Cookie Recipes to Ready You for Holiday Cookie Exchanges

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It’s the holiday season, and that means baking. Cookie exchanges increase in popularity this time of year. But making something new each year can be difficult. If you find yourself stumped for ideas, check out these cookie recipes from Pinterest that will help you to break free from your cookie rut and wow everyone at your next holiday event.

1. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

Cookie Recipes Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies

Photo: Pinterest/I Love My Disorganized Life

Red and green cookies make an eye-catching addition to a cookie plate for the holidays. I Love My Disorganized Life has a stunning yet easy recipe for Christmas swirl sugar cookies. Red and green sprinkles on the sides of these cookies add crunch and color. Try these for a twist on a simple sugar cookie that fits with the holiday season.

2. Melt-in-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies

Cookie Recipes Eggnog Cookies

Photo: Pinterest/Cooking Classy

Many cookie recipes for the holidays incorporate cinnamon, gingerbread, and other flavors of the season, but this one from Cooking Classy uses the familiar flavors of eggnog, including rum. Though these cookies have rum flavor, there’s no alcohol in them, so the entire family can enjoy these holiday treats.

3. Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Cookie Recipes Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Photo: Pinterest/Liv for Cake

Christmas and candy canes pair perfectly together, even in cookies. If you have too many candy canes around, take them to make these chocolate-mint dark chocolate candy cane cookies from Liv for Cake. Reminiscent of black and white cookies, at least in appearance, these cookies add the freshening zip of peppermint.

4. Snowball Christmas Cookies

Cookie Recipes Snowball Cookies

Photo: Pinterest/Wicked Good Kitchen

Whether you call them Russian teacakes, Mexican wedding cookies, or snowballs, powdered sugar-coated cookie balls are simple and tasty. This recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen ups the ante by preparing high-quality shortbread for the centers of the treats. You need to add a good recipe for snowballs to your collection of cookie recipes, and this should be the one you make.

5. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Cookie Recipes Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Photo: Pinterest/Princess Pinky Girl

Sometimes, you may not have time to make cookies from scratch but you still want impressive treats. Pin this recipe for hot chocolate cookie cups from Princess Pinky Girl. It uses convenience products to shorten the preparation time, but it creates one of the most impressive cookie recipes you can find.