For the past few years, I have attended a friend’s cookie swap and didn’t take it seriously until just recently. I always opted for a quick drop cookie– usually chocolate chip with pretzels and peanut butter — and left without winning the coveted prize of “most creative” or “best in show.”
I made the decision to take my cookie swapping up a notch last year and you can see the cookies here. They were gorgeous and I won “most creative.” The reason…A cookie cutter, strategically placed icing and sprinkles — the perfect combo to make the other housewives squirm.
This year, I had my eye on the prize again and used a terrier and Christmas tree cookie cutter from Target, and I am happy to report my hard work and cookie swap dedication paid off — “most creative” two years in a row!
The design was simple and basic – Just some outlines, a bunch of sprinkles and a few dots and bows here and there. The whole process took about three and a half hours, but the result was worth every second. Not only were the cookies pretty…they tasted delicious too!
So if you’re looking to win the next cookie swap, here are a few tricks and tips to help take home the prize.
- Plan ahead: Don’t wait until last-minute, you’ll end up having a panic attack. Luckily, butter cookie dough can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator until needed. Check out this recipe.
- Keep it simple: While the other housewives are trying to turn marshmallows into melted snowman, all you need to do is preheat the oven, roll out the dough and cut out the cookies.
- Don’t over think it: There is no need to over decorate. All you need to do is outline the cookies with ready to use icing, cover with sprinkles and add a little pizzazz.
- Presentation is key: Once the cookies are completed to perfection, don’t forget to display them nicely. Try an Apothecary glass jar, pretty tin or serving tray.
- Put your game face on:Cookie Swaps are like a cutthroat kitchen showdown for housewives. Some will be nice, others will be envious. Arrive on time, or fashionably late, and be gracious. No one likes a rude competitor.
- And last but not least…Have fun: It’s just a cookie swap!
Happy Baking! xoxo