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Best Cookies for a Cookie Exchange or Swap

Updated on December 5, 2013

Best Cookies for a Cookie Exchange Swap or Bake Sale

You've been asked to participate in a Holiday Cookie Exchange Swap or Bake Sale but you don't think your favorite chocolate chip cookie is fancy enough to be a part of the mix. Here's a chance to try some new cookie recipes.

There's even an easy recipe for "Trailer Trash Toffee" if you don't normally bake and trust me when I say there are never any left at the end of a party. Or when you whip up a batch, keep them under a watchful eye lest your family nibble bits here and there and you won't have a lick to take to your party.

One of the keys to finding an easy Christmas cookie recipe are looking for those that don't even require any baking.

Some of the best holiday cookie collections are printed in the newspaper. If you see any great recipes in your local paper, please drop us a link in our guestbook and we'll check it out. Here are a few the Washington Post has published:

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Easy Christmas Cookies for a Cookie Exchange

No Fuss Easy to Make Cookies

With so much to do during the holiday season, if you want to avoid all day in the kitchen and have more time to sip eggnog instead, check out some of these Easy Christmas Cookies for a Cookie Exchange. These suggestions from Parade Magazine are more candy than cookie but will easily slip onto a cookie tray and will still be welcome sweets. And here's a bonus -- no baking. Just melting and only a few ingredients. Here are three worth trying.

Chocolate Peanut Crunchies made with dry chow mein noodles

Peanut Chocolate Bark

Peppermint White Chocolate Bark

2012/2013 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Chicago Tribune Winning Cookies

Washington Post

9 Holiday Candy Treats | Parade Magazine

Nanaimo Bars

No Baking Required - Just Melting

Ask anyone from British Columbia about a Nanaimo Bar and they will easily wax nostalgic about this regional indulgence. It's a super sweet, rich chocolate no bake bar composed of three layers: a dense graham cracker coconut base with a vanilla custard icing layer topped off by a thin layer of chocolate.

Best Nanaimo Bar Recipes

Trailer Trash Toffee or Homemade Heath Bars

No Baking Required - Just Melting

I am all about the easy when it comes to baking. This is one of those super addictive, can't just eat one treat that always goes over well. I love to have people take a guess at the ingredients. Rarely can anyone pinpoint that the tasty, krispy crust is actually saltine crackers. Trailer Trash Toffee is probably the slang name for this tasty morsel produced by ordinary ingredients which was introduced to me by my mother-in-law, Betty.

Trailer Trash Toffee Recipe

Sugar Cookies

What's Christmas without traditional sugar cookies? Extremely versatile, they can be decorated, sprinkled, iced or just eaten plain. The thinner they're rolled, the tastier they become, especially when the sugar is crystallized and at close to being burnt, the sugar is caramelized. The secret is not overhandling the dough.

Decorated Sugar Cookies

Basic Sugar Cookie Dough

Best Sugar Cookie Recipes

Gingerbread Men

The crisp smell of cinnamon and gingerbread say Christmas in one tantalizing, welcoming scent. Try your hand at making Gingerbread men or plan architect, engineer, decorator and designer by building a gingerbread hosue.

Best Gingerbread Recipes

Shortbread Cookies

A holiday classic especially a favorite for Canadians, Brits and Scots. Scottish Shortbread cookies are easy to make, have only three ingredients, and there are many variations.

Best Shortbread Cookie Recipes

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie

No Baking Required

Sending cookies to a soldier, marine, sailor or other loved one overseas? These no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with peanut butter are a perfect choice. Despite the fact that they're chocolate, they do well even when shipped. The recipe is quick and easy to prepare, great to take to a cookie exchange or give as a gift.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Christmas Cookie Cutters - Holiday Shapes

Don't Forget to Bring a Container

Crispy Cookies

Store in metal cookie tins.

Soft Cookies

Store in tupperware or ziploc containers.

Hosting a Cookie Exchange

Nothing brings people together like a big plate full of cookies. Having a cookie exchange is a great way to get a wide assortment of cookies without having to do so much work all by yourself. Here are some tips to throwing a successful cookie exchange or swap.

Kraft Recipes: Hosting a Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Cookie Exchange or Swap

What's Your Favorite Easy Bake Cookie?

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    • pitlock profile image


      5 years ago

      great lens, fun reading

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens--thanks for sharing the recipes. Love the cookie containers!

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      6 years ago from British Columbia

      Wonderful collection of cookie recipes!

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      6 years ago

      Cooookiiieees! Thanks for sharing!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great tips for hosting a cookie exchange. I love that you've got links to recipes. Nicely done. Blessed.

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the pointer to the shortbread recipes. I have been looking for a good one.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      9 years ago

      The homemade Heath bars look amazing...I'm a sucker for toffee. Love this lens...5* and lensrolled to my How To Host A Cookie Exchange lens.

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      Yum, I've got a cookie exchange coming up soon. I'll have to try some of these out!

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      Great sounding recipes! Thanks for featuring my shortbread cookie recipe!


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