; Life is like champagne......: Cookie swap

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cookie swap

This year I was thinking of doing a Cookie Swap, a party with friends and family everyone baking enough cookies to give out, along with the recipe. I have never done this before and I am looking for a cookie that is simple, holiday oriented and unique. Here is where I need ALL of your help and here is what I need.....
  • Give me Cookie recipes
  • Ideas for the swap party
  • Have you done this before
  • What worked and what did not
  • Did you print out recipes or did you offer blank recipe cards

Please give me your input and ideas. For the cookie (which can be also a bar cookie), I would love to put all the recipe suggestions up for a vote and feature it on Champagne Food Friday.

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Laura said...

How fun. I'm sure it will be a great party!

I love these cookies from Paula Dean: http://www.pauladeen.com/recipe_view/633

Although she also has some others that sound great too!

I haven't done a swap before, so I dont have much advice, except that I think everyone should come with the recipes printed out. With blank recipe cards, I imagine people sitting around the table passing a popular recipe and trying to write it down - kind of a hassle. Plus, some recipes will get more attention than others that way, and you'd probably rather promote everyone taking a recipe card from all of the cookies, so that they are all a hit and everyone feels good about sharing. Just my thoughts.

Hope you'll do a follow-up post with the recipe you chose and some pics of all the cookies! Should be fun. :)

magnet for the crazy said...

I got my ideas from this site:
you invite your guests to bake as many dozen cookies as you have guests, have them write the receipe on the computer and print out enough to give one with each dozen. It saves a lot of writing! then in your invite let your guests know that you will provide a box for the goodies to go home in, you can find these at your local party supply store like party city if you dont have one most supermarkets bakery will let you purchase their cardboard cake boxes for like a dollar.
If you are inviting your guests children its fun to have a gingerbread house laid out for them to decorate...I will send you my favorite and so easy cookie receipe later when the kids are in bed!!

magnet for the crazy said...

Here is my receipe, it is not unique or pretty but my mama has made it every xmas since I was young they are yummy and quick!
Refrigerator Cookies
1/4 cup margerine
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
3 cups quick cook oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Grab a non coated pot like stainless steel on the stovetop over low heat combine the margerine(melted), sugar and cocoa, add the milk nd stir until smooth, bring it to a boil stiring constantly cook it for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, peanut butter and vanilla. When its all mixed up drop by teaspoonful onto waxed paper and chill.
I like to line cookie sheets with the wax paper, pop the cookies in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes as soon as they cool you can transfer them to tins and store in a cool place! in our house they never make it to tins enjoy!

Drama queens mum said...

I'm thinking of having a cookie swap too this year. But I'm not much of a baker & my friends don't bake. Someone recently sent me an e mail with 100s of cookie & bar recipes. I can send it to you if you'd be interested.