What should I make for my cookie exchange party? That was a frequent question on our (now defunct) Cookie Exchange bulletin board. Usually the person asking the question wanted a Christmas cookie that is not too difficult but will yield results that will impress everyone at the party for it’s appearance and taste. Below is a baker’s dozen of tried & true Christmas cookie recipes for just such occasions:
- Mexican Wedding Cakes - these look like little snowballs and they have a wonderful tase and melt-in-your-mouth texture. Dress these up by sprinkling edible glitter over them.
- Spritz - uses a cookie press to pump out all kinds of interesting shapes, has a buttery taste, and can be tinted in Christmas colors and decorated with dragées, sprinkles, and colored sugars.
- Pecan Tarts (or tassies) – look and taste like miniature pecan pies.
- Sugar Cookies – prettily decorated with Royal Icing, these could very well be the hit of the party.
- Peanut Blossoms – the peanutty cookie topped with Hershey’s Kiss. These can be dressed up with the striped Hugs instead of Kisses and topped with colored sugar.
- Thumbprint Cookies – buttery cookies rolled in chopped walnuts and filled with your favorite jam. If you’re worried about portability, place a half of a candied cherry in each center before baking, instead of
- Pistachio Christmas Ribbon Bars – an amazingly easy bar that is quite festive with the green pistachios and red ribbon of jam in the center.
- Santa’s Whiskers – a slice-and-bake refrigerator cookie dressed up with chopped cherries and rolled in coconut.
- Clothespin Cookies – hollow horns made of puff pastry filled with cream. Dress them up with colored sugars.
- Pumpkin Pie Biscotti – wonderful for dunking in your coffee. Dress these up by dipping one end in melted white chocolate.
- Springerle - an “old world” contribution that always looks fabulous. For the party these must be made with a real Springerle stamp. Dress them up by highlighting them with gold lustre dust.
- Cathedral Windows – colored mini-marshmallows create a stained-glass effect in the chocolate cookie (it’s really a candy, but that’s OK). Kids adore these…grown-ups too.
- Gingerbread People – pipe on their faces and clothes with Royal Icing and decorate with silver and gold dragées.