Looking for a new and different cookie to bring to your cookie exchange party this year? These are the best cookie exchange recipes I could come up with…and they’re all delicious!

A roundup of the best cookie exchange recipes! You'll find everything from traditional cookies to forgotten holiday favorites!

As you know, baking season is my favorite time of the year. It’s finally acceptable to bake something new every single day and the rest of you are spending almost as much time baking as I am. It’s a glorious time!

I absolutely love trying out new recipes and new cookies, so I try to bake up at least one new recipe each year. Sometimes they’re successful and sometimes not, but that’s exactly how I found the strawberry thumbprint cookies – trial and error. And they turned out to be a family favorite!

Cookie parties and cookie exchanges are one of my favorite holiday activities, because you know – HUGE cookie lover here! It’s so much fun to get creative with Christmas cookies! In fact, one of my favorite holiday memories is of a cookie decorating party I attended. It was a giant mess, but a great time!

So, to get you ready for cookie season I put together a little list of some of my favorites. They’re all family tested and approved, and guaranteed to be delish!

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The best cookie exchange recipes are…

The best easy pecan snowball cookie recipe! The perfect holiday cookie!
Pecan Snowball Cookies
A traditional soft and chewy gingersnap cookie that comes out perfect every time!
Chewy Gigersnap Cookies
Perfect peanut butter kiss cookies. A holiday classic! This is an old family recipe that has been tested over the years.
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
The best cut out sugar cookie recipe! The cookies are perfect for buttercream frosting!
Cut Out Sugar Cookies
These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!
Dark Chocolate Cookies
Delicious chocolate pecan rookies are a tasty cross between a brownie and a cookie,.
Chocolate Pecan Brookies
These are the perfect chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Thick and fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies that you can make in one bowl!
No-roll Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
For fall or for Christmas, these pumpkin ginger molasses cookies will quickly become a favorite!
Pumpkin Ginger Molasses Cookies
Easy, one bowl Halloween sugar cookies!
No-roll Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
These strawberry thumbprint cookies are erfectly light, buttery, crunchy, and strawberry-y.
Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies
Soft and chewy mint chocolate cookies made with Andes mint chips! These cookies are perfect for the holidays or any day!
Mint Chocolate Cookies

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So, there you have it, my list of favorites; I hope one of these recipes will be popping out of your oven real soon, or that you found some holiday cookie inspiration at least! I’d love to know what you’re baking up this year.

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  1. What a delicious selection. I’ve actually never taken part in a cookie exchange but I must organise one because I love the idea so much!

    1. Thank you so much Kavey! Oh you should, they’re so much fun! 🙂

  2. Oh you can never have enough cookies for the Holidays! What a scrumptious collection you have here–I am definitely making them-at least most of them! Thanks for sharing

    1. I totally agree Mahy! Thank you so much! Happy baking and happy holidays!

  3. All so pretty and delicious. Perfect for the holiday season! 🙂

  4. You have a great group of recipes for some very beautiful cookies. I have my eye on the chocolate pecan brookies!

    1. Thank you so much! You have GREAT taste! Those are my fave 😉

  5. Oooooh man. Not enough nap times to make and not share these…. Haha! Definitely trying those pumpkin ginger molasses cookies, and both the chocolate ones!

    1. LOL Raia! Thank yo so much, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Bintu! The thumbprints are old-fashioned for sure! 🙂

  6. We are going to be baking some cookies this weeken and I am going to put some of these on the list. Tim.

    1. LOL! You and me both Gloria – I’m dreading it already…though not enough to quit eating cookies. (as I brush the cookie crumbs off my shirt)

  7. I love making Christmas cookies. These are gorgeous. I haven’t done this in years, but it will be a goal for next year! Those Chocolate Pecan Brookies are right up my alley.

    1. Thank you so much Amanda! The brookies are the best! They won best cookie at a cookie exchange last year! Woohoo! 🙂