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Christmas Cookie Exchange

Last weekend my friend Mel hosted a Second Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun and everyone walked away with full bellies, sugar highs, new recipes and buckets {literally} of cookies!

The beverage station was quite impressive this year. Mel really outdid herself with chocolate milk, her famous Ho Ho Punch, a coffee station, hot chocolate, apple cider and custom bottled waters!

Before we scarfed down too many cookies we played some games, mingled and nibbled on lots of delicious appetizers. How cute are those Grinch Fruit Sticks?!

Mel’s dining room turned bake shop was so festive!!

The cookies in attendance (L – R): moose balls // chocolate chip cookies with Andes mints // melted snowmen // cowboy cookies // ricotta cookies // mississippi mud cookies // reindeer cookies // monster cookies // oreo snowman pops

Of course, we had to try each cookie to vote on our favorite.

Group shot from the swap!

Winners! Mel’s mom’s Ricotta Cookies won “best cookie,” I won “best recipe card” {for the second year in a row} and McKinsey’s Mississippi Mud Cookies won “best cookie runner up!”

{the winning recipe card}

{Oreo Snowman Pops}

Each guest received a massive bucket to shovel cookies into. And a quick tip – throwing a slice of bread into your container will keep your cookies moist longer, so Mel had a loaf available too!

Adorable cookie cutter party favors!


You can find details from the 1st Annual Cookie Exchange {here}!



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You and your friends win the award for "best decorated parties ever". I love how much effort you all put into it! I wish I had that motivation, everything comes out so cute!!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

With holiday baking in full force, a Christmas cookie exchange party is the absolute best way to spread your baking love with friends.

Over the weekend, my good friends Mel and Lauren hosted a delicious cookie soirée. Each girl brought a batch of their favorite Christmas cookies {and recipe card} to give away, and in return went home with a plethora of cookies, lots of new recipes, and a sugar coma. 

 Our lovely hosts!

We nibbled on all sorts of yummy appetizers before the “swap”!

Ho Ho Punch: 1 bottle of chilled champagne, 1 bottle of chilled ginger ale, 

and 2 packages of frozen strawberries, partially thawed.

And drank festive Ho Ho Punch!

Our assortment of holiday cookies!

The cookie {and recipe card} contestants:

Marble Fudge Bars by Jess

Peppermint Oreo Bark by Rachel

 Monster Cookies by Mel & Lauren

Oatmeal Cream Cheese Butterscotch Bars by Abbey

Ginger Snaps by Meghan

Pecan Balls by Brynn

Candy Cane Blossoms by Christina

White Chocolate Fudge by Abbey

Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies by Mary

…and the winners of the “best cookie” and “best recipe card”!

But the best part of the exchange….boxing up our cookies in the festive containers Mel provided!

It was so much fun to get a ton of friends together, share the holiday spirit and stock up on lots of different holiday cookies! 

Merry Christmas week!

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Monday 22nd of June 2020

Any chance you can post the recipe for the easy chocolate chocolate chip cake cookies???? They look amazing!


Tuesday 25th of September 2012

I remembered you participated in a cookie exchange and wanted to find this post! I am going to host one this year and wanted to know if you had any tips? What date is best to have the party, first or second week in December? Any other suggestions? Thanks!

Miss Lindsay

Thursday 22nd of December 2011

Cookie Heaven is right!!!That punch looks SO good...

dina vanessa mercado

Tuesday 20th of December 2011

yummy cookies!!! nice pics too, seems like you had fun there... great blog, following you now..join my christmas giveaway!!!!!!


Tuesday 20th of December 2011

Looks like yall had a blast! Cookie exchanges are always so much fun!