ABC News’ Own Cookie Swap and Recipes

Dec 19, 2011 1:45pm
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Jeff Swartz's sprinkle cookies are shown here. Courtesy Jeff Swartz.

Cookie swaps are taking the holiday season by storm, and despite participation in a virtual cookie swap, we decided to hold an old fashioned swap right in the office.  With cookies like oatmeal cinnamon chip and homemade oreos, we all left work with an amazing assortment of cookies we can bring to parties or use on our holiday tables.

Interested in hosting your own cookie swap?  Here are a few tips:

1.  Set the amount of cookies you want everyone to make.  Most swaps call for guests to bring 5-6 dozen, which might seem like a lot.  We all made 3 dozen cookies and it worked perfectly.  Most guests made a few extra which were good for snacking while swapping.

2.  Ask for recipes in advance.  This gives you time to print out a recipe booklet for everyone to take home.  This is a great way to gain a few new delicious recipes.

3.  Buy cheap plastic bags or containers.  Ask people to bring a container to take their cookies home.  Just in case they forget, it’s always good to have extra bags or containers on hand.

4.  Make something savory.  While most people will be munching on cookies, it’s a good idea to have a few savory appetizers for guests to snack on to avoid an unwanted sugar high.

5.  Don’t try something new.  When you’re making cookies in bulk, it’s best to avoid baking a new recipe.  Use a recipe that you’ve made before and know works well.  (This avoids a lot of unwanted stress and unsuccessful cookies in the garbage.)

I brought the cookies home and they vanished.  See the recipes below that were made, and try them this week for yourself.  (If you have time!):

Sprinkle Cookies

Grasshopper Cookies

Retro Dessert’s Homemade Oreos

Hershey’s Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies

Nestle Tollhouse Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Pumpkin Dreams

The Compost Cookie (adapted)

Hot Chocolate Cookies

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