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“We've really worked out the process to make it easy on our guests,” says Diane Kent with party partners Terry Holman and Lila Kosciolek. Each person gets a treat bag to tote home.
More Great Cookie Swap Recipes
This trio hosts a gem of a cookie swap in their Long Valley neighborhood in the not-so-Southern state of New Jersey. Diane
Kent lived in North Carolina and Terry Holman in Florida before moving to this delightful town one hour west of New York City.
One day, while talking about Southern holiday traditions with friend Lila Kosciolek, the three got the idea to host their
neighborhood's first cookie exchange. This year marks the sixth event. These recipes just might inspire you to host your own.
Favorite Recipes for a Swap
1. Fruit-Filled Cookies
2. Snowflake Cookies
3. Chocolate-and-Almond Macaroons
4. Mom's Brown Sugar Bars
5. Oatmeal Carmelitas
Dark chocolate drizzle adds extra richness and eye appeal to chewy Chocolate-and-Almond Macaroons. Diane arranged cookie bags on the staircase in a snowlike setting of tulle netting and twinkle lights.
Snowflake Cookies are made with the same dough as the Fruit-Filled Cookies. Gooey and decadent Oatmeal Carmelitas are quick-to-fix bars.
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2. Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies
3. Millionaire Shortbread
4. Pecan Squares
5. Lemon Icebox Cookies
6. Black-eyed Susans
7. Clear-the-Cupboard Cookies
8. Layered Apricot Bars
9. Swedish Holiday Cookies
10. Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
A cookie exchange is a party to swap goodies you bake with those that other guests bake―so everyone takes home an assortment of homemade treats. Diane, Terry, and Lila have fine-tuned their swap. Here are their tips.
Pick Your Theme-Then Run With It
Our hostesses, with help from Janis Elchison, suggest these tips for pulling off the sparkly snowflake theme.
"Cookie Swap" is from the November 2006 issue of Southern Living.