It's a Cookie Swap!

Tips to Make Your Party a Hit
David Tsay
Homemade cookies and the holidays go hand in hand. Celebrate the season with a festive party where everyone arrives with one variety and leaves with an assortment. Make your contribution stand out with one of these fun (and yummy) recipes.

Turn your plain old sugar cookies into Jolly Old Saint Nicholas with just colored melting chocolates, mini marshmallows and M&Ms.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Santa Cookies

Luckily, this Santa won't get upset if you tug at his beard or nibble on his nose.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Melted Snowman Cookies

Kids go crazy for these adorable treats. Use store-bought dough to cut down on prep time.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Trees

Kids will love to help decorate these pretty and festive cookies.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Slice-and-Bake Chocolate Penguins

Sweet penguin cookies are perfect on their own or dunked in a cold glass of milk.

Make these clever snack-worthy snowglobes in just a few simple steps.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Colorful Crinkle Cookies

Looking for a quick and easy Christmas cookie recipe that will steal the show? Look no further.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Christmas Bark

This no-bake treat is sure to satisfy chocoholics and time-pressed moms alike.

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make easy thumbprint cookies with jam.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Tips to Make Your Party a Hit

- Ask friends to say what type of cookie they're bringing when they RSVP so you can avoid duplicates.
- Ask each guest to bring at least four dozen cookies -- a dozen for munching on at the party and the rest for others to take home.

David Tsay
David Tsay

Tips to Make Your Party a Hit

- Prep a long table or a few smaller tables to display the cookies.
- If any guests have food allergies, be sure allergen-containing cookies are clearly marked.
- Offer treat boxes and tissue paper for your friends to use to carry their cookies home.

Originally published in the December 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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