How to Host a Cookie Exchange

December 6, 2018 | Posted in Entertaining, Holiday, Recipes, Uncategorized

Looking for a fun way to get friends together over the holidays? A gathering over cookies is probably the best kind of gathering we can think of, so we put together plans for a Cookie Exchange. It’s one of the best ways to discover new recipes and get a fun assortment of different types of cookies.

How do you plan a Cookie Exchange? It’s simple!

  • Step 1: Invite your friends.
  • Step 2: Have each friend bring a different cookie and a recipe card for each person. It’s nice to have enough cookies for each guest to leave with two of each type of cookie, so make sure everyone plans accordingly.
  • Step 3: Taste and swap cookies. Ask your friends to bring cookie tins or boxes to carry the cookies home in — or provide containers for them.

To get your Cookie Exchange started, we rounded up some of our favorite tried and true family cookie recipes.

PS: Our Baking/Pizza Dish is great for baking and/or serving cookies!

Holiday Spritz Cookies

1 cup salted butter, softened
⅔ cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla

Work in with hands:
2 ½ cups flour

Place dough in cookie press and squeeze onto ungreased baking sheet. Decorate with sprinkles. Bake until set, but not brown at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, unsalted
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

In a second bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture 1 cup at a time. Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours.

Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on a sheet pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. Remove cookies to a rack to cool.

Best Cookie Frosting Ever

4 cups confectioners sugar
½ cup butter
5 tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend until combined.

Grandma’s No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup white sugar
½ cup butter
4 tsp. Cocoa
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
½ cup milk
3 cups quick oats
½ cup peanut butter

Combine white sugar, butter, cocoa, brown sugar, and milk in saucepan and cook until boiling…boil only 2 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add oats and peanut butter and stir well. Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper to cool and harden.

What are your favorite cookies to bake over the holidays? Be sure to share them with us on Facebook or Instagram.

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