One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is the cookie swap. It’s a fun tradition that creates a reason to bring people together.
It’s also a great way to end up with a variety of cookies with a lot less baking.
Attending a cookie swap? Here are a few tips to make it fun and stress free.
How many cookies should I bring to a cookie swap?
Remember you want to bring enough so everyone can sample the cookies at the party plus enough to send some home with each person.
A good rule of thumb is to find out how many participants and make between a half and a dozen
for each participant. If you have a lot of participants, they will end up with a lot of cookies so lean more to the half-dozen.
How do I get the cookies to the party and my cookies home?
This seems like a silly question, just bring them in a cookie container. However, some hosts may want you to pre-bag your cookies so it’s best to check the invitation or the host directly.
Don’t forget the cookie recipes!
If your cookies are a hit, naturally other people will want to make them too. If your recipes are in ClipDish, you can easily share them online. If not, make sure to bring printed recipe cards for each of your cookies. Include them in each batch of cookies you give away.
I’ve created a printable holiday recipe card template for you.
What cookies should I make?
If you are hosting the cookie swap, it’s good to create a shared online list with your guest and the name of the cookies they are bringing. That way you can avoid duplicates.
If you are a guest, hopefully your host has done this for you.
Once you know that type of cookie, break out your favorite recipe and start baking. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can find great recipes with ClipDish Discover.
Find cookie recipes with Discover
Discover is a great place to start if you’re looking for cookie recipes. Tap Discover and type “cookies” You’ll see recent cookie recipes clipped by the ClipDish community.
Tap a recipe, if it looks yummy, send it to your ClipDish account. Once you’ve collected a bunch of recipes you can organize them with Notes.
Use notes to organize your cookies
Recipe notes is handy way to make sure that those delicious cookie recipes are easy to find. I use hashtags and emojis to help keep my recipes organized.
Adding tags in notes makes it easier to find those recipes again. Here are some examples.
You can use whatever will help you remember how to find them later.
To add tags to a recipe, select a recipe, tap Edit and enter the tags into the Notes field.
Search using your tags
When it comes time to make your shopping list or you’re ready to start baking, search for those recipes using your tags.
Watch the whole process in action below.