A Sweet Way to Bring Friends Together

By Corin Vallee

A holiday cookie swap is a sweet way to bring friends together, not to mention a helpful way to test different cookie recipes before family gatherings—because we all know cookies only burn on the bottom when you make them the day of the holiday party.

It may sound stressful to host a cookie swap during the busiest time of the year, but it can actually make entertaining easier by simplifying your holiday baking.  If everyone brings cookies that refrigerate or freeze well, you can save your collection of cookies for holiday parties later on.  Plus it is much more manageable to whip up five dozen of the same cookie than it is to gather the supplies for and bake five different types.

Of course, the best part about hosting a cookie swap is tasting all the delicious cookies and, naturally you need something indulgent to dip all that crumbly goodness in.  Spice up your classic sugar cookies  by serving them with a decadent cup of Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Roll coffee.  Heighten the always harmonious pairing of mint and chocolate by sampling peppermint bark with Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa or accent the sweet and tart notes of your dried fruit bark with Green Mountain Coffee® Wild Mountain Blueberry® coffee—after eating so many cookies you’ll need a little coffee to wake yourself up anyways.

Café Escapes® Chai Latte or India Spice Chai Tea both make perfect complements to my personal favorite treat, molasses ginger cookies.  What is your favorite cookie and what would you pair it with?

Gathering around good food with great friends is my favorite way to rejoice in the season.  Create new memories with friends by sharing your family’s favorite cookie traditions and reminiscing about your past joyful holiday celebrations.

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