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24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

Let’s just face it, the holidays are laden with sweet treats, decadent dishes, indulgent meals and lots of cheer. I choose to embrace it all. One popular tradition I happen to love is the Christmas Cookie Exchange. Each guest brings 24 homemade cookies and enough copies of the recipe for each person. 12 of the cookies are set out to enjoy during the party and then each guest takes a plate home with one dozen different cookies to try along with recipes for ALL the cookies at the party. I love this type of party because it combines the fun, social aspect of getting together with friends with delicious treats AND lots of new great recipes that you know are good because you’ve tasted the results!

The one downside to a Cookie Exchange Party is that often you’ll get 7 plates of traditional chocolate chip cookies. If you’ve been invited to a Christmas cookie exchange, are hosting your own, or are just on the hunt for some rockin’ cookie recipes – you’re in the right spot! I’ve rounded up 24 Christmas cookie exchange recipes that will knock the socks off of other guests and there is a WIDE variety (notice, not one traditional chocolate chip cookie? If you need a good recipe for that, see this post.)

24 Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes


If you are in the market for some dessert or cake stands, here are my favorites:

3-Tier Dinner Plate Rack – this is great because you can use your own dinner plates and match them to whatever your colors are.
3-Tiered Dessert Pedestal – classic white matches everything, but this has a little bit of detail to make it unique and cute.
Metal 3-Tier Tray – Antique White – I love the vintage and cottage look to this one, its so chic.

Special THANKS to these contributors: Rae Gun Ramblings, Artsy Fartsy Mama, Cupcake Diaries, Love to be in the Kitchen, Create and Babble, Alimentageuse, Wonky Wonderful, Say Not Sweet Anne, I Heart Eating, Kludgy Mom, Moms Test Kitchen, Sweet Twist of Blogging, The Kitchen is my Playground, A Sweet Baker, Beyond Frosting, Organized Island, Happiness is Homemade, Meal Planning Magic, Kathe with an E, Snap Creativity, Like Mother Like Daughter, Project Domestication, Fearlessly Creative Mammas, Frieda Loves Bread

Happy Holidays!!

Candy Bar Cookies

Saturday, November 2nd is National Cookie Monster Day! We think the perfect way to CELEBRATE is by baking up some of the furry blue guys favorite treats – COOKIES!

Candy Bar Cookies

If your house is overflowing with Halloween candy like mine, you may not be excited about baking MORE treats. But this recipe is a win-win. By substituting the chocolate chips with chopped candy bars, you’ll put a dent in that giant candy pile! It’s genius right?!

Now, let me help you understand one thing. Baking hasn’t always been a strong point for me, in fact when it comes to Chocolate Chip Cookies specifically, it took me 5 years until I found this recipe! I don’t know if it is the elevation where I live, the brand of baking soda I use or what, but they’ve never turned out right – until my mother-in-law shared with me her recipe. Now, they turn out perfect every time!

Candy Bar Cookies (or chocolate chip cookies)

1 c. Vegetable Shortening
1 c. Butter – room temperature
1 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
3 Large Eggs – slightly beaten
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
5 1/2 – 6 c. Flour (add the 5 1/2 c first and if the dough is still too wet, add in another 1/2 c)
2 c. Chopped Candy Bar

In a large mixing bowl cream together shortening, butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix to combine well. In a separate bowl add flour, baking soda and salt and whisk. Add to the creamed mixture on low speed one cup at a time until just incorporated. Mix in candy bar chunks with a spoon or rubber spatula. Spoon golf ball size portions (I use my Large cookie scoop from Pampered Chef) onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 10 – 12 minutes.

Candy Bar Cookies - Eventstocelebrate.net

The only thing I changed was the chopped candy bar in place of the chocolate chips (which is usually 2 c.). This makes a large batch (like 36 – 48 depending on the size) so I always bake some and roll the rest into balls and freeze them overnight on pie plates, then toss them into a zip top bag and that way fresh baked cookies are never more than 12 minutes away! 🙂

*I made some with Milky Way candy bars and some with Twix candy bars. The Milky Way was my favorite by far! The caramel and chocolate in the buttery cookie was awesome. The Twix had the same idea, but added unnecessary cookie and not enough caramel and chocolate.

**Just for fun, here is a link to the history and creation of COOKIE MONSTER!

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