‘Tis the season for giving! Luckily, giving goes in hand with receiving with a holiday cookie exchange. This cookie swap has become a popular and convenient way to bake up a batch of your favorite Christmas cookies for sharing—and to come home with a sweet variety.

We know Santa would give a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” if these eight festive cookie recipes made the cookie cut at your holiday cookie exchange…

1. Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Creamy milk chocolate meets the tangy, spicy taste of ginger in this deliciously crispy and chewy medallion-style cookie. Not only are this cookies impressive upon presentation; they taste just as sweet and mouth-watering as they look!

Source: Style At Home

2. Traditional Sugar-Cookie Cutouts

Santa and his reindeer would be proud seeing these traditional sugar-cookie cutouts stacked on a plate. They really do remind me of the cookies that my Nana always made for Christmas—warm, sweet, sugar cookie cutouts cookies cut into heartstring-tugging Christmas icons.

Source: Martha Stewart

3. Raspberry-Almond Linzers

Not only does the rich red raspberry puree make the perfect festive color in these delicious almond-Linzer delights—you can made a mélange of festive berry favorites with strawberry, cranberry, cherry, and more!

Source: RealSimple.com

4. Stained-Glass Ornaments

Beautifully-delicate for placing on your tree, but just as tempting for plucking off and devouring, these lovely stained-glass ornamental cookies are beyond basic decorations. The dainty opaque “glass” centers are made with crushed hard peppermint candies or candy canes for authentic winter-fresh cookie.

Source: Epicurious.com

5. Beurre and Sel Jammers

There’s more than a fancy name to these impressive cookies.  The jam-filled centers can be filled with your choice of holiday jams, fruit preserves, nuts and dates, or even with cranberry sauce or mincemeat.

Source: CBC.ca


6. Buckeyes

In my books nothing goes better together than creamy peanut butter and bittersweet dark chocolate. These festive holiday balls are simple to make and absolutely irresistible to resist at a Christmas pot luck or for after dinner treat!

Source: Real Simple

7. Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

These classic gingerbread cookies will evoke memories childhood holidays past when you get a hearty whiff of the spicy gingerbread and decadent butterscotch. Get the kids to help you whip up a batch and create new family memories in your own kitchen.

Source: Taste of Home

8. Reindeer Cookies

These traditionally festive cookies don’t have time for any reindeer games—despite their shape. You’ll have as much fun making these cute cookies, with their candy eyes and pretzel antlers, as you will eating and sharing them with friends.

Source: iVillage



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