A holiday cookie exchange is a fun and festive event that lets you 1) get together and enjoy time with friends, 2) taste lots of delicious cookies, and 3) take home a fabulous stash of goodies to last you through the holidays – whether you want to give them as gifts or serve them at holiday parties!
How does it work? It’s easy, and it’s a great tradition to start with family, friends and co-workers. Pick a date for your get-together, and invite 8-10 friends who enjoy baking. Then either assign everyone a cookie recipe, or ask them to select and share the recipe they’ll be making, so that you can be sure there’s a nice variety and no duplicates. Of course, you might want to suggest a couple of fabulous recipes from my Taste of Home temp-tations Holiday Cookbook, like these Gluten-Free Snowballs that are buttery, nutty and sweet and my Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies that are tender and bursting with citrus flavor. (Pssst! The cookbook and these beautiful Nested Baking Trays are coming to temp-tations.com on Tuesday, December 9th!)
You and your guests should bake one dozen cookies for each attendee, plus an extra dozen for tasting at the exchange. That way, everyone gets to taste all of the offerings, and there are still enough cookies to pack up and take home. And don’t forget to ask guests to bring copies of their recipes, so everyone can have one. Or, you can have them emailed to you, and then you can compile them into one document to share with the group.
What are some of your tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange? I’d love to know!