I’m so honoured to have my recipe chosen for publication in Canada’s highest-circulation paper, but more importantly I am excited for my great aunt to read it in the paper that morning. She and my mother taught me how to bake and experiment with new recipes, and I wouldn’t be doing this ol’ blog without them.
After reading through the Cookie Calendar online, I started getting inspired to do something that I’ve always wanted to do over the holiday season.
What better way to catch up with friends, then by sharing copious amounts of sugar and chocolate with each other. It’s also a great way to get a variety of Christmas treats (to give or share), without having to do all the baking yourself!
Martha Stewart and Good Housekeeping both have good guides on how to host you’re own cookie swap, including tips like sending out invitations, creating a master cookie list, labeling the cookies when they arrive, having guests bring copies of the recipe that they made and making sure people know of any possible allergens.
While going through my own recipes, I came across a few of my favourites that I would love to include in a cookie swap. Please link up any recipes you’d like to share in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ones to try!
My family’s all-time favourite cookies are traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can’t go wrong with throwing a few of these into the mix.
For something a little more seasonal, try these classic Gingersnaps. They’re crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside.
One of my personal must-have cookies is Coconut Macaroons. You can make them plain, or go for more decadent chocolate covered ones.
One of Garrett’s favourites is my White Chocolate Coconut Cookies. I love the extra texture from the coconut, combined with the white chocolate.
Just because you’re doing a cookie swap doesn’t mean you can’t throw in some bars or brownies too! Give these Ooey Gooey Brownies a try and I’m sure that they’ll be the first ones gone.
Last year’s White Christmas Crunch was a HUGE hit, and I’ve been getting requests already for more this year. I can see myself making several patches of it in the next couple of weeks.
Simplicity is important when you’re trying to pull together a variety of Christmas cookies, making this Easy Chocolate Fudge as great addition to a Cookie Swap.
I love to make these Easy Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels because they are not only fun to make, but they have a great taste with the addition of sea salt on top.
Last year’s Pretzel Bark has become an instant classic for me. It reminds me of my much loved chocolate covered pretzels, which are hard to find nut-free. This is an easy way to make this at home!
Have you ever hosted or attended a cookie swap? I’d love to hear about how it went and any tips that you have!