Christmas Cookie Exchange Party
Love Christmas cookies but don't want to do all that baking? Then host a cookie swap. The rules are simple: bake a half dozen or full dozen of the same cookies for each guest attending -- plus an extra dozen to set out at the actual party for sampling. This means you only have to buy one type of ingredients for one type of cookie -- and once you get the hang of the mixing, baking and decorating, they'll go pretty quickly. The most important part of any good cookie exchange is the planning. Set a guest list of 10-15 people and make sure everyone RSVP's so everyone knows how many people to plan for. Make sure that everyone chooses a different type of cookie, so you don't end up with 6 batches of chocolate chips (though who would complain, really?). You might even make it mandatory that they be "Christmas" cookies and decorated as such. And make sure everyone brings a container to haul all their cookies home in. It's also nice to stick a copy of your cookie recipe in with each batch of cookies you bring so the recipient can make more if they love them.