28+ Treats for Your Cookie Exchange

November 30, 2019
Looking for that extra-special something to make for your upcoming cookie exchange treats?  I've got  28+  ideas for you! ~ that are absolutely certain to not disappoint your cookie exchange pals.

A classic cookie exchange is so much fun.  You walk in with a big batch of one kind of cookie ~ and walk out with a few of all different kinds.  It's truly a cookie lover's dream.  Here are  28+  ideas for what to make for your next cookie exchange ~ and while a couple of the ideas are not actually cookies, they're treats I sure wouldn't be disappointed to receive at a cookie exchange!

1. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies ~ The classic flavors of turtle candy ... chocolate, pecans, and caramel ... in soft and insanely delicious cookies.  These are the most popular cookies on the blog for a reason ... because they're sooooo good!

2. Cherry Almond Cookies ~ With their white chocolate-drizzled maraschino cherries perched prettily on top, these adorable little cookies are one tasty treat!  Perfect for Christmas cookie trays, cookie exchanges, Valentine's Day treats ... or, for everyday enjoying.

3.  Christmas Chocolate Layer Bars ~ These rich and fudgy bars are adorned with festive red and green for the holidays!  Whip up a batch for your cookie tray, and watch them disappear.

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4. Gingerbread Cookies ~ The best classic rolled Gingerbread Cookies recipe!  It just wouldn't be Christmas without these.  (And if you're looking for other rolled cut-out cookies to decorate, check out our other rolled favorites: basic rolled butter cookies, basic rolled shortbread cookies, and chocolate sugar cookies.)

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5. Gingerbread Cookie Bites ~ These mini cookie bites are one perfectly-poppable Christmas cookie treat! Great for gifting, topping cupcakes, garnishing Christmas cocktails, or for just popping in your mouth as a smaller Christmas cookie treat.

6. Cinnamon Roll Cookies ~ Don't want to make cinnamon rolls but still want great cinnamon taste?  Give Cinnamon Roll Cookies a try!

7. Old-Fashioned Fruitcake Cookies ~ Loaded with candied cherries, candied pineapple, pecans and the fabulous flavors and colors of Christmas, Fruitcake Cookies are a fun and festive addition to any Christmas cookie exchange. And hey, even if you don't like fruitcake, we'd venture to bet you'll love these delicious little beauties!

8. 7-Layer Cookies ~ Seven ingredients layered together make amazingly delicious 7-Layer Cookies.  How can you go wrong with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and pecans?

9. Gingerbread Magic Cookies ~ Love magic cookies?  Then you'll go crazy for this Christmas version of the classic!  ... complete with a gingerbread crust, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate.  It's just as good as the original ... hmmmm, perhaps even better!

10. Classic Snowball Cookies ~ With their slightly-sweetened shortbread-type dough rolled in a coating of confectioners' sugar, who doesn't just adore classic Snowball Cookies?  Also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies, these tasty little bites are typically enjoyed around the holidays.  But they're so delicious, they deserve to be enjoyed all year long!

11. Red Velvet Snowball Cookies ~ Such a fun and festive twist on the classic!  With their chocolate flavor and deep red interior, these are a fabulous addition to any Christmas cookie tray -- and are perfect or Christmas gifting-from-the-kitchen, too.

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12. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Bake up a batch of these beauties and enjoy that tasty red velvet flavor in a fun cookie form!

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13. Candy Cane Cookies ~ Two colors of almond sugar cookie dough twisted together, sprinkled with crushed candy canes and sugar.  They're a treasured fun-&-festive family Christmas tradition, for sure!

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14.  Pound Cake Cookies ~ Love pound cake?  Enjoy the tender texture & flavor of cream cheese pound cake in bite-sized form with these tasty little Pound Cake Cookies.

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15. The BEST Classic Snickerdoodles ~ Loaded with great cinnamon flavor and tang, and baked up pillowy-soft, these Snickerdoodles are the real deal.  And those cinnamon and Snickerdoodle lovers in your life will be ever-thankful to you for it!

16. Toffee Bars ~ A brown sugar cookie crust topped with chocolate, toffee bits, and pecans makes for rich-and-delicious Toffee Bars.  They're my Mom's absolute favorite, so they've got  to be good!

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17. Lemon-Glazed Butter Cookies ~ Rich, tender, and amazingly-delicious butter cookie dough gets even better with a zesty lemon glaze.

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18.  Peppermint Saltine Cracker Toffee {aka ~ Peppermint Christmas Crack} ~ Cracker toffee and peppermint lovers, add this one to your Christmas baking list!  This may just become your family's new holiday favorite.

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19. Christmas Homemade Thin Mints ~ Who says you can't have Thin Mints for the holiday season? You sure can with these copycat Christmas Homemade Thin Mints!  Crushed candy canes and sprinkles make this holiday version of the Girl Scout classic extra fun and festive.

20. Christmas Chocolate Kiss Cookies ~ Spread some holiday cheer with these adorable little Kiss cookies.  They're a great cookie project for grown-ups and kids alike because they're just plain fun to make ... and to eat!

21. Cherry Kiss Cookies Hershey's Kisses sit atop tender cherry shortbread cookies to create these tasty and adorable little Cherry Kiss Cookies. With their fabulous cherry-chocolate flavor and beautiful pink hue, they're just perfect for Christmastime. But we'll sure take them for everyday snacking, too!

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22. Molasses Crinkles ~ Who needs those ginger snaps from a box when you can whip up your very own ginger & molasses beauties at home?  Oh, and these Molasses Crinkles are just perfect for that Christmas cookie exchange or cookie tray.

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23. Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ If you can cover a cherry in chocolate and turn out a totally-tasty-treat, then why not put that flavor combination in a cookie?  With these tasty cookies, we can enjoy the fabulous flavors of chocolate covered cherries ... in a fun cookie form.

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24.  Grandma's Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Loaded with peanut butter, soft & chewy, rolled in sugar, and fork-pattern adorned ~ Grandma's old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are the stuff childhood cookie memories are made of.

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25. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies ~ These super easy, super delicious Peanut Butter Ritz Cookies are a Christmas time staple.  But with their creamy peanut butter cracker sandwich covered in rich delicious chocolate, we think they should be enjoyed all year round!

26. Chocolate Covered Peppermint Ritz CookiesSlather Ritz cracker sandwiches with an easy peppermint filling, dunk them in chocolate, and top them with a little sprinkle of crushed candy canes to make these super tasty no-bake peppermint treats.

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27. Christmas Monster CookiesEveryone's favorite Monster Cookies get decked out in red and green for Christmas! Chock full of peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and red and green M&Ms, these are one festively delicious holiday treat.

28. Mocha Swirl Cookies  ~ Coffee and chocolate shortbread doughs make for a beautiful (and tasty!) swirled cookie treat.

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29. Chai Sugar Cookies  ~ Chai lovers -- these cookies are for you!  Because all that wonderfully rich, warm, aromatic spice of a chai tea latte is absolutely fabulous in sugar cookie form, too.

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30. Rum Balls {with Spiced Rum} ~ These chocolate Rum Balls with spiced rum are a Christmas classic in our home.  I like them with an extra splash of rum to make them extra strong!  (Or if you prefer, make Kentucky Bourbon Balls instead. They're such a delicious Southern classic!)

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31. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles ~ Like eating cookie dough better than the actual baked cookies?  Then these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles are for you!

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32. Orange-Coconut Balls ~ These little bite-sized beauties pack a huge orange punch.

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33. Graham Cracker Pralines ~ Loaded with pecans and chocolate chips, then slathered with cracker candy's signature boiled butter-sugar mixture, Graham Cracker Pralines are a quick and easy totally delicious, totally addictive cracker candy treat.

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34. Classic Sugar CookiesSweet and buttery, soft in the center, and crisp on the edges, these sugar cookies are traditional sugar cookies at their best. And who doesn't love a sugar cookie?

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35. Soft & Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies ~ Love brown sugar?  Then you'll flip for these brown sugar cookies! With their crackly tops, tender middles, and unmistakable brown sugar flavor, these will definitely make frequent appearances in your cookie jar.

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Put a tasty holiday spin on your chocolate chip cookies. Loaded with candied cherries and the beautiful colors of Christmas, they're a fun and festive Christmas take on this beloved classic treat.

These simple little beauties are super easy to make! Taking advantage of prepared puff pastry as the base, you can whip up a batch of these classic French cookies in a flash.

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Fully decked out in jolly red and green, Christmas Sprinkle-Coated Sugar Cookies are one fun and festive Christmas cookie treat. I mean, who doesn't love sprinkles, right?


  1. Yum!!! I'm hard-pressed to choose just one to make! Guess I'll just have to make a few ... oh, darn. :-)

  2. So many delicious options! I'm participating in my first "official" cookie exchange this month, so I'll be using this for inspiration. :) Pinned and tweeted! Glad to have found you at the Made by You Monday link party. I'm a new follower!

  3. I love everyone of these recipes! This is a really nice roundup! Visiting form New Mrs. Adventure! :)

  4. I love cookie exchanges! What a great collection of recipes! I think I love all of them! I would love if you would share this at Celebrate it! It is all about celebrating the little and big events of our everyday lives. http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/12/celebrate-it-blog-party-21.html

  5. I'm totally in love with everyone of them! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  6. I love a cookie exchange with friends, all of your cookies look fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. What a great roundup of cookies! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  8. Oh my gosh thank you. I copied four. Trying to keep what you need to make them with what is here to conserve money. God Bless you and yours and the day I decided I wanted to follow you. You always have at least one recipe I like. My son asked if we were living in a hotel with a very nice dining room. Made my year!

  9. Great collection, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning

  10. What a fabulous collection of treats for any holiday cookie exchange! Scheduled to pin, shared on my blog Facebook page and featuring at Hearth and Soul this week. Hope to 'see' you there!

  11. I cannot believe that cookies can have many outlooks like this. I wish that I could make just one of these type, just one can make me happy

  12. So many delicious choices! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a wonderful week!


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