Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange 2009

Each year for the past 3 years now, I've been hosting annual holiday cookie exchanges. Each year has been more fun than the past and this year was no exception. I hosted this year's party in our building's party suite, which had ample room and offered some great city and lake views.

With about 25 guests attending, I prepared a few light appetizers for them to nosh on before we had our sugar rush with cookies. Stay tuned this week for the recipes of the appetizers I prepared, which included...

Veggie Fritters

Truffled Mushroom Dip
with honey wheat pretzel sticks & crudites

Artisnal Cheese Board
with dried apricots, dried figs & assorted crackers
Chicken & Mushroom Pastry Puffs

Spinach & Cheese Phyllo Triangles

For drinks, I set up a station of hot cocoa, vanilla cappuccino, coffee, and two fruit punches (pineapple punch & strawberry banana punch). I also included a variety of condiments such as candy canes, mini marshmallows, flavored syrups and caramel.

We also incorporated a twist this year where not only did we exchange/swap holiday cookies but teas and coffees as well! It was a fabulous offering of various teas and coffees for us to choose from and take home including...

Assorted Tazo Teas & Tim Horton Coffee from Canada

A basket of many tea varieties that included
Coconut Macadamia Tea, Peppermint Tea and Thai Tea...

Organic Tea

Assorted Tazo Teas

Baimon Green Tea, made from Thai Mulberry

Mexican Cocoa

Assorted Teas

Papa Nicholas Coffees in

Vanilla Nut Caramel Coffee & Cinnamon Coffee

Assorted Teas from Tazo & Twinings

Cafe Castelo, a Cuban Coffee

Here are the awesome cookies that graced our table. Be sure to check back this week for the recipes which I'll be posting to share!

Almond Sprinkles Shortbread

Triple Ginger Gingersnaps

Viennese Whirls

Mexican Tea Cookies

Cranberry Decadent Cookies

Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Holiday Checkerboard Cookies

Ribbon Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

Tea Time Tassies

Ginger Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

Lemon Cream Cookies

Persian Rice Flour Cookies

Holiday Spritz Cookies

Chocolate Marshmallow Surprise Cookies

Gingerbread Cream Cookies
Walnut Horns

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Double Chocolate Dream Cookies

Happy Holidays Everyone!


  1. Wow!! That looks like one party everyone can enjoy! Great job.

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Thanks for some great inspiration!

  3. Wow! That's an amazing array of cookies! I never thought of organizing neighbors to do a cookie swap (we've just done it at work before), but it's a great idea!

  4. the chocolate marshmallow surprise cookies looks like something i would love to make. i hope that you have the recipe for that.

  5. What a terrific spread! Looks like a perfect way to kick off the holidays.

  6. That is one fabulous cookie (coffee/tea) exchange! I can't wait to see some of those appetizer recipes.

  7. What a great idea! And those appetizers look so good! I'm eager to try the spinach and cheese phylo treats!
    Please! Please! get all the recipes up quick! They all look so good, I want to get started!

  8. Joelen oh how i would so love to be a part of ur cookie exchange-i'd come in with loads of cookie too and help u with the appetizer too!!!!
    loved it....v cute ...u rock
    boas festas e boa semana