I’m sharing my Cookie Exchange Party Ideas & Recipes for a fun holiday party this season! Gather your gal pals and host an afternoon of sweets, treats, and good eats!
Who needs/wants a sugar fix? I’m drooling over all these cookies right now and wishing I was in the middle of this Christmas party! I created this last year for Recipe Girl and I’ve got more highlights, tips, and recipe links below.
I think you’ll find my cookie exchange party ideas & recipes to be practical, thoughtful, and most of all, do-able! Gather up your girl friends and start planning now!
Cookie Exchange Party Ideas & Recipes
- Plan and send out invitations as early as possible. Use digital invitations like Evite, or just create a group text or Facebook “event” page. The group options are nice because guests can interact and compare notes with each other as to what cookie flavor they’ll be making.
- Keep it small and intimate so guests aren’t overwhelmed by baking. Six to eight people is a good number for a small cookie exchange party at home, although you could kick it up to 12 or 15 if you feel comfortable with it.
- Have enough cookies for tasting and taking home. Guests will need to bake a lot of cookies which is why I like a smaller party. Remember, guests will want to try each cookie once or twice, plus take a few of each type home with them. Plan accordingly with the number of people in attendance.
- Have some other snacks and salty treats available to eat. Snacks or appetizers that are easy to pick up are best. Popcorn is a nice addition, as are these caviar-topped potato chips. Just use thick cut wavy potato chips, top with sour cream or crème fraîche, and a dollop of caviar. There you have an elegant, salty snack that helps cut all the sweetness.
- Set up a beverage bar that compliments the cookies. I like this eggnog and coffee bar complete with add-in options like Kahlua coffee liqueur, Godiva chocolate liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto almond liqueur, or Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. All of these taste great added to coffee or eggnog.
- Have a cookie gifting station so guests can pack them to take home. I picked up these cute kraft boxes at Hobby Lobby and they’re a great size and shape for packaging the cookies. You can line them with tissue, parchment, or wax paper, and offer up ribbon to tie them closed.
- Ask guests to bring their recipes pre-printed, or send them to you ahead of time via email so you can print them out for each person to take home. Use these free printable recipe cards if you like.
- The idea is for everyone to make cookies from scratch, but let’s face it, some of our favorite people can’t/don’t bake, or life get’s too hectic, etc. Welcome all skill levels and remind your friends that it’s the “fun” aspect of the party that’s important, and that they can improvise with semi-homemade treats if they must. I admit I love a good slice-n-bake cookie! Here are some delicious cookie recipes to try, and I’ve even included a semi-homemade treat too.
Cookie Recipes to try:
whole wheat double dark chocolate brownie cookies because, chocolate!
classic shortbread cookies melt in your mouth and are loved by all.
easy chocolate-dipped biscotti for the non-bakers or when you’ve run out of time.
peanut butter double chip cookies are a tried and true favorite around here.
oatmeal chocolate chip cookies just sound healthy, amiright!
secret recipe chocolate chip cookies because everyone loves a secret!
Cheers! and good luck with your party!