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2nd Annual TT&J Cookie Exchange Party (and Holiday Cookie recipe link up)!!

Thanks to everyone to came to the 2nd annual TT&J Cookie Exchange Party!!

It was so much fun. I had a wonderful time meeting new friends! And those cookies —- wow!!! Every single cookie was different, delicious and so so pretty!!

{Thanks Lara @ Announced Design for the cute invite!!}

I love cookie exchanges — it’s a festive excuse for a party PLUS you come away with so many different varieties of cookies. I freeze some of mine, and then bring them out when I have a party to go to, or guests over during the Holiday Season!!

This year we had over 45+ people come to the party!! It was hard to keep track of everyone because it was an open house-style event and I wanted to keep it open to as many people as possible, so you didn’t have to bring cookies to be able to come. I did get one big group shot with most of the people (above).

And I loved seeing the cute cute babies and toddlers that came too. I miss having babies.

And a big THANK YOU to Scentsy for providing the Goodie Bag gifts. They were SO generous and sent warmers and yummy scents for all of the attendees.

PLUS, they gave away TWO of their Scentsy Cause Buddy Bears.

And I love what these bears do — they are a snuggly bear with a little inside pouch where you can put a Scentsy fragrance — and all proceeds from the sale of these animals go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® to improve the health and well-being of children all over the world. Scentsy will donate 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this Buddy directly to the organization. Awesome!!!

I also had the opportunity to give away THREE gift baskets with some adorable striped paper bags from Sweets & Treats Boutique — one of my favorite sponsors.

{photo via Bridgey Widgey}

And a big thank you to Amy @ Living Locurto!! I used her Cookie Swap Printables and free Snowman Printables for the party. Amy has the amazing printables – be sure to check out her blog!!

Here are a list of some of the FUN bloggers that came, be sure to check out their blogs for wonderful ideas:

Amber @ Posh Ideas

Erika @ I Craft My Pants

Stephanie @ Pursuit of Craft

Mandi @ Mandi Being Crafty

Bridget @ Bridgey Widgey

Jesseca @ Sweet Treats and Good Eats

Kelsey @ Redefining Domestic

Vanessa @ Our Thrifty Ideas

Amanda @ Burlap and Denim

Amanda @ Every Creative Endeavor

Summer @ Sumos Sweet Stuff

Sarah @ Pink Lime Photography

Victoria @ ObSEUSSED

Robyn @ Pen Pans and Picture Books

Megan @ Happy Looks Good On You

Ashley @ Ashley Marie Frederickson

Emily Hill @ Is This really My Life

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

Stephanie @ The Daily Blarg

Tauni @ It’s a Tradition and SNAP Conference

Lara @ Less Cake {More Frosting}and Announced Design

Amy @ Amaroonie Designs

Ashlee @ I’m Topsy Turvey

I made Cherry Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. Here’s the recipe via BHG :

There were over 40 varieties of cookies brought to the party (there were so many that we had to have them in two different rooms – lol).

And I was originally going to post all of the recipes — but I decided that would be a LONG post, so I am adding a linky of cookie recipes to this post.

PLUS, if you weren’t able to attend, but have a wonderful cookie recipe, link it up here and SHARE it!!

I am excited to see the recipes that are linked up!!

And, Scentsy is giving away a warmer of ANY size, plus THREE Scents — check out the giveaway to win :)

Happy Holidays!!!





  1. Can you post the recipe for the molasses cookies that are in one of the pictures above?

  2. What a fun cookie exchange! Thank you for hosting! I can’t wait to try out these recipes!

  3. Jen, thank you for hosting this party! I always love seeing people’s favorite cookies to make at Christmas time! Lots of creative new ideas! The Cherry Chocolate Shortbread cookies you made look very good! I’m a big fan of cookies and also of your blog!

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  4. So fun that so many of you awesome ladies live so close to each other! Some of my favorite bloggers! Looks like a fabulous party! :) If you get a chance to share sometime, I would love to know how you worked the logistics (i.e. how many cookies guests brought & went home with).

    • Hi Sara!!

      I wasn’t very mathematical about how many cookies of each kind everyone was able to take home. I just told everyone that they could leave with the same amount of cookies they came with. And it seemed to work out ok.

      It was a really fun party. I just love this tradition. Merry Christmas my friend!!


  5. Jen, I just love you. Thanks so very much for opening up your home. It was lovely to get together and have a good chat with everyone!


    • Thanks for coming Tauni. You are a wonderful friend. It was so fun to spend time with you. And your cookies were delicious!!!


  6. Holy cookies! So many new recipes that I want to try! 😀

  7. They all look so yummy! What a fun party!

  8. What lovely photos and people, everyone has a beautiful smile, a party I would have loved to attend. Thank you for the recipes and photos. Merry Christmas, Lori m

  9. Looks like a great party! Im drooling over the recipes!

  10. Looks like so much fun Jen!!!

  11. Thanks for hosting thsi FUN linky…CANT.STOP.EATING.COOKIES….lol
    Merry Christmas,
    Lina @ Fancy Frugal life

  12. Thanks for such a fun get together, Jen! And for letting me bring my kids! Your house is even more gorgeous in person, and it was fun to get together with so many fun people. I’m ashamed to admit that all of our cookies were gone by the weekend. (Yeah, who thought going to a cookie exchange while trying to lose baby weight was a good idea?)

  13. What a fun afternoon! It was so great to meet so many amazing women! Thanks again!

  14. Thank you so much for the fun party Jenn! It is always fun to get together and party! And I love the cookie link up – there were so many yummy cookies and now I can make them all!!

  15. SO fun! And Scentsy sent AWESOME goodies!

  16. Love this! I went to a cookie party on Sunday and walked away with a TON of great cookies. Next year is my turn to host. I’ve pinned this party and I’ll be using it as inspiration.

  17. Jasper Tommy says:

    Cookie exchange, what a GREAT idea! Some of those cookies look absolutely amazing for the holidays. Would any of you mind sharing your recipes with others on the USPS Facebook page? http://on.fb.me/ujGGtE Thanks!

  18. Your cookie exchange looks like so much fun, and apparently you had a GREAT turnout this year! There are some delicious looking goodies! Wish I lived closer so I could join the fun. Thanks for hosting a linkup for the rest of us who couldn’t be there.

  19. Oh, it turned out fabulous!! You did a great job!

  20. Jen, Thanks again for the wonderful party! And thank you for adding the link to my cookies. The linky party was a great idea. You take care of so many details – you’re always amazing me! Hope you can relax a little for the holidays and take a break for a couple of days. Merry Christmas!

  21. How does the cookie exchange work? People bring cookies and get to take some home?

  22. Wow, Jen! You are an amazing hostess! Thanks for sharing the great photos and recipes!

  23. Oh, I wish I could Have been there. It looks like it was a great time and I really wanted to see your beautiful home again. It was great to see you yesterday though. I’m planning on next year.

  24. What a super fun party. I love that you had to put all the cookies in two rooms!!! My kind of party:-)

  25. Your party looks like it was tons of fun, Jen! Great link-up, too!

  26. What a FUN idea, Jen!! And how cool that you were able to give away sponsored treat bags. I wish I lived closer. 😉 Such a pretty party too–you have the best decorations. Thanks for sharing all the recipes. :)

  27. This is really a Nice sharing & collection.


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