Choosing the cookie recipe that you‘ll bake for a cookie party can be quite the decision, especially when we‘re talking about vintage, childhood favorites. I tend to fall into the overachiever category when hosting parties and baking for others, so I gravitate to unique recipes that rank a little higher on the difficulty scale. Regardless of the recipe you choose, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you make your baking marathon a fun and, more importantly, fuss-free activity.
Choosing a Recipe
- Be sure to choose a recipe that matches your baking skill set and fits your schedule and budget. If you are not confident in your royal icing skills, fancy sugar cookies may not be the best route to take until you have a little practice.
- Test the recipe before cranking out dozens and dozens of cookies. Just because a recipe has stellar online reviews doesn‘t necessarily mean it will be your favorite or a recipe worth sharing.
- This year, I‘m encouraging my guests to bring their favorite family recipes that have been passed down for generations. The stories behind the cookies and the memories that come along with them are just as special as the recipes.
- If you‘re feeling a little uninspired, browse the recipe section for great ideas like Jam and Hazelnut Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies with Hazelnut Drizzle and Holiday Funfetti® Sandwich Cookiesthat are sure to make you swoon.
Have a plan of attack and get organized several days prior to starting your baking extravaganza. Once you‘ve made your final recipe decision, you‘ll definitely want to put together a list of ingredients you‘ll need. Don‘t assume that you have baking powder and brown sugar tucked away in the depths of your pantry. Be sure to double-check the dates on items such as eggs, butter, baking soda and spices - sometimes these ingredients can be a little past their prime before you‘ve used them up. If you have a list of items you need, you won‘t spend precious baking time running to the store for forgotten items.
Remember, your finished product will only be as good as the ingredients you‘ve used. If you have a few dollars to spare, I recommend splurging on items such as quality vanilla extract, flour and chocolate.
Many cookie recipes freeze incredibly well. If you want to make your cookies ahead of time and freeze them before the big day, I recommend tidying up your freezer a bit to make room for all of the delectable treats you‘ll be making and receiving at the cookie party.
Make Baking Fun
Holiday baking doesn‘t necessarily mean you need to be stuck in the kitchen while the rest of the world has fun without you. Turn your holiday bake-fest into a yearly tradition that brings family and friends together. Surrounding yourself with a group of helping hands doesn‘t just make the day more fun, it makes the baking move along a lot more quickly. Crank up some holiday music, roll up your sleeves and make a day of it. I promise you‘re sure to create some amazing memories.
As the host you will certainly want to participate in the Cookie Exchange. But you‘ll have a lot of other things to be thinking about on the days leading up to your party, so make your cookie choice one that won‘t cause you too much worry.
A family recipe, or a cookie that you have made a handful of times is definitely the way to go on this. Breaking out a new recipe the day of your party isn‘t the best idea…trust me! You want to be able to make your cookies, know they will be great and then move onto the other party details. But be sure to enjoy the baking process…Holiday baking should first and foremost be a fun tradition!
The great thing about a Cookie Party is the food is already done for you!
You‘ll want to add a few savory items to the table for your guests to enjoy as well, though. A simple cheese plate or crudité is the best way to go. A light snack, because the cookies are really the star of the show here!
I encourage you to make appetizers or light food that is best at room temperature. You don‘t want to have to worry about keeping things warm, or baking something immediately before your guests arrive. Finger foods, sandwiches and savory snack mixes work best.
When you have your menu planned out, it‘s best to shop two days before the party. Make your list and get everything ready…if you forgot something, you‘ll still have time to stop back to the store and pick it up! There‘s nothing worse than realizing you don‘t have brown sugar as soon as you start baking!