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I love planners and printables to keep things on track from all of my Christmas shopping to Thanksgiving dinner!

Want a great variety of Christmas cookies without all of the work? Host a cookie exchange instead! You’ll get a great variety of cookies, new recipes, and get to have lots of fun with your friends. Here are some hints to make your cookie exchange a hit.

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Set the date: The date is super important; you want the date to be close enough to Christmas so the cookies will still be fresh for Santa’s visit, but far enough away that everyone has time to spare for your party!  I have created some FREE printable invitations.

RSVP: Make sure your guests RSVP so that everyone knows how many cookies to bring, and how many types of cookies they will be receiving.

Number of guests plus two: Make sure everyone brings little bags of six to ten cookies for each of the guests, plus two extras for tasting at the party!

Homemade everything: Make sure everyone brings homemade cookies. No store-bought goodies here!

Include a recipe: Each bag for guests should include a recipe so everyone can learn to make their awesome cookies! I have created some FREE printable recipe cards.  (I print these on cardstock)

Have contests: Select a small prize for the best tasting cookie recipe, and the best presentation for your guests. Let everyone vote for their favorites!

Try new things: Ever think to bring biscotti to a cookie exchange? What about cookie bars? Tarts and mini cakes? All of these make great cookie exchange items!

Hosting your own cookie party can save you a lot of holiday baking time, and can be great social time with your friends during the busy holiday season!

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  1. Hi Holly I’m going to be hosting my 1st cookie exchange party. It’ll be after church so a lite lunch will be served. Prob a dozen women. Any ideas for a light menu. I was thinking soup, salad n sandwich. Stuffed pepper soup, winter fruit salad not sure bout sandwich ingredients. Maybe something on a croissant. Any suggestions?

  2. The invitations are super cute but as I was getting ready to print them I noticed that the background is grey and the image is a little pixelated. Is there a better quality image available? Am I just doing something wrong?

    1. I’ve just checked it and mine seemed to come out crisp. I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong, I can’t say for sure why your image isn’t showing well.

  3. It’s almost July in Arizona so I think I am going to have a summer no bake cookie party!! I am thinking the cookies could be frozen for lunches or summer family gatherings

    1. That sounds like a great idea! I have always wanted to freeze no bakes but they always seem to disappear!

  4. I have been wanting to host a cookie exchange for a couple years now and because of your sweet invitations…I am on my way!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!

  5. Thank you for all the lovely invitations and matching recipe cards. I love the idea of a cookie exchange and can’t wait to do it this year. The work you’ve done already and advise will make it so much easier.