"Warning: You will only want to eat cookies after reading this."
Cookie swaps are really just an excuse to party and eat cookies. Since we like both of those things, we hosted one at headquarters with some of our contributors and FoSE (friends of..) recently. Your ticket to enter was a few dozen home-baked treats to swap. We let in a few nice-looking moochers too.
Anyone who's been to a cookie swap knows they're as much about sugar-highs and jollyness as they are about competition and cookie sizing-up. We tried to make ours less judgey, but there were still high expectations in a room full of food writers. Read more about how cookie swaps work (hosting tips, cookie varieties, and recipe inspiration) in this Cookie Swap Primer.
Now, onto the cookies! Take a look at 28 of the treats: chocolate-chip cookies (with and without whiskey), brookies (brownie-cookies), gingerbread cut-outs (a given) and some critters (mice with almond ears and gingerbread Dumplings). Flip through the slideshow, or jump straight to the recipes you want here.
All the Recipes
Double-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies »
Alexis Stewart's Brown-Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies »
Mice Cookies »
Gingerbread Dumplings »
Toffee Bars »
Chocolate Crinkles »
Swedish Christmas Cookies »
Cranberry Shortbread »
Coconut Macaroons with Salted Caramel »
Clinton Street Baking Company's Spiced Brookies »
Jam Thumbprints »
Chocolate Eggnog Cookies »
Egg Nog Fudge with White Chocolate and Walnuts »
Spicy Gingerbread Cut-Outs »
Russian Tea Cakes »
Traditional Jewish Mandelbrot (Mandel Bread) »
Ginger Spiced Molasses Sugar Cookies »
Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies »
Ginger Sandwich Cookies »
Double Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Aji and Chipotle »
Adapted Momofuku Compost Cookies »
Milk Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Toffee »
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies »
Cinnamon Sugar Rugelach »
Spicy Pandan Cashew White Chocolate Cookies »
Butterscotch Pistachio 'Cookies' »
Note to swappers: If I missed your recipe, please email me!