12 Cookie Exchange Recipes!

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12 Cookie Exchange Recipes that are perfect for this Holiday season! So good, people will be begging for the recipe.

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‘Tis the season for all things yummy!! I’ve been searching through all of my cookie recipes that I’ve posted over the last five years on this lovely blog to do some serious holiday baking. So, I originally had a big long list of every cookie recipe I’ve ever created for this site, but then narrowed it down to these 12 that you will see before you! I’m going to be making at least half of these recipes before Christmas {which you will see on my Instagram real soon!} Anyways, I thought you might want some quick links to these recipes and just an all around reminder that these recipes exist and are here for YOU!

Make lots of batches, share them with the neighbors and enjoy! This is one of the many reasons I LOVE DECEMBER. Christmas, my birthday and ALLTHEBAKING! It’s bomb, yo.

Have a lovely Wednesday 🙂

Red Velvet Oreos


Bakery-Style Soft Baked Sugar Cookies


Soft Baked Peanut Butter Toffee Cookies


Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


Red Hots Crinkle Cookies


Christmas Funfetti Cake Batter Truffles


Hazelnut Shortbread Wreath Cookies


Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes


Gingerdoodle Cookies


Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies


Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies






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19 Responses
  1. Karla

    I’ve been looking all morning for cookie recipes for Christmas. I am definitely going to try those fun Funfetti balls and a cut out cookies. They look yummy!

  2. Stephanie

    Omgoodness these all look amazing! Help!- if I have to choose one, which one gets the “ravest” reviews??!?! Going to a cookie party and I wanna win the contest! ??????

  3. Patty

    I can’t stop buying the snowman cookies from Starbucks. They are so delicious. Since you are an expert in holiday cookies could you please share with us a recipe close to the ones from Starbucks?!
    Thank youuuu!

  4. Summer

    I would love to see a post with helpful tips for a cookie exchange. I once went to a cookie exchange at work where the organizers decided that everyone should bring 1 dozen cookies for each participant. They wanted everyone to have enough cookies for their Christmas festivities. There ended up being 15 participants. I spent the ENTIRE weekend baking cookies (and I could not eat them because I needed them for the exchange=torture). I brought home more cookies than my entire family could eat (we are all bakers, so my cookies were not the only ones at Christmas). I was practically throwing them at people so they would get eaten while my husband laid on the couch stating that he ate too many cookies and was officially a beached whale.

    Anyway, sorry for the long story. Cookie exchange tips would be nice. 🙂

    1. Shirley Gipson

      Hi, just saw this request about Christmas cookie exchanges. For large groups we do 1/2 dozen. Makes it so much easier on all participants…before and after😊

  5. Jessica

    These all look so yummy! I just pinned your Mexican (or was it Chipotle) cookies and can’t wait to try them.


  6. Krista S

    Your gingerdoodles are a staple in my house at Christmas. So delicious and because we like soft, chewy cookies, the perfect substitute for a ginger snap or traditional gingerbread!

  7. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen

    This is such a great collection of yummy recipes and there are so many I want to try. I think those Gingerbread Bars are going to have to happen this year! Thanks, Lauren.

  8. ShaNae

    Thank you for the inspiration! I needed it because my church cookie exchange, they want between 6-8 dozen cookies from each lady and I really didn’t want to make all chocolate chip. Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  9. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    Way to blow my resolve to only bake one type of cookie this year in an effort to not consume too many calories. It’s all your fault 😉

  10. Ginger Salisbury

    i Love your recipes. Your pictures are always perfect. I’ve been searching for a cookie recipe with cherries and cream cheese… Can you help? Thanx