A Chic Holiday Cookie-Swap

December 21, 2015

Get your ladies together, sip festive cocktails and try each other’s best holiday cookie recipe. A cookie exchange is one of the best ways to celebrate the season – at home, at the office, at church – and is a great way to spread holiday cheer. And if there’s one thing Pittsburghers know its cookies! In the spirit of the season, turn your cookie exchange into a festive affair and ask all of your friends to dress up. Then take out your fancy china, play holiday music and serve festive cocktails or warm cocoa!

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Before you start exchanging cookies, there are a few important things to consider. Start by setting the stage and remember that you want to make the cookies the star of the show. Since you don’t know what color everyone’s cookies will be, stick to something muted like white, off white or beige as your base and choose a color scheme to add pops of color. For example, you can go with all white plates and add highlights of silver and pops of red.

Set up your cookie exchange buffet beforehand and create cute little name tags with designated plates for each person so your guests know where to display their creations. When planning your display, remember to play with height to create a buffet that has lots of depth.

Pro tip:
If you don’t have cake stands just flip a matching bowl upside down and use it to hold up your plate.

Don’t forget the most important part! How the cookies are getting home with your guests can be just as important as the cookies themselves. Being a Pittsburgher, we know how to transport cookies since the cookie table is one of our biggest wedding traditions. We recommend setting up boxing stations with decorative elements such as stamps, stickers and ribbon to allow your guests to design the perfect to-go container.  Include plastic sandwich bags along with the individual containers so they can keep the different types of cookies together. This will also ensure the cookie stay fresh longer and will keep their flavor.


Now that you’re ready to host a chic holiday cookie exchange, it’s time to start thinking about what cookies you’ll bake! We have a few delicious recipes to help inspire you.

Gingerbread Bourbon Balls

Hardly a Christmas can pass in the South without this boozy holiday treat.


Chocolate Crinkle

 These Candy Cane Crinkle Blossoms are the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint for the holidays!


Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chewy gluten-free treats are made using only six ingredients and are incredibly addicting.

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