One of the best things about the holidays is the delicious goodies! I love baking during the holidays and gifting the goodies to others but sometimes I am over zealous and I bake just a little too much and I run out of time. Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange is a great way to focus on baking only one recipe but still have a good amount to gift others! Plus you get to hang out with your friends!
Tips for hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange
Everyone brings 1-2 dozen cookies per person. The objective is to batch bake a large amount of cookies, then exchange them so your guests can have a variety of cookies to gift to friends, neighbors, and family! If you are hosting, you’ll want to serve refreshments to go along with the cookies everyone tries!
- Find a basic starter recipe. Every type of basic cookie has a basic starter ingredient mix. You could start with one basic cookie dough and add from there. These are mixes that you can add a few extra ingredients to in order to make them into new recipes.
- One of the biggest things to remember is to only bake one to two recipes at a time in bulk. This will make it easier on you! Set aside a day for batch baking such as a Saturday. Plan for all day baking, which usually entails 8 to 10 hours of work. Be sure to read over your recipes while making your grocery list.
- Don’t try batch baking without a plan of action. Be sure to write down your recipes in advance so that you are sure you have enough time to do everything that you’ve planned.
- Your kitchen should be clean before you start, and ensure that you have all the ingredients and appliances necessary to make each item ready to go. If you know, for example, that today you’ll be using about 10 pounds of flour, consider using a large bowl to hold the flour so you can easily spoon the flour into the measuring cup, flatten off over the bowl, without having to get into the bag over and over which usually means spillage.
- Fill your sink immediately with hot soapy water so you can clean as you go. You will want to wash your dishes and other utensils during the baking process so that you can use them again. Set out a towel so they can dry as you continue to bake.
- Organize the kitchen in stations. For example; put a mixing station on one counter and a decorating station on the other. Be sure to have a cooling station too!
- Don’t try to stuff your oven too full as putting too many things in one oven can drastically change the temperature settings.
After the party – gift the cookies in cute bags, boxes, and dishes! Check out my links below for cookie cutters, decorating tools and more!
Holiday Cookie Exchange Party Tools:
Cookie Exchange Treat Boxes and Bags:
Holiday Cookie Recipes:
Printable Recipe Cards
No cookie exchange is complete without recipe cards! Print these out and handwrite out your recipe for guests. There are 6 cards in all that you can download here!