Baking: Christmas Cookie Exchange

sugar cookies

Last year, around this time, my sister (IronSister of course), threw me the BEST birthday party ever! She’s a busy bee and doesn’t play social coordinator very often, but when she does, she does it up right. She gathered the girls of the Village, and we did a Christmas Cookie Exchange. It’s such a fun idea and it was an amazing way to stock up on Christmas baking without having to make it all yourself! It is official on the Annual list. If you are thinking about doing something like this, I thought I would share with you some of the planning tips.

1. Keep it small. Everyone is enthusiastic, but it’s the type of thing where if numbers creep up, you end up having to make zillions and zillions of cookies. We found that 8 or so was a great size.

2. Quality over quantity. It’s better to give a smaller amount of really great cookies than 3 dozen of each. You will all end up with so many cookies, don’t panic about the number. Last year, Z, brought these stunning dark chocolate mint sandwich cookies. They were wrapped beautifully and there were two for each of us. She was so apologetic that there weren’t more, but honestly, they ended up being a total favorite.

3. What you’re making doesn’t have to be a surprise, you can discuss it a bit with other party goers. Last year we had a lot of gingerbread, which thankfully was all super delicious! Most of us have been friends long enough to know the basic expectations. L was already threatened for even CONSIDERING bringing something other than her peanut butter cup cookies. KA, who is due with her first baby right around this year’s party, has been told that if she can’t make it because baby shows up, no problem, but she better leave her sugar cookies on the doorstep. I’ve been bossing T around about which of her haystack cookies NEED to make an appearance. It’s a fun collaboration.

4. Set out the rules. Everyone makes and wraps enough cookies so that everyone else can take home a package. Everyone brings an appy to share. IronSister added in all sorts of hilarious “extra” rules such as: no healthy cookies allowed(not that she’s ever complained about my cookies before).

Really, I know that this season is busy busy busy. It’s madness and wonder, joy and stress, all packaged together. But this Season, I hope you find peace and space enough to celebrate things that matter deeply: family, friends, faith and…cookies.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 11:04:14

    We too have an annual cookie exchange I attend but this year we’ve added one extra component. After hearing of a family that puts on 3 Christmas dinners on Dec. 25th for those in need, we are each bringing one extra dozen to toss in the freezer and give to the host-family to help feed the crowds on Christmas day. Not everyone has extra money they can give but this seemed like a neat way to help out while we are already in the ‘zone’ of baking :)

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  2. Lacie
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 11:35:53

    Do you have a recipe for these cookies pictured above?! I have a special affection for snowflakes (see my blog to learn more) and would love to make them!
    Thanks!

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  3. kjanzen
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 14:39:27

    Those cookies are BEAUTIFUL! And they match my house, so I should probably make them.

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  4. Bob
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 09:28:09

    So when is your cookie exchange. It sounds like such a wonderful time. I totally agree with all your planning tips. I think your cookie exchange/party will be the best.

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