A cookie swap is where people get together and exchange homemade baked cookies. Here’s how to host a cookie swap yourself.
1. Create a list of people to invite.
First create a list of people who you want to invite. Talk among friends and family whom you think would be interested and tell them that you’re planning a cookie swap. This should let you know if people are generally interested or not. Knowing how many people are interested also lets you know how many cookies each person should make for the swap.
2. Create detailed invitations.
Make sure you put all the details on the invitation. This includes where and when the cookie swap will be held, how many cookies each person needs to make and bring to share, and if they need to bring their own plates or containers.
3. Have your guests write out the general ingredients of the cookies.
Find out if any of your guests are on a special diet or allergic to anything. You can request everyone to not make cookies with a certain ingredient if someone’s allergy is severe. It’s a good idea to have each guest write out the name of their cookie and general ingredients on an index card to put near their cookies. For an example, someone may write “Chocolate Chip Cookies” for the name of their cookie and “Semi-sweet chocolate chips, walnuts” for the ingredients so that anyone with a nut allergy knows to not select one of those cookies.
4. Set up each guests’ cookies buffet style.
It’s best to have a table set up where everyone can display their cookies. Have the table(s) set up in the middle of a room so people can walk around and select the cookies they want in an orderly fashion. You need to indicate how many cookies each guest needs to make and how many cookies your guests can take to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to select each others cookies. For an example if you have 12 guests ask them to make 2 dozen cookies each so that each guest can take 2 cookies from each guest at the party.
5. Decide if you want to eat cookies there or not.
Some people want to dive right into tasting each other’s cookies. If you are okay with that, make sure you have napkins and drinks available for your guests. This makes it more friendly and is a great time to discuss recipes with each other.
6. Remember etiquette.
If you try a cookie made by someone else and you don’t like it just keep that to yourself. Sometimes cookies don’t turn out the way the baker wanted them to or you just aren’t particularly fond of a certain flavor. Don’t under any circumstances make a scene and proclaim how “awful” the cookie was to you. The whole point of a cookie swap is not just to exchange cookies but also to get together with friends and people you enjoy being around with. As a host you might want to include extra traditional cookies such as classic chocolate chip and sugar cookies. This can help out in case one of your guests didn’t bring enough cookies or invites another guest you weren’t expecting.
One last piece of advice.
Cookie swaps are great around holidays. This doesn’t just mean Christmas either. Spring-time holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are great cookie swap times too. You may even be able to organize a cookie swap at your work or even take turns with friends hosting cookie swaps throughout the year during different holidays.