17 Recipes That Prove Cookie Exchanges Don’t Have To Be Boring
Nothing against classic snickerdoodles or chocolate chip cookies, but if you want to show up at your next cookie swap with homemade Christmas cookies that have a little more wow-factor, these 17 unique cookie recipes are what you're looking for. After all, what fun is a cookie swap when you’ve seen it all before?
Chocolate Cereal Puffs
This cookie's puff cereal base gives it a light crunch, no baking required. Coat with sweet peanut butter for a treat that tastes like childhood in the best way.
Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies
"This is my go-to recipe for cookie exchanges and any festive holiday season parties. Your friends will be asking for the recipe before you leave," home cook TiffaroOo writes. "The matcha produces a beautiful green color. You can always add more matcha to meet your taste. A guaranteed hit!"
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies II
"These are absolutely delicious! I'm just starting to get the swing of baking, and I was pleasantly shocked to realize how easy it was to make my cookies look just as pretty as the ones in the picture." -- betheroo
Baklava Pinwheel Cookies
"Walnuts, honey, and cinnamon bring the flavors of baklava into this chewy pinwheel cookie," writes recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now.
Chocolate-Mint Marble Cookies
"These are especially fun for kids to make--they'll love squishing the dough balls together to make each marble. Cream cheese gives the cookies richness and chewiness." -- eatthelove
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III
"This is my go-to cookie for showing off. I also dip mine in chocolate when they're done," writes home cook fredthemammoth.
Apple Pie Cookies
Cookies that look and taste like mini pies? Yes, please. Not to mention, warm spices like cinnamon taste as comforting in winter as in fall.
"I have been using this recipe for years for Christmas dainties. Its the only one that I have seen that uses Sherry, and I have not changed a thing about this recipe. I use a variety of jams for the tarts -- raspberry, strawberry, marmalade, wild plum jam -- whatever you have will work!" -- fromautum2ashlee
Coconut Cherry Surprise Cookies
"Cookie balls are dipped in confectioner's powdered sugar icing, then topped in coconut. Each scrumptious cookie has a hidden maraschino cherry surprise. A great cookie for the holidays." -- Lela
"This is so easy, and so good! Crispy and sweet, with a satisfying chewiness," Rob Tanner writes. Other reviewers agree.
Rose Pavlova Cakes
Rose petal powder flavors these mini pavlova cakes, which never fail to impress. Piped whipped cream and dried rose petals top them off.
Apricot Cream Cheese Thumbprints
Apricot preserves and cream cheese set these thumbprints apart from the rest. Reviewer LAURENERIKA attests: "These cookies are beautiful and tasty. I made them for our Christmas party last year and they were a huge hit!"
White Chocolate Orange Cookies
"During the Christmas holidays, I was persuaded to try this recipe by the enthusiastic reviews," writes home cook GRANNYLOOHOO. "I'm so glad I did -- my family loved it."
Chocolate Rum Balls I
"So very easy to make, and now they are expected at every holiday gathering," reviewer Donna writes.
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
"This recipe is perfect as is. There truly is no better cookie out there," home cook SMY writes. "It is always a hit especially at holiday cookie swaps."
Chocolate Mint Cookies I
"Our family gave this cookie five stars. They are easy, delicious, and different. Will definitely add these to our holiday cookie exchange," Tiffany Provence says.