December 17, 2014

Planning a Cookie Exchange Party and My Top Cookie Recipes

I planned my first cookie exchange a couple years ago and had a blast! Now it's something I look foward to attending every holiday season. They are great to put on with church groups, spouse gatherings, or just your girlfriends or family! It not only is a great way to get in the holiday spirit but you also learn new recipes and get to take home tasty treats!
Below I have included some ideas for planning a Cookie Exchange Party 
and my 22 favorite cookie recipes. 
Print out a Cookie Exchange Sign {and a banner too} for free here
My Hot Chocolate Cookies were fun to make and give at this year's party.
 I always include a print out of the recipe for everyone to take.
Bring baggies, containers, and/or paper plates so everyone can take home a variety of cookies.

Set everything up at a Cookie Packaging Station.
Serve your cookies on festive platters with a recipe name tag and bring enough for everyone to take home baggies full. 
This year I made No Bake Haystack Cookies
This year's party, hosted by my friend Megan of Keys Photography, included prizes for Most Creative and Seriously Delish! My cookies won Most Creative.

Print out award ribbons and ballots here.
Don't forget drinks! Megan made tasty Pink Lemonade (in kids and Adult versions!) 
We had this party at a local restaurant in their party room. 
We had lunch first then noshed on cookies and candy.
Have crafts or activities for the kiddos like coloring sheets. 
 I also love to set up a decorate your own cookie station.
I baked premade sugar cookie dough into round cookies and set them out on plates.  
I added a couple bottles of colored cookie icing, Christmas sprinkles, candy toppings, and edible markers and let the kids have fun!
 Ava and her creations {with Daddy's help}.
Don't forget the drinks! New this year I set up a Hot Chocolate Bar with all the fixins. 
See tips on setting up a Holiday Hot Drink Bar here. 

Some of my favorite cookie recipes {updated on 12/5/15}:

  1. Ooey Gooey Hot Chocolate Cookies {shown above}
  2. Super Soft Sugar Cookies
  3. Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
  4. Pink Velvet Chocolate Chip Crinkle Cookies
  5. Cranberry Sauce Sandwich Cookies
  6. Coconuttie Snickerdoodles
  7. Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies 
  8. Oatmeal Trail Mix Muffin Cookies
  9. Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Cookies
  10. Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
  11. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Cookies
  12. Vegan Sunflower Butter Cookies
  13. Peppermint Patty Cookies
  14. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
  15. No Bake Haystack Cookies {shown above}
  16. Iced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  17. Carrot Cake Cookies
  18. Rainbow Swirl Sugar Cookies
  19. Orange Dreamsicle Dessert Bar Cookies
  20. Shortbread Smoochies Cookies
  21. Carol's Walking Dead Cookies
  22. New Years Confetti Filled Cookies
How delicious does this look?! 
My little Ava and I at my 2013 party! I can't believe how much she's grown! 
Look at the difference! Ava at this year's 2015 party and 
my newest addition Stella at her first cookie exchange this year! 
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