How to Throw a Great Cookie Swap

Tips for a cookie swap that everyone will leave happy—plus picks for great pack-and-go containers.


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4 easy steps

Snowflake cookies

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. 

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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.


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Pampered Chef Sweet Treats gift boxes

Pampered Chef Sweet Treats gift boxes

Photo courtesy of Pampered Chef

Photo courtesy of Pampered Chef

Buy: pamperedchef.com, $9.50 for set of 6


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Ikea bag clips

Ikea bag clips

Photo courtesy of Ikea

Photo courtesy of Ikea

Buy: ikea.com, $3 for 30 in assorted colors and sizes (skip the tins and use plain bags or plastic wrap and colorful clips) 

 


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Biodegradable take-out boxes

biodegradable take-out boxes

Buy: papermart.com, 50 for $8.50 to $15, depending on depth 

 


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Wilton treat boxes

Wilton treat boxes

Photo courtesy of Wilton

Photo courtesy of Wilton

Buy: www.wilton.com, (8 x 8 x 4), 3-pack for $5.29

 


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Gallon-size buckets

gallon-size buckets

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