For many families, Christmas is a heavy baking season. You need to have treats for desserts, for work events, and even more for any guests you may be expecting. If all this baking is beginning to overwhelm you, then you may be looking for Christmas exchange ideas! Christmas exchange cookies are a great way to reduce your personal amount of baking and still get a wide variety of cookie options.
Whether you decide to have the swap with family members, co-workers, or just good friends, the cookie exchange is a great time to socialize, share recipes, and get some tasty treats. You can make the swap a part of a larger family celebration, or it can be a quick meet and exchange.
One of the best parts of the cookie swap is getting cookies that you’ve never tried before. You don’t want to be the only person who brings a bland cookie that bores your friends or family. Here are a handful of fun Christmas cookie recipe ideas that are sure to knock the socks off any cookie lover.
Christmas Peanut Butter Sandwiches
A simple cookie is slapping some peanut butter between two butter crackers and dipping the whole thing in your favorite melted chocolate. That’s the easy way out, though. You can bring something even more exciting to the cookie exchange with just a few simple tweaks.
Borrow the peanut butter portion of the Peanut Butter Malt Eggs from CTL Foods to create a peanut butter filling that is full of surprise. Graham cracker crumbs, Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder, peanut butter, vanilla, sea salt, and butter, make the perfect crunchy filling. Leave out the coconut to give it a more holiday inspired treat and maybe sprinkle in some cinnamon!
After you’ve created the filling, follow your normal procedure of smooshing it between two crackers and dipping it in your chocolate of choice. Voila! A classic Christmas cookie with a new twist.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Perhaps you’re more of a traditionalist. Chocolate chip cookies are always a great staple, but you can give them a more festive flavor by adding ¾ cup of Soda Fountain Malted Milk Powder to your cookies. The malt powder gives your baked confections a traditional flavor that will entice everyone at your Christmas cookie exchange.
Another simple yet tasty cookie is the Fudge Crinkle. These Christmas cookies typically only have four ingredients, but we’re going to bump it up to five.
A traditional Fudge Crinkle uses 1 box of devil’s food cake mix, ½ cup of vegetable oil, and two large eggs. You mix all of those ingredients together, refrigerate the batter for an hour, roll it into balls, roll in confectioners’ sugar, and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
For a fuller tasting cookie, add ½ cup of Soda Fountain Malt Powder and compensate with oil as needed. The malt powder takes the Christmas cookie from a sugary treat to a full-bodied flavor.
So there you have it! A few Christmas cookie options for your next cookie exchange. Time to get baking for this holiday season.