This weekend my cousin and I are hosting our first (hopefully, annual) cookie exchange party. I think we were a bit ambitious, we asked that everyone bake seven dozen of their favorite cookie, which is a whole lot of cookies, but we will have plenty of cookies to exchange! We looked on Pinterest for cookie exchange rules and guidance, but realized everyone has their own recipe for success when it comes to exchanging holiday cookies. I thought I would share our cookie exchange party plan and I will let you know how the cookie crumbles after this weekend’s exchange.
OUR COOKIE EXCHANGE RULES
- Bake seven dozen of your favorite CHRISTMAS cookies.
- Please no store bought cookies.
- Be creative and thoughtful in your baking.
- Send a copy of your recipe to one of the hosts, so that they can share the recipes with everyone.
COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY PLANS
- We will be having brunch before exchanging cookies. Quiche, bagels, fresh fruit and mimosas are all on the menu!
- We purchased bakery boxes for everyone to take home their treats, we will tie them up with twine to avoid any mishaps and top with a cute gingerbread ornament.
- We plan to separate any mint flavored cookies from the rest when packing them up, either by using separate smaller bakery boxes or bags. Mint is so strong that it will make all the other cookies mint flavored by the time you take your cookies home.
- We plan on reserving a dozen or so cookies of each kind for tasting and voting purposes, we will then take the remaining cookies and divide that by the number of bakers, the resulting number will be how many cookies of each kind we get to pack into our bakery box. For example, if we have 15 people bring seven dozen cookies, we will reserve 15 cookies for tasting, which results in 69 additional cookies divided by the total bakers is approximately four cookies per person of each kind or five dozen total. This will leave some cookies unaccounted for, but don’t worry, this is to account for broken cookies, miscounting and extra snacking!
- We will share our recipes digitally, rather than printing them out or passing out handwritten cards.
- Each cookie will have a place card next to it with the bakers name and recipe written on it, so we can identify the cookies for voting.
ORGANIZING THE RECIPES
I opted to organize everyone’s recipes on Google Drive and I will share it with all of bakers once I receive everyone’s recipes. It is a simple way to ensure everyone gets a copy of the recipes and I hope to create a tab for each year, so that we have all of the recipes in one place and reference them easily when we want to bake.
COOKIE EXCHANGE COMPETITION
My brother and his friends played football the day after Thanksgiving for several years and the winning team would get a trophy that they passed back and forth, I thought it was an adorable tradition and wanted the same type of friendly competition between us bakers. I posted the photo of the trophy above on Facebook and it got heated! I bought the trophy as a fun memento of our exchange, something I hope we can pass back and forth between the winners of the exchange for many years. I didn’t realize our bakers had been watching so many cooking competition shows! Our bakers are very serious about their cookies and it definitley amped up the excitement for this weekend’s exchange. If you would like to buy your own trophy, you can find it on Amazon.
DRESSING THE PART
One of my 2018 goals was to dress more festive for all of the holidays. For the cookie exchange I purchased this cookie team captain shirt and this gingerbread sweatshirt to wear at the party, but until then I will be wearing my favorite apron and baking allofthecookies!