So after putting together my Holiday Cookie Baking Guide to help you plan out a fabulous month of baking cookies this year I figured I need to round up some really great Christmas Cookies to make for you! To gear up for Christmas here is a list of 20+ Christmas Cookie Recipes for you to make! I also included some tips on hosting your very own Christmas Cookie Exchange party!
These sugar cookies are soft, covered in sprinkles, and require no chilling time!
Which means it cookies in your mouth sooner!
Take those sprinkle sugar cookies one step further and top it with a candy cane kiss for an
extra festive touch!
Grab a bag of those red and green M&M’s to whip up a batch of these soft
and chewy oatmeal cookies!
Santa’s Favorite Cookies (Crazy For Crust)
Now I haven’t asked the big man myself. But I know these could quickly become my favorite!
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies (Cooking Classy)
These are sugar cookies kicked up for the holidays!
Dipped in white chocolate and candy canes..what’s not to love?
Peppermint Mocha Cookies (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
These cookies have it all! Chocolate, white chocolate, and candy canes!
Gingerbread Cookies (Gimme Some Oven)
How adorable do these look? Almost too cute to eat. Almost 😉
Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies (I Love My Disorganized Life)
Ok, these are so fun and festive. Surely these will disappear from your
cookie platter quickly!
Chocolate Snowball Cookies (A Treats Affair)
When in doubt. Make chocolate cookies. These chocolate cookies.
Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms (I Am Baker)
Make a classic cookie even better by making them red velvet!
Apple Butter Rugelach (Bakerita)
These make take a little more effort. But worth all the trouble trust me!
Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti (She Wears Many Hats)
All this needs is a cup of coffee!
Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms (Java Cupcake)
Tis’ the season to decorate..your Hershey Kisses! If these don’t say Christmas…
M&M Christmas Cookie Bars (No. 2 Pencil)
Maybe cookies aren’t your thing or you don’t want to go to the all the
hassle. Then these cookie bars are the answer!
Christmas Sugar Cookie Truffles (If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen)
Only 4 ingredients to make these festive and super simple no bake truffles!
Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies (If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen)
A perfect crinkle cookie with all the spices you love this holiday season!
Hershey Kisses Secret Cookies (Cakes Cottage)
Snowball cookies are an ultimate fave for me. But would be a 1000x better with
a Hershey Kiss inside!
Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies (Your Cup of Cake)
These start with a chocolate cake mix…genius!
Cinnamon Maple Sugar Cookies (My Sequined Life)
Kick your sugar cookies up this year with the addition of
cinnamon and maple!
Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies (My Incredible Recipes)
Mix up the traditional peanut butter blossoms with sprinkles and candy cane kisses!
3-ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies (Chew Out Loud)
Only 3 ingredients, just add sprinkles! And they keep for days!
Peppermint Shortbread Cookies (Mom On Timeout)
Only 5 ingredients and so pretty!
Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies (Inside BruCrew Life)
Um, these have Oreos in them. Need I say more?
And now some tips on hosting your own cookie exchange!
Tips on Hosting A Cookie Exchange:
- Be Sure To Send Invites Out Well In Advance. You could send them out in the mail, but to give people enough advance notice, consider just sending them out using Facebook or Evite. That way people can quickly respond to if they can attend and you can keep track of RSVPs! Also people can respond with which cookie they are planning on making so they are no duplicates. And by knowing how many are coming in advance, you can plan on telling how many cookies each guest should bring!
- Tell Your Guests How Many Cookies To Make. A traditional Christmas cookie swap would have each guest make 1 dozen cookies for each guest, but this may not be practical depending on how many guests you have coming. So be sure to tell each guest to bring enough cookies so each person can go home with a few of each type. Tell your guests to bring at least 4 dozen each if not more. If you have let’s say 10 people coming, that means each person would go home with about 4-5 cookies of each type. If you want to be able to try them at the party, then tell your guests to bring more. I think a good rule of thumb is aiming for each guest to go home with 6 of each cookie!
- Get Pretty Containers To Put the Cookies In. You could get decorative boxes, or cookie bags for your guests to bring all their delicious cookies home in. You could also get decorative boxes and cookie bags at a local craft store like Michael’s or A.C.Moore- just be sure to bring a coupon before you go! If time or money is short, just have your guests package them up themselves before arriving!
- Provide your guests with something to eat (you know besides sugar laden treats). Sugar is nice. But so are appetizers! You could ask your guests to bring an appetizer as well if you want, but you should as the host also provide a few salty snacks to go around . Here is a link to my Appetizer Board on Pinterest for a few ideas!
- Provide a fun beverage for you guests to enjoy as well– such as hot cocoa, egg nog, or mulled cider. If your guests enjoy a boozy drink – I mean I would!- you could also provide wine or spike those earlier mentioned drinks. I mean Bailey’s in my hot cocoa. Um yes please. Need some fun drink ideas? Check out my Drink Me Pinterest Board!
- Be Sure To Have Your Guests Bring Recipes Or Get Them In Advance. You could make it easier on yourself and just ask your guests to bring enough copies of the recipe so each guest can go home with all the recipes that were brought that day. Or you could ask for each person to e-mail you the recipe, and make a pretty recipe book for each person to go home with. Go with what works for you. It’s the holidays after all, and time is precious!
And there you go! Hopefully this helps you in hosting your cookie exchange party or least inspired you to get in the kitchen and bake some cookies! And don’t forget to get my free Holiday Cookie Baking Guide- which includes a baking checklist, inventory and plan- to help you get organized this Christmas season!