Cookie Exchange + Toys For Tots = Smiles Christmas Day! #MakeMerry #TFTCookieExchange

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Did you know that more than 16 million U.S. children currently live in poverty and may not receive any toys this holiday season?  I know I had no clue the number was that high, but really not even one child should go without a Christmas present.  Well this year Betty Crocker has teamed up with Toys for Tots by doing what they do best – bake!  You may wonder how baking is going to get Christmas presents in the hands of kids but it is really quite simple.  Betty Crocker is encouraging people to host cookie exchanges and along with those cookies for people to bring a toy for Toys for Tots!  I think that is an awesome idea!  Then the cookie exchange host can run all the presents to their local Toys for Tots donation center or collect money to send to them.  (In case your wondering, yes all the money sent does go to buy presents.)

Betty Crocker is giving $50,000 to help Toys for Tots deliver more than 3,500 toys to families in need (which comes out to be two $20 value toys per child for more than 2,000 children.)    So if you take into account Betty Crocker’s donation plus everything received at the cookie exchanges, there will be a lot more smiles on Christmas day.

This year I made up three different kinds and headed to my moms house for a Cookie Exchange.  There were a few hiccups but everyone had a great time and hopefully some new cookie recipes will be shared.  Next year I hope to include more people and communicate better about bringing a toy for Toys for Tots.  I really think that is a great idea and who could say no to bringing a small toy to a Cookie Exchange Party!

Need help to host your own Cookie Exchange?  Betty Crocker is actually sending the first 1,000 hosts a special cookie making kit including a Toys for Tots train-shaped cookie cutter!  After you sign up you’ll receive a special e-invitation you can use to send to your own guests to invite to your Cookie Exchange!   Even if your not one of the first 1,000 though there are some great resources on Betty Crocker such as decorating ideas and printables as well as recipes of course!

Here are some pictures from my Cookie Exchange.  I think the best part though was honestly when I was at home making cookies for the cookie exchange with my family.  My kids are young still and don’t quite grasp the concept yet but I was explaining to them how so many kids their age won’t be getting any presents this year from Santa and how important it is to give to others.  I am trying to instill in them about helping others while they are young so they can grow up believing it is just the right thing to do!

First off I want to say how amazing this Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix is, from this one bag you can make so many different varieties of cookies that its amazing!  I ended up not being able to use it because it contains egg and my youngest son has an egg allergy but I have tried these cookies before and they melt in your mouth!  I ended up using ingredients from scratch which of course took longer and was messier in my kitchen!

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DONATE:  You can donate to Toys for Toys online, via cash and checks to send in, or find a local Toys for Tots drop-off location.

VISIT:  Sign up to host your own Betty Crocker Cookie Exchange to make a difference!

WIN IT:  (1) US winner will receive their own Betty Crocker Cookie Exchange Kit

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  1. julie cutshaw says:

    my favorite holiday cookie would be peanut butter kiss cookies thanks

  2. I love snickerdoodles!

  3. My favorite holiday cookies are simple butter spritz cookies.

  4. Ryan Harris says:

    Mmm gingerbread,

  5. I like sugar cookies

  6. Trisha McKee says:

    Sugar cookies are my favorite holiday cookie- they are so much fun to decorate!

  7. My favorite are Gingerbread cookies!

  8. Beverly Metcalf says:

    It looks like the children had fun decorating and eating those cookies. My favorite Christmas cookie is the decorated sugar ones. Thanks for having this contest.

  9. I love chocolate chip cookies!

  10. The Peanut Butter Thumb cookies with the Hershey Kisses in them.

  11. My favorite are gingerbread cookies!

  12. Carrie Phelps says:

    I love chocolate cake cookies, my daughter made me a big plate of them for Christmas.

  13. I love peanut butter (any kind). Thank you

  14. I love to make apple butter cookies from fresh apple butter canned in the fall!

  15. Vikki Billings says:

    My favorite is Sugar cookies!

  16. I love sugar cookies with sprinkles

  17. Robin Abrams says:

    Frosted Sugar cookies are my favorite.

  18. abedabun dawn says:

    My favorite holiday cookie? I love the basic sugar cookies.

  19. I like pumpkin cookies with walnuts

  20. The best holiday cookies are decorated sugar cookies.

  21. Tanya Holland says:

    I love sugar cookies and gingerbread man cookies.

  22. Francine Anchondo says:

    Sugar cookies

  23. Jessica Kaufman says:

    sugar cookies with frosting are my favorite holiday cookie

  24. Teresa Thompson says:

    No bake cookies.

  25. I love my wife’s ginger cookies

  26. My favorite holiday cookies are the butter cookies that come in a metal tin.

  27. susan smoaks says:

    Sugar cookies are my favorite holiday cookies, i like them with frosting on them.

  28. i love just making cookies with the kids! my fav is the choco and mint yummy!

  29. I love snowballs- making them and eating them.

  30. Kathleen S. says:

    Thumbprint cookies are my fave!

  31. kelly willis says:

    i love homemade peanut butter cookies

  32. Chocolate chip for me!

  33. kelley roach says:

    ’m a sugar cookie fan.

  34. Karrie Millheim says:

    I love sugar cookies

  35. Gale McCarron says:

    My Daughter just made these adorable reindeer sugar cookies with dipped chocolate pretzels on them for antlers. So cute, and delicious too!

  36. Rebecca Lock says:

    chocolate caramel thumbprints are my daughter’s favorite cookie

  37. I like chocolate chip cookies

  38. I like chocolate chip cookies.

  39. tina reynolds says:

    I love snickerdoodles

  40. My fave are Linzer Cookies

  41. old fashioned cut out cookies are my favorite.

  42. Rebecca Peters says:

    I am a chocolate chip cookie fan

  43. The cookie I look forward to at the holidays is Snickerdoodles.

  44. Anything with peanut butter in it is my favorite.

  45. Susan Smith says:

    I enjoy sugar cookies during Christmas.

  46. Paula Tavernie says:

    My favorite Holiday cookie is Gingerbread Cookies!!

  47. My fav holiday cookie? Snickerdoodles!

  48. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    We like thumbprint cookies.

  49. Jennifer Reed says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is iced sugar cookies.

  50. april yedinak says:

    My favorite Christmas cookie is my aunt’s recipe for Italian Chocolate Christmas Balls.

  51. Nicole Newby says:

    I love no-bake peanut butter & chocolate cookies! My Auntie makes the most delicious ones! (And I ate all of them at the family Christmas party yesterday, shhh)

  52. I love triple chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  53. I love frosted sugar cookies!

  54. Well my favorite holiday cookies are my own cutouts…the recipe is on my blog and pinterest…the best ever cutouts of course 😀

  55. terry maigi says:

    I love sugar cookies!!

  56. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I love iced sugar cookies the best.

  57. I live peanut butter cookies

  58. Terra Heck says:

    My favorite are peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  59. I like sugar cookies.

  60. Jennifer T. says:

    I love gingerbread men.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

  61. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I love Peanut Butter Blossoms!!

  62. Natalie yeoman says:

    Mine is sugar cookies

  63. I think it’s not Christmas without Spritz cookies! And Russian Tea Cakes! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  64. Jim Weaver says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is Peanut Butter Blossoms.

  65. Brittney House says:

    I love sugar cookies.

  66. Megan Cromes says:

    i love sugar cookies!

  67. I love peanut butter blossoms.

  68. I like the spritz cookies.

  69. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    My favorite holiday cookie would be a perfectly decorated sugar cookie. Unfortunately I have yet to make a good sugar cookie, but my snickerdoodles are awesome!

  70. Mary Anderson says:

    My favorite cookie is chocolate chip with icing.

  71. melissaandkeith miller says:

    no bake cookies

  72. Sugar cookies are my favorite

  73. jennifer cervantes says:

    gingerbread cookies are my favorite!

  74. I love mincemeat cookies

  75. kristy thiel says:

    I love frosted sugar cookies!

  76. I love Gingerbread cookies! They are my favorite Christmas tradition!

  77. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    I love oatmeal raisin.

  78. Monique Rizzo says:

    Peanut butter blossoms.
    Thanks for the chance.
    [email protected]

  79. I love to make simple vegan sugar cookies and top them with holiday sprinkles. I brought two dozen into work the other day and they were all gone within the hour!

  80. I love the sugar cookie! :]

  81. Ingrid Jackson says:

    I enjoy sugar cookies during Christmas.

  82. Peppermint sugar cookies!

  83. Soft sugar cookies.

  84. Peppermint sugar cookies

  85. My favorite is gingerbread men

  86. Frosted sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, no bake cookies, too many favorites!!

  87. jennifer wexler says:

    i love peanut butter blossoms

  88. I like decorated sugar cookies.

  89. I like butter cookies.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  90. Chocolate chip- always my favorite!

  91. Kitty Iecvan says:

    My favorite is dark chocolate chip cookies!

  92. My favorite cookie is a Italian cookie we make called todalls

  93. Marilyn Nawara says:

    No-bakes Chocolate, Oatmeal & Peanut butter. Also love the peanut blossoms

  94. Jessica Jones says:

    chocolate chip and sugar. YUM!

  95. Sugar cookies are my favorite. Thanks!

  96. I like molasses and sugar cookies

  97. Michele L. says:

    I love iced cutout sugar cookies. When I was a kid, I used to spend the night with my aunt and uncle right before Christmas and we’d bake them. Great memories

  98. Shanda Enriquez says:

    I love snicker-doodles!

  99. robyn donnelly says:

    There isn’t a cookie out there that I don’t like I think.

  100. I love chocolate crinkles

  101. heather baker says:

    I love chocolate mint cookies, honestly I love all cookies.

  102. Gingersnaps.

  103. Jamie Brigham says:

    I love Snickerdoodle cookies.

  104. I like gingerbread cookies.

  105. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite!

  106. My favorite cookies are peanut blossoms – yum!

  107. I like ginger snaps.

  108. lissa crane says:

    My favorite holiday cookie to eat and to make is Italian Wedding Bell cookies! Had them ever since I was a child and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

  109. Sugar cookies

  110. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I love sugar cookies!

  111. I like snickerdoodles.

  112. Katie Bellamy says:

    I love frosted sugar cookies!

  113. Denise Davis says:

    My favorite is the classic chocolate chip.

  114. beth shepherd says:

    sugar is my fave

  115. Danalee Davis says:

    I like lemon sugar cookies with buttercream frosting!

  116. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    I love gingerbread cookies.

  117. I love Snickerdoodles!

  118. baking cookies is one of my fav holiday traditions!

  119. I love no-bake cookies the most. My grandma made them every Christmas and I miss them!

  120. Love classic chocolate chip cookies!

  121. gingerbread

  122. I like mint chocolate cookies for the holidays.

  123. Shanon Meigel says:

    I love <3 peanut no bakes

  124. Priscilla Benavides says:

    I love sugar cookies because they are fun to decorate!
    priscillabenavides at yahoo dotcom

  125. I love cranberry pistachio biscotti

  126. peanut butter cookies with hersheys kisses on top

  127. I love spritz cookies

  128. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Sugar cookies are my favorite.

  129. My Grandma’s snowball cookies, they have pecans and candied cherries inside…yummy!

  130. iced sugar cookies

  131. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are Snicker doodles.

  132. I like chocolate chip

  133. Candice H. says:

    I love peanut butter cookies!

  134. Tari Lawson says:

    I love pecan balls.

  135. My favorite cookie is chocolate chip with caramel inside.

  136. I love chocolate crinkle cookies!

  137. I love gingerbread cookies!

  138. At Christmastime I’m all about the sugar cookies!

  139. Denise welch says:

    Gingerbread

  140. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I love gingerbread cookies!

  141. Pecan sandies/snowballs are my favorite.

  142. Melissa Moore says:

    I love sugar cookies decorated as Christmas trees

  143. Kelly Nicholson says:

    Leave a blog post on your favorite holiday cookie!

    i like sprinkled sugar cookies the best

  144. Virginia Rowell says:

    My favorite holiday cookis is Reese’s Peanut Butter kisses. So yummy.

  145. Russian tea cakes have always been my favorite Christmas cookie!

  146. Cathy French says:

    my favorite holiday cookie is a sugar cookie with icing

  147. Kathy Davis says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is the iced sugar cookie. Love to bake them, love to eat them.

  148. Amanda Kinder says:

    I love both sugar and gingerbread cookies!

  149. Sue Ellison says:

    I love Snickerdoodles!

  150. 7 Layer Cookies are my favorite

  151. I like sugar cookies.

  152. My favorite are Snickerdoodles.

  153. Darlene Sullins says:

    Would rum balls count as a cookie? ^^; If not, than good old chocolate chip cookies! 😀

  154. Melanie Montgomery says:

    M&M Cookies with festive M&MS.

  155. Allison Downes says:

    I love gingerbread cookies!

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  156. Love Gingerbread!!

  157. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I like Frosted Sugar Cookies

  158. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I love the peanut butter kiss cookies!

  159. kim burnett says:

    I love peanut butter blossoms!

  160. I love spritz cookies!

  161. gingerbread men 🙂

  162. I don’t know what they are called but I like the cookie that is a round ball with nuts, and rolled in powdered sugar 🙂

  163. Debra Hall says:

    my favorite is the thumb print cookie

  164. Cindy Merrill says:

    My favorite Holiday cookie is Soft Molasses cookies!

  165. My favorite holiday cookie is the Sugar Cookie.

  166. I love Russian Tea Cookies. It is the first recipe I make at Christmas time.

  167. Patti Hess says:

    My favorite holiday cookie is Snickerdoodles

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  168. chocolate chip is my all time favorite

  169. Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting

  170. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I love sugar cookie cut outs with homemade buttercream icing!

  171. My favorite are Glazed Lemon Hearts.

  172. I like spritz cookies.
    Thank you!

  173. melikegarfield says:

    I’m a fan of sugar cookie with xmas color toppings!

  174. Trisha Burgess says:

    I love snicker doodles!!

  175. my fave cookie is chocolate chips – yummm

  176. I love making cookies!

  177. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love holiday sugar cookies

  178. My favorite cookies to bake are the Mexican Wedding Cookies.

  179. Tiffany Dustin says:

    I love sugar cookies!

  180. My favorite christmas cookie is the buckeye and peppermint bark.

  181. Snickerdoodles are my favorite.

  182. I love oatmeal no bake cookies

  183. Jennifer Rote says:

    I’m a sugar cookie fan.

  184. My favorite holiday cookie is Snickerdoodle

  185. I like Sugar Cookies for the holidays.

  186. My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate chip cookies!!

  187. I like Pecan Tarts.

  188. My favorite holiday cookies are the plain cut-out cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Spritz cookies are another favorite.

  189. I love sugar cookies with frosting.

  190. I love peanut butter kisses, simple to make and taste so yummy,

  191. I love old fashioned sugar cookies!

  192. I love to sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles made in Christmas shapes of course.

  193. My favorite are snowballs.

  194. Marti Tabora says:

    My favorite holiday cookies are definitely frosted sugar cookies. I love them. Thank you.