When my friend mentioned a holiday cookie swap the other day, I immediately said yes, than mentally started sifting through my catalogue of favourite cookies. Sure, it’s only the middle of November, but as Bree Hester of Baked Bree points out, baking takes planning – especially when you have a lengthy holiday “to do” list, multiple events to attend and family and friends to visit.
The idea behind a holiday cookie swap is simple: each participant bakes multiple batches of one type of cookie. Then one participant hosts a get-together and everyone swaps sweets. Not only does it reduces the amount of time spent in the kitchen, but you get to sample and share new recipes with other bakers.
It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season. The hardest part – as I’ve quickly learned – is deciding what type of cookie to contribute. Check out Bree’s post on The Creative Mama for more tips on hosting a swap and packaging your sweet treats.