By Hannah Kaiser
If there’s a type of dessert that most embodies the holiday season, it would be cookies. No matter the recipe, if it’s baked in wintertime it automatically feels festive. This is probably why cookie swaps are a popular event during this time of year.
A cookie swap is a gathering where family and friends each bring a large batch of homemade cookies to taste and trade amongst themselves. Ideally, each person would go home with an assortment of cookies and a few new recipes to try. If you’re attending or hosting one of these events it’s important to offer a unique recipe. While gingerbread cookies are a go-to classic, and you may think you could never get enough snicker-doodle, the charm of a good cookie swap is in its variety. So, if you don’t have a special family recipe to bake, here are some creative cookie recipes you can consider.
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies
These rich, fudgy cookies are made even better with a chocolate covered cherry on top. If you’ve got a soft spot for chocolate, it’ll be hard to not reach for a second (or third).
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Incorporating two classic holiday flavors, these cookies are as delicious as they are festive. The sugar coating creates a sparkling, snowy aesthetic that every guest will want on their plate.
Airy and sweet, these cookies taste like a cup of hot cocoa. You could also add some mint extract for a mint-chocolate flavor.
Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Add some zest to the cookie table with this recipe. These yellow delights are beautifully presented. The dough is rolled in granulated sugar and powdered sugar, causing cracks to form once baked.
Potato Chip Cookies
If you’re hoping for something really distinct, this recipe is sure to stand out. While the concept may seem taboo, the mixture of sweet and salty, along with the soft crunch the potato chips provide, create a surprisingly tasty treat.
Here are some traditional cookies we all just love and can't get enough of with that perfect cup of hot cocoa!
Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
Christmas Shortbread Cookies
Peppermint Bark Cookies
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Italian Rainbow Christmas Cookies
Italian Christmas Cookies
Pistachio and Sour Cream Cherry Linzer Cookies
Place some of your treats on a platter for sampling then, for easy distribution, make sure to wrap portions in cellophane and ribbon or place a stack in decorated mason jars. And, don’t forget, you also get to go home with your own array of your friends and families’ creations to enjoy throughout the holiday festivities.