13 Must Try Recipes for Holiday Cookie Swaps

As the holiday season approaches, what better way to celebrate than with a cookie exchange? Share your favorite recipes with friends and family and fill your home with the sweet aroma of freshly baked cookies. Here are the best cookies that will impress at your cookie exchange!

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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These Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies blend rich cocoa with invigorating crushed peppermint candy canes in a chewy cookie base for the ultimate festive holiday cookie!

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Christmas M&M Cookies

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M&M cookies are soft and chewy with slightly crispy edges. These are the perfect holiday cookie to make!

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Grinch Cookies

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Photo Credit: Simplistically Living

These Grinch Cookies will have your heart growing three sizes with every bite.

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Cake Mix Cookies

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Photo Credit: Easy Weeknight Recipes

Simple to make Christmas cookies featuring a blend of vanilla and chocolate cake mix are dotted with festive red and green M&M’s, then adorned with additional seasonal treats.

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Cornflake Wreath Cookies

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Photo Credit: Fantabulosity

Not only are these cornflake wreath cookies so adorable but they taste delicious too!

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Photo Credit: If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Every cookie exchange needs these peanut butter blossoms. They are a holiday classic. Made with creamy peanut butter, the dough is rolled in sugar and pressed with a chocolate kiss. The cookies turn out perfectly soft and chewy every tim

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Photo Credit: Nums the Word

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the absolute best cookies that you need on your plate this year! Easy, delicious, and covered with sugar, everyone is going to love these cookies!

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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies

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Photo Credit: Beyond the Chicken Coop

Cranberry Orange Cookies filled with fresh cranberry filling. Perfect for adding the unexpected to your holiday cookie tray!

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Ornament Cookies

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Photo Credit: Mommy Evolution

When it comes to spreading holiday cheer through your kitchen, few things are as delightful as baking and decorating Ornament Cookies. These delightful and beautifully decorated cookies not only taste amazing but also add a whimsical touch to your holiday dessert table.

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Lemon Curd Cookies

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Photo Credit: Kelly Neil

Perfect for gifting, these easy lemon curd cookies are made with a lemon curd thumbprint and a buttery shortbread base. Use homemade microwave lemon curd or store-bought for these cute cookies

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Chocolate Mint Shortbread Cookies

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Photo Credit: Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Mint shortbread cookie are a truly delicious taste experience. They will make you fall in love with holiday cookies because their flavors are so unforgettable. Easy to bake using simple ingredients

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies

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Photo Credit: The Monday Box

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies have a graham cracker base topped with a marshmallow and are covered with chocolate.

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Oreo Reindeer Cookies

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Photo Credit: Fun Money Mom

These festive Oreo Reindeer Cookies are guaranteed to be the cutest treat on holiday cookie platter this year!

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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