How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange: With 34 Recipes You Need to Include!

If you are hosting a Christmas cookie exchange this year or are attending one, then you need to check out some of these recipes!  Below are lists of Cookies and Treats you may want to bake, as well as Cocktails that you can serve at your party.  Also included are a few unique Christmas-themed side dishes and snacks that will be a perfect addition to your party!

Have fun and Happy Holidays!

Cookies and Treats:


1. Cranberry Orange Slice ‘N’ Bake Cookies


Cranberry Orange Slice ‘n’ Bake Cookies – Deliciously soft and thick, melt-in-your-mouth orange-infused cookies studded with sweet dried cranberries!

From: MarshasBakingAddiction


2. Homemade Gumdrops


These Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect treat to make for friends and family during the holidays! Made with just a handful of ingredients – including applesauce – this easy gumdrop are sure to become a holiday tradition! A Christmas favorite with our family!

From: MomOnTimeout


3. Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Bites


For us, a holiday just isn’t a holiday unless there are Rice Krispie Treats on the dessert table.  We keep wondering if we are going to run out of fun ways to transform Rice Krispie Treats into festive Christmas-themed goodies.  I guess this year isn’t that year … introducing Christmas Rice Krispie Treat Bites!  Yummy, bite-sized balls of crunchy, marshmallow-y delight.  Easy to make and even better to eat.

From: TwoSistersCrafting


4. Lump of Coal Rice Krispie Treats


Everyone remembers the old story about Santa leaving a lump of coal in your stocking if you are on the naughty list.  This year, you can leave these Lump Of Coal Rice Krispie Treats instead!

From: PremeditatedLeftovers


5. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups


Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups are the most fun & festive Christmas cookies ever! Sugar cookie cups filled with fudge, mini marshmallows & sprinkles with a darling candy cane handle!

From: ButterWithASideOfBread


6. Christmas Sugar Cookie Bites


Our Christmas Sugar Cookie Bites are a bite-sized version of the classic Christmas sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. So yummy and so easy to make!

From: TwoSistersCrafting


7. Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups


These eggnog cheesecake cookie cups are the best treat for the holidays!  Chewy gingerbread cookie cups filled with a fluffy eggnog cheesecake.

From: LivForCake


8. Andes Mint Cookies


Andes Mint Cookies are a soft-baked chocolate cookie loaded with Andes Mint pieces and spread with an extra layer of mint goodness. They’re amazing straight from the oven.

From: ChocolateWithGrace


9. Award Winning Gingerbread Cookies


These Gingerbread Cookies Will Get You Feeling Festive And Make Your Christmas Cookie Exchange Clamor For The Recipe! Given To Me By A Family Friend, They Have Won Three Cookie Competitions!

From: DinnerThenDessert


10. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


I do promise these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies made with peanut butter, oatmeal and cocoa are the quickest, tastiest, no bake cookies you’ll ever eat though! Kids absolutely love them.

From: SugarApron


11. Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Cookies


These old-fashioned Candy Cane Christmas Cookies are so just darling for holiday baking! Red and white peppermint cookies dough, twisted into a sweet little candy cane shape. This recipe for candy cane cookies is just like the cookies I remember trying when I was a kid. They aren’t overly sweet, just a wonderful combination of vanilla and peppermint flavor. They go perfectly with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!

From: Number2Pencil


12. Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


These Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite Christmas cookies.  I lie.  I can’t choose a favorite.  But they are the ones I tend to instinctively grab the most.

From: MegIsWell


13. Cinnamon Roll Cookies


They’re fun to make, taste like cinnamon buns, and… the best part of all… they’re itty bitty adorable. There’s ALWAYS room for mini cookies.

From: SallysBakingAddiction


14. Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies


These Peppermint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are so easy, delicious and super freezer friendly.  You will need some peppermint kisses though so start keeping your eyes open for those.

From: SmallTownWoman


15. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies


The classic flavors of turtle candy … chocolate, pecans, and caramel … in soft and insanely delicious  Turtle Cookies.

From: TheKitchenIsMyPlayground


16. Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies


The classic combination of chocolate and peppermint make these dark chocolate candy can cookies the perfect for the holidays!

From: LivForCake


17. Soft Batch Christmas Sprinkle Cookies


Soft Batch Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a super easy holiday sugar cookie – no rolling the dough required! Packed with red and green sprinkles, perfect for the holidays!  These sprinkle sugar cookies are the best, easiest, Christmas cookies around!

From: TheSaltyMarshmallow


18. Buckeye Balls (Peanut Butter Balls)


This recipe for buckeye balls is classic peanut butter balls dipped in dark or white chocolate and coated with sprinkles. An easy no bake holiday dessert!

From: DinnerAtTheZoo


19. Crinkly, Cranky, Grinch Cookies


Let’s whip up a batch of Crinkly, Cranky, Grinch Cookies in The Grinch’s honor and devour them! Sound good? I think so too!

From: SimplisticallyLiving


Cocktails and Drinks:


1. The Mistletoe Kiss


The Mistletoe Kiss: A holiday drink for the ages with vodka, lemon juice, and a special and insanely easy simple syrup that ties the whole drink together.

From: SmellsLikeHome


2. Naughty Santa Root Beer Cocktail


Fill your glass with ice, pour your liquors in the bottom of the glass, garnish with a candy cane stick, Enjoy!

From: PlumCrazyAboutCoupons


3. Christmas Cocktail


Christmas Cocktails  are on the menu on Sweet Caramel Sunday! With simple ingredients and step by step instructions, you will be able to make this drink for Christmas!

From: SweetCaramelSunday


4. Cranberry Moscow Mule


Let’s get festive! I’m kicking off cocktail party week on OSK with this festive, seasonally hued cranberry moscow mule. Made with a honey-sweetened fresh cranberry syrup, this easy winter cocktail is the perfect balance of spicy, tart, and sweet, and so beautiful! It’s the perfect addition to any holiday gathering.

From: OurSaltyKitchen


5. White Chocolate Peppermint Martini


Cheers to another holiday season! Today we’re shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist.

From: InspiredByCharm


6. Gin & Appletiser – A Refreshing Christmas Cocktail


This gin and sparkling apple juice makes an easy seasonal twist on a gin and tonic which is ideal to serve at a Christmas party. Cranberry ice cubes are easy to make, and really make it look so much more special. Gluten Free.

From: FussFreeFlavours


7. Mistletoe Cocktail for Christmas Entertaining


This ginger sweet and spicy beverage can be made as-is, with alcohol, or leave it out and top with a little sprite soda for those guests who appreciate a non-alcoholic fancy drink. This recipe makes one cocktail, you can double the recipe if you are looking to make two or more.

From: ThisLilPiglet


8. Christmas Cranberry Champagne Cocktails


These Christmas cranberry champagne cocktails are sparkly to the max and the perfect cocktail to sip on while you wrap presents or do what I’m currently doing: watching the snow fall gently outside my window while a fire crackles in the fire place.

From: SeasonedSprinkles


9. Eggnog Amaretto Cocktail


Add Eggnog Amaretto Cocktail to your holiday menu! With delicious flavors, you’ll love serving this drink during the Christmas season.

From: SnacksAndSips


10. Grinch Punch


Grinch Punch is the perfect punch for any holiday party.

From: SimplisticallyLiving


Fun & Creative Snacks and Sides:


1. Christmas Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing


This Christmas Salad with Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect side dish for your special holiday dinners. The dressing is so creamy and delicious!

From: FavFamilyRecipes


2. Christmas White Chocolate – Peppermint Potato Chips


So what’s my last-minute Christmas treat trick?  These super easy, super yummy White Chocolate-Peppermint Potato Chips.  White chocolate peppermint potato chips you’re thinking, right?  Yes!  White chocolate peppermint potato chips!

From: TheKitchenIsMyPlayground


3. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree


Christmas desserts don’t have to be complicated! Impress your guests at your next Christmas party with this easy to make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Tree.

From: HomeStoriesAToZ


4. Grinch Popcorn


Sweet and salty and delicious – this Grinch Popcorn will be popular with kids and adults alike at your How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie night.

From: TwoSistersCrafting


5. Easy Christmas Fruit Kabobs


An easy Christmas dessert or snack idea! Christmas Kabobs! These simple DIY bites make a festive addition to any party, holiday celebration or gathering or just a fun playdate!

From: SuburbanSimplicity


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