Keep the Festivities Going with a Holiday Cookie Swap

Cookie exchanges and parties are a fun tradition during the holiday season, and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas you can still partake in the enjoyment!

Since Hanukkah is over you probably have more time on your hands than your non-Jewish friends, so why not throw a cookie swap party yourself? It would be an easy girls’ get-together for a weeknight or include families on a weekend day.  It’s also a fun activity with friends if your family is home over the holidays.  Here are some tips from Bon Appetit for hosting a cookie exchange.

Send out a cute invitation like this one from Paperless Post:

Cookie Swap Invitation

We searched for the most decadent, delicious cookie recipes we could find, as who wants to waste those calories on an eh cookie. But these … worth every step of penance you will pay on the elliptical.

If you can’t decide between a cookie and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, now you won’t have to with these Peanut Butter Cup Monster Cookies from Babble:

Babble

Babble

There are so many good things in these Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies from Your Cup of Cake:

Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies

Your Cup of Cake

Enjoy the mix of sweet, sour and spicy with these Spice Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting from the Naptime Chef:

The Naptime Chef

The Naptime Chef

No one will believe how easy it is to make these Oreo Truffles from Mom Needs to Know:

Oreo Truffle Balls

Mom Needs to Know

These Nutella Crunch Cookies from Overtime Cook contain several of our favorite ingredients:

Nutella Crunch Cookies

Overtime Cook

These Orange Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt from the Dirty Sink would be fabulous with a cup of tea:

The Dirty Sink

The Dirty Sink

If you like coconut then you will love these Macaroon Kiss Cookies from Daydream Kitchen:

Macaroon Kiss Cookies

Daydream Kitchen

Check out these Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies from Picky Palate.  Be still my heart.

Red Velvet Milky Way Cake Cookies

Picky Palate

We love the gooey goodness of these Turtle Cookies from Cooking Pinterest:

Turtle Cookies

Cooking Pinterest

We need a chocolate chip cookie in here somewhere, so add a twist with these Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies from Babble:

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies

Babble

And introduce your friends to a bit of your culture – and a delicious cookie  - with this recipe for Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot from Jewish Boston.

Chocolate Chip Mandelbrot

Jewish Boston

These Slutty Brownies from the Londoner are more of a brownie or bar than a cookie, and probably too messy for your guests to pack up, but it is too good a recipe not to share. Just serve these at your party, there will be none left to take home anyway.

The Londoner

The Londoner

Put out cute takeout boxes or pretty gift bags for your guests to pack cookies in to take home. These Quart-Size Take Out Boxes hold lots of goodies!

Takeout Boxes

Or put out Large White Cookie Boxes:

Cookie Boxes

If you are looking for more cookie and recipe ideas, check out these great cookbooks.

Martha Stewart’s Cookies has some fabulous recipes:

Martha Stewart's Cookies

You are sure to find some delicious ideas in The Big Book of Cookies from Betty Crocker:

Big Book of Cookies

And if you want Jewish recipes, look no further than The Jewish Holiday Baker: Recipes for Breads, Cakes, and Cookies for All the Holidays and Any Time of the Year:

Jewish Holiday Baker

And Inside the Jewish Bakery: Cookies is tailored specifically for Jewish cookie recipes:

Inside the Jewish Bakery

Whether you are making several batches of cookies or just one, save yourself a lot of time with this OXO Good Grips Cookie Press:

Cookie Press

This press creates consistent cookies every time, and the non-slip base keeps the press steady while dispensing.  The clear cylinder shows how much dough is left and it disassembles for easy loading and cleaning.  The set includes 12 stainless steel cookie disks in different patterns.

Happy baking!

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