Even though this is a busy time of year, we don’t want to give up our traditions. And a favorite one is baking. We bet you’d like some shortcuts to help with your holiday baking, wouldn’t you? You know, shortcuts don’t have to mean skimping. When it comes to home-baked goodies, the last thing we want to do is skimp on anything.
So, how can you find the time to make all those different homemade goodies that you want to share at holiday time? Have a cookie exchange! Or maybe you've heard of it referred to as a "cookie swap" party. The main idea is that it’s easier to bake three, four, or five batches of one type of cookie than one or two batches of many different kinds. So, here’s how to do that and still end up with an interesting assortment:
- Find a few friends, neighbors, or relatives who’ll agree to bake several dozen of one or two batches of many different kinds. We think one dozen cookies per attendee is a good place to start, but feel free to make your own rules.
- Make sure everyone chooses something different, then get baking!
- Have a get-together to exchange some of your cookies for some of everybody else’s and fill your pretty tins and boxes with a variety of baked-especially-for-you holiday cookies. And, what do you know, you’ll find out it was half the work it usually is!
- Be sure to leave a few cookies out for sampling. Serve the bakers a variety of punches to wash ‘em all down with and then everybody can go home and check one more thing off their holiday to-do lists.
Even if you have plenty recipes of your own favorite cookie recipes, why not take a peek at our latest collection of holiday cookie recipes? There are bound to be a few new ideas you can use – and maybe even a quick version of one of your classics!
Do you have any favorite cookie recipes you'd like to share, or tips for hosting a cookie exchange? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.