How to Host a Cookie Swap
Organizing a holiday cookie exchange ensures you'll have plenty of treats to eat or give as gifts. It's also a cherished chance to catch up with friends. Follow a few simple guidelines to guarantee a great party.
- Send invitations three to four weeks in advance. Invite eight to 12 people.
- Ask everyone to bring eight to 12 dozen cookies and to let you know what kinds they're baking so you can make sure there aren't any duplicates. Instruct guests to bring the cookies on a pretty platter, with labels for each kind. Some groups like to exchange recipes too.
- Make sure everyone remembers to bring empty containers for toting their selections home.
- As the hostess, provide drinks and snacks. Sometimes people bring an extra dozen cookies to create a big platter for tasting, but include savory choices too. Wine or warm cider and cheese and crackers are good choices, and they create a grown-up atmosphere. Don't forget the holiday music.
- After snacking and schmoozing, have guests circle the cookie platters and collect their share. Have each person explain why she baked the ones she did or where her recipes came from.