I love attending cookie exchanges. They are fun way to knock out your Christmas baking too! I have attended several and helped organize too and I wanted to share some tips with you. After you exchange cookies you could consider boxing them with a pretty ribbon and giving them as gifts.
First of all start by asking your friends if they would be interested in participating. Depending on how many cookies you want to go home with will determine how many cookies each guest should bring. For example if there are 10 guests attending and you want to go home with 10 dozen cookies then each guest would bring 10 dozen cookies. Normally we don’t want to go home with that many so a number that we are happy with is 3 – 6 dozen. Always take into consideration that you will be sampling the cookies as you exchange
- Ask your guests to sign up for their cookies in advance so that you don’t have repeat cookies at the exchange.
- Suggest to your guests to bring their cookies on a platter as it makes an easy time for exchanging.
- Ask your guests to bring an airtight container to take their cookies home in. I would suggest wax paper for layering the cookies or that could be something the hostess would provide.
- Ask you guests to bring photocopies of the recipes so that we know what ingredients are included, in case of allergies and so that we have the recipes to add to our collections.
- Provide beverages for your guests but keep the exchange simple
- Play Christmas music, have fun and enjoy!
Here is a Christmas Cookie Roundup that may help with your baking plans this season!