Holiday Cookie Exchange 2011

By Shannon Gosney
In Cake Decorating with Wilton
December 26, 2011

Every year I host a Holiday Cookie Exchange and this year was the 3rd Holiday Cookie Exchange.  We had a blast!  I love Cookie Exchanges because not only do you get to show off and share your cookies, you get to leave with a variety of cookies and recipes.  For the recipes, I have learned that it is easier when each participant either emails the recipe or brings copies of the recipe to share with friends.


Wilton was so awesome to provide boxes for the cookies, prizes, and more for my 3rd Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange.  I prepared Cocoa Cones and Peppermint Bark Treats for each guest to take home and they loved them!


We started the Cookie Exchange with socializing and snacking on Deviled Eggs, olives, and chips and dip.  Then we moved into the living room, where we played 2 Christmas Trivia games – one about Christmas and the other about Christmas songs.  It was so much fun!  The winners with the most correct answers had first dibs at the Wilton prizes, but everyone went home with something.  After the trivia games and the prizes, it was time for the official Cookie Exchanging to happen!  There were so many yummy cookies – Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting, Rolo Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Russian Tea Balls, Cheesecake Squares, and more!  It was so much fun and the cookies were super yummy!


Plus, the Smucker’s Team sent some pretty awesome goodies for us to bake up and take home with us!  Everyone was stoked about the boxes of Pillsbury Cookie Mix and cans of yummy Easy Frost.  The Chocolate Peppermint Cookies were a hit as well!


I received product samples and prizes from Wilton and the J.M. Smucker Team for my Holiday Cookie Exchange.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

10 Responses to “Holiday Cookie Exchange 2011”

  1. Amy W. says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! I’ve always thought about having a cookie exchange party, but never have.

  2. Ann Marie Walker says:

    I have always wanted to host a cookie exchange party. It looks like a lot of fun. I loved the cocoa cones that you sent with each person, that is a great idea. I have never seen them before. I also liked the idea of the trivia games about Christmas and the Christmas songs. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Everything looks amazing! We had a cookie exchange with my Mothers of Multiples group this year but that looks fantastic!

  4. Oh man Shannon, you know how to throw a party!! Everything you guys made looks delicious and the party looks like so much fun 🙂

  5. Jenn says:

    Oh my goodness, what a fun idea! Yum!

  6. Amy says:

    Some of these look really amazing!!! What´s the holly cake at the end?
    This sounds like a great idea. I have to throw a cookie exchange party of my own very soon!!!

  7. Ellie W says:

    I have always wanted to participate in a cookie exchange but none of my friends are much into baking. They just wait for me to bake a lot every year and then dig in. This year I wasn’t in the mood so everyone was disappointed. I have to say that seeing all the pics of the yummy looking cookies has my mouth watering. Especially those round ones that looks like they are topped with strawberry or maybe raspberry jam. They are calling my name!!!

  8. Kailee Adams says:

    How fun is this! Cookie exchanges are the best! Great idea with the cocoa cones, and the peppermint bark looks amazing, it’s my favorite!

  9. Theresa B says:

    Shannon – looks like your 3rd annual cookie exchange was a sweet success! Love the peppermint bark/cookie cutter takeaways – how creative!

  10. Amy B says:

    I need to do this! Looks like so much fun! Love the Rice Krispies Wreath!

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