It’s Cookie Exchange Time Already?!

Cookie Exchange Week starts on Monday and, uh-oh - you forgot that you’re on the hook to bring dozens of delicious cookies to your pal’s cookie exchange until today?! Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to be the envy of all the other guests.  From planning grocery lists to gift wrapping your baked goods - we’ve got you covered.

The Perfect Recipe Has Cranberries

When it’s getting down to the wire, that classic chocolate chip cookie recipe sure does look tempting, doesn’t it?  Skip the predictable, though - these cranberry-inspired recipes perfectly fit the holiday theme with a sweet, tart flavor pop and ruby red spirit.  Don’t worry, though, they’re just as simple and stress-free to prepare.  Only you can decide which sounds most mouthwatering, so we’ve made it easy for you.  Any of these fabulously unique and festive recipes are perfect for your cookie swap and we know they’ll have your friends begging for your secret recipe. So once you’ve made your choice, just follow the link of the winning recipe, print the page, and hit your local market.

For a Modern Take on the Classics

The simple chocolate chip cookie recipe gets a bright, unexpected facelift with our White Chocolate Cranberry Chews.  Craving a little holiday spice in your cookie? Add a dash of ginger and a pinch of nutmeg!

To add a tangy kick to a childhood favorite, whip up a batch of these Cran Orange Shortbread Cookies. Holiday-themed cookie cutters add nostalgic holiday cheer to this update on a classic cookie staple.

For the Herb Infusion Lover

For a more unique twist on the holiday, try these  Cranberry White Chocolate Rosemary Cookies. We can’t get enough of the berries’ tartness paired with the slight pine essence of rosemary!

For the Chocoholic

When it comes to holiday cookies sometimes our chocoholic friends are left craving more chocolatey richness.  Let these Double Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Coconut Cookies from our friends at Kosher Art Cooking satisfy their sweet tooth this year - we know they’ll reach for these over any fudge brownie!

Too Many Cookies?

Mix up everyone’s cookie swap boxes by showing up to the party with our favorite Cranberry Pistachio & Candied Orange Peel Biscotti. We know they’ll be impressed by the variety! Besides, what screams holiday louder than ruby red cranberries and jolly green pistachios?

The Cookie Exchange’s Final Touch

Once you’ve shopped, baked, and taste-tested you may think you’re ready to march into next week’s cookie swaps, but this one last step will be sure to have you turning heads.

We’ve done all the work for you! Our gift tags look perfect both in holiday colors or classic black and white so all you need to do is print these out and bring them with you. Once you’ve curated the perfect cookie collection to gift your loved ones, all that’s left is the perfect packaging.

The Perfect Gift Tag Made Easy

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Printable gift tag
  • A jar, box, or bag for your cookies.
  • Baker’s twine, string, or ribbon of choice

Print our custom gift tags on 8.5” x 11” cardstock paper and cut them out with scissors. Now all you need to do is label your gift tags and attach them to your gifts. Punch a hole in the top or corner and tie using your favorite twine or ribbon!

Other Ways to Spread Cheer

We know the holiday season is full of good spirit and cheer, but it’s also easy to succumb to the pressure of finding the perfect gift for each and every person on your list. This year, why not cut yourself some slack and go with something handmade with love? To make your life a little easier, double the recipes as you’re baking for your cookie swap and print a couple extra sheets of gift tags. - your extra cookie confections are the perfect way spread holiday love! Here are ideas on how to make the holiday joyful for those in your life:

  • Give freshly baked cranberry cookies as a hostess gift for all your holiday gatherings.
  • Surprise your mailman with a holiday treat.  Your gifts and cards wouldn’t be delivered without him!
  • Send your kids to school with a special thank you for their teachers.
  • Bring some baked goods to the neighbors with warm holiday wishes - bonus points for caroling!
  • Thank your coworkers by leaving cookies on their desk.