How to Throw a Great Cookie Swap
4 easy steps
1. Have each person—we suggest 8 at the most—select a different type of cookie (so you don’t end up with dozens and dozens of the same kind). Remember—thin cookies don’t travel well, so choose sturdier cookies to swap.
OUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES:
- Super-Sized Holiday Cookies
- Everything You Need to Make the Perfect Sugar Cookies
- 25 Days of Holiday Cookies
2. Have each person make at least 3 dozen of each cookie type, so everyone will go home with a wide assortment. Also ask them to make a recipe card for their cookie or bar so friends can reproduce them, if they want to.
3. On the day of the swap, lay out low platters and higher cake stands so cookies will be at multiple heights. Have one platter that can hold about 1/2 dozen of each kind of cookie for same-day sampling.
4. Set up a packing station with boxes or tins (see our suggestions, below) plus ribbon, twine and/or decorative tape and labels. Offering jumbo muffin liners in holiday designs is a great way for swappers to keep cookie types separated in one container.
Pampered Chef Sweet Treats gift boxes
Buy: pamperedchef.com, $9.50 for set of 6
Ikea bag clips
Buy: ikea.com, $3 for 30 in assorted colors and sizes (skip the tins and use plain bags or plastic wrap and colorful clips)
Biodegradable take-out boxes
Buy: papermart.com, 50 for $8.50 to $15, depending on depth
Wilton treat boxes
Buy: www.wilton.com, (8 x 8 x 4), 3-pack for $5.29
If you want to splurge a bit, opt for gallon-size buckets (I mean, who wouldn’t want to say that they went home with a gallon of cookies?).
Buy: e-cookietins.com, $5.49 each, multiple colors available