Whether it’s the holiday season or you’re just in the mood to throw a party there’s always a good time to throw a cookie party.
Cookie parties, otherwise known as cookie exchanges or cookie swaps, are when you get a group of friends together to exchange cookies.
Tips For Throwing A Cookie Swap
Although the main focus of these parties is the cookies, you want to be sure to throw in some other foods too.
Simply because you’ll want something to break up all the sweets.
You can provide appetizer type foods such as,
- Spinach artichoke dip
- Cheese & cracker tray
Don’t forget to add drinks to the menu. You want to have a mix of drinks from water to tea.
This is the perfect time to also throw a hot chocolate bar.
Let Guests Know Expectations
When you send your invitations out, be sure to let guests know what to bring. Don’t assume that they’ll know to bring their own cookies to share.
As a rule of thumb each guest should bring enough cookies for each person to take home 2 cookies from each tray.
Add some decor to your party with a few simple tips.
- Add colorful cookie bags, boxes, or tins to the table for your guests to take home.
- Use mini chalkboards as food tents so that your guests know what type of cookies there are.
- Have a variety of platters & even towers to put cookies on.
- Add a simple DIY backdrop
If you’re planning a family friendly party where kids will be, there’s a fun way to get them involved as well.
You have a cookie decorating station for kids.
Place a variety of cookies such as sugar cookies & Oreos on a tray for the kiddos to choose from.
Place a host of different decorating items out such as sprinkles, chocolate, & icing.
Then let their imaginations run wild.
The Best Cookie Recipes For Your Cookie Swap
The most important part of a cookie exchange is the cookies! I’ve come up with 15 of the best cookie recipes from around the web. These will be a hit with all your guests!
Caramel Macchiato Cookies
It’s not just a coffee it’s a delicious cookie too.
Get the recipe from Betty Crocker here.
Milky Way Cookies
Chop up a Milkway bar to add to this yummy cookie by I Heart Nap Time.
Cookies & Cream Cookies
I don’t know about you but cookies & cream ice cream is one of my favorite sweets. So if you put that into a cookie. Oh boy! Since finding this recipe by Lil Luna I won’t admit to how many batches I’ve eaten. But let’s say it will be a party hit.
Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
Caramel, apple cider, cookies. Do I need to even go on? These cookies are delicious & not as hard to make as they seem.
Scrambled Hen Fruit as a easy & delicious recipe that you can grab here.
Peanut Butter Cookies
If it’s simple, I’ll give it a try. And the 4 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe from The Frugal Girls is not only easy, it’s delicious.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Every party must have chocolate chip cookies. It’s not even up for debate. And these chocolate chip cookies from Baker Jo are soft & chewy. She says that she made them over & over until she got them right & I can tell. My cookies came out amazing!
Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies
Another win for Baker Jo. These strawberry white chocolate cookies were a hit. I had to end up making another batch for my guests. (Just kidding, I made the extras for me.)
Who ever thought of turning s’mores into a cookie…genius. I’ve tried several of these recipes by The Girl Who Ate Everything nails it with her recipe.
Banana Oatmeal Cookies With White Chocolate & Nutella
This one took me on a sensory overload of yumm & your guests will love it too.
Grab the recipe from Your Home Based Mom.
Enjoy buttery shortbread goodness with a jam center with these thumbprint cookies. The recipe from Delish is super easy to follow.
Sugar cookies are simply a party staple. No party is complete without their classic goodness.
Eggless Sugar Cookies
I have some friends with egg allergies & I’ve never been able to figure out how to accommodate them at some parties. Until now that is. These cookies are amazing! And eggless. Check out how to make these amazing desserts from The Crafty Baking Nurse.
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Crafty Baking Nurse strikes again with your staple chocolate chip cookie. But again it’s eggless!! Love it. Grab your recipe here.
Chocolate Mint Snickerdoodles
I love when there’s a twist on classic things & these chocolate mint snickerdoodle cookies do just that. Check out how to make them with Picky Palate.
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookies are usually only thought of during the holidays. But this batch of gingerbread needs to be thought of for every party year round. This recipe from Bless This Mess is my go to for Gingerbread. It’s super soft & pumped with flavor.
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