Want to cut down on your holiday baking? Host a cookie swap! Sound daunting? Not so! Check out these easy steps to hosting a successful cookie swap. We guarantee that with lots of goodies and new recipes, the preparation is worth it.

What is a Cookie Swap?

 Invite your friends over and have each of them make one type of cookie for the party. At the party, everyone gets to sample the treats, swap cookies they want and package them in festive gift boxes. Guests leave with finished boxes and lots of new recipes.

See more: 7 Cookie Recipes for National Cookie Month


Send Out Invitations. Invite guests a few weeks in advance to give them ample notice. Around eight to 10 guests are ideal for a good variety of cookies. Have each person bring along copies of their cookie recipe and if desired, packaging materials such as ribbons, boxes and tissue paper.

Pick Your Cookie. Decide on what type of cookies you’re going to bake and ask each person to bring one dozen cookies for every person in attendance, plus an extra dozen for tasting. It may seem like a lot, but this way everyone will go home with plenty of cookies to keep or give as gifts. You can scale back if desired. Also, be sure to communicate your cookies ahead of time to avoid duplication.


Label the Cookies. At the party, make sure guests know which cookies are which. Make cute folding labels or print out a template and write the name of each cookie and who they’re from.

Set Up a Packaging Station. If desired, ask guests to bring packaging materials or have some on hand. Set everything out on large work tables for easy assembly. Some things that might work well are sturdy paper plates or boxes, ribbon, cardboard boxes, tissue paper, cellophane and other trimmings. You can also offer gift tags and pretty ribbon to make it easy for guests to give their cookies as gifts.

See Also:  7 Desserts to Make This Valentine's Day

See more: 5 Reasons to Buy a Real Christmas Tree this Year

Party Prep

Prepare for the Swap. On the day of the party, clear a few tables that will be used for swapping. Provide platters and cake stands and have guests put out cookies along with the recipe for tasting. Let everyone sample the spread, then set out the remaining cookies when it’s time to trade.

That’s it! Not too hard, huh? And if you’re looking for cookie swap recipes, here are a few of our favorites:


  1. Thanks for this info. My second cousin always has an annual Christmas party/cookie swap at the end of the year because their family is so big. This will help me to be better prepared this year when I decide to participate.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here