18 Recipe Ideas for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

Making cookies is a serious business in December. Do you go for a classic holiday cookie like gingerbread men, or try something new and exciting? Do you make a vegan treat for your friends, or go crazy with the chocolate and butter? Decisions need to be made.

But whether you’re attending a cookie exchange this year or want to make a small selection for your family, we’ve got 18 recipes that won’t let you down. From classic sugar cookies to chocolate thumbprints to peppermint cream-filled butter cookies, all of these recipes are winners.

Peanut Butter & Espresso Truffle Blossoms(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)

Cookies might not be the flashiest of desserts these days, especially in light of the hybrid dessert trend, but they are important. They are humble, but mighty — a holiday classic treat that deserves our respect and admiration.

You can leave your cookies simple and unassuming, or you can choose to dress them up with a little holiday icing. The choice is yours to make.

What are your favorite cookies to make and eat in December?

Classic Holiday Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Cream-Filled Butter Cookies(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

Vegan Cookies

A Little Something Extra