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Best Cookies for a Cookie Exchange Party

Perfect Cookie Recipes for a Cookie Exchange Party

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Stephanie Gallagher
Cookie exchange parties make the holidays fun. And while baking dozens of cookies can seem like a lot of work, you get to take home dozens of new kinds of cookies without any work at all!

The Best Cookie Recipes for Your Cookie Exchange Party

The best cookies for a cookie swap are those that can be either made a few days in advance or made several weeks in advance and frozen. It's also best to avoid cookies that need a lot of icing (too much work and too hard to transport) and those that are too delicate. Finally, recipes for a cookie exchange should be those that can easily be doubled or tripled.

These are some of my favorite recipes for a cookie swap:

  • Soft Sugar Cookies -- Simple, elegant and easy to make, these sugar cookies taste like the holidays.

  • Chocolate Cranberry Brownie Mix Cookies -- These soft cookies start with a brownie mix, so you don't have to measure any dry ingredients. And everyone loves the flavors of chocolate and cranberry together in these tender cookies.

  • Mexican Wedding Cookies -- These popular cookies are perfect for cookie swaps, because you can make them weeks in advance and freeze them. Defrost a day in advance and re-roll in powdered sugar. Yum!

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Soft and chewy, these chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat!

  • Chocolate Ginger Cookies -- These simple cookies combine two flavors that were made for each other in one intensely-flavored cookie. Be sure to chop the crystallized ginger very finely.

  • Peanut Butter Blossoms -- The combination of chocolate and peanut butter can't be beat. These cookies are a classic for good reason: They taste amazing! Everyone at your party will rave about these.

  • Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with Macadamia Nuts -- These cookies taste like the kind of gourmet cookies you'd find at a bakery, but they're a cinch to prepare.

  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies -- Who doesn't love a good oatmeal raisin cookie? Subtly spicy, these oatmeal raisin cookies taste like home.

  • Snickerdoodles Recipe -- The soft texture and cinnamon-sugar flavor of these cookies make them a hit with everyone.

  • Peanut Butter Cup Cookies -- Every time I make these cookies, they disappear before the end of the evening. Who can resist a miniature peanut butter cup inside a cookie?

  • Chocolate Crackle Cookies -- A dusting of powdered sugar turns ordinary soft chocolate cookies into extraordinary crackle cookies with this easy recipe.

  • Soft Molasses Cookies -- These cookies smell like the holidays. Warmly spiced and soft, these molasses cookies are easy to make, and they travel well, too.

  • Chocolate Shortbread -- Buttery and chocolatey, these festive cookies have added pizzazz from a dip in white chocolate and peppermint chips.

  • Peanut Butter Cookies Drizzled with Chocolate -- A drizzle of melted chocolate takes classic peanut butter cookies to the next level.

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