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Do you love baking cookies around Christmas time? If you do, you should host a Christmas Cookie Exchange party and invite some friends over to do a cookie exchange. A Cookie Exchange is such a fun little party with cookies, treats, and a great excuse to get together with friends, drink hot chocolate, and listen to Christmas music. If you would like to host one, I’ve got all the tips for you below! My Cookie Exchange Party was inspired by the new the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection which I found at my local Ralph’s. The SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Vanilla Biscotti scent is what gave me the idea. My mom and I used to make cookies when I was little, package them into tins, and ship them off to family and friends around the country. It was our way of sending a little love during the holidays. And the SEND A LITTLE LOVE™Vanilla Biscotti scent smells like cookies!
I was inspired by the light blue color of the Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Vanilla Biscotti line of products, so I found my blue drink dispenser, my blue flower vase, and a blue cake stand for my Cookie Exchange party. But I’m not a big fan of blue and white for the holidays, so I added in a bunch of pink (PINK! Yes!) and red and it turned out perfectly! The whole party came together in less than 3 hours WITH homemade cookies!
I started by making by gingerbread man banner. I found the cut-outs at a dollar store and simply taped them onto a piece of twine. Super easy, inexpensive, and is perfect for a cookie party! And I found these cookies tins in the perfect blue and red colors, so I grabbed a few for guests to fill with cookies to take home with them. Then I set out my drink dispenser to fill with hot chocolate and set out my Santa mugs and some homemade peppermint marshmallows. Then I set out my tidbit trays and cake stands for my guests to add their cookies to. I picked trays and cake stands in several colors and heights to add some variety to my tablescape. Then I filled a few clear ornaments with baking supplies like sugar, chocolate chips, and candy cane bits to add a bit more decoration to my party. Last, but not least, flowers! I grabbed some green poms, red carnations, and some beautiful white and pink gerber daisies. The flowers are the perfect colors, but they’re not over the top Christmas-themed like poinsettias. When everything was ready, I got to work making my own cookies for the cookie exchange. I decided to make sugar cookies and leave them undecorated so guests (including the kiddos) can decorate the cookies themselves. It gives guests something to do and, maybe more importantly, gives the kids something to do while the parents mix and mingle. Here’s the recipe:
- 3 cups flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and sift together your flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In your mixer, cream your butter and sugar on low until smooth.
- Then add your egg and vanilla before slowly adding in your dry ingredients.
- Place round teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake 8-10 minutes.
- Or roll dough onto a floured surface and add more flour to top of dough before rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters. Place shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let sit for two minutes before removing cookies to cooling racks.
Once the cookies were ready, I added them to my table with plenty of decorating supplies like frosting, chocolate chips, sprinkles, crushed candy canes, etc. More ideas: when guests arrived, they could place their cookies on the trays and you can create name tags for the trays with the guest’s name and their cookie’s name. You could also print out all the recipes or email all of the recipes to your guests. You could also do a cookie competition and give out prizes for “Best Cookie,” “Most Colorful Cookie,” “Fanciest Cookie,” etc. But try to keep it friendly and fun! Instead of decorating cookies, you can set up a a gingerbread house station for children. Also, be sure to put out some savory foods like nuts, popcorn, veggies and dip, etc. as your guests will likely get sick of eating sweet cookies all night. And last, but not least, make your home smells like cookies. There is nothing better than a nice-smelling home! Especially around the holidays, scents of cookies or apple cinnamon just put me in the holiday spirit! If you don’t plan to bake your cookies right before the party, then be sure to pick up the new Glade®SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Vanilla Biscotti scent.
What’s your favorite cookie recipe? Let me know in the comments below! And check out Glade’s Social Hub for more inspiration!