Essential Cookie Recipes For Your Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

This Christmas, instead of making or buying cookies for Christmas, why not try having or attending a cookie exchange party? With this event, you and your friends each plan to make several batches of one type of cookie. Then each person brings several dozen to the party, enough for everyone to have a certain amount of each cookie that is made. This way, everyone goes home with a huge variety of homemade cookies! This is a great, fun way to save time and money around the holidays. Here’s some of the essential types of cookies that are really must haves for your next cookie exchange party:


From fancy, decorated cutout cookies to simple sugar cookie drop cookies to slice and bake sugar cookies. You won’t want to forget to make sure there’s enough of these classic cookies at your party. They are probably the #1 essential!

Other Classics

There’s a few recipes that are modern American Christmas classics, and are traditional for so many families. Cookies like Peanut Butter Blossoms, which are simple peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss pressed into the middle and also Snickerdoodles, so classic yet simple to make and tasty too.


These cookies are great for cookie exchange parties, since they are easy to make very quickly. There’s less mess since they are usually made in one bowl and you can make a full batch all at once, in one pan. This makes bar cookies a very handy choice. There’s many choices in this category that are sure to please the other cookie exchangers. Try brownies with different additions like candies or different types of chocolate chips and chunks. Also try blondies and shortbread bar cookies.


Gingerbread men are one of the most traditional Christmas cookies you can make. They are like sugar cookies except sweetened with some molasses and flavored with spices like ginger, allspice, cloves and cinnamon. They have a very distinct flavor and, along with the sugar variety, are a popular cookie to set out for Santa on Christmas Eve.


Shortbread is quite underrated, they are quite easy to make, since often they use only a few ingredients and they have a rich, buttery taste that are a nice contrast to the super sweet treats you find around Christmas. So don’t forget the shortbread!

Ethnic Choices

Christmas is celebrated in many countries and each country seems to have their own traditional Christmas recipes as well. In Mexico, they have a butter cookie that is flavored with anise and cinnamon called Biscochitos. Biscochitos are also sometimes dusted with a cinnamon sugar. In Italy, they have many varieties of Christmas cookies, but a popular choice is amaretti, which is a cookie made with almonds and egg whites. Ethnic cookies are a great choice to bring some variety to your party.

Whatever the recipe choices for your party, don’t forget to bring along enough containers to hold all the cookies you’ll be going home with!