How to Host a Holiday Cookie Baking & Decorating Party

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Did You Know?

  • The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje” meaning little cake. Dutch bakers would use small amounts of cake batter to test their oven temperatures. They discovered that these tiny bits of cooked batter were quite appetizing.
  • Cookies are a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S.
  • December 4 is National Cookie Day.

Organizing a Cookie Baking Get Together

Hosting a cookie baking get together can be so much fun if organized properly. Whether you are baking for the holidays, a bake sale, or some other event, planning this day in advance will ensure everything goes smoothly.

Invite Friends and Family

Using the internet through email or Facebook is a great way to communicate with your potential guests. Send a notice out to those who may be interested in joining you at your cookie baking party. Tell them to plan an entire day and ask what day would work best. Be sure to only invite the number of guests that will fit comfortably in your kitchen.

Pick a Date

Once you have your guest list and the dates they are available, choose a day that will work with everyone’s schedule.

Create a List of Recipes

Let your guests know the date chosen for your party. Ask them to send you a couple of their favorite cookie recipes.

Compile a list of everyone’s favorites. If there are too many to make in one day, ask your guests to narrow down the list of recipes.

Create a List of Ingredients

Once you have your list of recipes in place, create a list of all the ingredients and amounts you will need. Ask your guests what ingredients they are willing to bring. You do not have to be responsible for purchasing all the ingredients. Most people will be glad to pitch in.

Cooking Supplies

Be sure you have all the things you need such as bowls, spatulas, cookie cutters, mixer, cookie sheets, cooling racks, etc.

Cookie Baking Supplies You May Need

Cookie Containers

Ask your guests to bring containers to take cookies home in. Also have some extras on hand.

If cookie baking for a bake sale, be sure to have other items on hand such as cellophane bags & ribbon, plates, foil, etc.

Shopping

Create a shopping list and purchase the remaining ingredients that are needed.

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Enjoy Baking Cookies with Your Guests

Food For Your Guests

Be sure to have something for your guests to eat (besides cookies) throughout the day. Simple snacks and pre-made sandwiches will work well. As far as beverages, you may be interested in making a Party Punch for everyone to enjoy.

Baking Cookies

Getting together with family and friends to bake cookies is a time for you to have fun conversations and can catch up on what is happening in everyone’s life.

You can split up some of the activities if you wish. Decide who will put the recipes together, who might be better at decorating and even who will do the dishes. This way everyone is involved and periodically, you can change the “duties.”

The main thing is to have fun and enjoy this get together with loved ones.

I've included some of my simple family cookie recipes below . . .

Easy Cookie Recipes From My Family to Yours

There is no need to make extravagant cookie recipes that take lots of ingredients and time. There are plenty of ideas that are easy and quick. Here are some simple recipes that everyone enjoys!

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You Will Need a Cookie Press for Spritz Cookies

Sharon’s Butter Rich Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Blend first five ingredients together. Add flour and salt last until completely blended. Press cookie dough into cookie press. Press cookies onto cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 6-8 minutes. Cookies will still be a whitish color when done.

Variations

  • Sprinkle decorations on top before baking.
  • Add orange or lemon juice (or zest) for a citrus flavor.
  • Add cocoa powder or chocolate syrup to make chocolate spritz cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pound milk chocolate wafers

Directions

Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars together. Add egg and vanilla to creamed mixture. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Shape dough into balls approximately 1½ inch in diameter. Rolls balls in sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and press one chocolate wafer in the center of each cookie. Return to the oven for approximately 2 minutes until cookies are golden brown.

Variations

Instead of using flat chocolate wafers, use Hershey’s Kisses or M&M’s.

Granny's Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour

Directions

Cream butter and sugar together. Blend in egg and vanilla. Sift salt, baking powder and flour together. Blend into the creamed mixture. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut with desired cookie cutters. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Variations

  • Sprinkle decorations on top before baking.
  • Decorate with frosting after baking.

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Moon Crescents

Ingredients

  • ½ pound butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Cream butter and sugar together. Blend in flour, salt and vanilla. Add nuts. Mix well. Shape into small moon crescents and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. When cookies are completely cooled, roll in confectioner’s sugar.

Variations

Use chopped pecans instead of walnuts.


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Please feel free to share any Cookie Baking Party tips you may have in the comments section below. 56 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Looks like fun if one could be trusted in a kitchen, which I cannot. Great hub; you did a nice job on this one with a unique slant, different from the host of recipe hubs I've seen this month. I hope you win!


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Sharyn! I have a recipe for the best tasting butter cookies in the world! I'm wondering how I would get a group of men over to bake! lol

This is a really great idea!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

The Cookie Baking Party is a great idea and I love the recipes, too, Sharon. Do you need a taster? I will work for free. Have discerning palate and will travel!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Sharyn, this looks like so much fun. Ya know I'm not much of a cook, but I think I could do this one. I think having the ingredients ready and making it a fun day with friends and/or family would be the biggest treat. Also, I am bookmarking this and sharing it for your cookie recipes. I think the Butter Rich Spritz Cookies and the sugar cookies (which I have never attempted) would be my favorites!! Yum!

I love your pictures and the layout! Thanks for such a useful hub!! :-)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Tha is for sharing. I agree this looks fun and will pin to try to use in the future.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hi Lady Slant!! Very professionally written as well as beautifully illustrated! You do nice work, girl!

I like to cook (not as much as I used to) but baking has never been one of my favorite activities.

However, I have no problem behaving like Cookie Monster.......pies, cakes, scones (mmmmm, love scones)

My friends are much too crazy to behave well enough to do something as bake cookies together. They just can't be trusted, Sharyn....they're all my age and older......we would walk into one another, spill stuff everywhere, throw nuts at each other and no one would time the baking! The most excitement would probably be the firemen who put out the kitchen fire.

But I LOVE the idea!! lmao! UP++


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Excellent hub. This is a great idea for the holidays especially.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Billy ~ it IS lots of fun. FYI, I don't plan on winning anything because the contest ended already and I decided to tag this under "party planning" instead of "recipes." But I really appreciate you stopping by and your feedback. Thank you so much,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dex ~ great to see you! Funny about your butter cookies and getting men together to bake them ~ I was thinking about adding something that said "don't forget, there are men that enjoy baking too!" Heck, why not! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Dr. BJ ~ first come, first served! Since you were the first to ask, I make you the official "cookie taster." And your fees are reasonable too, ha. Thank you for your feedback. I'll let you know the date so you can clear your calendar!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Susan ~ Of course you could do this. Getting the right group of friends and family together for something like this could be a blast. Thanks for bookmarking and sharing! I appreciate your great feedback.

Sharyn


kelleyward 4 years ago

What a fantastic idea. It looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Mmmm mmm those cookies look good! Wish I had a plateful now:) I need those cooling racks...I only have one small one and it just isn't enough!

Beautiful hub here Sharyn!! I love it and the idea of a baking party! Then everyone else can bake while I get baked:) haha


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Janine ~ I'm so glad you liked this and will pin for future use. I appreciate your feedback, thank you.

Sharyn


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I would love to have a cookie party! The Peanut Butter Blossoms lok fabulous! I love the photo of your friends! That pic belongs in a spread in home and garden! What a cool event to plan with cool people! Voted up and shared!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Sharyn, I love the idea of a cookie party and these recipes look fabulous especially the peanut butter blossoms!

Many thanks, voting up and shared


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Sharon,

Mmmm this is a yummy idea on every level... well-organized, helpful and the inclusion of your family recipes was "icing on the koekje".

Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, maria


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hiya Paula ~ Funny you mention Cookie Monster. When I first started the hub, I had a picture of the Cookie Monster and some "fun facts." Did you know that his real name is Sid? It's true. Anyway, as I kept going with the hub, I decided to take him out. And thank you so much for making me laugh (as usual) about your friends, ha ha. You might have a really great time when the firemen arrive though!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Donna ~ yes, definitely a fun idea for the holidays. You could even incorporate a gift exchange to add to the fun. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley W. ~ You are very welcome! Thank YOU for voting and sharing.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelly U. ~ Those cooling racks look great, don't they! I don't have one like that either. And btw, it is possible that everyone else does the baking, and you just supervise, ha. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Audra ~ I believe you would be a great host for a cookie baking party. It really can be so much fun. FYI, I love the photo too, but it is not mine. But it is exactly the type of photo I was looking for and was thrilled to receive permission to use it. Thank you so much for your shares and feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Lesley ~ The peanut butter blossoms ARE awesome, you should try them. I'm so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the votes and sharing too.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Maria ~ Thank you so much for the compliments. I always love when you stop by. Thank you my friend! Hugs back atcha.

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

I love cookie parties! They are some much fun. I've only baked at a party once. The other parties I went to were cookie trades where you were assigned a cookie ahead of time and made like as many dozens as there were people (so six people = six dozen) and then you show up and everyone gets a dozen of each kind of cookie. Then, you sit around, eat cookies, drink wine, maybe gossip... good times. :)

Fabulous hub! I should host a cookie party. I think that would be a lot of fun!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Melbel ~ Yes, you should do it. It's a lot of fun. I was going to write about "cookie trades" and still might. I love how you said "maybe gossip" - ha. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a fun idea! Reading hubs like yours are so inspiring :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

My poker group use to do this every year at Christmas. It was fun. We all enjoyed it. Great hub voted up.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Christy ~ what a nice compliment, thank you. You should try a cookie baking party. It really can be a lot of fun and you are getting something done too :) Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Moonlake ~ Glad to hear you have done cookie baking parties and really enjoyed it. I appreciate your feedback, thank you!

Sharyn


kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi Sharon! I had to visit this hub again. I'm thinking about hosting a cookie baking party. It sounds like so much fun. Thanks for writing this hub! Voted up, useful, beautiful, and pinned! Kelley


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ oh I hope you do host a cookie baking party. They are so much fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

These are so much fun! My bunco group does it at Christmas. Voted up. Beautiful hub and great layout.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Glimmer ~ so, you already know how much fun a cookie baking party can be!!! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such nice compliments.

Sharyn


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I must be a ditz in the social-entertaining world because I've never heard of anything like this. But that doesn't mean it doesn't sound ABSOLUTELY FUN!!! How cool! I love cookies, baking and friends - why NOT put all that stuff together. Heehe. Thanks for sharing this!! Great ideas and recipes. :D


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

My women's club used to have a cookie swap at Christmas but I have never attended a cookie bake party. Sounds like a lot of fun. I voted up and tweeted.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Oh Cyndi ~ I would never think you are a "ditz." I do think that you are a lot of fun and would make a great host for a cookie baking party. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi mvillecat ~ I actually thought about writing a hub on cookie swaps. Certainly, at the end of a cookie baking party, you can then "swap." Thank you so much for the votes and sharing this article.

Sharyn


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love this hub! A cookie party sounds like fun and your recipes look fabulous. You chose some beautiful photos to accompany them, too. Voted up and shared!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi vespawoolf ~ so glad to hear you love this hub. Thank you so much for your compliments. I hope you plan a cookie baking party and have some fun. Thanks for your votes and share too!

Sharyn


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

I have actually done a few of these in the past years and loved every one of them. I love all the ideas and recipes Sharon! I am so in the mood for baking cookies after reading your hub! ♥ Thumbs up up and shared!


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Cathy Fidelibus 4 years ago from NJ

Yummy looking cookies. My son had a cookie baking birthday party once it was wild. I could have used this information then :o)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Lisa ~ I think you would host an awesome cookie baking party. I want to be there!!! I'm glad this put you in the mood to bake. I appreciate the vote and sharing this too. You are so sweet! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cathy ~ nice to meet you. Thank you so much for stopping by to check this out and for the follow too. Hope you have a great holiday!

Sharyn


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Excellent Tips - Thanks for sharing.

Elena


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Elena ~ I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Neat hub! I wish I had the time to host one of these, but the time it would take me to clean the house and bake a bunch of cookies - I just don't have!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi PinkChic ~ I hope someday you will be able to have a cookie baking gathering. It is a lot of fun. Thanks so much for your comments.


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barbat79 3 years ago from Connnecticut

Again, yet another wonderful hub. Very very thorough. Thank you for the tips and recipes. I enjoy all of your work, Sharyn!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Bar ~ I am thrilled that you enjoy my articles and so glad that you stopped by. Have a wonderful day!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Came back to get some of your cookie recipes. Time to start the Christmas Cookie baking at my house.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Awww, thank you SZ. Could you send me some this year? Thank you for stopping by again!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I want to do something special with my Bible Study group for Christmas and this may be the perfect thing. It is simple yet sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the idea.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Diana ~ I think that is a great idea for your group. You can keep it simple and still have a fun time. Thank you so much for your feedback.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute idea! I have done cookie exchanges, but this takesit to a whole new level!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Rebecca! It ends up being an "exchange." Does that count, ha. Have a great holiday. Thanks for stopping by!

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