If you’ve been invited to a cookie exchange this year or have decided to host your own after my last post, I’ve got some great cookie recipe suggestions for you. I’d be proud to take any of these to a cookie exchange! =)

1. Rolled Sugar Cookies – A very traditional Christmas cookie but often overlooked because you want to make something “different”. I’m all about trying new and different cookie recipes, but sometimes the traditional ones are traditional for a reason! Who doesn’t love a great sugar cookie? =)

2. Cinnamon Cappuccino Cookies – I loved these cookies so much that I even made a bar version =). They really are delicious with crisp edges and chewy centers – just the way I like my cookies. These cookies are certainly a hit with everyone – even people that don’t drink coffee. And if you’re looking for something “different”, well here you go.

3. Milky Way Brownie Cookies – These cookies will please all the chocolate lovers at your exchange. With lots of dark chocolate melted into the dough and then chopped milky way stirred in, how could they be bad?? Just be sure to have some cold milk on hand – they are a little rich =).

4. Oatmeal Cream Pies – Everyone loves oatmeal cream pies and while you might not think about them much at Christmas time, they’d be perfect for a cookie exchange because they’re actually cookie sandwiches rather than pies.

5. Maple Pecan Creams – We never have “rules” at our exchanges and occasionally someone will bring a candy or fudge. It’s a nice break from all the cookies. This maple cream candy will rock your world – just saying. =)

6. White Chocolate Pistachio Cookies – You see pistachios mainly around the holidays and I think they’re delicious and often overlooked. And you could even add some dried cranberries to get an even more festive look.

7. Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies– If you are looking for a spin on a traditional cookie, this is the recipe for you. A traditional oatmeal raisin cookie, but instead of raisins – Raisinets!

8. Lemon Bars– Lemon bars may be my all-time favorite dessert and while I know they aren’t actually a “cookie”, I’d call them close enough. I mean, they do have a shortbread cookie base. That counts, right?? =)

9. Baklava – Not quite a traditional cookie, but I’m sure no one will complain when they take a bite! Slightly labor intensive but completely worth it.

10. Fruity Pebbles Cookies – This is such a fun cookie. Perfect for all the kids – and kids at heart – that will be at your exchange =).

11. Iced Oatmeal Cookies – Better than any store-bought iced oatmeal cookies ever! These cookies should be at the top of your list.

12. Reese’s Pieces Cookies – Chocolate and peanut butter – do I really need to say anything more?? Didn’t think so. 😉

13. Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies – I actually made these for my cookie exchange last year. I love citrus and thumbprint cookies are just so cute. Everyone loves these cookies.

14. Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies– It seems like the Biscoff-hype has kind of died down a little, but that’s no reaosn to stop eating it…or baking it into cookies! I love oatmeal cookies of any kind but the Biscoff gives these cookies a delicious cinnamon/caramel flavor.

15. Colorful Sable Swirl Cookies – These cookies could certainly be very festive if you used red and green instead of the white and pink like the picture. And they would not only be traditional Christmas colors but you can’t get much more traditional that a sable cookie.

16. Butterfinger Cookies – I love butterfinger so these cookies are like a no-brainer for me. Make ’em. Love ’em. 😉

17. Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies – The combination of peanut butter and honey is so delicious and the honey keeps these cookies chewy. Just be sure you don’t have a peanut or nut exclusion.

18. Orange Creamsicle Fudge – Again, not a cookie but so tasty I included it anyway. =)

And if you still don’t see anything that catches your eye, I have several new cookie recipes that will post soon. Stay tuned and happy baking! =)

Categories: Cookies, Recipe Round-Ups, Tips

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