Cookie Swap Ideas!

It’s the Holiday season and time for COOKIES!
Hosting a Cookie Exchange can be stressful but no need to worry...I'm sharing my top ten tips and tricks to make sure your event is fabulous and fun for everyone. Plus, these ideas will help you “multi-task” by earning Box Tops for Education for your school!
1) Grab Ziploc® Brand Snap ‘n Seal Containers so you have plenty on hand to pack up cookies. They make it so easy with all the cute Holiday prints available! You can even stack them in a basket for a fun centerpiece and easy packaging.

2) If you have a lot of people participating, have Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags on hand so guests can freeze their cookies for later use during the Holidays.

3) Print out recipe cards and place them on the table with festive pens so people can swap their favorite recipes.

4) Grab a package of Avery® Adhesive Name Badges. You can use them as name tags if your guests don’t know each other AND on your packages as easy cookie labels.

5) For easy Winter Scene cookies, dip Bugles® snacks in green candy melts and set aside to harden. Frost sugar cookies with Betty Crocker® White Frosting (snow) and add a few Bugles (trees) along with your favorite festive sprinkles.

6) Start with Betty Crocker® Sugar Cookie Mix. Make the dough as directed then use food coloring to tint one half red and one half green (you can also leave some of the dough white if desired). Roll out each into a rectangle, place on top of each other and roll into a log. Slice and bake for beautiful Christmas Pinwheel cookies!
7) Skip the expensive and hard-to-find sprinkles! Bake Christmas Tree-shaped cookies and decorate with Betty Crocker® Frosting and Trix® Cereal “ornaments”. (The leftover cereal can be used to feed your family breakfast the day of your cookie swap for a stress-free day!)

8) If you want to serve savory snacks along with cookies to your guests, make up a veggie tray and grab some packages of Chex Mix® Snack Mix. Everyone can munch and chat while exchanging cookies and recipes.

9) Don’t forget the music! Download some of your favorite Holiday songs and have them playing in the background for a festive touch to your party.

10) To help earn Box Tops for your kids’ schools and for some extra fun, bake a few dozen extra cookies. Let everyone take an extra cookie for each Box Top they bring to the party!

Do you have a cookie swap tip or a great cookie recipe to share?
If so, leave it in the comments!


Heather said...

Good timing! Thanks ;)

Mandy said...

Hi Heather! You *might* see a few of these things show up on Thursday evening! :)

Noemi said...

Excellent tips. Thanks!!

At Home with Rebecka said...

Hi Mandy, I'm hosting a Cookie Exchange Linky Party on my blog. There are some really wonderful holiday cookie recipes already linked. I would love to have one or more of your recipes featured there as well. If you get a moment please stop by and link up. http://athomewithrebecka.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-cookie-exchange-linky-party.html

Emily Anna said...

I just tried this Lemon Blueberry Fan recipe for our cookie exchange--both pretty and tasty! I put two cookies in a bag tied with ribbon and hung them on a tabletop Christmas tree with ornament hooks. It looked so great with ribbon loops and a lemon "star" on top! (Just make sure you use jam WITHOUT fruit syrup or it'll just run out of the cookie and make a mess.) Happy Cookie Exchange!


two forks said...

love all of those easy ideas! too bad my party was last week!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea thanks I will use it next year bye

Anonymous said...

What kind of food coloring do you use? I seem to only get pink when I try to color something red and I really want to make the pinwheel cookies. Thanks!!

Mandy said...

Jane, I really like AmeriColor's liquid food coloring. They have great colors that work really well. Also, remember that icing will dry DARKER than when it is wet. Another tip is if you want flavored icing, you can add some cranberry juice or other colored juice to make your icing extra red.

Mandy said...

Jane, I just saw that you are coloring the DOUGH....sorry!
I used AmeriColor Super Red for the dough and it worked great. :)

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom said...

Your cookies look fun and festive. This week, Janice and I blogged a new recipe for Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars. Janice brought them to her annual neighborhood cookie swap and they were a hit. Our secret ingredient: chick peas. I kid you not :)