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One of our favorite holiday traditions are cookie exchanges.
Family ones and kid ones… they are both awesome and a great way to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. I can’t believe how nervous I was before I went to my first one. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do or what would happen. Now that I’ve been hosting and attending them for years I have some really awesome tips how to host the best cookie exchange!
Tip #1 Don’t stress out.
Seriously! They are so fun so no stressing allowed. This goes for if you are hosting or attending. If you are running low on time it’s even okay to bring cookies you bought at the bakery, not just homemade ones.
Tip #2 Get the kids involved.
Let them pick the cookies and help decorate. Emmy also helps pick out our to-go boxes each year. When we are hosting a kids cookie exchange we normally purchase plain white boxes and then have the kids decorate them with Christmas and winter stickers.
Tip #3 Make sure there are enough cookies.
I always have everyone bring 2 cookies per person that is invited. That always leaves some for snacking and one for everyone to take home.
Tip #4 Have name tags available for both the cookies and your guests!
I’ve made some amazing friends at cookie exchanges and I’ve met some awesome new to me cookies too! Being able to know both of their names is a good thing for the future!
Tip #5 Have a signature drink.
For us it’s always Chocolate TruMoo! We serve it both cold and hot! I pour it into the crock pot and turn it on low for instant hot chocolate! Then I put together a little hot chocolate bar with homemade whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles!
Tip #6 Wear Pajamas
Maybe not the most classical cookie exchange outfits… but invite your guests to dress comfy! Pajamas are a perfect option… and they go perfectly with warm mugs of TruMoo hot chocolate! Did you know that TruMoo is just as delicious hot as it is cold, and that it is made with real milk and just the right amount of chocolate? We love to “Try It Hot”… especially at cookie exchanges and as a great way to get warm and cozy as the temperature outside drops. We also have found TruMoo to be a great addition to indoor family time. We all drink it while watching movies on family movie night. I gather our softest blankets and fluffiest pillows… and we all put on our favorite pajamas before we gather together on the downstairs couch to watch a favorite movie and enjoy some TruMoo! Be sure to pick up some TruMoo for your next cookie exchange… it’s available nationwide. You can find more recipe inspiration to Try it Hot with TruMoo on Pinterest and don’t forget to follow TruMoo on Facebook for more fun ideas!
i want every cookie – especially anything that is all chocolate chip 😀
I do a cookie exchange with some local moms every year. It;s so much fun!
I absolutely love that you did a cookie exchange in your pjs. I totally need to do this with my gal pals! My twins love True Moo too…hot or cold!
I love making cookies at this time of the year, but I have never participated in a cookies exchange either. Sounds like a lot of fun though.
I love a good cookie exchange. I’ve done it a few times, and I always get really tasty treats!
I like the cookies you have picked out I need to come to YOUR cookie exchange! I love that you involve the kids!
Oh ya’ve gotta have milk! This is such an adorable post- we are amidst several cookie swaps here too! I think I’m going to try Chocolate TruMoo hot for our next one!
Cookies are a holiday staple in our family and we enjoy sharing them with people we care about. Of course milk is absolutely essential as well.
A cookie exchange would be fun! I’m loving your ideas. I’d definitely make some hot chocolate like that!
What a wonderful idea. I often spend way too much time baking then realize that I only baked one type of cookie. I love the idea of a cookie exchange 🙂
This looks like a yummy-fun activity. Kids really look like they’re lovin’ it.
I have never hosted a cookie exchange but I have been to a couple I totally agree… always need milk to go with cookies, for sure!
I love cookie exchanges. They are so much fun and all the cookies people bring are just so tasty.
Love the idea of chocolate milk with the cookie exchange like this! I love Trumoo milk, I never thought to heat it for hot chocolate before what a great idea.!
What little cuties and a great idea to add milk to your cookie party!
A cookie exchange would be SO fun. I’ve never participated in such a thing and think it would be the best. My kids would love it too!
If I got the kids involved in a cookie exchange, there wouldn’t be any cookies to exchange! I love the tips!
Cookies are totally one of my favorite snacks. It is just so tasty and crunchy.
I have heard really good things about True Moo!! I need to try it, it looks delicious with those cookies!!
What a fabulous cookie exchange, the TruMoo is what puts it over the top for me. Thanks for the tips!
These cookies look so delicious. I would love to have a cookie exchange again. It is such a great way to try new treats.
I ma having a cookie exchange next week. These are great tips for hosting a good cookie exchange party.
I love this! I really like the idea of cookie exchanges so this awesome.
WOW those cookies look great. I can’t believe I forgot out the cookie exchange this year – thanks for the reminder!
I totally agree with you. Her cookie exchange looks awesome! I would definitely want to be invited!
Loved your post from start to finish which has some great ideas for hosting a holiday cookie exchange without stressing out. The photos of the food were all really beautiful and your girls are just darling.
Sounds like a lot of fun though. I love good cookie exchange!!
How fun! I definitely want to do a cookie exchange soon. I love the idea of letting the kids decorate the plain white boxes themselves.
I’ve never done a cookie exchange, but would love to. I’ll have to gather some of my friends and get them involved. I bake cookies ALL the time so it’s definitely something that would be fun.
Wow, you guys have been busy. I have baked two sets of cookies and most of them were gone, it never last here lol.
I had no idea that you could serve trumoo hot. I’m excited about that.
TruMoo does make every cookie party complete! Love all these holiday cookies, and the girls look adorable!
The girls look very happy. I have never hosted a cookie exchange before, but it’s a great idea. I would love to do this.
I’d be horrible signing up for a cookie exchange. I’d eat them all before I could share them with anyone, I love holiday cookies so much!
I would love to go to a cookie exchange or host one. I love making cookies (and eating them)!!
Holiday cookie exchanges can get stressful! I love the idea of having the kids involved. And milk, definitely lots of milk!
I love cookie exchanges, it’s fun and really good. However the more people you have the more work of doing it is.
I love to host Cookie Exchanges. Sounds like you are ready for your Cookie Exchange!
Your cookies look so festive and bet they’re delish! Honestly, I’ve never experienced a cookie exchange. It is something that we don’t have in our home country, but it sounds fun.
I was invited to a cookie exchange next weekend, and asked to bring 6 dozen cookies. What?!?! I do not want to come home with 6 dozen so I’m hoping they go to a charitable organization or something after the party is done.
Hot chocolate bar! Such a cute idea. Ive never been to cookie exchange. I bet I’d leave pretty full. Lol. I love making cookies though around Christmas. Some to eat and some to share.
Your girls are very beautiful, and those cookies look delicious! I am definitely in the Christmas spirit now more than ever! Thank you for sharing!
Your cookies look perfect. I’ve never done a cookie exchange before. Sounds fun.
The cookies look so good, I want some 🙂 thank you for sharing, great post!
The best cookie exchanges are those with a lot of variety! You’re really kicking things off right!
Ooh I love cookie exchanges! I’ve never done one where the kids were actually involved other than just playing by themselves somewhere while the moms exchanged cookies, but I love this idea! !
I have just recently been hearing about these cookie exchanges! Whoever started this is a GENIUS! lol
One of the greatest joys in life is dunking chocolate cookies into milk.
These are great tips. Believe it or not I haven’t seen this milk in any store yet. I probably haven’t looked close enough though 😉
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