Last year I went to my first ever Christmas cookie exchange and it was so, so fun! In case you have never been to one, you make enough of a cookie or candy so that everyone gets one of everything (plus the recipe). You swap sweets, snack on holiday goodies and leave with enough sugar to give you heart palpitations for days. Good times. And totally worth the sugar overload.
I loved trying everyone’s homemade creations and am so looking forward to doing the exchange again this year. I’ve already started researching recipes and found so many that I want to try. If you have a cookie exchange you’re going to, take a second and browse these scrumptious cookie and bar recipes!
Honey Walnut Bar
Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars
Outrageous Chocolate Cookies
Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies
Chocolaty Melting Snowmen
Holiday 7-Layer Bars
Chocolaty Caramel-Nut S’mores Bars
Black-and-White Coconut Macaroons
Almond-Oat Lace Cookies
Butterscotch Blondie Bars with Peanuts and Pretzels
Cherry Rum Ribbons
White Chocolate and Peppermint Brownies
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies
Russian Tea Cakes
Last week I got to experience my first every cookies exchange and it was SO much fun! A sweet girl from our church, Monica, was gracious enough to host the event for a whopping 27 women! Yes, 27 women…27 different kinds of cookies, candies, etc. We made 12 dozen of the treat of our choice and swapped goods when we got there which meant we left with 12 dozen different goodies! It was insane. I was in sugar heaven. I brought my famous Peanut Butter Balls (recipe tomorrow!) and had so much fun checking out and tasting everyone else’s homemade treats. I can’t wait to do it again next year! Here are a couple of photos of the bounty I brought home.
This is the platter…there was fudge, toffee, butterscotch cookies, chocolate cookies, buckeyes, Oreo stuffed brownies, ginger cookies, Nutter Butter Snowmen cookies, Oreo truffles, chocolate dipped candy cane coated pretzels, loaded oatmeal cookies and on and on it goes….
One of my favorites was the Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake. Soooo good.
And my absolute favorite was this biscotti. It had spices and orange flavor (at least I think it was orange..something like that), along with chocolate chips…it. was. amazing.