How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party

Before the hectic holiday season begins, a cookie exchange party is a great opportunity for girlfriends to get together, enjoy each other’s company and unwind.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Send out your invitations early via email, Evite, Facebook or good old-fashioned notes, perhaps right after Thanksgiving as a “save the date” concept.
  • When the count is in, let those who plan to bake know how many dozen bars or cookies to bring, along with a copy of their recipe (a good rule of thumb is a ½ dozen per guest plus an extra dozen for sampling – with 20 friends attending that would be 11 dozen per baker).
  • Hostess provides background holiday music, hors d’oeuvres (if desired), coffee, tea, hot mulled cider, eggnog or another festive drink, and a holiday tin or plate for each baker to take her cookies home in.

This is such an easy party to host as your friends are providing the cookies! And if you think about it, it’s a lot easier to make several batches of the same kind of cookie than shopping and baking for days to get 20 different varieties of cookies and bars!

If you hold your party in early December, don’t worry, your friends will delight in stocking their freezers with delicious Christmas cookies to have on hand for unexpected holiday drop-ins. An added benefit will be all the new recipes everyone will have collected that evening!

If you wish to further the theme of spreading cheer and good will, and the message that it’s better to give than to receive, bakers could bring a toy for an area shelter or a canned good for a local food pantry.

I think you’ll find that the friends and memories you make at this fun, festive party will last a lifetime. I know they have for me!

– Judi Bauer