Let Krusteaz Help You Have a Successful Cookie Swap

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Krusteaz, but all opinions are my own.

The holiday season is all about cozy sweaters, friends and family, and of course, cookies. If you want a variety of cookies in your home for the holidays but don't want to bake dozens and dozens, you should host a cookie swap! A cookie swap is a great way to mingle with your neighbors and friends, while sampling different recipes. Check out these tips to host a successful cookie swap:

How to Host a Cookie Swap with Parents and Kids

  1. Decide on your guest list. A successful party has just enough guests, but not too many. 10-12 adults is an ideal number if you are also inviting kids.
  2. Choose a day and time that works for everyone.
  3. Establish rules that include:
    • ingredient limitations for allergies
    • how many cookies each guest should prepare
    • no burnt cookies
    • must be holiday inspired
    • how cookies should be displayed at the party
    • what type of container or baggies guests should bring to collect their cookies
  4. Use the Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Helper to find the best recipe for your swap.
  5. Have snacks and drinks for your party guests to munch on while they mingle.
  6. Set up a cookie decorating station for the kids coming to your party. Some plain sugar cookies with assorted icings and sprinkles/toppings will keep them busy and having fun.
  7. For the Party: Have guests display their cookies on a table with copies of their recipe nearby.

About Krusteaz

Krusteaz, makers of premium baking mixes, has an entire line of cookie mixes that are perfect for holiday parties. This season, we’re excited to host cookie swaps—because who only wants one kind of cookie when you’re at a party?

Krusteaz Holiday Cookie Helper

Sometimes the hardest part of a cookie swap is figuring out which recipe to make. Enter the Holiday Cookie Helper, a fun quiz Krusteaz created that will help you find the perfect recipe.

Got a holiday cookie swap coming up? Wondering what in the world you're going to make (...and when you're going to get your shopping done, and when you're going to clean the house for the in-laws, and when you're going to do everything else on your to-do list)?
Take a short quiz to identify your cookie personality and we'll serve you up the tastiest cookie swap recipe, guaranteed to make you a holiday hero. You'll also receive a coupon and be entered to win a $100 grocery gift card!
I used the Holiday Cookie Helper, and was matched with the Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cookies recipe. I tweaked it just enough for our tastes and here is the recipe we used for our cookie swap:


  • 1 package Krusteaz Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1.5 tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the egg and butter until combined.
  2. Add in the Krusteaz sugar cookie mix and orange juice. Mix until dough comes together.
  3. Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  4. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Scoop dough into small balls and place onto parchment paper.
  8. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
  9. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
If you love this recipe and can't wait to make more cookies, check out this recipe for yummy 3D Christmas tree sugar cookies.

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8 thoughts on “Let Krusteaz Help You Have a Successful Cookie Swap

  • December 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Love the little cookie swap calculator. Fun way for them to get people to try the product 🙂

    • December 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Isn’t it a big help! We had never hosted a swap before so I needed all the help I could get.

  • December 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    What a fun idea for the holidays! I also love that your guests are leaving their own recipes with their cookies. I am going to have to try a cookie swap myself.

  • December 18, 2017 at 3:02 am

    These cookies look absolutely delicious! I have to bake cookies this week and will have to try this recipe!

    • December 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks, they were very tasty and a hit at the cookie swap!

  • December 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Oh fun! This looks like a great idea for the holiday times. I would love to do a holiday swap, thinking it might be too late in the game, maybe next year. Thank you for the inspo.

  • December 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve never done a cookie swap before but I’ve heard of them! They sound like such a fun idea to get together and have some delicious treats 🙂

  • December 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    This is so fun for the holidays! I did a cookie swap a few years ago and it was awesome; fun and a great way to swap recipes and find new cookie flavours you like! I need to do another one!


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