A cookie exchange is an easy and inexpensive party to plan, and everyone goes home with a nice assortment of cookies to enjoy during the holidays.
Cookie Exchange Invitation Ideas:
- A simple e-vite
- Hand deliver a cookie cutter with the invitation attached
- Turn a recipe card into an invitation
- Clearly state what to bring on the invitation.
Cookie Exchange Tips:
- Be specific as to how many cookies and copies of the recipe your guests should bring. I ask my guests to bring 6 dozen cookies wrapped in packages of 4 with recipes attached…this number works well for a party of 18 – 30 guests. So, my guests come with 18 little packages and leave with an assortment of 18 little packages.
- Why you should ask your guests to package their cookies? Cookies are easier to collect if they’re packaged, cookies are easier to transport if they’re packaged and it’s easy to attach a recipe to a package of cookies which eliminates the guesswork of which recipe goes with which cookie.
- Why you might not want to ask your guests to package their cookies: time consuming, added expense.
- If you opt for packaging cookies, give your guests some suggestions: zip loc bags put inside a small gift bag, cellophane bags tied with a ribbon, zip loc containers tied with a ribbon or chinese take-out containers.
- Ask your guests to bring a basket or container to collect their cookies in.
Cookie Exchange Menu:
- We usually have our cookie exchange in the afternoon, so a few light appetizers are perfect!
- As guests arrive, have them open 1 package of their cookies on a tray to be enjoyed at the party.
- Poinsettia’s have become one of our Christmas traditions, and when you serve a signature cocktail, you eliminate the need to offer other alcoholic beverages.
- Poinsettia Punch Recipe:
- 3 cups cran-raspberry juice
- 1/4 cup white grape juice concentrate, thawed (do not dilute)
- 1 bottle champagne (cheap is fine!)
- 1/4 cup Cointreau (optional)
- 1 liter lime sparkling water
- Optional: frozen raspberries to float in the glass
- Non-alcoholic version: eliminate the champange and Cointreau. Substitute 1 liter of Sprite.
Other Fun Cookie Exchange Variations:
- Make it a mother / daughter event, and have crafts for the children! This year, the teen girls are going to make homemade sugar scrub to give their mothers. When the girls were younger, we made ornaments!
- Have an award for the best packaging, best looking cookie & best tasting cookie.
- If you have a cookie exchange for a really large group (40+), skip the packaging and just let guests pick up a designated amount of cookies. Recipes can just be left next to each tray of cookies.
- Teacher Cookie Exchange – have school volunteers bake cookies and let the teachers collect a nice assortment to take home for the holidays.
Now, what do you do with all those yummy cookies? Well, that’s another one of our Christmas traditions! We put all the little packages in the freezer, and each night during Christmas, our children take turns being in charge of making the cookie tray for dessert. It’s a dessert we all look forward to!
If you need some inspiration for your cookie exchange, WOW everyone with these delicious cookies and treats! Remember, bake it…don’t buy it! It’s cheaper to bake and homemade cookies taste better!
- Best Fudge Recipe
- Brownie Bites
- Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookies – The Best Peanut Butter Cookie
- Candy Corn Haystacks
- Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
- Christmas Oatmeal Cookies
- Cookie Dough Truffles
- Cookies & Cream Brownies
- Cookies & Cream Cookies
- Cream Cheese Cookies
- Eggnog Fudge
- Everything Cookies
- Fast Fudgy Brownies
- Ginger Snaps
- Gooey Butter Cake with variations
- Key Lime Cookies
- Mocha Snowballs
- Orange Coconut Cookies (no bake)
- Oreo Balls
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peppermint Brownies
- Pumpkin Bread Truffles
- Pumpkin Fudge
- Rocky Road Rice Krispie Treats
- Rolo Pretzel Turtles
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
- Spice Cake Bars
- Thin Mint Cookies (just like Girl Scout cookies)
- Tiger Butter Fudge
- Toffee Bars – Saltine Toffee
- Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Bars
What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
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