While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Haul out the cookie tins - 'tis the season for baking! In honor of December 4, National Cookie Day, here are some tips for the ever-popular cookie exchange:
- Form a group of participants. Make sure the people swapping cookies are committed to doing so. (It’s not as much fun otherwise!)
- Establish a date for the swap as early as you can, before the holidays get hectic.
- Set a few ground rules: How many cookies is each person bringing to eat at the exchange? How many cookies is each person bringing to actually exchange and send home with others? Usually a half dozen per person to exchange, and a full dozen to eat on the day works well.
- If you’re hosting, try to find a cookie tin for each participant so they can take their loot home easily.
- Consider baking an extra dozen to donate to a local bake sale or shelter.
- Make sure to take allergies into account - nothing ruins the holidays like a trip to the ER. Cookies can be lactose-, nut- and gluten-free.
- Don’t forget recipe cards so attendees can recreate their favorite cookie.