If you have a weakness for all things gooey and chewy, get together with other cookie enthusiasts in a fun, festive atmosphere.
Step 1: Invite friends and neighbors Invite friends and neighbors that have the same affinity for baking as yourself. Stress that they should bring one type of cookie to share with everyone.
TIP: Keep track of who is baking what for the most variety, and award those who respond first with their choice of cookie to bake.
Step 2: Bring enough for everyone Ask everyone to bring a half dozen cookies per person if you have 10 or more people coming. For a smaller gathering, make sure that contributions result in a full dozen cookies per person.
Step 3: Remind people to bring containers Remind your guests to bring plastic containers to take their samples home to share. Ask people to bring copies of their recipe to share as well.
Step 4: Bake a day or two ahead of time Bake your treats a day or two ahead of time and store in an air-tight container until the big day -- just try not to indulge in your samples ahead of time.
Step 5: Set up Set up a table where the cookies will be displayed with a festive table cloth. Put out pens and place cards so everyone knows what kind of cookies they are and who made them.
TIP: Plan your exchange around a holiday such as Halloween, Christmas, or even the Fourth of July for an added touch.
Step 6: Set out refreshments Set out refreshments like coffee, tea, water, or milk. If the party is being held around a fall or winter holiday, set out hot chocolate or spiced tea. Now, sit back and enjoy each person's delicious treats and company.
FACT: In 1922, all 2,000 Girl Scouts regularly sold cookies to raise money for their troop at 25 to 35 cents per dozen.