Cookie exchange parties are very special to Mother Rucker’s Sweets. Why? Because they combine our two favorite things: Creative cookies and a good time with friends! Cookie exchanges allow guests to bring their favorite treats to share, while sampling the cookies others have grown to love. Everyone leaves an exchange with a collection of cookies, recipes and new ideas.
Since we like to think of ourselves as cookie connoisseurs, we wanted to share some of our tried and true tips to hosting—and attending—a cookie swap.
Give clear directions.
To make sure your guests are all on the same page, let them know how many cookies they are responsible for bringing, as well as anything else imperative to ensuring a successful swap. If the cookies are homemade, encourage them to bring copies of the recipe to pass out. If they choose to bring pre-made treats, such as Mother Rucker’s Chippies or our Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies, print out note cards that include information about the treats, such as where they can be purchased.
Set a theme.
If your exchange is taking place around a holiday, incorporate that into the theme. For example, Mother Rucker’s Spice Cookies taste, smell and look like the perfect accompaniment for a pumpkin-themed affair. Or if you want to host a post-Halloween exchange, ask guests to bring a treat that can complement your Thanksgiving table. Christmastime is also an excellent time to plan a cookie exchange party!
As the hostess, you are responsible for making sure there is a place for guests to display their cookies and recipes. As a guest, make sure your display isn’t too cumbersome and incorporates the number and types of cookies specified in the invitation. Encourage guests to be punctual so they don’t miss out on sampling all of the sweets. The more organized the party is, the more smoothly it will run and the more enjoyable it will be!
Have some fun; after all, this is a party! Ask guests to come up with original names for their cookies, and make a game out of trying to match the name to the right cookie. Providing icing, sprinkles and other edible decorations can turn any treat into festive fare.
Provide take-home bags or containers.
Guests should have a way of transporting their cookie collection back home, whether it’s on a sheet pan they bring or a container provided by the hostess. Disposable pans are available on the baking aisle of most grocery stores and usually come with lids to prevent cookies from falling out.
Before you invite guests to come and sample an assortment of sweets, be sure to ask about any food allergies. Then double check that each cookie has a list of ingredients clearly visible so that everyone is able to go home with a belly (and basket) full of cookies!