Cookie Exchange Ideas
Are you looking to host a cookie exchange party? Are you wondering what to take? Get some cookie exchange ideas and invite friends to join in the fun!
Who is the cookie monster in your life? Do you know someone who leaves crumbs behind when the last cookie has been eaten? Cookies make people happy, so it’s always a good idea to have some on hand.
“C is for cookie – that’s good enough for me!”—Cookie Monster
While we all have our favorite cookies, there are so many more to be discovered. From the simple to the sublime, there are myriad flavors and types of cookies to try. That’s why cookie exchanges have become so popular to enjoy with friends and family. At one event, you can sample more than a dozen types of cookies you’ve never tried before. Even people who don’t bake can participate with a wide variety of gourmet cookies, including some common flavors (think chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, etc.) as well as some that others may not know about (explore white chocolate macadamia nut, millionaire, red velvet, snickerdoodle, gingerbread, chewy molasses, macaroons & more!).
Making Gourmet Cookies for Cookie Exchange
Making cookies with friends and family is a fun and rewarding experience that creates lasting memories and strengthens relationships. It involves experimenting with flavors and decorations to create unique treats. It provides bonding time while catching up with loved ones, laughing, and creating together. Sharing the cookies at a cookie exchange party is a satisfying experience, as it brings joy to others and creates a sense of accomplishment.
To get started, find your food processor, cookie sheets and rolling pin. Pull out the sugar, chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, sweet butter, graham crackers, and more! When you make gourmet cookies, you can experiment with a variety of flavors, textures, and decorations to create a truly unique and delicious treat. Whether you prefer classic chocolate chip cookies or more adventurous flavors like lavender lemon or brown butter toffee, there are endless possibilities to explore.
The party provides an opportunity to showcase your skills and taste the delicious treats that others have made. A cookie swap to find the best cookies can take many forms. Use your imagination to create a memorable event.
Exchanging Christmas cookies during the holidays is very popular. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t consider other times of year to get friends together to enjoy each other’s best cookies. Wouldn’t it be fun to kick off summer break with crunchy cookies for the cookie jar and then again to prep for Back-to-School?
Also, don’t forget to bring your recipe! Whether it is written down on a 3″x5″ card or saved in your favorite online recipe app or website, make sure you are ready to share the “know-how!”
Cookie Exchange Ideas
- Send out invitations 4 weeks in advance. And send follow up reminders often until you reach the desired number of attendees.
- Encourage variety. Ask for recipes or types of cookies that will be exchanged. Or, set a theme!
- Each person should bring a minimum of three dozen cookies.
- Offer prizes for the best cookies. Set up a ballot box to collect votes.
After the party, each person will be able to bring home a variety of gourmet treats to enjoy. So what do you do with leftover cookies? For starters, cookies can be frozen if you collect too many to eat before they get stale…but here are some thought starters to help you enjoy your new cookie collection:
Ten Things to Do with Cookies
Inevitably, after hosting a cookie exchange party, you will likely be left with a LOT of cookies. Unless you have several kids (or a husband with a sweet tooth), you will likely want to some ideas on what to do with them all. Let us help:
- Dunk them in milk, tea or coffee.
- Make a cookie ice cream sandwich.
- Share them.
- Surprise someone with a gift of cookies.
- Pack a couple cookies in someone’s lunch.
- Crumble them in your favorite ice cream.
- Crush them up and add them into the crumble on top of a hot fruit crisp.
- Send gourmet cookies in the mail as a gift.
- Make a no-bake cookie pie crust.
- Try new types of cookies every year.
Master Bakers at The Swiss Colony dream up delicious flavors each season, so there’s always an opportunity to expand your cookie repertoire with a wide variety of cookie delights. And don’t forget to store your holiday cookies in a festive and fabulous cookie jar!