I first experienced this phenomenon a couple years ago when a friend invited me to a Christmas cookie exchange, and again this past weekend. The idea is that a bunch of friends get together and each person brings a small number of cookies to share with every other person. Each person goes home with the same number of cookies they brought, but with more variety. Sometimes there is a recipe exchange included so that if you really like your friend’s cookies you can make them yourself. So here’s my top 9 list of Christmas cookie exchange awesomeness:
- It is an excuse to consume butter and sugar. Lots of it!
- It lets you see people that you might not normally see, or meet new people if you like that kind of thing!
- You can get a good laugh out of other people’s tacky Christmas sweaters (and you can wear one if you like tacky).
- It usually involves getting to eat other holiday treats like spinach dip, nacho cheese, meatballs, pretzels with hershey’s kisses melted on top, and punch (spiked of course).
- You get to bake. This one could be good or bad, depending on how good at baking you are. If you are the person that makes a bunch of cookie dough and then realizes that you don’t own baking sheets, this might not be enjoyable to you!
- Variety. Enough said.
- You make the people you live with happy by bringing home treats, although I warn that this could backfire if your friends can’t bake.
- If you aren’t so into the holidays, it can count as your one holiday party!
- Did I mention butter and sugar?