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How to Host a Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Cookie Exchange

Tips on How to Host a Cookie Exchange party everyone will love.

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Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange is a great way to get friends together or to get to the know the parents and the children that go to your child schools.  It’s also a great excuse to eat (and bake) a ton of cookies. Here are my tips on how to host a Cookies Exchange everyone will love.

Plan and Invite

First decide how many people you want to invite to your cookie exchange. The number of people you invite should be based on how much room you have in your home and who you are inviting.

If it’s a girls get together (you know I’m all about that), then you should think about inviting 8 to 10 people. This will help to provide a variety of cookies and conversations.

If you are inviting friends and their children, you should think about keeping the number of invitees smaller (like 4 to 6). This way you can accommodate the additional little people that will be in your house. This is also a good way to make sure your friends aren’t stressed out by having to make 6 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange.  It’s the holidays we want to encourage people to stress less and have more fun.

Next create an invitation. Last year, I sent my invite via text using a photo app to create the invitation. Add a space on the invitation to ask if anyone has any food allergies.

Set the date of the cookie exchange at least 2 to 3 weeks before the event. I typically ask people ahead of time what days and times work best for them.

Decide What Cookies to Bake

Also another great reason to give people a couple of weeks before the cookie exchange is so people have time to decide what they are baking.

You don’t want people bringing the same cookies. This gives you some time to make sure everyone brings something different. Some classics you can suggest are Chocolate Chip Cookies, Snickerdoodle, White Chocolate Cranberry, gingerbread. For a girls get together I love brigadeiros and a nice glass of red wine.

Brigadeiros in Holiday Tin

I personally, don’t create any rules for my cookie exchanges. I’ve had people bring everything from Oreos to guava empanadas. It’s always nice to have something different and allow everyone to experience different food traditions. And I’m looking to make this event as carefree and stress free as possible.

Ask everyone to bring at least two dozen cookies. Two dozen cookies allows the people at the event to sample but also for there to be a few cookies to take home.


Keep it low stress. If it’s the holiday season your house might already be decorated. You may want to add a cute gingerbread house or snowman cookie jar. And don’t forget to make cookie labels.

Once you know what everyone is brining you can create cookie labels. Cookies labels can It also very helpful if anyone has allergies or specific dietary needs. This way they know what to stay away from and you aren’t bombarded with a ton of questions during like “what’s in this” or “is this gluten free?” 

Set Up a Packaging Area

You can ask guests to bring their own containers or you can supply them. Set aside an area where people can put their cookies and containers so they can take the cookies home. A bummer when you have you tastebuds set on something and you realize someone has eaten it (sad face).

Snacks & Refreshments

What goes with cookies? Milk, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, eggnog or holiday punch. But remember the cookies at the cookie swap are supposed to be taken home. Think small and tasty bites. Pigs in a blanket, baked chicken wings and spinach and artichoke dip. Keep it simple and easy. It’s supposed to be fun for you too.

So, there’s only 1 thing left to do. When are you having your cookie exchange?


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