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50 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

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Looking for the award winning cookie this year? One of these Cookie exchange recipes is sure to be the one. 50 of the most popular cookie recipes in this one post! For more recipes like this see my Christmas page.

50 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

Christmas cookies are one of the best parts about the holidays. There’s nothing quite like a warm, fresh cookie straight out of the oven.

When my kids were little I would bake sugar and gingerbread cookies. Then the kids would make a huge mess decorating them. Those were good times.

One year I was invited to a cookie exchange party. I scoured Pinterest to find the easiest but tastiest cookie to take to the party.

It can be a lot of pressure to make cookies for a crowd. Especially if you are new at baking. Most people just use a tried and true family cookie recipe, but when you don’t have one to use it can be intimidating.

You don’t want to make a cookie that flops. Which is why I put together this huge list of some of my favorite cookies and the ones I have seen at a cookie exchange parties in the past.

What is a Cookie Exchange Party?

A cookie exchange party is where you make a few (or more) dozen cookies to share with all of the people invited to the party. The host sets up tables to display the cookies and then you go around and take 1-2 cookies and put them in a to go box to take home.

There is usually a prize for the best cookie and a fun game to play like the “White Elephant Exchange”. This way everyone leaves with a bunch of cookies and a prize! It’s really fun!

It is one of my favorite -parties to attend during the holidays. I even created a Cookie Exchange Party set that I sell in my shop! You can grab your set below!

The gorgeous set has a party planner, instructions on how to throw the perfect party, invitations, fun wall art, best cookie voting cards and awards! I also included the directions on how to play the White Elephant game!


MAKE AHEAD: Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep them on the counter up to 2 weeks.

FREEZER: Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Cookie Exchange Recipes

Christmas cookies are a holiday tradition for many families. Baking cookies is a fun activity to do with kids and friends. There are so many different types of cookies that can be made.

Some popular Christmas cookies include sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and shortbread cookies. No matter what kind of cookie you bake, they are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipes

Sugar cookies are a simple, sweet cookie that are the most popular cookie for the holidays. Made with just a few ingredients – sugar, butter, flour, and eggs – these cookies are a classic holiday treat that are easy to make at home. Enjoy them plain or decorated with frosting, icing or sprinkles.

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Holiday Peppermint Cookies

When it comes to holiday baking, there are certain cookies that just scream Christmas. One of those cookies is the peppermint cookie. These festive little morsels are perfect for adding a little winter coolness to your best cookie recipe.

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Alongside sugar cookies, one of the most classic holiday treats are shortbread cookies.


More Popular Christmas Cookies

There are so many different types of Christmas cookies out there, it can be hard to decide which ones to make. But never fear, we’re here to help. There are 30 more to choose from in this list.

Christmas cookies are a delicious and fun treat to make with friends and family. They are also a great way to show someone you care. They make great gifts for neighbors and co-workers too!

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