Last year I was invited to join a group of ladies for a Cookie Exchange party, but I was struggling with the dreaded first trimester morning sickness. This year, my good friend, McKenzie, invited me once again and I was happy that I was finally able to join. I’m not much of a baker, probably because I have very little resistance so I don’t like making anything too tempting. I WILL eat way too much of whatever I make, and too much sugar is never a good thing. Nevertheless, I think that a Cookie Exchange is a wonderful idea, and I was excited to take part in one. This seems to be a very popular tradition in the States, but I had never heard of, or been to, a party like this before. As holiday traditions go, attending or hosting a cookie swap is a great way to offer a chance to get together and exchange tokens with friends during the busy season. It is an easy party to throw, and this is basically how it works:
Everyone decides what kind of cookie they wish to make, and then they bake 12 plus the amount of cookies that they would like to take home. So, for example, if I want to take 20 cookies home, then I would take 32 cookies to the party. The 12 that are taken to be shared, are then put out for everyone to try. The host usually provides zip-lock bags for everyone to take their cookie home in. An even better idea is if you take an empty tin that you can fill with your favourites.
Here are two great ideas for a Cookie Exchange Party:
Here are some of the other cookies that were at the Cookie Exchange party…