowflake treat boxes and these structured gift bags are perfect for stacking cookies. Also, since you are asking your guests to do a little prep work, be sure you help them out by providing platters to place the cookies on (like this sweet nutcracker platter), name plates for each cookie and the printed recipes.
The party rules are fairly simple. You don’t want to complicate the party with too many rules which might cause confusion.
- Set ground rules – When sending out invitations, be sure that the guests are clear on your expectations. If you want all of the cookies to be homemade or holiday themed, let your guests know so that they can abide by these rules.
- Cookie Count – Since you are pre-determining the amount of cookies each guest should bring, this will help you decide how many of each cookie guests are allowed to take. Make sure that everyone is able to grab at least two of each cookie.
Feel free to add more of your own rules but these are the two most important.
Now that you are all prepped, set a date for your party, send out those invitations and get to baking! I would love to hear your take on the cookie swap party down below in the comments!