How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange

Cookie exchanges are so fun.  They are fun for the adults and the kids.  The best part is that you leave with a ton of yummy, different cookies.  I can’t really think of anything better.  Have you ever thought about hosting one, but found ton of excuses not to?  I’m going to give you tips that void any and all excuses you might have.  It’s not too late to plan one for this year. 

First and foremost, keep it simple.  Apple cider and hot chocolate are the only drinks you need.  Your house is already festive, so you don’t have to decorate.  A little holiday music and you are good to go.

You will need containers.  Be sure to stock up on tins at your local dollar store or craft store.  This can also serve a party favor.  Don’t forget tissue paper to line them.  I like the sparkly kind.

Have a craft on hand for the kids to work on.  As with any get together, it usually involves more chatting than anything.  A fun craft will entertain the kids, so the moms can visit.

Make extra sugar cookies for kids to decorate and eat.

My golden rule is NEVER try a new recipe out on other people.  This holds true for cookies.  Make cookies you’ve made before.  The host can’t have botched cookies.

Have each guest bring 2 dozen cookies – a dozen for sharing and a dozen for eating at the party.

Request that each guest bring copies of the recipe.

Everyone is so busy at this time of year, so schedule your party mid-morning.  This will still give everyone the rest of the day to do shopping, errands, etc.

Now you have no excuse not to host a cookie exchange.  Be sure to let me know how it goes. 

Here is one of my all time favorite cookie recipes.  It’s perfect for any exchange.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


    1 stick butter – room temperature                              
    1 cup brown sugar                                              
    1 egg                                                           
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter                                   
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract                                     
    2 tablespoons milk                                             
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda                                       
    1/2 teaspoon salt                                              
    1 3/4 flour                                                    
    1/2 cup oats                                                   

1)  Preheat oven to 375.

2)  Cream butter, brown sugar, and egg.  Add in peanut butter, vanilla, and milk.

3)  In a separate bowl, mix baking soda, salt, and flour.  Add to peanut butter mixture.  Fold in oats.

4)  Bake for 10 minutes.


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One response to “How to Host a Christmas Cookie Exchange

  1. The tip about never trying out a new recipe on guests is so very very true. Ive barely avoided disaster by not following this advice in the past.

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