Top 5 Recipes for a Christmas Cookie Exchange


There is nothing better than kicking off the holiday season with a Christmas Cookie Exchange!  It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family and to turn the oven on.  I just adore trying out new recipes but tried and true ones are always a staple, too.

So, here are my Top 5 Recipes for a Christmas Cookie Exchange!  Grab your recipe cards, these cookie recipes are delicious and will be sure to be traded in the blink of an eye at your cookie exchange!  {{wink}}


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sugar cookies

Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cup flour 


  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla, and salt.
  • Add flour.  Shape into a disk, wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness.  Cut dough with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes.  Let cool.

decorating sugar (optional)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the work surface




ginger bread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

3/4 cup butter (melted)
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
3-1/2 cups  flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie space directions:

  • Mix butter, brown sugar, and molasses in a pan over low heat until the sugar is dissolved, and the mixture is well-combined. Remove from heat.
  • Let it cool 5 minutes, then pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice on top of the sugar mixture. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet with a wooden spoon by hand until well incorporated by not over-mixed.
  • Divide the gingerbread cookie dough in half.  Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.
  • Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll the gingerbread cookie dough to a thickness of 1/4- to 1/2-inch on a flour-covered surface.
  • Cut into stars. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 7-14 minutes until just firm to the touch. Decorate with powdered sugar or icing.



peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
48 chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped


  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter in bowl. Beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and salt; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking soda mix well.
  • Make into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate kiss in center of each cookie when you remove from oven. Cool.



cinnamon sugar cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup sour cream
½ cup of sugar
½ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ tablespoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, sour cream, sugar, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer.
  • Add in vanilla, cinnamon, eggs, and baking soda and stir on low speed until incorporated.
  • Slowly add in the flour and mix until flour is incorporated.
  • Form dough into a large ball and place on a flour-covered surface. Knead the dough for 1 minute until dough is no longer sticky.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough ½ inch thick. Using a star cookie cutter, carefully cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before icing with your favorite icing.




short bread cookies

Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough ½ inch thick. Using a star cookie cutter, carefully cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325° for 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Top with sugar crystals. Cool.




What are your favorite cookie exchange recipes?



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