12 Days of Cookies: Eden Passante’s Fun Cookie Exchange Ideas

We’re wrapping up our 12 Days of Cookies with World Market by showing you some fun ideas for hosting a cookie party. We created three delicious cookie recipes: Chewy Ginger Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and our decadent Chocolate Caramel Nutella Stuffed Cookies. These treats are perfect for baking up some holiday cheer and to bring to a cookie exchange party.


If you’re not familiar with what a cookie exchange party is, it’s a festive holiday gathering in which participants bake, then share a delicious and beloved cookie recipe. Each guest bakes up one recipe and brings their cookies to the party. The host provides the platters, trays, drinks, decor and to-go containers. All of the cookies are placed on the trays and everyone can test out each cookie.

To host a cookie exchange party, you’ll need a variety of plates, cake stands and platters. For our party, we used these wood bark pedestal stands, embossed snowflake plates and wood bark chargers.

Each cookie recipe’s name should be written down next to the cookie so guests can read what they’re eating. We used these chalk board clips and a chalk pen to write the cookie names.

It’s imperative to have containers for guests to take the cookies home in. We wanted to gift our friends not only with a beautiful glass jar for their cookies, but the most adorable retro kitchen mixer ornament. It’s a charming little souvenir to remember our cookie exchange party for years to come.

A fun idea is to have guests email the recipe to the host before the event so the host can print out each recipe to share. The host can also put together an email with all of the recipes to share after the event. This way guests can add their favorite cookie exchange recipes to their own holiday baking tradition.

Along with serving a variety of cookies, we also served up cozy mugs of hot cocoa with the most adorable snowflake and snowman marshmallows! World Market has their own line of hot cocoa flavors and the packaging is very charming too. The marshmallows add such a special touch and they last a long time in the cocoa, which is a huge plus when adding a cute detail like this.

Another fun activity is to rate the cookies, like in a nostalgic baking contest. Pass out rating cards to each guest and at the end of the party give out a prize to the cookies with the most stars. There is nothing better than a little competitive fun, although in my family it could get a little crazy!

We hope you’re inspired this year to host your own charming cookie exchange party! It’s super fun, easy and the best reason to gather with friends while enjoying the holidays.

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