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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange

One of the great joys of the holiday season would have to be all the delicious food, and in particular, the cookies! I love the idea of hosting a Cookie Exchange Party because it means you only have to commit to making one treat – but you return home with a variety through swapping with friends! Today we’re partnering with Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk to share tips and recipes for hosting your own Cookie Exchange Party… 

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange | Oh Happy Day!

When you send out invitations, make sure to clarify that everyone should make at least a dozen treats to share. If you’re strapped for time, or not confident in your baking abilities, fudge or cookie bars can be awesome alternatives to traditional cookies. Eagle Brand® has a whole website dedicated to quick and easy shareable desserts. For this party, we created an easy recipe for Peppermint Cookies and Cream Rocky Road Fudge (recipe below) and also made Eagle Brand’s® famous Foolproof Chocolate Fudge (it only has 4 ingredients easily found at any grocery store!)

Then, before the party, set the scene. Provide special boxes and packaging supplies so friends can package up their favorite treats. Everyone will want to sample the goods, so put out special plates and glasses filled with milk!

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange | Oh Happy Day!

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange | Oh Happy Day!

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange | Oh Happy Day!

Peppermint Cookies and Cream Rocky Road Fudge
6 cups mini marshmallows
2 cups Oreo pieces (from about 15 Oreos) roughly the same size as the mini marshmallows
12 oz white chocolate chips
1 14oz can Eagle Brand condensed milk (made from sugar and milk!)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
optional: crushed up peppermint candies or candy canes for the top
Push a piece of parchment paper into a 9×13″ baking pan (it’ll probably pop out but that’s okay just make sure the paper fits into the pan for when the rocky road actually goes in there) and set aside.
Measure out the marshmallows and Oreo pieces and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the white chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter, and salt. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips and butter are completely melted. Once melted stir in the peppermint extract, then the marshmallows and Oreo pieces until evenly combined. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the mixture out into the prepared pan and evenly spread it out. The spatula might not work that well. if that’s the case go ahead and use your hands. Smooth out the fudge until it’s evenly in the pan and sprinkle with the peppermint candy if using. Put in the fridge to firm up at least 2 hours. Once set cut into squares and serve!

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk

Peppermint Fudge recipe by Billy Green.
Snowman and Candy Cane cookies by XO Bakes

  1. Michelle

    November 9, 2016

    That’s an amazing idea! We do that every year in our group, instead of getting a gift for everyone we exchange self-baked cookies!

  2. Leeann

    November 9, 2016

    I am so excited to bake cookies this year for Christmas!

  3. Kari

    November 9, 2016

    What a fun looking party idea!

  4. Shari

    November 9, 2016

    I also ask my guests to bring copies of the recipe of the cookie or treat they are bringing to share. That way if some of the treats get gobbled up, you know you can make more whenever you want. I have also hosted other food sharing parties – soups & stews, baked breads, and appetizers. When you host a food sharing party, it takes the pressure off to provide all the food, it allows everyone to shine by sharing something they make best, and everyone leaves with one or more recipes to add to their recipe collection.

  5. Marti Morgan

    November 10, 2016

    Sure like this – wish ladies were into doing something like this. What fun!!!

  6. Maria struve

    November 20, 2016

    I love these tips so much. I will definitely try the peppermint cookie recipe!

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