READY, SET, Bake!
This year, bake smarter, not harder, by participating in a cookie exchange. Here are our tips for a successful swap.
Choose a location
Tailor the exchange to the amount of time and space you have, and how many people are participating.
OFFICE EXCHANGE This type of swap is great for larger groups and makes the workweek so much sweeter. Remind everyone to bring a few of their own airtight containers for storing.
WEEKNIGHT APRÈS DINNER Gather the neighbours and enjoy a low-key exchange alongside co ee and tea.
SATURDAY SWAP Plan it for afternoon or early evening—this is a social swap. Don’t forget the eggnog!
SUNDAY BAKE SESSION This is ideal for small groups (and a host with a large kitchen). Ask guests to bring baked cookies, then decorate together over treats and snacks. Have them provide cooling racks, piping bags, food colouring, pastry brushes and anything else they may need.
Set the date for your cookie exchange at the start of the holiday season. Allow a week for all guests to reply after the initial e-invite. Early November is a good time for the event since holiday parties can take up most free days in December.
Keep a record
Ensure that there are no duplicate cookies by curating a list of di erent types. Choose a mix of sweets that will freeze well and keep in the fridge for most of the season. If your group is large, stick to big-batch recipes.