How To Host A Festive Cookie Swap

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Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I find myself in the kitchen baking dozens upon dozens of cookies. I take cookies to work (I find that sugar makes people less cranky around the holidays), cookies to friends and family and most importantly, have cookies around the house for people to snack on while Christmas dinner takes longer than anticipated to finish cooking. ONE DAY I'LL FINISH ON TIME!

If what I said above sounds familiar, consider hosting a cookie swap!

Santa's Cookies Holiday Party Invitations

A cookie swap is a fun, festive way to gather with your friends, enjoy some cookies, exchange some recipes and enjoy some sparkling wine. As you're probably aware, it's a little difficult for me to host some kind of social gathering without wine of some sort and a cookie swap is the perfect excuse to pop open bottle of bubbles or two.

Three to four weeks prior to your party, you should invite your guests. You can order invitations from Minted (they even have cute online invitations, too!). Be sure to set some rules for your guests: cookies should be homemade and seasonally appropriate—absolutely no burnt cookies. Ask everyone to send you a copy of their cookie recipe, or alternatively, have them bring enough copies for each person in attendance. 

Each person brings a dozen cookies per person (so if there are eight people in attendance, bring eight dozen cookies), plus a dozen to put out on display for everyone to taste.

Cocoa & Cookies Holiday Party Invitations
Annual Cookie Party Holiday Party Invitations

If you're hosting the cookie swap in the late afternoon or early evening, consider serving some savory dishes that will offset all of the sweets you'll be eating.


Healthy Chicken Alfredo Pizza via  Pinch of Yum

Healthy Chicken Alfredo Pizza via Pinch of Yum

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Brie Appetizers via  Neighborfood Blog

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Brie Appetizers via Neighborfood Blog

Herbed Gruyer Cheese Puffs via  F&B Department

Herbed Gruyer Cheese Puffs via F&B Department

Three to Four Weeks Before Party

  • Invite guests, buy decor, packing materials for packaging station.

Two Weeks Before Party

  • Collect recipes, print copies, make or purchase place card labels for cookie display table.

Week Of Party

  • Buy ingredients, decorate your party space, put sparkling wine in refrigerator, purchase or make savory food dishes, prepare cocktail mix and punch (just hold the alcohol until right before your guests arrive), bake cookies (and store at room temperature).

Day Of Party

  • Brew coffee, tea and hot chocolate for your guests. Cook any dishes that are extremely perishable, set up your display and packaging stations, wash and display champagne flutes.


Be sure to check back for our "8 days of cookies" for some new ideas to introduce into your family this holiday!

Round Cookie Platter
Wilton® Medium Craft Treat Boxes
Pink Bakery Box
Holiday Mixing Bowls
Holiday Cookie Cutters
Tartan Plaid Tablecloth

Are you hosting a cookie swap party? What's your favorite cookie for the festive season?