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Cookie Swap Soiree

December 9, 2014 by Amanda Willis
 

Ready. Set. Swap! Host a cookie swap party with your friends for a fun mid week pick me up!

With Christmas around the corner, be prepared for cookies to be everywhere! Today was cold and rainy so I decided to get a head start with the baking. While the house was in the process of being decorated, sweets in the oven and a few Christmas tunes on, it finally feels like the holidays!

Since everyone has their own cookie specialties, it is the perfect time to get everyone together and exchange the goods! But their are some rules for a successful cookie swap, so we are here to help.

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

  • Send Out Invites – the more cookies the better, shoot to invite 8 – 10 guests so there are enough cookies for everyone to take home. Explain the evening events, how much do you want every one to bring? Do they need to designate what they are brining so there are no duplicates?
  • Create Menu – Though cookies for dinner sounds amazing, not everyone will be too keen on the idea. Set out simple appetizers and finger foods as well for your guests to eat. Same is to be said for the bar, it is a party, right?! Stick to wine? Open bar? Serve yourself? Make these decisions a few days before to keep the day of the party stress free.
  • Goodie Bags – Go to a craft store and pick up baggies for everyone to fill with the goods, or even festive tupperware from a discount store.
  • Work the room – This is most likely going to be a party with a lot of movement, make sure you set up the cookie exchange in an open area. Plan ahead on platters or have guests bring their own.
  • Recipe –  Inform each guest to email a copy of their cookie recipe, and email all your guests when the party is over with everyones cookie recipe.
  • After Exchange – So your guests are fed and cookies are bagged, now what? Have fun after dinner drinks and activities to keep the party going! We are loving these chocolates filled with booze, yes you read that right! Booze filled chocolate. These normally only come out around the holidays so keep your eye out! I picked these up at a Costco, but check your local liquor stores. Also, want a good laugh? We just found the game Game of Things and we can not stop playing! It is like Cards Against Humanity but skies the limit with ridiculous, crude, inappropriate answers! Find it here!

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

Sisters Soiree Cookie Swap

Our pup Uma trying to get in on the action!

Booze Filled Chocolates

 

Believe it or not, there is a whole website dedicated to pretty strict cookie exchange rules, we took the ones we likes the best and added some booze and games. See the full rule list, here.

And now to get your cookie exchange going, here is my recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar
Combine granulated sugar and oil in large bowl , add cocoa, beat until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to cocoa mixture, beating well.
Cover and refrigerate until dough is firm enough to handle, about 2-3 hours.
Heat oven 350 degrees . Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar to coat and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until tops are crackled. Cool slightly then remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
They sort of taste like a brownie which is all the better in my opinion, super chocolately, super rich and the crackled tops makes for a pretty cookie. :)
Happy Swapping!
-Amanda

 


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