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Sweeten Your Holiday with a Cookie Exchange Party!




I have a confession to make. I’m obsessed with cookies. Not a single day goes by without a cookie in hand. It’s like a daily ritual. I must have a cookie after every meal. While most adults look forward to wine and cheese nights, I look forward to cookie exchange parties. Yes, I’m five years old. I mean, not only do I get to go home with 12 different cookies to taste test, but I also get to compete for best-tasting cookie and get an award. What can I say, the Monica Gellerin me comes out in competitive situations. I wish cookie exchange parties happened year round. Like a monthly event. The world would be a much better place if we all bonded over milk and cookies every now and then, right?


Well, whether you’re hosting or attending a cookie exchange party or sharing homemade goodies with loved ones, I have 10 awesome recipes that cookie snobs are sure to love! Don’t forget your glass of ice-cold milk (or soy/almond milk)! Enjoy.


Hot Cocoa Cookies - Hot cocoa in cookie form. Genius. I just made my last batch for a holiday party, and they passed the prep test, visual test, and most definitely the taste test! This one gets an A+ from me! Rich, chewy, and chocolatey!  


Vanilla Sandwich Cookies with Nutella Cream Cheese Filling - Are you ready for a melt-in-your mouth cookie? “Upon biting into this cookie, it softly crumbles and melts away into a smooth, buttery haze. The combination of the feathery soft cookie and slightly tangy Nutella cream cheese filling is extraordinary.”


Blackberry Linzer Cookies - This is a quintessential holiday cookie. These festive beauties will be the main attraction on the table. Serve it with a cup of chai or tea and watch your guests devour these cookies with delight. P.S. The blackberry vanilla bourbon jam is scrumptious.


Mexican Wedding Cookies - “Eat now or forever hold your piece.” I’ll eat it now, thank you. I have a serious case of love-at-first-bite. I could, and would, elope with these cookies. The pecans, butter, and powdered sugar create a heavenly melt-in-your-mouth moment. If you live for the applause, applause, applause... then serve these at your cookie exchange party! 


Peanut Butter Blossoms - These cookies have been around since the 1960s... probably before most of you were even born! Your great-grandmother, grandmother, or mom probably have variations of this recipe. Talk about edible nostalgia. They are soo delicious! “Watch for smiles and plenty of hugs when you pass a tray of favorite chocolate and peanut butter cookies.”


Chocolate Hazelnut Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies - Every so often, a very charming cookie comes along. You know, the one that has you all googly-eyed and practically drooling. Well, this is the cookie. It’s suave, smooth, and captivating! Be careful... it will make its move on you!


Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies - Baking may not be your expertise... which is why I’ve included this recipe. Anyone can make these cookie sandwiches. The recipe calls for ready-to-bake sugar cookies and store-bought frosting. You can’t go wrong. Plus they are totes cray-cray adorbz (I need to wash my mouth with soap after saying that).


Peppermint Oreo Stuffed Cookies - “Looking for the ultimate holiday cookie? Look no further. We’ve put a Christmas spin on the popular stuffed cookie trend with winter-themed Oreos, red and green M&M’s, and chocolate crushed candy cane coating. Decadent doesn’t even do these stuffed sweets justice.”


Whiskey Ginger Marshmallow Cookies - This would definitely win an award for most creative cookie at a cookie exchange party! I’ve had my fair share of gingerbread cookies, and they taste good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy/eat them... That is until I met this whiskey ginger marshmallow cookie. #gamechanger


Secret Ingredient Best Chocolate Chip Cookies - A cookie exchange party would not be complete without a chocolate chip cookie recipe. But, this is not your average Chocolate Chip Cookie. This one has a top secret ingredient: Cream cheese, friends. And it makes for a magical, gooey, chewy center and crispy edge. Santa would be proud.


Well, I hope I pleased the cookie monster in you! More ideas and cookie exchange party printables can be found here! Sending you and yours the happiest and warmest holiday wishes!



(Photo via CoastWithMe.com)

Rita Korkounian is a blogger from Los Angeles. She is shy and introverted, but her personality shines through her quirky writing style. She is a lover of all things food, fashion, and music. Coast on over to her blog for life/style inspiration or follow her on Twitter @RitaKorkounian.