So. If you have never gone to a Christmas cookie exchange, I highly recommend it! My mom and aunt have been doing it for well over thirty-five years!
For a successful cookie exchange you just need a few friends who love to bake. It helps if they have a particular cookie that is their specialty. It’s even cooler if that “specialty” is a Christmas-type cookie. But it isn’t vital. As long as it tastes good, feel free to invite them.
It depends on how many cookies everyone is willing to bake and how many cookies they want to end up with. So for some easy math, let’s say you have five people coming for the exchange. Everyone wants 2 dozen of each type of cookie. So each person coming needs to bake 10 dozen cookies total. (5peopleX2dozen per person=10 dozen cookies)
Set up a spot for each guest to collect their cookies. When people arrive this makes it easier for them to distribute their goods.
For our exchange, we bring our cookies we baked at home and then we bake and decorate sugar cookies together. While we bake, we blast the Christmas music. While we decorate, we watch a Christmas movie.
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Be sure to have snacks for your guests! I would suggest a salty/savory offering, you’ll already have plenty of sweets! We always have this delicious chili and a veggie packed salad.
Now that you know how to run a successful cookie exchange, here is a list with the recipes of the cookies we bake every year.
Sandies!!Also known as Russian Tea Cakes. The original recipe calls for pecans, but my mom doesn’t use them. (Thank goodness!)
These can be fun year round with the different shapes you can make with the dough dispenser. But when I hear “Spritz,” I only think of Christmas.
The first year she made these, they were such a pain she swore “Never Again!!” However, they were so well received she had been making them for at least 15 years by now.
I don’t eat ginger snaps often, but when I do, they’re my cousins ginger snaps.
Double Chocolate Cookie Bars!
She also makes these extra cookie bars to hand out to her family and friends, they aren’t a part of the exchange. But since they are my husband’s absolute favorite, she makes an extra pan just for him!
Ok, technically not a cookie, but they are delicious! And they’re just enough of pain to make that I’ll only make them once a year. Which makes them all the more special and tasty!
All of us together:
I feel like it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas cookie exchange if there weren’t sugar cookies! They’re just so festive and delicious!!
Now what do we do with this ridiculous amount of cookies, you ask? We put them in packages and hand them out to friends and family.We’ve been doing it for so long, we have people that expect it. Who are we to disappoint?