As of now I don’t have any plans to attend a cookie exchange, but for those of you who do, here are ten easy cookie exchange recipes perfect for last minute invites or for making ahead.
#1. Chow Mein Noodle aka Chinese New Year Cookies — Incredibly simple and often forgotten, it is always nice when Chow Mein Noodle Cookies appear at a gathering.
#2. Clodhoppers Clones — I once served Clodhopper Clones along with some more time consuming cookies and these little guys were the first to go.
#3. Hal’s Favorite Chocolate Chip — Chocolate chip cookies aren’t always considered “holiday-ish” enough for a cookie exchange, but what would a cookie exchange be without chocolate chip? Adding spices solves the problem. People really seem to love these.
#4. Iced Anise Cookies – For the anisette and licorice lovers in the crowd. You’ll make at least one person happy.
#5. Eva Longoria’s Pan de Polvo — The cookies are simple, but the texture is light and they have a lovely cinnamon and butter flavor.
#6. Sparkle Cookies — Incredibly fudgy and chocolaty without being too heavy. I plan on making a batch of these before the season ends. And I promise to update the photo!
#7. Melted Marshmallow Brownies are chewy and a little unusual. Not very seasonal, but worth taking due to the “interesting” factor of melted marshmallows.
#8: Cookie Dough Truffles — I’ve tried several versions and the recipe from Eagle Brand is my favorite. A bonus is that for some reason they taste even better after they’ve been frozen and thawed. I freeze the dough balls ahead of time and do the dipping shortly before serving.
#9. Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies are very good and the secret ingredient (pudding mix) is a conversation starter.
#10. Hot Cocoa Cookies — I can’t believe I’m listing this recipe because the reason I made it was to use up some hot cocoa powder. Now Fuzz keeps asking for them and I’m completely out of cocoa!
That’s an interesting list. I haven’t taken part in a cookie exchange in a long time. The young woman who cuts my hair loves cookie exchanges. She makes it sound as if she and most of her friends do 1000 variations on melted chip and cereal cookies.
I love the photo with the hot cocoa cookies. Made me want to make some.
Rita M. Reali
These all sound great. I love the idea of the hot-cocoa cookies. I’m not involved in any cookie swaps, but these might just show up as part of my Christmas gift giving.
These all sound and look so good!!!!!