Who doesn't love a good Christmas cookie exchange? If you're looking for some cookie exchange ideas, I've got 25 of the best recipes for a cookie swap! In this post, you'll find traditional cookie recipes from pinwheels and spritz cookies to the more unique versions of rosette, meringue, and linzer cookies. Pick out your favorite for your cookie exchange party!
We've officially entered the holiday season and you know what that means...it's time for baking cookies! There is a huge increase in baking during the month of December due to all the holidays, parties, celebrations, and get-togethers.
I include myself in that statistic. I've been baking all kinds of yummy stuff, like these yummy candy filled Boyfriend Cookies. Just watch, you'll start seeing cookie recipes pop up everywhere. Which means December is a great month to participate in a cookie exchange!
The cookie exchange "officially" started in the early 20th century, but they've probably "unofficially" been around for thousands of years. Sometimes called a cookie swap or cookie exchange party, different ladies would hold meetings at different homes to discuss a variety of topics. Foods and sweets were available and everyone would partake in different cookies on different days of the week at the different homes.
With cookie exchange parties today, participants bake a batch of their favorite cookie recipe and then bring them to a party where guests trade. You often see church groups, relatives, and work groups hosting and participating in a cookie exchange.
And let me tell you...they are so much fun!
While I like to participate in a more relaxed exchange, they can actually get quite tense. When it comes to cookies, I'm all about variety and flavor. I want to receive a completely different one each time that tastes amazing during the swap.
Some exchanges get competitive based on how they look and what ingredients are included. Before participating in an exchange, make sure you understand the cookie exchange rules. If you're looking to host a party, read up on how to host a cookie swap party.
There's all kind of cookie exchange rules out there and each party I've been to has been different. Below are a couple of rules you might run into. I have seen the following in practice:
- Don't you dare bring a store bought or basic cookie to a swap.
- Chocolate chip cookies are too common and not creative enough. Don't bring them.
- Try to avoid duplicates. Think outside the box and make a cookie you don't think others will bring.
- Bring a recipe card so participants can recreate them at home. Cookie exchange recipes are appreciated.
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes
If you're looking for fun and creative Christmas cookies to exchange, you're going to love these options below!
More Christmas Desserts
If you're anything like me, I can't get enough of of the sweets during the holiday season. If you're looking for more Christmas dessert recipes, then take a look at these 25 Gluten Free Christmas Desserts. The collection is out-of-this-world delicious.
I also love a good Red Velvet Cake during the holidays so make sure you check out my recipe because it's been in my family for 20 years!
And I also love this Orange Vanilla Bundt Cake because it's made with fresh orange juice, chocolate chips, and then topped with a cream cheese frosting.
I can't wait to hear which ones you decide to make first! Make sure you leave me a comment to let me know how they turn out!
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