Three easy ways that you can host your very own Christmas Cookie Exchange, as well as a delicious Cranberry Cinnamon Sugar Cookie recipe!
This post has been sponsored by Rubbermaid®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s officially the holiday season and I don’t know about you, but I am beyond ready to kick off the holiday traditions and festivities. One of the holiday traditions that I look forward to the most is hosting our annual Christmas Cookie Exchange!
The best thing about hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange is all of the delicious cookies that you get to try and new recipes that you can add to your arsenal! Not to mention, it gives me a reason to head to Walmart to grab a few of my favorite Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® for my guests!
If hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange sounds intimidating, this is the post for you!
I’ll be sharing three easy ways that you can host your very own stress-free Christmas Cookie Exchange, as well as a delicious Cranberry Cinnamon Sugar Cookie recipe that is sure to put your guests in the holiday spirit!
Require Guests To RSVP With Their Cookie Recipe
Once you decide to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange, it’s essential that, when you send out invitations, you require your guests to RSVP with the type of cookies (& the recipe) that they plan to make. By knowing which cookies everyone is bringing, you are able to avoid duplicate cookies and ensure that your guests will be able to enjoy a variety of different recipes.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to send out your invites electronically.
While it may just be the millennial in me, I’ve found that sending invites via email or Facebook makes it a lot easier to keep everything organized. It also is a great way to be able to print out copies of the recipes for your guests to take home with them.
Stock Up On Cookie Storage
Once all of your guests have RSVP’d with their cookie recipe, it’s time to stock up on cookie storage containers. Besides, what good is a cookie exchange if your guests don’t have anything to put all of their delicious cookies in?
So, about a week before your cookie exchange, head over to your nearest Walmart and grab some cute, festive Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® for your guests to store their cookies in.
Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® are my go-to for cookie storage containers thanks to the TakeAlongs® Quik Clik seal technology which allows for a secure lid to keep your cookies soft and delicious.
Not to mention, they come in three festive colors: red, green, and gold. And the clear base makes it easy for your guests to see the delicious homemade cookies they’ve chosen to take home!
Create A Designated Cookie Swap Station
My final recommendation for a stress-free Christmas Cookie Exchange is to prepare a designated cookie-swapping station. Creating a cookie swap station takes the pressure off of your guests and makes it easy for them to taste and pack up their favorites at their own pace.
Walmart makes it super easy to find all of the supplies I need to bring my Christmas cookie exchange to life, especially when it comes to adding that festive holiday touch to the cookie swap station.
While you can set up your cookie swap station any way that you’d like, a few items to make sure you add to your swap station are the Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® (for easy grab-and-go cookie storage), festive decorations, a few refreshments (including something to wash down those cookies with), and printed recipe cards that your guests can grab so that they can make their favorite cookies at home!
There you have it!
Three easy tips to follow to host your very own stress-free Christmas Cookie Exchange.
As promised, I want to share one of the best Christmas cookie recipes with you: Cranberry Cinnamon Sugar Cookies. All of the best flavors of the holidays in one delicious cookie. Another one of my favorite Christmas recipes are these M&M Cake Mix Christmas Cookies.
Check out the recipe below to see how you can make these festive cookies to share at your next Christmas cookie exchange.
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 ¼ Cups Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Almond Extract
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 ¾ Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups Dried Cranberries (craisins)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, & baking powder. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat until smooth.
- Add in the flour mixture and cranberries, and mix well.
- Using an ice cream scoop (or your hands), scoop out the cookie dough onto the parchment paper spaced evenly apart (approx. 1 to 1 ½ inches apart).
- For the cinnamon sugar topping, combine the cinnamon and sugar.
- Toss each ball of dough in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Using the bottom of a glass, flatten the dough.
- Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, and remove from oven to let cool for 2 minutes. Then, transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.