a perfect cookie exchange

so, I’m hosting a cookie exchange with some friends very soon.  and as you know (or may not know), a cookie exchange is a great way to get together with friends during the holidays and enjoy each other’s baking.  each guest bakes a batch of a cookie of their choice, and then everyone gets to pick a few cookies from each other’s plates, and you take home a plateful of different cookies — only needing to bake one batch.  (can we say great teamwork and efficient!)  now for me, the ideal cookie exchange  would have a mix of classic cookies, some new/modern takes and even some international versions for everyone to try.  so I decided to pick 12 cookies that I think would fit that bill and would really take the plate! ( and may not make it back home…shhhh).   what do you think, what’s your favorite?

 the perfect cookie exchange


gingerbread stainglass cookies via king arthur flour (yep, I signed up to make these. wish me luck! hope mine are this pretty)

eggnog scented sugar cookies via half baked harvest

traditional mexican wedding cookies via food.com

linzer cookies via a fox in the kitchen

polish chrusciki (bow ties) via comfy cook

m&m chocolate chip cookies via averie cooks

melted snowman cookies via home is where the boat is

snowflake shortbread via southern living

red velvet peppermint thumbprint cookies via yummy healthy easy

classic mint chocolate brownies via sally’s baking addiction (brownies should make an appearance at any cookie swap-they are family)

holiday biscotti with cranberries and pistachios via epicurious

caramel apple crisp bars via wholesome sweet (apples + caramel are good any time of the year 😉  )

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