Host a cookie ex­change this hol­i­day sea­son

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Rule of thumb: Each guest makes a dozen cook­ies for ev­ery per­son at the ex­change—plus, ex­tra for sam­pling.

Be mind­ful of guests’ al­ler­gies and di­etary re­stric­tions so that every­one can en­joy the good­ies.

Ei­ther as­sign a style of cookie (short­bread, gin­ger­bread, lemon bar) or nar­row down the choices that guests can pick from, but don’t leave it to chance.

Ask if any­one needs to add fin­ish­ing touches at the swap. If guests will be bak­ing at the ex­change, be sure that every­one has what they need in terms of both space and equip­ment.

Re­mind guests to BYOB: boxes, bags, bins or what­ever they need to wrap up their good­ies.

Ask guests to print recipes for their cook­ies—un­less, of course, it’s a fam­ily se­cret.

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