The Great Christmas Cookie Swap
Each year in early December my mother begins a baking marathon, churning out 6-10 different cookies for the holidays. The variety and quantity of her delicious cookies not only helps make her an excellent host at this time of year, it makes her a very welcome guest too. She saves chocolate boxes and cookie tins throughout the year to decorate in wrapping paper and fill with a selection of her baked goods. Topping these festive boxes with ribbons, she delivers these goodies to friends and family.
As a child I blindly enjoyed her cookies without questioning the work involved. Now that I am all grown up I can’t help but wonder, “How does she make time to do all of that baking?” For those of us pressed for time, I may have just stumbled upon a solution! The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook.
This book has the answer: host a cookie swap party! Invite friends to each bring a large batch of their own cookies and divide the spoils. If you don’t have your own favourite recipes already this book has over 60 large-batch recipes to get you started.
The Christmas Cookie Club, a novel about eleven friends who get together once a year to bake while sharing wine and personal stories might inspire you to make this an annual tradition!
If your friends aren’t into baking or perhaps you want to invite a younger crowd, you could make a large batch of sugar or ginger cookies and host a cookie decorating party instead. For dozens of decorating ideas, check out Cookie Craft Christmas.
For more holiday celebration ideas, visit the library or if you’re just “Feeling Grinchy” this older post by Viveca might help.