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Queen of the Cookie Swap

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Who doesn’t love cookies? There are so many great recipes to try. The problem is finding the time to make several batches. Instead of trying to make all the cookies yourself, why not host a cookie swap? Not only is this a great way to spend some time with friends this holiday season, but you’ll also get to sample a variety of delicious cookies. Here are just a few reasons why you should host a cookie swap.

It’s a Great Way to Connect with People During the Holidays
We’re all so busy during the holiday season that it can be hard to find time to spend with your friends. Why not host a cookie swap? You can trade cookies and recipes, and also have fun drinking bubbles and listening to your favorite seasonal tunes. 

You Won’t Have to Worry About Eating 12 Dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies  If you don’t want to be stuck with a large batch of one kind of cookie, a cookie swap is  the answer. You can enjoy a few of your favorite recipe, but also enjoy a variety of others, without making them yourself. These are also great for having on hand when holiday guests drop by.

It’s a Great Way to Get New Recipes If you love to bake, but like to try recipes that are tried and true, a cookie swap is a perfect holiday activity. This way you’re not spending a lot of time making cookies that end up being a flop.

It’s Fun
Last, but not least, a cookie swap is fun to host. Everyone shows up with tons of cookies and then everyone gets different cookies to take home. 

The Basics:

1- Each person makes 1 dozen cookies for each attendee plus 1 dozen for tasting. In other words, if you invite 8 people, each person makes 9 dozen of one kind of cookie and swaps with everyone else so they leave with 1 dozen each of 8 different cookies.

2- Assign cookie types- ask each attendee to sign up for a type of cookie (chocolate, lemon, gingerbread, biscotti, etc.) so that you wind up with a variety of flavors. You can also ask that cookies be a certain minimum size (3″-4″ is a good estimate) so that the cookies are of a similar size for making a plate. There are also lots of no-bake/ez- bake solutions for the kitchen-challenged like:

CopyCat Samoas

Red Velvet Cake Balls

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Rods

Or those who are pressed for time or patience can bring something yummy from the local bakery.

3- The host provides the venue, light refreshments (savory as there will be lots of cookies!) and (if they like) containers for people to place their cookies in to bring home. If you are not supplying containers, remind people to bring their own.

 

 

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