One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is exchanging cookies with friends and neighbors. Why? It’s the best way to find wonderful new cookie recipes!
Hosting a cookie exchange is easy and well… delicious! Here are a few tips to get you started. Be sure you clearly explain what the expectation is for each guest so no one is embarrassed!
A Sampling Party:
I like to invite 8 to 10 participants. If the idea is to sample other’s recipes, then each attendee should bring a couple dozen of the same type of cookie along with the recipe. If you have happy bakers, then each participant should bring two types of cookies (2 dozen of each kind). But remember, if each person brings one different type of cookie, you’ll be sampling 10 different kinds… do you really want to sample 20 kinds on the same night? If you go this route, you may want to take the Round 2 Samples home for the next day. Just be sure to remind everyone in the invitation to bring enough printed copies of the recipe for each attendee.
A True Exchange Party:
Again, inviting 8 to 10 people provides a good mix… unless you have a large home! Each participant should bring 4 dozen of the same type of cookies, along with 10 copies of the printed recipe. So if you have 10 people bringing 48 cookies each, you’ll need space for 480 cookies. Each person then leaves with a mix of 4 dozen cookies (minus a few that might get eaten). Happy bakers may double that for a whopping nearly 1,000 cookies to divide among the group!
Like all parties, the key to success is setting the atmosphere. Decorations – check! Holiday music – check! Beverages, including coffee, – check! A few salty snacks to balance the sweet – check! Have a seat available for everyone.
Provide ample outdoor lighting for safe arrival and departure on potentially slippery walkways.
I try to have a stash of colorful plastic plates and plenty of plastic wrap on hand. Typically you can get plastic holiday platters at the discount dollar store for cheap.
Have fun – check!