30 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

by | Updated: October 13th, 2020

Cookie swaps are a fun way to try a lot of different holiday cookies — without spending a ton of time (and money!) baking at home. Whether you’re filling your own cookie jar or giving them as gifts to neighbors and friends, cookies are a big part of the holiday season. But in today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard to find time to bake big batches of treats. That’s where cookie swaps come in. You split the baking chore with friends and get to do a little tasting and celebrating while you exchange cookies.

Not sure what kind of cookies to bake for your swap? Here’s a list of delicious and festive cookie recipes, as well as some other fun treats that are perfect for holiday gift exchanges.

Double Chocolate Candy Cane CookiesDouble Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Savor these minty morsels >

No-Bake Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan)No-Bake Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies (Vegan)

A pumpkin lovers dream come true >

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies With Pistachio CreamChocolate Thumbprint Cookies With Pistachio Cream

Chocolate shortbread meets velvety pistachio cream >


Cherry Almond Biscotti

Cherry Almond Biscotti 

We bet you’ll bake these easy treats – twice! > 

Chocolate Chip Cookie SticksChocolate Chip Cookie Sticks

A chocolate chip delight in dippable form >Pumpkin Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Pumpkin Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

A buttery shortbread and spiced cream delight >

Chocolate-Dipped Madeleines (Gluten-Free)Chocolate-Dipped Madeleines (Gluten-Free)

Nom nom nom>

Chocolate Bark Holiday CookiesChocolate Bark Holiday Cookies

Think outside the cookie box >Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are a nostalgic rewind >

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle CookiesPumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies

Straight from the Sugar Plum Fairy’s stash >
Homemade Chocolate-Coconut Cookies

Salted Chocolate-Covered Coconut Cookies

These will go fast >

Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies with Cranberries in Stacks on a Plate | Vitacost.com/blog

Cranberry & Ginger Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies

Save a few for Santa >

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies on Slate Board with Crushed Peppermint Candies #recipe| Vitacost.com/blog

Peppermint Mocha Cookies with Greens & Probiotics

Bake, bake, bake, Senora >

Thumbprint Cookies with Toffee-Chocolate Center

Press down and eat up >

Gingerbread cookies in brown bowl #glutenfree #vegan #recipe | Vitacost.com/blog

Gingerbread Cookies

Perfect party size >

Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Matcha White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meet your matcha >

Vegan Almond-Pistachio Cookies

Vegan Almond Pistachio Cookies

Go nuts >

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cookies

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cookies

The royal treatment >

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Creative use for candy canes >

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Orange-Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Buttery citrus sensation >

Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Lemon Zested-Sugar Cookies

Frost them up >

Sweet Apple Snowflake Cookies

Sweet Apple Snowflake Cookies

It’s the tastiest time of the year >

Mini Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Black Cherry Frosting On a Plate | www.vitacost.com/blog

Black Cherry Mini Sandwich Cookies

No baking required >

Dark Chocolate & Goji Berry Superfood Bark

Bark is better >

Homemade No-Bake Apple Bites | Vitacost.com/Blog

No-Bake Apple Bite Bites

Easy enough for anyone to make >

Festive Cranberry-Coconut Balls

Raw Cranberry Bliss Bites

Bite into bliss >

No-Bake Coconut & Banana Balls

No-Bake Sunflower Seed Butter & Coconut Balls

Eating in a winter wonderland >

Chocolate truffles stuffed with cherries #vegantruffles | Vitacost.com/blog

Chocolate-Covered Cookie Dough Truffles with Cherries

Get your double boiler ready >

Recipe: Minty Cacao Fudge

Raw Cacao & Peppermint Fudge

Show off your no-bake dessert-making skills >

Ginger & Goji Berry Popcorn Balls

A blast from the past >


Once you’re done baking, check out these creative cookie packaging ideas, for festive ways to present your homemade creations to friends and family!