Two Dozen of Our Most Favorite Cookies to Bring to the Annual Cookie Swap

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Are you on the hunt for the best batch to bake for your upcoming Cookie Swap? We’ve searched the internet and tracked down TWO DOZEN! of the very best cookies for you to consider from the HLB Community! 

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies from Dietitian Debbie Dishes // “These simple vegan peanut butter cookies are sure to become a favorite Christmas cookie! Drizzle the cookies with dark and white chocolate for a pretty presentation.”

Gluten-Free Vegan Thumbprint Cookies from Running on Real Food // “These gluten-free vegan thumbprint cookies are made with pecans, coconut, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla making them a healthier version of classic thumbprint cookies. They have the most wonderful flavour and texture and are easy to make in one bowl, with basic ingredients. Save a spot on your Christmas goodie tray for these sweet, little treats!”

Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies from spabettie // “Frosted Soft Sugar Cookies – a Vegan and Gluten Free version of a childhood favorite! chewy soft with fluffy buttery frosting and sprinkles – just as you remember!”

Almond Flour Butter Cookies from The Lean Green Bean // “These Almond Flour Butter Cookies are made with just five simple ingredients and are so easy to make! The gluten-free recipe makes one dozen cookies – the perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays!”

Flourless Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies from Eat Live Run // “The cookies were much darker and fudge-like. Also, lots of semisweet chocolate chips are a must. Did I say these were for chocoholics because they are! So there you have it, friends. Gluten free, dairy free and soy free…but absolutely amazing and destined to be the hit of any holiday cookie party. You’re welcome. “

Ginger Pecan Cookies from Savory Spin // “Loaded with candied ginger and powdered ginger, these gluten free Ginger Pecan Cookies are a cinch to whip up and can be made ahead and stored until you need to whip these up for Christmas cookie exchange parties and holiday get-togethers!”

Gingerdoodle Cookies from Shugary Sweets // “Gingerdoodle Cookies are chewy, soft cookies that taste like a cross between a gingersnap and a snickerdoodle. Add this to your baking list ASAP! You’ll love the texture of the cookies, but more importantly the molasses flavor with the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves is irresistible!”

Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies from The Healthy Family & Home // “You can’t go wrong with these Gluten-Free Vegan Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies because they are a favorite that everyone will love…It takes less than 30 minutes, including baking time, to make these cookies and they are especially good right out of the refrigerator after the filling has firmed up and is nice and thick.”

Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies from Roxana Jullapat via The Actor’s Diet // “The cookie dough freezes very well and you could prepare the dough and freeze up the shaped cookies up to 2 weeks in advance if you wished; after that the dough can acquire an off freezer flavor.”

Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Hungry Hobby // “Chocolate Peppermint Cookies have a rich dark chocolate flavor, paired with sweet peppermint in the perfect chewy & a slightly crunchy texture!”

Vegan Gluten Free Brownie Cookies with Black Walnuts from Food Faith Fitness // “These Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Cookies are like always getting the edge piece – SO dense and chewy! You won’t believe they’re gluten free and paleo!”

Gluten-Free Texas Sheet Cake Cookies with a Peanut Butter Twist from Kim’s Cravings // “These cookies are little pillows of Texas goodness. They’re: Tender, Sweet, Fluffy & soft, Perfectly rich, Chocolatey, And incredible!  Anyway you put it, these guys are a total dream! Make them for your family and friends this holiday season or anytime. And I’ll bet you that they won’t even be able to tell they’re gluten-free – not one bit. Enjoy!”

Healthier Gingerbread Cookies from Celery & Cupcakes // “For me, gingerbread is a big part of Christmas. I can remember making huge batches of gingerbread men with my mum at this time of year, which always so much fun!  Since I like to eat so much gingerbread, I’ve come up with a recipe that’s a bit lighter, but still full of that warming spicy goodness.”

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies from Chicago Jogger // “This healthier dessert or snack recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies is flourless and sweetened naturally with dates. Adding crunchy coconut flakes and almond butter reminds me of a buttery pie crust.”

Tropical Oatmeal Snack Cookies from Edible Perspective //  “They’re oh-so-chewy and filled with coconut, dried pineapple, nuts, and oats. I’ve made two batches in the past week, so you know they must be pretty easy to whip up (not a lot of extra baking time these days). They only require 1 bowl and are also vegan and gluten-free, so I dare you to not eat at least 4 spoonfuls of the raw dough. If you need chocolate in your cookies, I think adding a handful of chips wouldn’t hurt at all. Enjoy!”

Holiday White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies from Kroll’s Korner // “These easy, soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry cookies are a perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray! You can’t let the holidays pass you by without making this recipe! The white chocolate and cranberries are an irresistible combination.”

Cranberry Chai Spice Thumbprint Cookies from The Almond Eater // “These Cranberry Chai Spice Thumbprint Cookies will be a staple for your holiday cookie table. They’re made with blood oranges, cranberries and cinnamon and they’re SO good!”

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Explosion Cookies from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life // “These Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Explosion Cookies are filled with peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces to make for the perfect (but not overly peanut buttery) cookie. They’re soft, they’re moist, and you won’t be able to keep your hands off of them.”

Sugar Cookies and Buttercream Frosting (low FODMAP) from Treble in the Kitchen // “Soft, sweet, and easy to make these Sugar Cookies are my go-to recipe for a blank cookie-decorating canvas each year.  The Buttercream Frosting is another blank canvas recipe that is creamy, buttery, and everything you look for in a frosting for cookies, cakes, or sweet treats.”

Flourless Candied Ginger Molasses Cookies from Cotter Crunch // “Flourless chewy ginger molasses cookies are delicious gluten free holiday cookies, made with real food ingredients! These chewy molasses cookies are a healthier version of the childhood favorite molasses cookies your grandma made. With real molasses, candied ginger chips and no oils, this may be your new favorite molasses cookie recipe!”

Healthy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Sinful Nutrition // “These Healthy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are sure to be your next favorite #cookie recipe! Made with no added sugar, flour, or oils! “

Peppermint Bark Cookies from Ari’s Menu // “Rich, chocolatey cookies overflowing with pieces of sweet, crunchy peppermint bark, topped with crushed candy canes–a chocolate and peppermint lover’s dream!

Pistachio Cardamom Cookies from Healthy Delicious // “Take a break from traditional gingerbread and sugar cookies and mix things up with these Pistachio Cardamom Cookies! They’re crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle, with the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, salty, and nutty flavors.”

Earl Grey Shortbread from Relishments // “One of my go-to recipes when I want to bring something unique to a cookie swap are these Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies. In the event that you’re not swapping, these cookies are still awesome.  Everyone I’ve ever made them for has been impressed, but they’re really quite simple.  My favorite way to enjoy these cookies is with a cup of tea, but they’re also great with ice cream, hot chocolate or all by themselves.”

Now it’s time for the link up!  Which cookie recipe on your blog are you most likely to bring to a cookie swap party? Link it up below and we’ll promote the recipe on social media next week!
We’ll also be sharing a dozen additional favorite cookie recipes we’ve found on our members’ blogs on social media today with the hashtag #CookieTime

If you don’t have a recipe that fits this week’s theme on your blog, why not make one and share it this week? Let HLB’s Recipe Wednesday series be a pool of inspiration for your recipe creation and post ideas.

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