Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Cookie Swap Party

It's my favorite kind of party...the kind where lots and lots of cookies are involved! Ok, so maybe I'm not the one eating all the cookies, but my kids love the idea and I'm always up for a friendly competition. I might not ever win at cookie baking contest, but being a part of such a tradition is enough of a win for me. 

Family friends of ours hosted their second Christmas Cookie Swap Party over the weekend. It's such a fun and different way to get everyone together for some holiday entertainment. We've all seen or participated in an "Ugly Sweater" party {so much so that Target now carries ugly sweaters just for the occasion}, so it's nice to mix things up a bit and have a different theme for a holiday party. Plus, you get to leave with more treats then any ugly sweater party.

Here's how it works:

You send out invites, probably either an Evite or via Facebook, with instructions for your guests and what they can expect. Here's what our hostess sent...

Cookie Exchange Rules 

1. Cookies should be homemade from scratch.
2. Bring 6 dozen cookies and everyone will have lots to take home.
3. Five dozen of your cookies should come pre-packaged for the swap and one dozen will be used for tasting. All cookies will be displayed before the tasting/swap.
4. Bring a large container to take home your cookies.
5. Bring copies of your cookie recipe to the party to pass around. (If you'd like, you can email it to me and I can print it out).
6. Post on here {FB} as soon as you know what kind of cookie you will be baking. No duplicate recipes allowed.
7. There will be a prize for the best tasting cookie, the best looking cookie and the best cookie overall.

*change the amount of cookies to work with how many people you plan to invite, and use half dozen if need be. 

Once everyone has had some horderves and drinks, going around the table and tasting all the different types of cookies, voting for their favs and swapping recipes is a blast. The kids love to get in on the action and cast their votes, too. Plus, for any child, getting to leave with more Christmas cookies than they came with is a major Christmas treat! 

If you're like me and don't want that many cookies in your home, having perfectly packaged homemade cookies on hand never hurts for those last minute gifts for teachers and neighbors, just saying. 

Here are some cookie recipes to use for your next cookie swap! 
Happy Baking! 


  1. Oh my goodness I love the idea of this! I won't be able to do it this year, but I'm definitely keeping it in mind for next. :)

  2. You are so creative! I absolutely love this idea for a fun girlie party. Definitely trying this.

  3. This is such a great idea! Love the muddy paw cookies, so cute!

  4. This is such a cute idea! I think I might have to throw together a little cookie swap party.

  5. oh goodness this is a fabulous idea!!

  6. Oh! I love that idea! I mean, who has the time and energy to make all those cookies?? So much easier to trade, and love the excuse to get together with friends around Christmas time.

  7. How fun! I want to throw one of these parities now:)

  8. What a fantastic idea this is!

  9. Sounds super fun plus lots of cookies! I just did a food blogger cookie swap recently!

  10. What a lovely party..and those cookies look yuuum :). For sure everyone is happy with their bags of cookies..