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How to host a cookie swap

By Carolyn Malcoun, December 7, 2010 - 9:36am

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I’m hosting my first cookie swap this year. It’s an inexpensive way to get together with my favorite friends and most of them love to bake (and eat cookies, of course!).

At my cookie swap I’m going to ask all my friends to:

1. Make two dozen cookies. (When we swap, we leave with as many cookies as we came with—just different kinds!)
2. Bring a bottle of wine (it is a party, after all).
3. Fill a container to bring home their share of cookies at the end of the night.
4. Make cookies with a healthy twist (such as low-fat versions or recipes made with whole-grain flour, healthy nuts, etc.).

Since baking a healthy cookie may be a challenging idea for some of my friends, I’ll direct them to EatingWell’s top prize-winning holiday cookies, which includes more than 15 prize-winning recipes from our annual holiday cookie contest. Some of my favorite cookies—like triple-chocolate Lava Rocks—are among these recipes.

Irresistible 100-calorie cookies
6 best cookies of 2010
Delicious Christmas cookies

Here are more of my favorite healthy holiday cookie recipes:

Pineapple Coconut Bites—a taste of the tropics in a bite-size treat.

One Nutty Date—an extraordinary peanut butter cookie spiked with dates.

Date Bran Jingle Balls—a healthful combination of dates and whole grains.

Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprints—versatile and decadent, yet packed with ingredients (oats, almonds, fruit and chocolate) that have healthful benefits. Make-ahead tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

TAGS: Carolyn Malcoun, Food Blog, Dessert, Entertaining, Holidays

Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, young daughter and dog.

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