how to host a holiday cookie exchange

How to Host a Cookie Exchange & Hot Buttered Rum

Christmas baking makes it the most the wonderful time of the year...

Am I right? And what better way to get your hands on lots of those tasty morsels than hosting a cookie exchange with your friends and family. This week, I have tips to make your exchange run smoothly that I've gathered by hosting my friends for the last 12 years.

Here are some of my basic tips for hosting a cookie exchange:

  1. Set the number of cookies you would like guests to bring. I say 2-3 dozen of each variety you plan to make.
  2. Bring an extra tray or individual gift boxes to take your cookies home. Don’t plan to use the tray your cookies are on because it may not be empty when you want to start cookie shopping.
  3. Ask attendees to submit cookies in advance so you can make tags with cookie name and any pertinent allergy or eating preference information.
  4. Make sure you have options for non-bakers like bringing wine or appetizers to share. Or just let them come and hang out…there will always be enough cookies. Trust me.
  5. Make names tags if your party is made up of people who may not know each other. Include some sort of conversation starter like how does the person know you or what their favorite holiday song is.

And of course all those cookies need a delicious beverage to wash them down…and Hot Buttered Rum is just the ticket!

Serves 1

Hot Buttered Rum

2 tsp. Butter
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
Dash of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Ginger and/All Spice (depending on preference)
2 oz. Spiced Rum
5 oz. Hot (Not Boiling) Water

Mash butter, brown sugar and spices together into your butter batter. Return to fridge to let flavors combine for 1-2 hours.

Add butter to service glass and top with rum and hot water. Stir and enjoy! Cheers!

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