10 Great Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

One of the biggest decisions I make all year is which cookie to bring to our annual Christmas cookie exchange. Do I make fancy cookies, or shortbread? Brownies or squares? Icebox cookies or simply logs of dough, slid into cardboard tubes and wrapped in tissue? Here are ten recipes sure to be a hit — easy to make in large quantities, they package and keep well — all qualities to look for when selecting a recipe for your holiday baking exchange.

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  • Shortbread Toffee Coins 1 of 10
    Shortbread Toffee Coins
    You can't get much better than shortbread and toffee. These bite-sized goodies are perfect for making in large quantities, and I love the idea of packaging them in a jar!
    Get the recipe at Cheeky Kitchen
  • Molded Brown-sugar Cookies 2 of 10
    Molded Brown-sugar Cookies
    Beautiful molded sugar cookies make a stunning treat during the holidays — and they're inexpensive to make!
    Get the recipe at Simple Bites
  • Raspberry Walnut Linzer Cookies 3 of 10
    Raspberry Walnut Linzer Cookies
    These pretty sandwich cookies dusted with toasted walnuts are worth the extra effort to make. If you have a small star cutout, use it to make the windows in the top cookies!
    Make raspberry walnut linzer cookies
  • Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch 4 of 10
    Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch
    These easy-to make brittle bars have a thin layer of crisp shortbread on the bottom and an icing-like topping. Powdered ginger gives them a bit of head and peppery flavor.
    Get the recipe at Dinner with Julie
  • Half a Pound of Chocolate Chunk Cookies 5 of 10
    Half a Pound of Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    For the cookie purist, these may be the best chocolate chip cookies ever. Add holiday pizzaz by grating orange zest into the batter.
    Get the recipe at Dinner with Julie
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies 6 of 10
    Bourbon Pecan Pie Brownies
    Pecan pie and brownies all rolled into one — with bourbon! These will be the hit of any cookie exchange!
    Get the recipe at Patent and the Pantry
  • Chewy Lemon Snowdrops 7 of 10
    Chewy Lemon Snowdrops
    Snowy cookies with a lemon zing are perfect for making en masse — lemon is in season in winter, and everyone seems to love it in desserts!
    Get the recipe at Sophistimom
  • Classic Jam Thumbprints 8 of 10
    Classic Jam Thumbprints
    Jam thumbprints are a great cookie to make in large quantities. Drop a spoonful of any type of jam in the middle and use flaked hazelnuts, chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans.
    Get the recipe at Sophistimom
  • Raspberry Jam Bars 9 of 10
    Raspberry Jam Bars
    Raspberry jam bars are easy to make, splatter with icing and cut into bars; try swapping apricot jam or even all-fruit mincemeat for a festive touch.
    Get the recipe at Sophistimom
  • Maple Walnut Crunch Icebox Cookies 10 of 10
    Maple Walnut Crunch Icebox Cookies
    Icebox cookies are perfect for making in large quantities. You can assemble the logs one day, slice and bake another day! Or just distribute ready-to-bake logs, wrapped in a cardboard tube with baking instructions attached!
    Make maple walnut crunch icebox cookies

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