I tremendously enjoy cookie exchanges. Why, you ask? As I have stated before, the cookie is THE perfect dessert. Oh, yes it is. They are easy to make, they are quick and if you eat one cookie and it’s not enough, there really isn’t any guilt about eating a second. Or third. Maybe the guilt hits when you have eaten your forth. Unless of course you are taste testing the batch to make sure they are suitable for human consumption. Then a forth cookie would be completely acceptable. You are only doing your duty as a mom. Leave it at that.
I used to lead a M.O.M.S group at my church and come Christmas time, we would have a cookie exchange for those who wanted to participate. All those varieties of cookies sitting in one spot. All for me to take and try. Just beautiful. Are you wanting to have your own cookie exchange with the people you work with, your next door neighbors or Bible study group? Do you wonder how to have the perfect cookie exchange? Wonder no more. I got you covered.
Why Have A Cookie Exchange
Um, it’s cookies. Any reason is a fine reason. 🙂 If you aren’t a fan of working in the kitchen, but want a variety of cookies to have, having an exchange with some close friends is a great way to cut down on your work load during Christmas. Doubling (or tripling) a batch of cookies is a lot easier than making several different kinds of cookies. Cookie exchanges are great to have for Women Fellowship gatherings or M.O.M.S groups.
Choose A Date Wisely
A cookie exchange is only as successful as the cookies that are brought. If you are planning an exchange and are trying to set a date to have it, try to take note of the days surrounding the exchange. I know you don’t know everyone’s schedules, but asking people to bring large batches of cookies when their days are already filled, is not a good plan. Don’t schedule the exchange near Thanksgiving or right before Christmas. If you are planning it for a M.O.M.S group, don’t plan the exchange when the school is having their Christmas concert or Christmas skits. Be mindful of the community events surrounding the date and go for it. You won’t be able to make it work for everyone, but at least the major events are avoided.
How Many Cookies Should We Bring
That is a tough number to decide on. If you are having a small exchange, perhaps with some close friends, it will be easier to decide the appropriate number of cookies to bring. For example, if 4 people are exchanging cookies, everyone can bring 4 dozen cookies. Then everyone can leave with 4 dozen cookies. However, if you have a large group of people exchanging cookies, you can’t ask everyone to bring 12 dozen cookies. It probably wouldn’t be a good turnout. For a group of 10 women, I would ask everyone to bring 3-4 dozen cookies. Then when the day came to exchange, divide the number of cookies by the number of people there. Typically, everyone would get 4 or more cookies off of each tray.
Provide Trays Or Remind The Participants To Bring Their Own
That right there could be a cookie exchange blunder. You are all excited, you show up with your tray of cookies to exchange and you have nothing to put the new cookies on. Unless you do a juggling act with your tray and cookies, you need something to put the new cookies on! I would always buy some trays for the participants. They were never costly, but they were new Christmas trays and that was fun.
Don’t Worry About Duplicates
I never worried about duplicating cookie kinds. If there are multiple chocolate chip cookies being exchanged, chances are, they aren’t the same recipe and will be different in some way. You can certainly provide a list for everyone to sign up and say what type of cookie they will bring. It’s up to you. I found most people don’t know until last minute but it may help give ideas of what other’s are bringing.
Let The Exchanging Begin!
Have everyone set their trays on the table or counter and simply go down the line. The best part of the exchange is seeing what everyone brought! A personal note, if you see a cookie you probably won’t like, you may want to take it anyway. You certainly don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
What do you think? Want to try a cookie exchange with your co-workers or friends? Try it this year and enjoy all the varieties of cookies you will receive. Remember, you can always freeze them for later so they will last longer than a few days. Ahem. Ask me how I know. 😉
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