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tasma
10-04-2010, 10:08 AM
Cookie Exchange Party
Do you love setting the table with a huge assortment of cookies but can't stand the thought of spending several days baking? Then a cookie exchange party is the perfect party for you!

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It's simple to organize and throw your own party--we'll walk you through it. Check out our tips to make the party extra-special, and browse our Christmas cookie recipes from around the world.


The Basics

Ask each guest to bring a big batch of cookies: estimate 1 dozen multiplied by the total number of guests. Provide guidelines to each baker so that you get a good cookie assortment: rolled cookies, bar cookies, drop cookies, decorated cookies. Your friends may have family recipes they wish to share.


Each guest should also bring copies of their cookie recipe and containers to take cookies home. Heavy duty plastic freezer bags will work for sturdy cookies, but decorated cookies and more delicate shapes should be packaged in tins or sealable plastic containers. Provide waxed paper or parchment for separating layers of cookies.

•How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party

Party Nibbles

You may want to sample the cookies you're swapping, or you can stay away from sweet treats and set out an array of savory snacks. Coffee, hot cider or punch are always good choices for a cookie exchange party.


•Brewing Coffee
•Mulled Wine & Cider
•Spiced Nuts
•Dips & Spreads

Variety is the Spice of Life

To make your Cookie Exchange Party extra-special.


1. Extend Your Circle of Sharing

Have guests to bring an unopened package of store-bought cookies or canned food. You can then collect the packaged food and bring them to a homeless shelter or food pantry.

2. Share Cookie Stories

During the actual cookie-swap segment of the party, tell stories. It could be a story about the cookie's origin, where the cook learned the recipe, or just holiday baking memories.

3. Create Cookie Recipe Booklets

Ask your guests to mail (or e-mail) their cookie recipes to you, or collect the recipes on the day of the party. Assemble a booklet of recipes for everyone to take home with them.

MagicFingers
10-04-2010, 10:42 AM
I hosted the soonet cookie exchange a couple years ago....I still have all the recipes that we shared that time. Everyone was asked to put the recipe on each of the packages that they brought. It turned out really nice. There were a lot of people here and it turned out great for christmas. Of course there were a few things I still needed to make as christmas is just not the same without them. But took a load of work off that is for sure.

westend mama
10-04-2010, 03:28 PM
I would be interested if someone is going to organize a exchange this year.

CANDY_74
10-04-2010, 03:58 PM
I had one in 2005 I think...it was one of the first ones and it was awesome!! I loved exchanging cookies.

I was also the one that had the very first Clothes Swap Exchange in 2005....

They are both great ideas as you meet alot of AWESOME people!!

CANDY_74
10-04-2010, 03:59 PM
Depending on when it is and the time Id be interested in going to one...Maybe even hosting one (possibly), depends how many people etc and also like I said the day and time

tasma
10-04-2010, 07:27 PM
thanks Candy its still early to pick a date we need to see how many interested people there are? Last year we had I think about 12 people to attend but only 6 showed which is hard when you make the time to make 12 doz and then your stuck with your same stuff plus only a few extra dozen from the ones that showed. This year if you say your going to participate but can't make it get ahold of someone that is and make arrangements for your cookies to get to the exchange and then that person can make sure your cookies get to you.

MagicFingers
10-04-2010, 10:39 PM
The year I hosted we had 15 people participate and I think 13 showed but there were arrangements made to drop off and pick up the exchanges. It all worked otu really well. Most people came with their significant other and some brought their children. I had quite a few people here....it was nice.

tasma
10-05-2010, 12:00 AM
was that one on wawanosh? I've went to most and the busiest was that one that I remember.

tasma
10-07-2010, 10:21 AM
Krysta, westend mama, tasma, candy 74, magicfingers?

chase_me
10-12-2010, 08:30 PM
I hosted last year and we only had one person that did not show up. I would like to participate as long as we do it at the start of December again, that worked best for me last year because then i had treats to put out to all my holiday visitors starting mid December on.

I would also be willing to host at my house again this year.

Dragonfly
10-18-2010, 01:05 PM
Do you make as many dozen as how many are expected to show up?

ssmarie
10-19-2010, 12:14 PM
If there are 12 people in the exchange and you are one of the 12 you make 11 dozen cookies (unless you want a dozen for ourself)

Dragonfly
10-19-2010, 04:48 PM
Thanks ssmarie

MagicFingers
10-19-2010, 10:11 PM
Yes the one i hosted was on wawanosh :) It was busy LOL

I would like to join in on this if there is still room.

MagicFingers
10-19-2010, 10:18 PM
Just so people know I can't do dec 10 or 18th other than that I am good with whatever....if you pick one of those dates I will make sure that the cookies are delivered and mine are picked up...

tasma
10-19-2010, 10:47 PM
I would like to do it early like chase me said so we can use them to put out for guests. 4 or 5th dec or 11 or 12 dec? any one of those days good so far?

MagicFingers
10-20-2010, 09:13 AM
Im good for all those days. which ever works best for you guys!

T_wolfe
10-21-2010, 07:02 PM
you can count me in..we have went the last 4 years....and I must say each one has been really good...the cookies are delicious and its really nice to meet and put faces to names on here. Thanks...:)

MagicFingers
10-21-2010, 09:26 PM
I already know what I am making....hehehehe and they are ohhhhhh so good. I still have all the recipes from the one we did a couple years ago at my house. I made the layer bars last year for christmas and they were awsome so thanks to whoever made them and gave them to me.

chase_me
10-24-2010, 11:47 AM
ok so do we have an actual list of participants? I did not see one so I will add one here

Chase_me - Molten-Middle Truffle Cookies
MagicFinger
T_Wolfe
Westend Mama
Tasma
Candy_74

If you are not on the list please copy the list and add yourself in a new post. If you are on the list but do not plan to attend please let us know and I can remove you.

I am willing to host it at my house again this year if no one else minds. The 11th of Dec works the best for me because I am not working that day but I can make arrangements to go in late on the 4th if necessary.

If you want to participate and know what you are going to make please post it here so that we can put it with your name and no one else makes it.

Is there a certain number we want to cut off at? 12 people? I think we always did 12 in the past just to prevent too much baking etc.

MagicFingers
10-24-2010, 02:48 PM
So far I am making poudre deuce butter cookies. If that changes I will let you know. I think the year I hosted it was 15....but that was a lot of people in my house lol

T_wolfe
10-24-2010, 07:37 PM
the 11th should be ok for me....will post when I firgure out what I"m making.....

chase_me
10-24-2010, 09:27 PM
Chase_me - Molten-Middle Truffle Cookies
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
T_Wolfe
Westend Mama
Tasma
Candy_74

MagicFingers
10-24-2010, 10:52 PM
the 11th is ok for me but I need to know ASAP as I do spice parties and I don't want to book one for that night if that is when we are having it.

chase_me
10-25-2010, 09:09 PM
It would be early afternoon for the exchange I think

MagicFingers
10-25-2010, 09:41 PM
works for me

T_wolfe
10-25-2010, 10:40 PM
I am willing to host one this year.... It will be the first time we hosted. The 11th of December is the best date for me... We have lots of room... I know Chaseme has offered so its up to everyone

T_wolfe
10-25-2010, 10:44 PM
If there are 12 people in the exchange and you are one of the 12 you make 11 dozen cookies (unless you want a dozen for ourself)

Actually the way its been done in the past is that if there is 12 people .... you bring 12 dozen... 11 to exchange and 1 doz gets put out from everyone for everyone to sample

tasma
10-26-2010, 06:51 AM
I don't know what I am bringing yet but I will work on it. The 11th is good I'm off and we usually have it in the afternoon and we do bring an extra dozen for sampling and the leftovers for the hostess.

MagicFingers
10-26-2010, 11:08 AM
Works for me! Just tell me where Ill be there with bells on

CANDY_74
10-26-2010, 04:00 PM
The 11th should work for me also....but Im not sure yet about the time as I may have to work....but if I do I'll try to get someone to pick my stuff up here and then bring my stuff back for me ok

nightingale
10-27-2010, 04:23 AM
I would like to join this year!! I've considered it year after year, but now I am throwing myself in! I am still debating on what to bring though - can't wait!

tasma
10-27-2010, 05:11 PM
Possible date of the 11 Dec 2010

Chase_me - Molten-Middle Truffle Cookies
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
T_Wolfe:
Westend Mama:
Tasma:
Candy_74:
Nightingale:

chase_me
10-27-2010, 05:59 PM
Thanks Tasma I was coming back to read through the thread and it started me with yours and your on the ball lmao. I will PM my address to everyone when the time is closer and everyone is set in stone.

T_wolfe
10-27-2010, 09:17 PM
I will PM my address to everyone when the time is closer and everyone is set in stone.

so I guess we are not hosting then......

tasma
10-29-2010, 02:09 PM
Theres always next year T_wolfe.

MagicFingers
10-31-2010, 09:00 PM
Ok so can someone confirm the time and place for the cookie exchange so I can mark it and not book anything to happen that night

tasma
11-01-2010, 12:46 AM
Its usually during the daytime, Chase me will have to confirm the day but right now it seems like the 11th is OK for everyone. The time is usually between noonish and 5ish but whatever is good for the hostess. I will have to host sometime probably too.

chase_me
11-01-2010, 06:41 PM
If the 11th is ok for everyone then it is ok for me too :)

Time how about like 1:00 how does that work for everyone? if not let me know we can figure another time out that does work for you all.

T_wolfe
11-01-2010, 10:24 PM
the 11th at 1:00 is GREAT for me....Thanks Chase_me......:)

tasma
11-02-2010, 09:00 AM
good for me too

MagicFingers
11-03-2010, 05:09 PM
the 11th at 1pm is great for me. Will just need you to pm us the address.

chase_me
11-03-2010, 06:45 PM
looking for updates on the following as to who is bringing what and if you are still interested in participating.

Chase_me - Molten-Middle Truffle Cookies
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
T_Wolfe:
Westend Mama:
Tasma:
Candy_74:
Nightingale:

tasma
11-05-2010, 10:20 AM
Is anyone allergic to nuts or are we omitting nuts from the cookies?

looking for updates on the following as to who is bringing what and if you are still interested in participating.

Chase_me - Molten-Middle Truffle Cookies
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
T_Wolfe:
Westend Mama:
Tasma: biscotti
Candy_74:
Nightingale:

MagicFingers
11-08-2010, 09:14 PM
11th at 1 is good for me....not allergic to anything here.

chase_me
11-10-2010, 04:05 PM
although not allergic I wuold like to ask none are used I have family that is and would be afraid they would get it while here at christmas time, is it ok to ask that?

chase_me
11-10-2010, 05:52 PM
looking for updates on the following as to who is bringing what and if you are still interested in participating.

Chase_me - Cookie Balls
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
Tasma: biscotti
T_Wolfe:
Westend Mama:
Candy_74:
Nightingale:t

I also changed my selection I am going to do cookie balls I think Oreo Truffles but a cookie ball of some sort if I don't do the oreo truffle no worries I will use a brand new recipe no one has yet so that there is no duplicates.

tasma
11-10-2010, 05:59 PM
No problem on the nuts. I hope everyone stays in, this is a good number even a few more is OK but too many is too hard for most people.

MagicFingers
11-10-2010, 10:57 PM
I'm in and there are no nuts...besides me.....LOL just kidding. OMG im exhausted and rambling and not making any sense. Anyways it is poudre douce butter cookies and they are mmmmmm yummy.

Does MaO know we are doing this I believe she used to join in the cookie exchange in the past.

chase_me
11-14-2010, 03:58 PM
hmm hope more people speak up and join in becuase three people is not a very good exchange lol

T_wolfe
11-14-2010, 04:31 PM
Im in also....so that makes 4...I will have to choose another cookie though mine had nuts in them...so will have to find something else...but do count me in for sure.....I wouldnt miss it...

T_wolfe
11-14-2010, 05:09 PM
ok so I am going to make my Mexican Wedding Cake cookies only I wont put the nuts in them instead I will put a hersheys kiss in the center...maybe different kinds of them ..just no nuts...yup thats what I am going to bake...sure hope more sign up....atleast 10 people...maybe should ask if we could post a note up top so people can see it for a day or 2...just a thought anyways...

T_wolfe
11-14-2010, 05:10 PM
I meant in the soapbox....LOL ask if a note could be posted for a couple of days....

chase_me
11-14-2010, 05:18 PM
that is a good idea t_wolfe I hope more people sign up soon too.

Chase_me - Cookie Balls
MagicFingers - poudre deuce butter
Tasma: biscotti
T_Wolfe: Mexican Wedding Cake cookies

tasma
11-14-2010, 08:48 PM
what about westend mama; nightinggale and candy 74? they aren't in anymore

MagicFingers
11-15-2010, 11:11 PM
maO3 has been in it in the past.

tasma
11-16-2010, 08:43 AM
I sent a PM to some of the others that said they were interested to see if anyone else wants to be involved.

chase_me
11-16-2010, 05:19 PM
I took their names off the list because they had not replied to this thread in so long, if they come back and are interested we can add them no problem it just helps more organized this way with who has for sure said they are in.

tasma
11-16-2010, 07:55 PM
dragonfly pm'd me back saying she will let us know if she is going to join or not.

T_wolfe
11-24-2010, 07:47 AM
so it is still just the 4 of us then........

tasma
11-24-2010, 10:04 AM
does everyone still want to have one this year with only 4 people? it doesn't matter to me.

MagicFingers
11-24-2010, 10:25 AM
Thats ok.... means we don't have to bake as much and we still get a variety

chase_me
11-24-2010, 12:49 PM
I am ok either way. I guess four people is better then none lol just let me know if you want to do it or not

T_wolfe
12-01-2010, 07:52 AM
so is this still a go....... I need to know so I can do my baking...

chase_me
12-01-2010, 02:29 PM
I don't know I think with 4 people it might be easier just to bake a couple dozen on our own maybe?

T_wolfe
12-01-2010, 04:27 PM
I agree chase_me... so with that we are gonna pull out and hope next year will be better......

chase_me
12-01-2010, 06:26 PM
I think so T_wolfe that works best for me honestly with the low numbers.

MagicFingers
12-02-2010, 09:13 AM
OK not baking then....I am only baking for me.

tasma
12-03-2010, 09:38 AM
better luck next year ladies.