A cookie swap is a fun holiday party that gives you a chance to socialize with friends, co-workers, or neighbors before the holidays. Plus, everyone can stock up on cookies for upcoming holiday events or give them away as gifts. This minimal-effort party can come together in just a few weeks.
1. Invite guests. The longer your guest list, the more baking there is for everyone involved. Invite six to eight friends who love baking (and eating) cookies for starters.
Save time and money by emailing invitations or creating a Facebook event. Invite people at least two weeks before the actual swap so everyone has enough time to make cookies.
2. Set some ground rules.
- Give an exact number of cookies for guests to bake so everyone leaves with a good variety. We recommend everyone bake a dozen cookies per guest. For example, if you have invited six guests, ask each person to bring 72 cookies.
- Ask each guest to email you a copy of their recipe and let you know about any food allergies they may have.
- Ask each guest to bring enough festive trays to display their cookies at the party.
- Request cookies that are durable, but pretty. You can do wonders with chocolate drizzle or holiday sprinkles.
3. Choose your cookie. Bake your cookies a few days before the swap. Choose a sturdy cookie that’s easy to stack and holds up well to travel. Skip the meringues and try one of these cookie swap all-stars:
- Mexican Wedding Cookies: These nutty, buttery cookies, also called Snowballs, are classics. They’re so delicious, that eating an extra one or two is worth the powdered-sugar evidence they leave on your face and clothes.
- All-Occasion Cookies: This is consistently one of our most-viewed recipes, and you can make a big batch in a hurry with a Rolling Cookie Cutter. Our recipe includes a gluten-free variation, as well.
- Classic Spritz Cookies: Our cookie press makes quick work of these holiday classics.
4. Offer gift boxes. Save a trip to the mall and find pretty cardboard gift boxes and festive ribbon online. This provides each guest with a lovely way to transport their cookie collection home.
5. Plan a simple menu. The night of the party, brew some coffee and tea, and maybe uncork some wine. Provide a few simple, savory snacks and a veggie tray so guests don’t get sugar buzzed on all the sweet treats. Here are some sweet-treat accompaniments:
- Greek Chicken & Artichoke Flatbread
- Goat Cheese & Tapenade Crostini
- Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus
- Warm Veggie Dip
6. Swap! After a little socializing and sampling, it’s time to swap. Invite your guests to share a story about their cookies. Are they a twist on Grandma’s classic cookie recipe or a successful Pinterest experiment? Guests can even vote on their favorites.
Then, let each guest walk around the table and make their selections. Include a table tag for each recipe.
Everyone should be able to take home about the same amount they came with.
We Want to Know!
In the comments below, share what cookie recipe you’d bring to a cookie swap and why. Is there a Pampered Chef cookie recipe that’s your favorite?