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.