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Let's Have a Cookie Swap

Updated on December 3, 2009

Invite Family and Friends

We are so busy during the holidays that we can not bake as many cookies as we would like. However, by having a Cookie Swap, we can multiply the types of cookies.

Invite your family, friends or co-workers to bake 3 dozen cookies and come to a Cookie Swap.

Make a List

The more you invite, the more cookies to share. Ask everyone who is coming to your Cookie Swap to bake 3 dozen cookies. Make a list of "who" is bringing "what kind" of cookie. This way, you won't end up with 12 dozen Snickerdoodles. Bring the recipe, too. This way, those who have allergies, can see what ingredients are in each cookie.

Cookie Name Cards

You can make cookie name cards like "Carol's Sugar Cookies," or Ann's Gingerbread Men."

Use this template at to make your name cards.

Save Your Containers

Your guests can take home their cookies in the same container in which they brought their cookies or you can make containers out of ordinary household items.

Save coffee cans, cottage cheese containers, oatmeal boxes, small gift boxes or other holders. Wrap the outside with Christmas paper and line with plastic wrap or foil.

Drinks for Your Guests

A nice treat is to provide drinks to go with the sampling of the cookies. Punch, hot chocolate or coffee would be appropriate drinks to serve. Recipe for punch follows.....

My Favorite Punch Recipe

Hawaiian Punch or Ginger Ale

Orange, raspberry or rainbow sherbet

Pour punch or ginger ale into punch bowl. Scoop sherbet and place on top of punch to chill it. Everyone loves this punch and it is soooo simple!

Instant Cocoa

Here is a recipe for an instant cocoa to keep on hand for company or to give as a gift!

1 box (8 qt size) Carnation instant non-fat dried milk

1-1 lb box Nestle's Quick chocolate mix

1-8 oz jar coffee creamer

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix dry ingredients together. To make drink: Mix 1/4 cup cocoa mix to 1 cup hot water.

Cookie Recipes for your Cookie Swap

Coconut Fork Cookies

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup melted shortening

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt

1 1/2 cups coconut

2 cups quick oatmeal

Cream sugars and shortening. Add eggs, then dry ingredients. Add coconut and oats last. Roll in balls and press down with fork. Bake 350 degrees F until brown, but not too crisp.

Chocolate Cottage Cheese Cookies

2/3 cup butter

1 2/3 cups sugar

1 cup cottage cheese

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in cottage cheese, eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Do not add nuts yet. Chill several hours. Form into 1 inch balls, roll in powdered sugar, nuts or granulated sugar. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.


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    • Cathi Sutton profile image

      Cathi Sutton 8 years ago

      What a nice idea! And I loved the recipes! I can't wait to try the Chocolate Cottege Cheeze cookies! They sound so yummy! Thanks for a great Hub!

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      This is an awesome hub!! Our church was trying to figure out how we could get together and socialize, and no matter what time of the year, this would be a good thing to do!!!

      Thanks for suggesting this!! I cannot remember whose hub it was, shame on me, but they wrote about cupcake stackers....I thought it was a novel idea because then your cupcakes don't ever get squashed after you bake them...

      Thanks for this hub!! I am getting hungry...better get down to the

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, Steve. Why don't you have one at work? You could donate the cookies to your adopted family.

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      The Steve 8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Great idea!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, Smireles. This is kind of a retro idea, but in this economy, it makes sense.

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Great idea. We used to do cookie swaps years ago. You have some great ideas for the party, too.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Specialk3749, thank you. These chocolate cookies are delicious. Hope you enjoy them!

      Myownworld, thank you, too. The instant cocoa recipe comes from Nana. She always gives us a supply for Christmas.

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      delicious hub! Feel like trying all of these...and I loved the recipe for instant cocoa too! thanks for sharing...

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      Karen Metz 8 years ago from Michigan

      The chocolate cottage cheese cookies sound very interesting! I am going to see if I have the ingredients and try them. I started making up my Christmas cookie list this morning. Thanks!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you so much, alekhouse. These are family favorites, as well as, pecan butterballs, snickerdoodles and decorated sugar cookies. Thanks for the comments.

      Have a nice holiday!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Thanks for the Coconut Oatmeal cookie and the chocolate-cottage cheese cookie recipes. They both sound really good. I'm going to try both.