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7 Festive Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes
7 Festive Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

7 Festive Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

One of the best things about the holidays, hands down, has to be the desserts. Especially all the delicious cookies everyone makes for Christmas cookie exchanges. There are often classics like chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut butter blossoms and sugar cookies at any holiday cookie exchange. If you want to branch out with something new for your cookie swap or virtual cookie swap, look no further than our list of seven festive Christmas cookie exchange recipes. These recipes have a range of flavors and textures so that everyone on your guest list is sure to find something they like. Find classic holiday flavor combinations like peppermint, chocolate and more. Read on for a list of your soon-to-be favorite holiday cookie recipes.

1. Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

These cookies may be small, but Molasses Cookies bring full flavor with spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Like the name suggests, molasses also brings an extra warm flavor to these spiced cookies.

2. No-Bake Chocolate Snowball Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Snowball Cookies

What's better than a simple holiday cookie recipe? One that doesn’t require any oven time! Try our No-Bake Chocolate Snowball Cookies for a tasty dessert to bring to the Christmas cookie exchange—or virtual cookie exchange—that doesn't leave your whole kitchen a mess.

3. Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People

If you love ginger, you'll love these Gingerbread People. A true holiday classic, our gingerbread cookies feature a secret ingredient: JELL-O Butterscotch Flavor Instant Pudding. Get the kids or grandkids involved to help decorate these cookies once they’re baked

4. Hot Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Hot Chocolate Thumbprint Cookie

It doesn’t get more chocolatey than these Hot Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. Topped with mini marshmallows, these cookies look as delicious as they taste! If you need something festive and impressive for the Christmas cookie exchange, this recipe is perfect.

5. White Chocolate-Peppermint Pudding Cookies

White Chocolate-Peppermint Pudding Cookies

This fun recipe incorporates starlight mints, JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding and white chocolate. By the end, you'll have a festive cookie that tastes like a candy cane! Our White Chocolate-Peppermint Pudding Cookies recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

6. Lemon Wreath Cookies

Lemon Wreath Cookies

Get a little crafty for the holiday cookie exchange when you bring our Lemon Wreath Cookies. These wreath-shaped cookies are frosted with a lemony icing that gives them an unexpected brightness. Top with colored sugar to finish off these impressive shareable treats!

7. Madeleines


While not actually a cookie, these soft, clamshell-shaped cakes are a small and elegant addition to any cookie exchange. Madeleines have a hint of citrus and sweetness that goes so well with coffee or tea. You can also dress them up with dipped chocolate or powdered sugar, but we love the basics the best.

Now that you have a few reliable recipes on hand, learn exactly how to host a cookie exchange party. If you have a few tricky customers to find the right recipes for, look into even more cookie swap recipes. Even if you don't have a Christmas or holiday cookie exchange to go to, you can use these fun festive recipes for a virtual cookie exchange, to send as gifts or part of care packages. Have fun and enjoy these festive cookie recipes!

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