Christmas Cookie Exchange!

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So. If you have never gone to a Christmas cookie exchange, I highly recommend it! My mom and aunt have been doing it for well over thirty-five years!

For a successful cookie exchange you just need a few friends who love to bake. It helps if they have a particular cookie that is their specialty. It’s even cooler if that “specialty” is a Christmas-type cookie. But it isn’t vital. As long as it tastes good, feel free to invite them.

Start a new tradition and host a Christmas Cookie Exchange!

It depends on how many cookies everyone is willing to bake and how many cookies they want to end up with. So for some easy math, let’s say you have five people coming for the exchange. Everyone wants 2 dozen of each type of cookie. So each person coming needs to bake 10 dozen cookies total. (5peopleX2dozen per person=10 dozen cookies)
Set up a spot for each guest to collect their cookies. When people arrive this makes it easier for them to distribute their goods.[Tweet “Start a Fun new tradition with friends and family this year and host a Christmas Cookie Exchange!!”]

For our exchange, we bring our cookies we baked at home and then we bake and decorate sugar cookies together. While we bake, we blast the Christmas music. While we decorate, we watch a Christmas movie.

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Be sure to have snacks for your guests! I would suggest a salty/savory offering, you’ll already have plenty of sweets! We always have this delicious chili and a veggie packed salad.

Now that you know how to run a successful cookie exchange, here is a list with the recipes of the cookies we bake every year.

My mom:
Sandies!!SandiesAlso known as Russian Tea Cakes. The original recipe calls for pecans, but my mom doesn’t use them. (Thank goodness!)

My Aunt:

These can be fun year round with the different shapes you can make with the dough dispenser. But when I hear “Spritz,” I only think of Christmas.

My Sister:

The first year she made these, they were such a pain she swore “Never Again!!” However, they were so well received she had been making them for at least 15 years by now.

My Cousin:
Ginger Snaps!Ginger Snaps

I don’t eat ginger snaps often, but when I do, they’re my cousins ginger snaps.

My Cousin:
Double Chocolate Cookie Bars!Double Chocolate Cookie Bars

She also makes these extra cookie bars to hand out to her family and friends, they aren’t a part of the exchange. But since they are my husband’s absolute favorite, she makes an extra pan just for him!

Knock You Naked Brownies!Knock You Naked Brownies

Ok, technically not a cookie, but they are delicious! And they’re just enough of pain to make that I’ll only make them once a year. Which makes them all the more special and tasty!

All of us together:
Sugar Cookies!Sugar Cookies

I feel like it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas cookie exchange if there weren’t sugar cookies! They’re just so festive and delicious!!

Now what do we do with this ridiculous amount of cookies, you ask? We put them in packages and hand them out to friends and family.Christmas Cookie ExchangeWe’ve been doing it for so long, we have people that expect it. Who are we to disappoint?

Start a new tradition and follow these simple tips and host a cookie exchange this year!

What is your favorite Holiday treat? Have you ever gone to a cookie exchange?

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  • Reply Shelah

    Oh my goodness, so many delicious cookie recipes. You have inspired me to have a cookie exchange!

    December 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    Oooh! These all look great! I also do a christmas cookie exchange every year! It’s so awesome to come away with all of the goodies!

    December 7, 2015 at 8:55 am
  • Reply

    LOVE all of the cookies! Bless your sister for making the buckeyes! Those are a pain, but sooo tasty. I am always in charge of the gingersnaps 🙂

    December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am
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      Yes!! I know! I’ve never once helped her. Maybe I should feel bad, but I just don’t! Yay for ginger snaps!!

      December 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    This all looks delicious! I’m all about those “knock you naked” brownies:)

    December 7, 2015 at 11:52 am
    • Reply

      They are soooo good!!

      December 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    I’ve always wondered if Buckeyes were a regional thing, so I was so happy to see them on your list! They are one of my favorites! That last picture with all the sweets and treats, wow! You all mean business ? Love that it’s a family affair, and a tradition!

    December 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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      Too funny! I didn’t know it was a regional thing until about a year ago. They’re a huge favorite here! It it pretty intense!! 😀

      December 9, 2015 at 6:02 am
  • Reply Kimberly Cox

    So many delicious looking cookies 🙂 YUM!!! LOVE Holiday baking 🙂

    December 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      Thanks! I know, me too!!!

      December 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Corter

    I’ve never actually been to a cookie exchange! One year, I’ll have to organize one with some of my friends!

    December 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    • Reply

      It’s really fun! And you get to taste all different types of cookies!

      December 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    We are having a cookie exchange here in Phuket. I am so excited! Cookies are the one thing that I EVER. I love them. Great post!

    December 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Mrs. AOK

    Yum!! I want to be knocked naked!! 😀
    I should really try to make some Buckeyes for my husband. He’s originally from Ohio, Buckeyes are kind of a thing down there. 🙂

    December 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Sojourner

    Cookie exchanges are so much fun! I always do chocolate chip and an iced sugar. These cookies look delicious!

    December 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm
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      I think we need to add chocolate chip cookies! Those are classic!!

      December 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

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