Cookie Exchange Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you someone who can make a great Christmas cookie but don’t have the time to make four, five or six different kinds? Then what you need to do is host a cookie exchange party this holiday season. Our step-by-step guide can be found on our  Gift of Cooking page, but you can also just jump right in by clicking on any of the features below.


A cookie exchange is a wonderful way to collect an assortment of different cookies, without having to bake all of them yourself. The concept is simple: Host a party and invite friends to bring a batch of their favorite homemade cookies. Then everyone swaps cookies and returns home with a delectable selection to have on hand during the holidays.


Invite guests three to four weeks in advance. Ask them to bring one dozen cookies for each person invited, a tray for displaying their cookies, containers for carrying cookies home, and copies of their recipes.


Pick your favorite cookie recipe. We’ve compiled a number of our favorites, but feel free to include yours in the comment section below!


One week before the party, find out what cookies guests are bringing to avoid duplicates. Suggest that they bake their cookies a couple of days before the party, as freshly made cookies tend to stick together when stacked.

Decorate your cookies. The holidays deserve a little extra sparkle on those cookies. Find out some creative decorating tips that are simple yet spectacular.


Wrap them in style! Once you have all your cookies made and decorated, you should package them up in a way that will show them off.

Decorate a table with holiday greenery and ornaments. When your guests arrive, ask them to display their cookies on the table.


Don’t forget the snacks. You don’t want people to start eating the cookies, so be sure to have something a little savory to nibble on while dividing up the cookies.


During the party, invite guests to walk around the table and pick up one dozen of each type along with a copy of the recipe.

6 comments about “Cookie Exchange Step-by-Step Guide

  1. FunkySteph

    I am not very good at icing, and I never thought of doing colored dough! Thanks again for the tip. It will definitely make my Xmas cookies more fun!

  2. Bridget

    Great guide, I cant wait to try make / try those ice cream sandwiches cookies – they look beautiful. Plus great idea for all those little candy canes that break!

    Looking forward to baking this year!

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