Reviewed by Jen K.

I’m always envious of people who take part in regular cookie swaps. According to Lauren Chattman, “There’s no better way to enjoy the cookie-friend combo than with a cookie swap.” I can certainly see her point – get together with your friends, enjoy some good conversation, and then you’re walking out the door with a big plate of cookies!

With Cookie Swap!, Lauren removes the guesswork and instills confidence by providing us with really excellent cookie recipes and guidelines on how to be well prepared. The very first chapter gives us the lowdown on the swap, explaining the best way to go about organizing a successful get together, how many cookies to bring for trading and sampling, and exactly what information should be included on the invitations. If you are planning to be the host, pay close attention to the checklist/time line provided as it is incredibly helpful.

Every cookie that made the cut in Cookie Swap! has an accompanying photo. I don’t know why that’s so important to me, because you would think by now that I could visualize a cookie based on the title. However, there’s just something about casually flipping through the pages and using the photos to make initial decisions about which seem most appealing. Honestly, I probably would have passed right by Flaky Pastry Pinwheels, but the photo nabbed my interest.

The recipes are organized by type: drop cookies, brownies & bars, icebox cookies, etc. I like when cookie books are organized like this, because chances are, I already have know they type of cookie I would like to make. When I’m ready to bake, I can gauge if I’m in the mood to roll out dough and bust out the cookie cutters or feel the need for the ease of a bar cookie. In addition to the traditional categories, Chattman also offers a few more unique chapters. The Savory Cookies seem so interesting to me; I can definitely get behind rich buttery cookies studded with nuts, cheese, olives and sea salt!

We tried holding a cookie swap one year at my office, with less than desirable results. After reading Lauren’s tips and hints, I am inspired to take another crack at it. I think she provides exactly the information I need to put together a super fun and successful swap.

Rating: 5/5

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her own shelves with cookbooks.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Workman Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.