Let’s face it: The annual cookie exchange can feel a bit...stale. Year after year, Sally in human resources brings the same peanut butter cookies, and your neighbor always drops off gingerbread stars. Not anymore. We’re throwing in Lucky Charms, Nutella and even miso to mix it up (well, not all in one cookie, but you get the point). To provide you with some creative inspiration for this year’s cookie exchange, here are 17 cookie recipes you haven’t seen a billion times.
17 Cookie Exchange Recipes You Haven’t Seen a Billion Times
2. Minneapolis Blackout Cookies
Jesse Reilly puts her own spin on blackout cookies with a recipe that includes bittersweet chocolate chunks, cocoa powder and caramelized white chocolate.
3. Snickerdoodle Lucky Charms Cookies
Why did we never think to add our favorite sugary cereal to cookies? These are definitely what’s in those pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.
5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Not technically a cookie, per se, but who can say no to cookie dough...as a dip?
6. Rocky Road Cookies
Ice cream lovers, rejoice: You can make these chocolate cookies in just 30 minutes (and top them with rocky road ice cream, of course).
8. Glazed Doughnut Cookies
What’s better than a doughnut and a cookie? A doughnut cookie. It’s got all the cinnamon-sugar flavors and sprinkle-topped icing without that whole fried-in-a-vat-of-oil thing.
10. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Don’t judge a cookie by its “cover.” These may look like ordinary pumpkin cookies, but the creamy cheesecake filling is anything but.
13. Matcha Cranberry Linzer Cookies
Green is the color of the season. Use matcha to add a festive hue to classic cranberry linzer cookies.
14. Samoas Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
Not all cookies are best served warm. Case in point: These Girl Scout-inspired Samoa cookie sandwiches filled with vanilla ice cream.
16. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies
Classic thumbprints made with jam are nothing new, but using cheesecake as a filling? That’ll surprise the cookie exchangers.
17. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies
If a pumpkin-flavored cinnamon roll married a cookie, that would mean we could eat it for breakfast, right?