“What should I make for my cookie exchange party?” That was a frequent question on my (now long-defunct) Cookie Exchange bulletin board. Usually the person asking the question wanted a Christmas cookie that is not too difficult but would yield results that would 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 – decorated simply with Royal Icing, these could very well be the hit of the party.
- Peanut Butter Blossoms – the peanutty cookie topped with Hershey’s Kiss. Kick these up a notch with the striped Hugs or caramel-filled Kisses and top 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.
Need more recipes and ideas for your cookie exchange party? Check out our Top 25 Christmas Cookies list, or head over to this Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for lots more ideas!