Home / Recipes / Desserts / Bars and Cookies / Cookie Swap Ideas | Frugal Cooking Ideas For Saving Money During the Holidays
Cookie Swap Ideas

Cookie Swap Ideas | Frugal Cooking Ideas For Saving Money During the Holidays


The holidays and New Year are full of time for family and friends. Just thinking about making new memories fills people with the Christmas spirit. This Christmas, gather a few of your best girlfriends and host a cookie exchange party. Here’s some cookie swap ideas.

Cookie Swap Ideas


Cookie Swaps are a frugal way to have some fun and maybe exchange Secret Santa cheap presents.

What is a cookie swap? It can be done at any time of the year, but there are so many rich, delectable cookie recipes associated with Christmas, that it is hard to pass up having a get together that centers on the sweet round treat. Keep the list of participants short or you will be baking cookies until your oven gives out.

The main idea behind the cookie exchange is fun, fellowship, and food. Each person invited to the swap will make a dozen cookies for every other guest plus themselves. The dozen they make for themselves will be left at home. Hide it from prying eyes if you don’t want them to magically disappear while you attend the party.

Cookie swap ideas and parties work well if planned at least three weeks in advance. This gives your guests time to respond to your invitation and bake the cookies. Ask each guest to list the kind of cookies they will bake so there are no duplications. A week before the party, give a phone call, email, and a postcard to the guests who are coming to let them know how many people will be in attendance. Now they know how many dozens of cookies to bake.

Plan the cookie swap for a cool weekend evening. On a Saturday evening, no one wants to worry about heating costs or getting up early for work. Guests can relax and eat until they need some Pepto Bismol. Since cookies are so sweet, provide drinks like apple cider, bottled water, and hot chocolate.

Finger foods are allowed at the cookie swap. Each person including you will be baking a bunch of cookies so purchase appetizer trays from the local grocery store or have the affair catered. Catering may be a bit pricey but you only live once.

Chocolate chip, Chocolate Bark, Brandy Balls, almond, spice, fruit filled, and brownies -these sound mouth-watering. Instead of the traditional cookies that we make each year, try to come up with something new for everyone to try. They and their families will love you. Bring a few extra bags or disposable containers for guests to take home their cookies that they didn’t eat.

Need a holiday idea? Host a Christmas cookie swap for your church circle, coworkers, or neighborhood friends is easy, and doesn’t require payday loans. If there must be a gathering, make sure that something sweet is present.

Clean up after the party with my crochet handmade Dish Cloths from my Moomettes Crochet shop!

Crochet Handmade Dish Cloths Beige

Watch for some great Christmas and holiday cookie recipes you can start freezing ahead!

© Frugal New England Kitchen

Creative Commons License photo credit: rochelle, et. al.

Review Overview

User Rating: Be the first one !

About Moomettes

New England blogger, Grandmom from Connecticut and author of Frugal New England Kitchen where she writes about food, recipes, coupons, crafts, home decor, Grandparents and Grandchildren, Family Stories and helpful hints from the hearth of a Yankee New England Kitchen. Also find her at the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about family, travel, photography and reviews.