If you’re interested in How to Host a Simple Christmas Cookie Exchange, you’ve come to the right place!
When setting up, I clear the breakfast area on my counter tops and set up a few key items:
small holiday plates and utensils…
and mugs for hot drinks and dairy glasses [with paper straws] for cold milk.
I found my dairy glasses at Michael’s. A similar set can be found here.
Placing an individual K-Cup in each mug invites guests to help themselves to the Keurig if they would like to make themselves a cup of coffee or hot cocoa!
Next, I set out the containers of the cookies I’ve made ahead of time, and when guests arrive, I simply take off the lids and serve. Psst…my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe can be found at the bottom of this post!
I’m crazy about this red metal nesting set I found while outlet shopping one year in Tennessee, but any easy food container(s) would work!
Other Holiday Food Tins Available Here
In addition to my storage containers, I also set out a variety of other serving platters and tiered stands – providing guests with a place to put their cookies when they arrive.
Some of your guests might prefer to leave their cookies in a container or on a serving dish they’ve brought, so be sure to leave space on your counter for that as well!
Next I like to arrange a few little tealight candles. Especially if the Christmas Cookie Exchange is taking place at night, these provide such a cozy ambiance.
Last of all, I like to set out a stack of recipe cards and a few fine-tipped writing Sharpies. This gives party goers a chance to swap recipes if they’re interested. You might even want to invite your guests [ahead of time] to bring their recipes already printed out to display in front of their batch of cookies. I’ve seen both ways work well and add lots of extra fun to the exchange.
Now, for the most important part – the cookies!
My absolute FAVORITE cookies to make for a Christmas Cookie Exchange are these Cake Mix Cookies.
They are so soft and delicious, and everyone always wants to know how I made them! Want to check out the recipe? You can found it here, and a printable recipe card is available there for you, too!
Want to make it easy for guests to take home a variety of cookies home with them? Provide them with decorative holiday boxes to use for transporting their treats. My husband and kids always love when I come home from a Christmas Cookie Exchange with yummies for them!
While we’re in the holiday spirit, be sure to hop over and grab the FREE WINTER GIFT TAGS I’m sharing this season.
So what’s your favorite cookie recipe? Feel free to share a link in the comments!
I would love to see what you’re baking this holiday season!