How to Throw a Holiday Cookie Party

Here's some advice from HGTV regular Sharon Anderson and Theresa Henn on how to throw a holiday cookie exchange party.
Cookies are Heartbeat of Christmas Baking Party

Cookies are Heartbeat of Christmas Baking Party

Start With Invitations

Invitations not only announce the party, but they also serve as recipe books. Include blank recipe cards and have guests write some of their favorite recipes on the cards. At the party, guests can exchange cards and collect recipes in their invitation books.

Decorate With a Cookie Theme

  • Create a tasty decoration for the party by baking up a wreath of gingerbread men cookies. Use a drinking straw to punch holes in the hands of the cookies before baking. After baking, string the cookies together with a ribbon and hang them from the fireplace or other area.
  • Make a centerpiece for the table by decorating a small artificial Christmas tree with miniature cookie cutters and kitchen gadgets. The miniatures are available at most craft stores.
  • Attractive cookies can double as party decor. Create a stained glass effect by cutting a shape from the center of store-bought or homemade sugar cookie dough and adding bits of crushed hard candy. Use a toothpick to punch a tiny hole at the top of the cookie; you can hang these on a tabletop tree using licorice threads to create edible ornaments.

Don't Forget Party Favors

Send guests home with a unique and tasty treat this year, and give them a head start on preparing for next year's cookie party by making cookie-cutter fudge favors.

Buy large copper cookie cutters in the shape of Christmas trees and other holiday favorites, and place the cutters on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Fill the cookie cutters with a favorite flavor of fudge, and decorate the fudge while it's still warm, using candies and other toppings.

After the fudge has cooled, wrap the cookie cutters in cellophane and give to guests to take home. Then they can use the cutters to make cookies to bring to next year's party.

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Chocolate Christmas Cookies Recipe

Incorporate unsweetened cocoa powder into a classic Christmas sugar cookie recipe to get a chocolate-dough variation.

Cranberry Bliss Dacquoise Recipe

This rich and decadent dessert has all the best flavors of the holiday season. Make the components ahead of time and assemble just before serving to really wow your guests.

Jewel's Cherry Pie Recipe

For a simple dessert to serve this season, try this cherry pie and share a tradition with a singing star.

Jam-Filled Linzer Cookies

Raspberry and apricot jam are sandwiched between two buttery crusts with a small cutout on top to create this classic holiday dessert.

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies Recipe

A year-round favorite treat gets a delicious update for the holidays. Add the flavors of chocolate and peppermint to crisp rice treats before packaging them as homemade gifts for family and friends.

Cashew Dulce de Leche Christmas Cookies Recipe

Add chopped cashews, cinnamon and dulce de leche on top of basic sugar cookies to give them a sweet holiday kick.

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate, coffee and almonds mix together to make these sweet and crunchy Italian treats. Serve them with hot cocoa or cappuccinos for a truly seasonal accompaniment.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Buttery, nutty Mexican wedding cookies are perfect for any festive occasion, especially the holidays.

Easy Royal Icing Recipe

This thick and fluffy royal icing recipe is perfect for holding together Christmas gingerbread houses.

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