35 Easy Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

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Christmas cookies make an easy and affordable gift, especially with simple recipes. Check out this list of festive cookies that are the perfect choices for your Christmas cookie exchange recipes!

It’s hard to believe it, but the holidays are inching closer. We are already anticipating that we won’t be able to attend as many “in person” events with the prediction that social distancing might still be necessary, so I have started brainstorming how to still feel close to friends and neighbors. One thing I also love are easy Christmas cookie exchange recipes!

This Christmas might look different, but I know that I still want to find a way to make our neighbors feel special. An affordable and simple Christmas gift is always Christmas cookies!

Christmas cookies are an easy and affordable gift to give at the holidays. Whether you choose to just make one recipe, or like to create a variety, homemade gifts are a simple way to show people that you care. Try one of these Easy Christmas Simmer Pot Recipes for a festive smelling home while you bake, too.

I like to keep things simple, so I am planning on sticking to a few tried and true easy Christmas cookie recipes. I will be baking multiple recipes all in one day to create a variety. I recommend doing the same if you can; it can become challenging (and your cookies might get stale!) if you take multiple days to cook multiple recipes.

This list includes quite a few delicious and easy Christmas cookie exchange recipes that are perfect for gifts. I personally usually bake 3-4 different recipes to gift, and always make sure to bake extra for my family to snack on, too. Here are 35 of my favorite options for easy Christmas cookie exchange recipes!

Grinch Cookies

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These colorful and festive Grinch Cookies are super fun and easy to make! They’re sure to be a favorite at Christmas cookie swaps and holiday parties.

Get the recipe from Recipes From a Pantry

Easy Christmas Light Cookies

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These easy Christmas Light Cookies are a fun and festive way to welcome in the holiday season. Cookie crafts are a great way to get the kids and the whole family into the holiday spirit too.

Get the recipe from Recipes From a Pantry

Melted Snowman Cookies

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Melted Snowman Cookies are a fun and easy way to get the kids baking with you. You only need 6 ingredients to make these adorable and festive cookies!

Get the recipe from Recipes From a Pantry

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Chocolate crinkle cookies are so easy and fun to make. These thick and soft-baked traditional Christmas cookies are as rich and fudgy as brownies and are great for kids to help bake.

Get the Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe from Mimosas & Motherhood

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

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These 4-ingredient peppermint patty cookies are quick and easy to make, and perfect for the holidays!

Get the recipe from Crayons and Cravings

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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Whipped shortbread cookies are light as air with a delicious buttery flavor. These soft, melt in your mouth cookies are perfect for the holidays.

Get the recipe from My Organized Chaos

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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies combine chocolate with gingerbread to make the perfect chewy and soft holiday cookie.

Get the recipe from My Organized Chaos

Star-Shaped Jam Cookies

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You can be the star {deliberate pun} of the party or baking exchange with these Star-Shaped Jam Cookies.

Get the recipe from My Organized Chaos

Eggnog Cookies

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This Eggnog Cookies recipe resembles the taste of cinnamon buns, with a hint of eggnog to jazz it up a little.

Get the recipe from My Organized Chaos

Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies

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So pretty and a lovely addition to your Christmas cookie plater, these wreath cookies are also easy to make!

Get the recipe from She Saved

Grandma’s Italian Butterball Cookies

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Butterball cookies are an Italian Christmas staple and they are simply easy to make and so delicious to eat.

Get the recipe from Wow It’s Veggie

Keto Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

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These are the best keto cut-out sugar cookies with a classic vanilla flavor and royal icing with lemon flavor that you can find. Made with healthier ingredients, they are the ultimate sweet treat for your family during the Christmas holidays

Get the recipe from Here to Cook

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These copycat Great American Cookie sugar cookies are delicious and don’t take long to bake at all. They taste just like the original and are wonderful in a holiday treats basket!

Get the recipe from Two Pink Peonies

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

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A unique taste on a holiday classic, these chocolate peppermint blossoms may look like peanut butter blossoms but with a chocolate cookie and candy cane mint Hershey’s kiss, making them the perfect holiday cookie.

Get the recipe from Chisel & Fork

Soft Monster Cookies

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Soft, chocolate, chewy, and peanut buttery monster cookies. A family classic that we have been enjoying for years. Try my recipe for these easy, soft, and thick cookies, and you will fall in love with them they are superb!

Get the recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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The easiest festive cookies that you can make in just under 30 minutes! These chocolate peppermint cookies are soft, chewy, and the chocolate chip peppermint combo is so amazing!

Get the recipe from Little Sunny Kitchen

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Cookies

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With a crisp outer and gorgeously soft inner, these cranberry orange white chocolate cookies cookies loaded with fruit, spices and nuts are packed with the flavours and aromas of Christmas.

Get the recipe from A Mummy Too

Moscato Truffles

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These simple no-bake holiday truffles are the perfect quick solution when you need a festive little addition to your cookie tray.

Get the recipe from Sula and Spice

Almond & Hazlenut Snow Cookies

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A classic recipe gets a makeover for the holidays: these Almond & Hazelnut Snow Cookies are gluten-free, oil-free, egg-free, dairy-free but oh! so chocolatey & delicious, and perfect for the holidays

Get the recipe from Seven Roses

Chocolate Ginger Crinkles

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Chocolate Ginger Crinkles are soft, spicy and beautiful. The dough is rolled into sugar before baking, and it’s what gives this beautiful crinkled appearance.

Get the recipe from Milk and Pop

Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you’re looking for a recipe for perfect sugar cookies this holiday season, then we’ve got you’ve covered! These delicious but easy Christmas sour cream sugar cookies with a cream cheese frosting are light and fluffy, and they are perfect for cutting into fun shapes with cookie cutters!

Get the recipe from Saving Talents

Christmas Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

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Need a very simple, festive cookie? These Christmas funfetti cookies are made using a cake mix making them extremely easy to whip up.

Get the recipe from The Stress Free Christmas

Rice Krispie Cookies

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Packed full of YUM! This easy cookie recipe is made with Rice Krispies, coconut, oats and salted caramel chips.

Get the recipe from Simply Stacie

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

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Christmas candy cane cookies are sugar cookies rolled in green and red sugar and then topped with Candy Cane Kisses. Easy and fun for kids to help too!

Get the recipe from Simply Happenings

Soft Italian Cannoli Cookies

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This tasty twist on an Italian classic combines all the ingredients and flavors you would expect from a cannoli into a cookie without having to fry anything. With a cake-like texture, these cookies are enriched with ricotta cheese, scented with orange zest, studded with mini chocolate chips and cannoli shell pieces, and topped with chocolate drizzle and sprinkles for holiday cheer.

Get the recipe from Barth Bakery

Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

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These Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cookies are soft and chewy, slightly fluffy and perfectly tangy. They’re covered in a rich, creamy lemon frosting too!

Get the recipe from Rhian’s Recipes

Reindeer Sugar Cookies

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These Reindeer Sugar Cookies are perfect for your holiday celebrations. Make a plate for a neighbor.

Get the recipe from Skip to My Lou

Christmas Surprise Inside Sprinkle Cookies

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Everyone loves sprinkles and these Christmas Surprise Inside Sprinkle Cookies have a middle chocolate layer surrounded by a sweet sugar cookie. These cookies make a pretty presentation on a platter and are perfect for gift giving!

Get the recipe from One Hot Oven

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

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Melt-in-your-mouth cookies dusted with powdered sugar and filled with little bursts of chocolate!

Get the recipe from Bitz & Giggles

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

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These whipped shortbread cookies are rich and buttery and melt in your mouth with every bite. Just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes are all it takes to make these light and tender cookies.

Get the recipe from Little Sweet Baker

Easy 3 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

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These incredibly easy-to-make coconut macaroons are hard to resist. They are sweet, chewy, and dipped in chocolate to make them extra special.

Get the recipe from Little Sweet Baker

German Christmas Cookies

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German Christmas Cookies: Lebkuchen. Authentic recipe of the most popular German cookies: spicy, soft and incredibly flavorful. Give them as gifts to your family and friends!

Get the recipe from Happy Kitchen

Easy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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These Easy Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with Nuts Recipe are an old fashioned and a classic cookie! The crumbly, sweet cookies taste delicious with raspberry or cherry jam, or even chocolate icing!

Get the recipe from Kim & Kalee

Homemade Decadent Holiday Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

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Take a classic whoopie pie and give it a gingerbread twist for the holidays! Soft, airy, moist gingerbread cookies bookend a rich cream cheese filling in a combination that’s both classic and unique.

Get the recipe from Made in a Pinch

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The best recipe for soft ginger molasses cookies featuring molasses along with warm and cozy spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves! A homemade cookie perfect for the holidays and heartfelt gifts.

Get the recipe from The Anthony Kitchen

Snow Capped Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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These snow capped pecan shortbread cookies are fairly quick and easy to make but absolutely delicious!

Get the recipe from Sustain My Cooking Habit

WOW! I hope this list of easy Christmas cookie exchange recipes helped you find the perfect cookies for your homemade holiday gifts. Which recipes are your favorite??

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  1. Christmas Cookies are my weakness, I love baking them…and I love eating them! I also recently featured a round up of Christmas Cookies and Holiday Sweets on my blog and I don’t think we have a single one overlapping, which was entirely surprising to me. Just proves how many we can make!!! What a great list, thanks for even more ideas. Wishing you all the best for a SWEET Holiday!!

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