It’s cookie exchange time! Holiday parties typically fill my December calendar, including a cookie exchange or two. I’m sharing my BEST cookie exchange recipes today! But they’re also great for hostess and holiday gifts.
These are tried and true and some of the Best Christmas Cookies you’ll ever make. Each recipe will guide you through how to make some of my favorite Holiday Cookies.
Cookie Exchange Recipes
Packaging up loads of sweet treats is part of our holiday routine. Bill and Katie deliver all the goodies to our friends and neighbors. Along with an array of cookies, I make fudge, toffee, and peppermint bark. I’d be in deep trouble if I skipped any of the regulars!
I’ve linked my best cookie exchange recipes for you. I’m down to only one cookie swapping party per year, but I never like to make the same selection twice. I’ve included many of the sweets I make for the holidays plus some winners from past parties. I hope you find some inspiration for your next cookie exchange, hostess, or holiday gifts!
Butterscotch Cookies – Simple chewy cookies flavored with butter and brown sugar will become family favorites!
Cranberry, White Chocolate, Crystalized Ginger Cookies -the “snap,” the flavor, the add-ins all make these one of my favorite holiday cookies!
Chewy Gingersnaps – these and my English toffee recipe are the top two favorites according to my friends and neighbors who get holiday goodies each year!
Turtle Thumbprints -all the yummy flavors of a turtle candy in a fun thumbprint cookie!
Caramel Biscoff Blossoms – a twist on peanut blossoms using cookie butter spread instead of peanut butter and a dab of caramel
Stained Glass Cookies – these beauties are easier than they look!
Holiday Truffle Cookies – chocolate is always appropriate for Christmas!
Star of Bethlehem Cookies – a twist on Peanut Blossoms for the holidays with chocolate stars added to peanut butter cookies instead of chocolate kisses.
Triple Gingersnaps -for an extra boost of ginger flavor, these gingersnaps have fresh, dried, and crystallized ginger!!!
Holiday Pinwheel Cookies are decked out in holiday colors and are one of the most festive Christmas cookies you can make!
More of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes
- 75+ Christmas Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- 40 Best Christmas Cookies from I Am Baker
- 25 of the Best Christmas Cookies from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
- Buttery Spritz Recipe from Life Love and Sugar
- Amish Sugar Cookies
- Italian Ricotta Cookies
- How to Make Rosettes
- Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars
- Toffee Cookies with Walnuts
- Plus How to Host a Cookie Exchange
- More of the Best Cookie Recipes
- More of the Best Holiday Recipes
You Might Need These for Your Cookie Exchange Recipes:
- KitchenAid 9-Speed Hand Mixer
- KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan with Glass Bowl
- Half Sheet Pan, 13″x18″
- Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
- Medium Cookie Scoop
- Measuring Cups and Spoons, Set of 8
- Pure Vanilla Extract
This post was first shared in November 2015. Photos and content were updated in 2020.