The Speckled Palate
December 14, 2016

42 Cookies for Santa (The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange Round-Up!)

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I’m so thrilled to report that this year’s Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange was a HIT! I meaaaaaaaan… as if any holiday celebration involving butter, flour, sugar and cheer could be anything else. 😉

Last week, more than 30 blogger friends and I baked some of our old and new favorite cookies of the season.

Today, Susannah and I are both sharing all the links to these cookies so y’all can have plenty of baking inspiration for Santa Claus (and your family and friends and neighbor and teachers and everyone else) this month!

Y’all ready for this?

Here we go…

The holiday season is upon us! Celebrate with these 42 cookie recipes that are perfect for Santa Claus, family members, friends, neighbors, teachers and more! The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange 2016, a yearly celebration of baked goods, was a success in its fifth year, boasting 42 new recipes from more than 30 international bloggers. We should bake them ALL this season! Which one is your favorite?

Brownies & Bar Cookies

Coffee Porter Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Beer Girl Cooks

Coffee Porter Chocolate Brownie Cookies from Beer Girl Cooks, as seen above

Healthy Magic Cookie Bars from simple and savory

Orange Cranberry Bars from The Speckled Palate

Quadruple Chocolate Decadent Brownie from An Oregon Cottage

Cutout/Shaped Cookies

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies from The Beach House Kitchen

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies from The Beach House Kitchen, as seen above

Cardamom Ginger Cat Gingerbread Cookies from Feast + West

Chocolate Shortbread Snowflakes from Thoroughly Nourished Life

Christmas Cookie Pops from A Savory Feast

German Chocolate Cookie Cups from The Crumby Cupcake

Gluten Free Vanilla Sugar Cookies from The Petit Gourmet

Mint Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees from Hey There Sunshine

Nana’s Anise Pierniki from The Crumby Cupcake

Paleo Peppermint Oreos (Gluten-Free) from 40 Aprons

Salted Caramel Coconut Biscotti from The Crumby Cupcake

Sugar-Free Gingerbread Cookies from Wholesome Yum

Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies from The Speckled Palate

Drop Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from The Secret Ingredient Is

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from The Secret Ingredient Is, as seen above

Bakery Style Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies from The Culinary Compass

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Thumbprints from The Secret Ingredient Is

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Meatloaf and Melodrama

Maple Cinnamon Sugar Cookies from Simply Whisked

No Bake Peppermint Bark Cookies from The Speckled Palate

Hand-Formed Cookies

Simple Six Ingredient Peppermint Crinkle Cookies // A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Simple Six Ingredient Peppermint Crinkle Cookies from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen, as seen above

Caramel Surprise Cookies from Our Life Inspired

Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies from The Crumby Cupcake

Chocolate Chip Macaroons from 2 Cookin Mamas

Chocolate Cookie Pies with Candy Cane Buttercream from Glisten and Grace

Chocolate Italian Meatball Cookies from Ciao Chow Bambina

Gingerbread White Chocolate Earthquake Cookies from Thoroughly Nourished Life

Gingernut Cookies from My Gorgeous Recipes

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles (Vegan) from Strength and Sunshine

Grandma’s Oatmeal Triblys from The Schmidty Wife

Maraschino Cherry Cookies from Thrifty Jinxy

Pecan Pie Shortbread Cookies from The Emotional Baker

Peppermint Cheesecake Cookie Cups from I Dig Pinterest

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies from Everyday Made Fresh

Poppy Seed Kiss Cookies from Hello Little Home

Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate and Candy Cane from Girl Heart Food

Other Cookies

Mascarpone Cookie Cake from Brunch-n-Bites

Mascarpone Cookie Cake from Brunch-n-Bites, as seen above

Butterscotch Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie from No Spoon Necessary

Pumpkin Spice Pizzelles from Joybilee Farm

What cookies do you plan to make this season?


  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Wow, so many amazing ideas! Is there time to try them all? This was such a fun collaboration. I’m loving this round up and all the delicious ideas.

    • Erin

      I bet between us, we could make ’em all. Or at least most of ’em. 😉 So happy you participated and brought those cookie pops, Jenna! So delicious!

  2. Anne

    Thanks for sharing all of these cookie recipes! I can’t wait to try a few of them out.

    • Erin

      You’re welcome, Anne! I hope you got some great ideas from this list!

  3. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    Wow, that is a lot of cookie deliciousness!

    • Erin

      SO much cookie deliciousness! 😀

  4. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    What a great collection! Santa would be obsessed!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Des! I think he totally would be!

  5. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Love this list!! I am always looking for new and exciting cookie exchange recipes!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Dorothy! I’m always looking for new and exciting cookies, too. I hope you found some here for your exchanges. 🙂

  6. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I’m in love with everyone’s cookies!! Thanks so much for including me, Erin! Happy Holidays 🙂

    • Erin

      I’m so happy you participated this year, Megan! Your Shortbread Cookies looked AMAZING. 🙂 Happy holidays to you and yours!

  7. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    How cute are those mittens! Loving this festive round-up and cant’ wait to try something new!

    • Erin

      I’m totally swooning over those mittens, too, Jenn! I hope you find a few good recipes to try this season!

  8. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    I think Santa would be one happy man if he found one of each of these on his plate Christmas Eve night! 😉

    • Erin

      Oh man. Can you imagine how happy he’d be?!? Amazing!

  9. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    That’s such a terrific roundup! Leaving cookies out for Santa is something our kids always get super excited about 🙂

    • Erin

      Thank you! My sister and I always loved leaving cookies for Santa, and I look forward to sharing that tradition with our daughter this year or next. 🙂

  10. Cathy Trochelman

    Oh GOODNESS!!! I seriously hope Santa shares!

    • Erin

      Wouldn’t that be AMAZING?!?

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