Delicious baked treats and holiday gatherings go hand-in-hand. A cookie exchange – where everyone brings a baked treat to share – can be the perfect way to enjoy a wide variety of homemade treats without having to make them all yourself. It also introduces even the most experienced bakers to great new recipes.
What’s more, baking for a cookie exchange engages everyone from grandmothers to the kids, especially when the roles of chief taste-tester and decorator come up. So this year, why not put a twist on your traditional cookie exchange? Here are just a few new tips to make this holiday event that much sweeter:
• Encourage your family to bake together – Baking for a cookie exchange is an activity you can share and enjoy with the whole family. It’s as simple as booking an hour in your schedule and preparing for the fun. According to the baking experts at Robin Hood, the key to a great family baking activity is choosing a recipe that everyone will enjoy making together.
• Bake something different – Opt to bake a delicious square or another bite-size dessert instead of a cookie. A unique melt-in-your mouth recipe, like Sweet and Salty Chocolate Caramel Squares, is sure to be a new treat that will be an instant crowd-pleaser.
• Get children involved in the preparation – No cookie exchange is complete without decorative boxes to take home everyone’s delicious treats. During the get-together, get the kids to decorate cardboard baker’s boxes. It’s amazing how creative they can get with holiday wrapping paper and ribbon. The best part is that everyone will receive a one-of-a-kind cookie box.
• Capture the memories in a fun way – Kids will love taking photos of all the treats. These can double as holiday greeting cards or better yet, be a perfect scrapbooking activity. Just download or print off the photos and let the children create their very own picture album of the experience.
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