How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange

Follow these tips for a flawless cookie exchange

Your cookies will be the talk of the town.


These tips and cookie recipes are not only great for a cookie exchange, but are also great for making gifts for the neighbors or fun activities for the family to do. There are festive and easy food ideas to try, too, that take just minutes to prepare. To help you pull off an impressive cookie exchange with homemade touches, the baking experts at Pillsbury teamed up with Rachel Hollis, entertaining and lifestyle author and blogger at “The Chic Site” to curate easy do-it-yourself projects to wow guests this holiday season.

Tip 1: Create a Festive Cookie Carrier

Decorate brown paper bags to turn them into the perfect holiday cookie carrier. Stamps and cutouts provide a simple yet festive touch.

Tip 2: Find New Uses for Everyday Things

Use muffin tins as a stylish way to display your holiday treats. Different sized muffin tins add visual interest to any tablescape.

Tip 3: A Little Packaging Goes a Long Way

Use a Mason jar and some yarn to transform simple sugar cookies into treats as cute as a button. This adorable presentation is sure to impress.

Tip 4: Don’t Forget a Savory Snack

Give your favorite appetizer, such as bacon Cheddar pinwheels made with Pillsbury crescents, a festive twist by turning each into a “lollipop.”

Tip 5: Make Your Own Cookie Tin


Have the whole family choose their favorite treats, like peppermint crunch sugar cookies or frosted reindeer cookies. Use cupcake wrappers, kitchen twine, and all your delicious baked goods to create your own custom cookie tin.