November 20, 2019
You have to admit there’s something especially festive about the idea of baking cookies around the holidays. The idea of a warm oven and lovely scents filling the house, being crafty—plus eating yummy sweets is very tempting. This year, why not create memories by turning your baking day into a fun get together with friends? Who said cookie parties have to be just for kids?
We’ve built a quick and easy how-to guide for making a fun and memorable adults-only event that you’ll want to turn into an annual holiday tradition.
How to Host an Adults-Only Holiday Cookie Party
To set the celebratory tone of this adults-only cookie party, welcome your guests with a glass of bubbly. We suggest Lanson Black Label Champagne or Mumm Carte Classique.
Get the Cookies Going
Unless you have a famous sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe you want to show off, there’s no need to make your life complicated. Get some frozen or refrigerated sugar cookie dough, roll it out and have guests cut out their favorite shapes. (Encourage guests to bring festive or vintage cookie cutters if they have some.)
Need a timesaver that gets you to the cocktails faster? Just cruise by the bakery department of your local grocery and buy a box of unfrosted sugar cookies. Even better, keep your eyes peeled for Ugly Sweater Cookie Kits that you can decorate yourselves, or build a gingerbread house with a ready to assemble Gingerbread House Kit.
Adult Candy Bar: Enjoy Some Sweet Treats While You Wait
As you wait for the cookies to bake, or as the decorating unfolds, you can indulge in some boozy sweet treats.
Try making a festive float station where guests can make up dreamy, boozy ice cream or gelato floats using Kahlua, Bailey’s or Cognac, some local craft sodas like Minhas Craft Soda and a scoop of Fiasco Gelato.
You can also make boozy holiday-flavored gummy bears for snacking by soaking the red and green ones in Peach Schnapps or Captain Morgan Spiced Rum overnight, then laying them out on parchment paper until they dry.
By now you’ve definitely got the party started, and everyone should be ready to let loose and make or decorate some super festive cookies. Get some packaged white or Royal icing and make different colors by adding a drop or two of food coloring. Put out bowls of sprinkles and candy to decorate the cookies.
Inject a Little Friendly Competition
To take the party to another level, why not center the event around a gingerbread house-building contest? After warming up with some sugar cookies, divide the party into two teams and have each team use those aforementioned Gingerbread House Kits to build and decorate.
Cool Down with Some Warm Drink Options
Make a big pot of coffee or apple cider for everyone to enjoy once the cookie decorating starts wrapping up. If you’re still up for it, feel free to add Bailey’s or get out the hard cider, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to wind down with some good old fashioned holiday drinks, like mulled wine or spiced cider instead.
The holidays are all about making memories and spending time with loved ones. This fun filled cookie event will be a day to remember, and best of all, you’ll have some delicious (and probably funny-looking) cookie leftovers to enjoy through the rest of the season.
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