35 Recipes for your Holiday Cookie Swap

I, like my mother, and her mother before her, give baked goods for Christmas. At some point I am sure it was a matter of thrift, though the sweat and tears that goes into making a triple batch of the family secret recipe for Whoopie Pies seems a bit much. Now I just enjoy the two or three days that I spend popping between pulling sheet pans of cookies out of the oven and rewatching my favorite winter holiday movies while the smell of cinnamon and chocolate and caramelizing sugar fills the house. It’s soothing, cathartic, and totally nostalgic.
Some years I do a selection of whoopie pies, some years I stick to more traditional Christmas cookies like molasses and ginger spiced confections. No sugar cookies, though; I don’t fully understand the sugar cookie, and it never makes the cut on my list. This year I’m doing a chocolate cookie, a maple cookie, and a gluten-free peanut butter cookie, and I can’t wait for Christmas break to start baking.

In addition to gifting cookies, I have a few cookie swaps I do – at work, my book club, with friends – and I don’t want to double dip, because a lot of my swappers are also on my Christmas list, so I pulled together some tested and some new recipes from some of our favorite bloggers and B Corporation friends.


From our kitchens to yours, enjoy 35 recipes perfect for your holiday cookie swap!

Pina En La CocinaMexican Wedding Cookies

Pina En La Cocina – Mexican Wedding Cookies

Savory SimpleCaramel Cappuccino Cookies

Savory Simple – Caramel Cappuccino Cookies

Pass the SushiCoffee Cake Cookies

Pass the Sushi – Coffee Cake Cookies

King Arthur FlourLinzer Cookies

King Arthur Flour - Linzer Cookies

Cook Like JamesSlice n Bake Butterscotch Walnut “Icebox” Cookies

Cook Like James – Slice n Bake Butterscotch Walnut “Icebox” Cookies

Peas and CrayonsWhole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Peas and Crayons – Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Nutmeg Nanny Brown Butter Hazelnut Sugar Cookies

Nutmeg Nanny – Brown Butter Hazelnut Sugar Cookies

The Baker ChickMaple Sugar Cookies

The Baker Chick – Maple Sugar Cookies

Mel’s Kitchen CaféThick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Mel’s Kitchen Café – Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Whitney BondNutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whitney Bond – Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies

MaebellsDark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Maebells – Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Cupcakes and Kale Chips – Almond Toffee Snowball Cookies

Cupcakes and Kale Chips – Almond Toffee Snowball Cookies

Cooking with Books – Dark Chocolate Dipped Spiced Spritz Cookies

Cooking with Books – Dark Chocolate Dipped Spiced Spritz Cookies

Real Food by DadIced Oatmeal Cookies

Real Food by Dad - Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Kumquat blogGluten Free Carrot Cake Mini Whoopie Pies with Honey-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Kumquat blog – Gluten Free Carrot Cake Mini Whoopie Pies with Honey-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Dixie Chik CooksPeppermint Crunch Whoopie Pies

Dixie Chik Cooks – Peppermint Crunch Whoopie Pies

Buns in My OvenRed Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

Buns in My Oven – Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

The KittchenCream Cheese Cookies

The Kittchen – Cream Cheese Cookies

Cooking with AnneOrange Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Cooking with Anne – Orange Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Bless this MessSoft Gingerbread Cut Outs

Bless this Mess – Soft Gingerbread Cut Outs

Dine & DishButterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Dine & Dish – Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Spiced BlogChewy Molasses Cookies

Spiced Blog – Chewy Molasses Cookies

The NosheryChewy Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Cookies with Rum Glaze

The Noshery – Chewy Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Cookies with Rum Glaze

A Beautiful PlateDouble Chocolate Biscotti

A Beautiful Plate – Double Chocolate Biscotti

Rachel CooksEasy Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

Rachel Cooks – Easy Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

West of the LoopChocolate Covered Matzo Toffee

West of the Loop – Chocolate Covered Matzo Toffee

Wishes and DishesCreamy Chocolate Holiday Fudge

Wishes and Dishes – Creamy Chocolate Holiday Fudge

Farm Girl FolliesChristmas Candies

Farm Girl Follies – Christmas Candies

All Day I Dream About FoodWalnut Cardamom Snowballs

All Day I Dream About Food - Walnut Cardamom Snowballs

Divine ChocolateWhite Chocolate Cookies Studded with Cranberries

Divine Chocolate – White Chocolate Cookies Studded with Cranberries

Well PlatedAndes Mint Cookies

Well Plated – Andes Mint Cookies

The Speckled PalateGreek Yogurt Cut-Out Cookies

The Speckled Palate – Greek Yogurt Cut-Out Cookies

fANNEtasticOatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies

fANNEtastic – Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies

Joanne Eats Well with OthersPersimmon Snowball Cookies with Greek Yogurt Glaze

Joanne Eats Well with Others – Persimmon Snowball Cookies with Greek Yogurt Glaze

King Arthur FlourChocolate Crinkle Cookies

King Arthur Flour - Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Holiday Cookie Swap | Cabot Creamery


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Dr. Averill (aka <3Ave) is a long-time member of the Cabot team (ca. 2006) and a life-time lover of cheese (the sharper the better!). She’s always been moved by the Cabot commitment to the farmers, our communities, and making quality products. You can catch her on Twitter most of the time, where she leads the @cabotcheese tweeting. When she’s not talking cheese, she’s digging into the past, and just finished her PhD in History.

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