We’re making our holiday to-do list, and checking it twice. When it comes to the annual baking, we figure two (or eight!) elves are better than one. A cookie swap adds variety to your cookie gifting or holiday entertaining arsenal while serving as a fun festivity in itself. We used Makr to make our swap extra sweet – as if the menu of cookies, cocktails and boozy eggnog didn’t make it sweet enough!
At the party, guests will create giftable cookie bags – perfect for neighbors, co-workers and friends. Craft an invite asking them to bring two or three dozen of their holiday favorites to contribute. In the spirit of the season, we didn’t put any restrictions around the ask. Does a friend only have time to bake a batch? No sweat. Someone wants a plus-one? The more the merrier! One friend has zero time to break out a baking sheet during the holiday craze? Favorite local bakery items are accepted.
Before guests arrive, set out festive platters and Makr-made tent cards so you can label contributions as they’re added to the table. Design and DIY-print gift tags or labels, then set up a packaging station at the end of the table with favor bags, ribbon, scissors, and pens.
We designed to/from stickers, printed on Avery’s Print-to-the-Edge Round Labels 22807. Our friends had a jolly good time filling their bags with family favorites and Pinterest-inspired goodies. (Our friend Brooke couldn’t resist bundling up a bag for herself as a treat for later, addressing it with the note “Go wild!”. We like your style, Brooke.)
While cookie-swapping, we nibbled from a cheese plate, cheers-ed over eggnog, and got in the spirit with some festive tunes. Here are a few of the recipes that made our swap a success; happy merry-making of your own!
The Original Eggnog (marthastewart.com)
Spicy Double Chocolate Cookies with Cappuccino Frosting (vegetarianventures.com)
Maple Shortbread Bars (The Essential New York Times Cookbook)
Molasses Drops (marthastewart.com)