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Hosting a cookie exchange + Andes Mint truffle bars recipe

cookie exchange

If you’ve been daydreaming about peppermint, gingerbread or classic frosted sugar cookies all year, a Cookie Exchange is one of the best ways to bring that dream to life during the holidays! I think homemade cookies are one of the easiest ways to spread a little cheer during this cozy season.

For a successful Cookie Exchange, check out these handy tips:

  • Keep the guest list short and sweet. Ideally, invite 8-10 guests.
  • Bake at least 1/2 dozen cookies for each guest to take home.
  • Lay out the ground rules such as no store bought treats, a particular theme, etc.
  • Have a few appetizers and drinks on hand (milk or hot cocoa are great drink choices!)
  • Have extra platters or containers on hand for guests that may forget to bring their own.
  • Print or write out your recipe for guests to take home and encourage guests to bring copies of their cookie recipe to the exchange.
  • Have fun!

I attended a Cookie Exchange at a local restaurant with some girls I know from a Meetup group I am in. We all brought a variety of treats and it was so much fun! I’ve included the recipe for my Andes Mint Truffle Bars below that I created for Exchange. They were a hit with the girls (and also with my boyfriend)!

Andes Mint Truffle Bars
Recipe type: Bar
Cuisine: Dessert
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These truffle bars are quick to come together and full of Andes mint flavor!
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Andes baking chips
  • 1½ teaspoons shortening
  1. Cream butter, sugars, vanilla, and milk. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt together. Add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Stir in 1 cup mint chips by hand. Press the mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  3. Place the remaining 1 cup Andes Mint chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl or use double boiler. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until all is melted. When the mints are melted and creamy, pour over the top of the cookie dough in the pan. Let set. Cut into squares.


And now for the fun part! I’ve rounded up some of my fellow blogger’s favorite holiday cookie recipes. Hop on over to their blogs to find inspiration for your next holiday baking project!


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