Nov 26, 2013 • By

A cookie exchange that gives back

Cookies and toys are symbols of the holiday season. And this year, Betty Crocker has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to kick off the holidays in delicious and generous style.

Between today and December 27, register your Toys for Tots Cookie Exchange at and make magic happen.

Here’s how:

* Sign up. The first 1,000 hosts will receive a special Betty Crocker cookie-making kit with recipes, an exclusive cookie cutter and more.

* Invite guests. As a Toys for Tots Cookie Exchange host you’ll have access to free custom Evite invitations you can personalize and send to your lucky guests.

* Make a difference. Encourage each guest to bring cookies to share as well as a new, unwrapped toy (or cash) donation to Toys for Tots. You can donate online or collect gifts at the party. Find a Toys for Tots drop-off location near you here.

* Create. Find great cookie and party ideas at, including this booklet.

* Share. Use the hashtags #MakeMerry and #TFT to share photos of your holiday cookie creations and your donation success on social media.

“We are excited to host the first annual Toys for Tots Cookie Exchange to help turn holiday parties – something in which we all partake – into an opportunity to share the magic of Christmas with deserving children,” said Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “Everyone can help deliver memories of hope and happiness to children who need it most by collecting toys and donations at their cookie exchanges.”

Laura Forero, marketing manager for Betty Crocker, says the brand is proud to support the Toys for Tots mission.

“It’s our hope that by hosting cookie exchanges to gather donations some added cheer will be brought to thousands of deserving children this holiday season,” says Laura.

Get started today with a few cute and delicious cookie ideas from Betty like:

Gingerbread People

betty crocker gingerbread

 Turtle Shortbread Cookies

betty crocker cookies

 Snow-Capped Tree Cookies

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Sign up today at  to host your Toys for Tots Cookie Exchange!