5 Steps for Hosting a Christmas Holiday Cookie Swap




Deck the halls with sprinkles! There’s nothing like a cookie swap to bring out the best of the holiday season. Gather with kindred baking spirits who get excited about frosting and family heirloom recipes and trade goods so everyone goes home with a deliciously diverse assortment of cookies that would take forever to bake all on your own. Does anything epitomize community cooperation and peace on earth more than this sugar-coated bliss? 

For the past four years, we have helped host a classic cookie swap via our local Wisconsin Farmers Union chapter, which quickly evolved into a fun and festive community tradition.  Here are five key steps and some tips we learned along the way for hosting your own.

1. Gather Cookie Bakers

In order to pull off a successful cookie swap, you need a committed, core group of enthusiastic bakers. A dozen bakers is a good number to aim for as it will create a sweet diversity of cookies to swap.  We always leave the invitation open to anyone who would like to come, even if they are not bakers.  There is plenty of socializing and sampling.  Lots of our local farmer friends attended, all ready to kick back after the busy harvest and connect with old and new friends.

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