The Scoop on Cookie Swaps

By Lauren Titus / Photography By Amy Robb | Last Updated December 12, 2015
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Holiday Cookie swap cookie board with five types of cookies

Trying to keep things calm and simple this holiday season? Plan a low stress gathering that ends with a pile of cookies! Invite all your besties to a holiday cookie exchange and reap the delicious rewards. Not only do you get a tin-full of tasty treats at the end, you'll also likely add some new favorites to your baking repertoire.

To get you started, we have compiled some of our favorite holiday recipes and noted why they have become our go-to cookie recipes for swaps (and for keeps).

Meyer Lemon Crinkles

Meyer Lemon Crinkle cookies on dark background
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Make cookies! These are light and fluffy, add a refreshing splash of sunshine to the table and go perfectly with a hot cup of tea at the end of a long day.

Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

Cranberry pecan cookies on a blue background
Ruby red bits of tart cranberries and local pecans add a festive touch to these simple, delicious cookies.

Walnut Chocolate Chip Biscotti

Chocolate Chip walnut biscotti on a baking rack with black background
These twice-baked cookies add a flavorful crunch to a cookie swap, they store well and go great with coffee. Want even more deliciousness? Dip one end in melted white chocolate. Bring these crunchy...

Spiced Currant Bars

Spiced currant bars on a wood board with white icing on top
Dark and moist, with chewy currants, these are flavored with cinnamon, clove, ginger and rich molasses. They are so versatile – cut them in bars or triangles. Not too sweet, so you could even eat...

Chocolate Mint Chip Drops

Chocolate mint chip drop cookies on white plate on cooling rack with red backing
Take advantage of the mint chocolate chips sold during the holiday season and try this easy and delicious treat. The dough freezes well so you can make ahead and bake when it is time for a cookie...

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