Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cookie Exchange Party!

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I love all the festivities that occur during the Christmas and holiday season. During this time (and anytime, really!), I love all the opportunities to gather with family and friends.  I enjoy the conversation and the quality time together. And, let's be honest...I enjoy the food. Especially the dessert!

But as we all know, being a hostess comes with a huge set of responsibilites. It can be stressful trying to figure out a way to feed everyone that attends these large holiday gatherings. No one wants or needs any extra stress this time of year.

The solution? Host a Cookie Exchange party!

The idea is simple.
Invite as many people as you'd like, and give everyone the instructions to bring two dozen of their favorite cookies. 24 cookies is a good number - you have a lot to share, but it's not a burden to have to bake that many.
At the party, all the cookies are put out on display.
And then, everyone gets to select 24 cookies to take home with them - either several of their favorites, or one of every cookie to try! How awesome is that?

I recently attended a Cookie Exchange party, and I loved it!
I took a batch of these cookies to share with everyone. Had I have known that people would bring all sorts of baked goods, I definitely would have opted for brownies instead. Have you tried these? They are AH-MAZING! My favorite brownies!

At the party, I added my cookies to the cookie table.

I joined all the other ladies in selecting cookies to take home. 

And the best part was - a plate full of cookies to take home!

All the ladies who attended the cookie exchange party had a really great time. Also, as a fun little extra, the hostess collected all the recipes from everyone who attended, and is compiling a cute little cookbook as a gift to all the attendees! Such a great idea! 

Have you ever attended a cookie exchange party??
What is your most favorite cookie??

Remember to check out Duncan Hines' website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.


  1. Why, yes, Megan...I HAVE attended a cookie exchange party...and my favorite cookies are...MINE!!!! Ha-ha-haaaaa!

    I'm not kidding.
    (I'm in rare form today. ;) be all-time fave recipes from our little cocina are: Mexican Wedding Cookies (a.k.a. Russian tea cakes or Sanides...quite global little things, aren't they?), Snickerdoodles aaaaaaand a secret family Sugar Cookie recipe from the 1800's!!! :) We make all three every year and share with neighbors. They like us for it. Haha.

    The parties are a lot of fun. It's been a couple of years since I've been to one, though. Hosting one? I'll hop on a plane! [Wish.]

  2. Uh...that should read Sandies...not Sanides. Those would sound a little scary.

    Proof read, Gail!

  3. That sounds like so much fun! I've never done an exchange party like that, but maybe I'll have to organize one in the future.
    I was actually just contemplating my favorite cookie the other day - I've been trying all sorts of new recipes from Pinterest, and while they've all ranged from good to amazing, I realized I still haven't beat the same old chocolate chips cookies I've made all my life (the recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chips except with Crisco instead of butter). Sometimes the classic really is the best!

  4. Well..I love all cookies :) Most favorite for the holidays are the snow ball cookies but every day fav is white chocolate macadamia, I could seriously eat them allll day! But, that would not be good for my girlish figure

  5. mmmmm! this is just making me hungry! I have never attended one, but would definitely love to. although it would probably be best that I attend in my sweats {might gain a few pounds while there. haha}

  6. I've always wanted to go to a cookie exchange and will be attending my first semi-exchange cookie party next weekend!!! I'm so excited:)

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  8. I love cookie exchange parties! I can't choose just one. That is quite the spread of cookies you all have. nice!

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