A cookie swap is a wonderful way for friends to get together for the holidays and exchange little gifts (almost unknowingly). Sure there's the Secret Santa or the Yankee Swap but with a Cookie swap you get to leave with something personal and truly special. Every recipe represents a bit of the person who baked it's personality. So when you leave with your basket full of everyone's treats, it's like your taking home a little part of them home too! That way they'll be with you all throughout the holiday season...or at least until the cookies run out!
If you've been held or been to a Cookie Swap it works likes this:
1. Figure out the guest list and let everyone know how many people are coming. (This helps the bakers know how many cookies they will need to cook up!)
2. Everyone bakes a few dozen cookies of their choosing. You can ask the bakers to provide their recipes in advance so there aren't doubles but this way it's more of a surprise!
3. Everyone arrives at the Cookie Swap with their cookies and an empty tin/box/paper bag etc. Party Time
4. Lay out all the cookies and eat them till you just can't eat no more! This is essential!
5. When everyone is ready to go, they take their empty tin and take one of each of the cookies on the table to take home with them and enjoy throughout the rest of the week! Therein, swapping their cookies for one of everyone else's. It's fun and delicious stuff!
This year there was too many delicious treats for one person to eat all in one setting so we sure were glad to get those take home bags! I can't pick favourites, but I loved how everyone pushed the envelope this year to come up with unique cookies that would set their recipes apart! The macaroons were decadent; the cranberry cookies brought a bit of colour to the table, and the peppermint double chocolate cookies with bits of candy cane inside were out of this world!
I spent the week leading up to the party trying to decorate my little home as best I could. It might be small, but it's sure full of Holiday Spirit! Garland was strung up all over, ornaments hung from every corner of the apartment (even the library ladder), and the Gingerbread House Masterpiece set out on display for all to see!
Wine was mulled, Brie was baked, pears were poached, and the guest dined and dined. Nothing makes me smile like seeing my friends enjoy each other's company while eating delicious food!
Throughout the party games were played, laughs were had, and everyone was enjoyable amused by the little Christmas Photobooth I set up for everyone to get their pictures taken with amusing holiday props to boot! This was my favourite party of the night - getting to take pictures of all my favourite people in their holiday best!
A Brady Bunch inspired photo session and my favourite mommy and daddy!
Auntie and Scarlett
The Newmarket Crew!
Santa and her little Elves
Next year I'll make sure to get everyone to provide their recipes but what I've done is put together a list of what was on hand a links to similar recipes found online in case you're looking for that kind of cookie to make for your own party!
Cranberry Nut Drops from Sarah Danahy | Macaroons from Zoe Danahy | Double Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies from Julia Jung | Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies from Jenny Danahy | Chocolate Chip Brownies from Meg & Jay | Sugar Cookies from Laura Whelan | Skor Chocolate Chip Cookies from Dan Lytywn | Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies from Chelsea | Pepparkakor (Swedish Ginger Cookies) from Andrew Gordon | Banana Muffins (for those who don't like cookies) from Anna and Elias Scorsone | After Eight chocolate cookies & Mint Hershey's chocolate cookies from Iffat Jokhio