Surviving the Cookie Swap

Follow these strategies and you'll put more cookies in the tin than your tummy at your next cookie swap.

Every winter holiday season, folks pull out their favourite family cookie recipes, commandeer the kitchen for a day or two, and get baking. Dusted with a light coating of flour, they peer proudly at the trays of cookies and wonder just what to do with such a large quantity. Apart from the obvious.

Years ago some very savvy cookie connoisseurs came up with a great solution: Host cookie swap parties. Guests bring their homemade family favourites, decorated on platters or already in individual gift bags. When all the guests have arrived let the fun begin! Swapping and tasting, tasting and swapping. At the end of the event, each person goes home with a package of goodies.

It’s fun, frugal and delicious — but also a potential pitfall to someone who is trying to lose weight or maintain a loss. Yet not participating and feeling deprived can have the same result. So what to do?

Before the swap

  • Giving cookies to others as a gift? Bring a stash of gift bags and/or boxes with pre-written labels and ribbon or tape to seal them.
  • Plan out how many cookies you will you eat this season. Keep in mind, there will be other goodies that you'll want to use your SmartPoints values on over the next month or so. Got your number? Write it down.

At the swap

  • Put the "gift" cookies straight into their bags. All packaged up and pretty? Great, now seal them.
  • Select the cookies you plan to eat yourself. Be choosy! Add cookies to your own tin until you have reached the budget you set yourself. (You might need to pull out your Tracker to help calculate as you go.)
  • Grab a pen! List the cookies either on the bottom of your tin or a separate piece of paper. If necessary, run your fellow swappers’ recipes through the Food Tracker.

During the month, enjoy the treats that are in your tin. Your cookie supply will dwindle over the weeks, but your motivation will thrive and you will not feel deprived. Now grab a glass of fat-free milk and enjoy your cookie swap booty!

Click below to see our fan-favourite cookie recipes for surviving holiday cookie swaps.