Cookie Exchange Recipe Ideas

Looking for special cookie exchange recipe ideas for the holidays? We've got them! Try a stained glass cookie recipe, coconut clouds recipe and more.

Have you ever gone to a cookie exchange party? Each person brings several dozen cookies to swap with all the other party attendees – sometimes it’s a dozen, sometimes half.

Cookie parties are a great chance to showcase your favorite recipe. They’re also a good excuse to spend some extra time to make fancier sweets.

If you like coconut, try making coconut clouds. Mix two favorite dessert flavors with chocolate-cherry thumbprint cookies or chocolate mint crinkles.

Then again, what about decorative pinwheel cookies that taste like fruitcake? That’s the idea behind fruity holiday cookies. For a truly unique cookie, bake a batch of stained glass cookies.

You don’t have to be invited to a cookie exchange to make these – hold your own mini-party and introduce your kids to baking by making a few of these holiday cookies.

Coconut Clouds

Are there coconut fans on your holiday list? Then try these coconut clouds from Taste of Home. The cookie batter includes a dose of coconut extract and shredded, toasted coconut. Once baked, top with a buttery frosting and then more toasted coconut.

Chocolate-Cherry Thumbprints

Melted chocolate and old-fashioned oats give these chocolate-cherry thumbprint cookies from Very Best Baking by Nestle their chewy texture. Form the dough into individual 1-inch balls and then make a thumbprint in each one. Before baking, place a maraschino cherry in the indents. After they’ve cooled, drizzle the cookies with melted chocolate.

Fruity Holiday Cookies

These fruity holiday cookies from The Food Network capture all the flavor of fruitcake – with one exception. No one will want to pass on these cookies! These pinwheel-shaped cookies are covered with holiday sprinkles on the outside, too, for an added festive look.

Stained Glass Cookies

Roll out sugar cookies into shapes and place onto a baking pan. Use a knife or a smaller cookie cutter to make a space in the middle of each cookie. Place a ring-shaped hard candy inside. As the cookies bake the candy will melt. Then once the cookies cool the candy will harden once again making these stained glass cookies from Kraft-Heinz some of the prettiest around.

Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing

Gingerbread isn’t just for houses. These gingerbread trees with lemon icing from Martha Stewart are simple to make. Roll out the gingerbread dough and cut into triangles. Bake the cookies and then create zigzags on each one using icing infused with fresh lemon juice.

Chocolate Mint Crinkles

Take the standard recipe to the next level with these chocolate mint crinkle cookies from Betty Crocker. Start with a chocolate batter and roll into 1-inch balls, then cover in powdered sugar. Bake the cookies and then while they’re still warm insert a candy cane flavored Hershey’s kiss into the middle.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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