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Exchanging Cookies

Cookie exchanges are a great way to get together with friends during the holidays. Most of us do some holiday baking so why not make a fun get together out of it!

Hosting a holiday party can seem daunting, but a cookie exchange does not take much preparation.

How It Works

1. Invite all of your guests and tell them to bake their most delicious Christmas cookies.

2. Bake your favourite cookie recipe.

3. Package cookies to stay fresh and look pretty. Shop cookie tins here.

4. Have your guests over and place cookies on a table for everyone to check out everyone’s baked goods.

5. Swap cookies! Everyone takes home a package of everyone else‘s cookies.

Tips & Tricks

1. The number of guests will dictate how many cookies should be baked. Try to bake around half a dozen cookies per guests so they have enough to try themselves but to also share with others.

2. If the recipe you’re using isn’t the families secret recipe, put the recipe with the cookies to allow others to make them. This can be done by placing the recipe inside the cookie tin or tying tIf your cookies are delicious, people will definitely want to try and make them!

This is a great way to make one cookie recipe but to end up with a variety of cookies for all your guests throughout the holiday season.

Here is a pecan cookie recipe if you are stuck on what to bake for your cookie exchange. This is a classic that everyone will love!

Pecan Snowballs

Makes 40 cookies


  • 2 cups of pecans, toasted

  • 1 cup of butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cup of icing sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. Chop nuts finely.

  2. In a bowl, beat butter with a 1/4 cup of sugar until smooth. Add vanilla.

  3. With a wooden spoon, stir in flour, salt and nuts.

  4. Use hands to combine all ingredients and form dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Form dough into 1 inch balls and place on an non-greased baking sheet.

  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

  7. Roll balls in remaining icing sugar and let cool completely. Roll in icing sugar once again.

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