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Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Chenée Lewis
Happy Holidays! I think it’s well established that I love baking cookies. And this is my favorite time of year because I have a great excuse to make lots of them! So when I reached the last day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series yesterday, I couldn’t let it end just yet! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes from some of the best food bloggers and recipe developers around to make sure that you’ve got all the cookies you need for your cookie exchange!
Vegan – Gluten-Free – Refined Sugar Free
These gluten-free thumbprint cookies with Raspberry Jam come together in less than 20 minutes! These decadent cookies are the perfect Christmas treat that everyone will enjoy!
These pie crust cookies are the easiest and best cookies for cookie exchange swaps! They’re made with store-bought pie crust and just a few more ingredients, and come out crisp, buttery, and flaky and swirled with cinnamon and sugar! Plus, the recipe includes instructions for a vanilla icing AND a salted caramel dipping sauce!
These Christmas Sugar Cookies are simple, soft, and buttery! They bake up perfectly shaped, stay soft and tasty for days, and are fantastic to cover in sweet icing. These sugar cookies are perfect for your cookie exchange and to give away as gifts for the holidays!
Truly classic, yet unique cookies for cookie exchange swaps! These soft, richly sweet, deeply spiced gingerbread cookies are based on Claudia Fleming’s iconic stout gingerbread cake recipe from Gramercy Tavern. This bite-sized cookie version is made with Guinness stout and topped with a nutty brown butter cream cheese frosting.
These Browned Butter Toffee Cookies are delightfully soft and chewy, made using browned butter, skor toffee bits and a hint of vanilla; which make for a very irresistible treat! These are the best cookies for cookie exchange parties because they’re deliciously addictive, and the perfect treat to share with family and friends!
Now that you have the recipes for the best cookies for cookie exchange parties, you need to know how to showcase them! This post guides you on how to make a Christmas treat charcuterie board from start to finish! You can use any of the amazing cookies from this list, or any of the recipes from my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Either way, you can make an EPIC grazing board to display treats and cookies for cookie exchange parties all season long!
I hope you enjoy these cookie recipes, and that you are able to try some of these cookies for cookie exchange swaps this year! To me, cookies are a sweet symbol of the love and support we try to show each other this time of year — the effort and attention that comes through in every bite really lets our loved ones know how much we care.
So thank you so much for including these recipes in your traditions this year. It’s my hope that all your holiday cooking and baking finds you and your family happy, healthy, and surrounded by love and comfort this holiday season!
Equipment you may need
- Place cutting board or serving tray in the spot where you plan to serve your Christmas charcuterie board.
- Place bowls and dishes containing candy, jams, frostings, and sugared cranberries on board.
- Add cookies and other larger treats in groups.
- Fill in gaps with smaller items like crackers, marshmallows, and pretzels.
- Garnish as you like, and serve!
PIN these cookies for cookie exchange parties coming up!
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