We had nine bakers exchanging, but about fifteen here to enjoy. This really is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas!
In honor of some Italian guests I served San Pellegrino and Blood Orange Italian Soda. YUM!
*How to Arrange Your Very Own Cookie Exchange*
- Stress that only serious bakers should commit! Do not guilt your friends into participating. This is the first year where I have not had someone bail out at the last minute. It can be overwhelming for someone who does not LOVE to bake and very stressful when people are expecting a certain amount of goodies to take home.
- Send out an invite six weeks before and give them a definate date to reply. Hold to that date.
- After the reply date has come, send out information to each participant. They will need to bake a dozen (or half dozen) of the same cookie for each participant.
- They will also need to bring a dozen to sample and a recipe attached to each batch.
- For added fun I make it a little competitive with voting for the most interesting ingredients, tastiest cookie and most creative wrapping. This year I handed out homemade soaps for prizes. At the event, I hand out voting ballots where each person votes.
- Each guest should bring a bag or basket to take home their goodies. This could be a favor from the hostess too.
- Last year we had almost 20 participants. I do not like to split dozens so we had two different groups exchange. We had a snowflake group and a candy cane group. Thanks Laura for that great idea!