What We’re Loving: Cookies for Gifting


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The holidays really are the most wonderful time of year, especially when they are filled with sweet, homemade cookies. The simple gesture of a baked gift is one that goes far with friends, family, and neighbors. Cookies are so popular as a gift, in fact, that people host parties centered around exchanging favorite recipes. These cookie swaps are a fun way to gather with loved ones and celebrate the spirit of the season, as well as a really good excuse to eat a whole lot of cookies. Whenever I’ve been stumped for a gift for someone, I turn to the trusted cookie. I make an oatmeal, cranberry, ginger one that I can do in my sleep but that I know will make people smile. And isn’t that really the whole point of the holidays and gift-giving? Just taking a moment to say to the people we care about that we love to see them smile.

If you are in need of a little gift inspiration or have been invited to a cookie swap (lucky you!), here are some of our favorite festive recipes from some extremely spirited food bloggers. Wishing you all a sweet holiday!

Eggnog in a cookie? I must be dreaming. These Spiced Eggnog Macarons just made Christmas dreams come true (pictured above). {from Sweet Style}


It’s a classic for a reason. Just look at those adorable faces on these Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men. {from Minimalist Baker}


These Amaretto Snowballs require no baking, are a snap to make, and are oh so impressive. {from Pure Ella}


One of my favorite cakes is transformed into a unique surprise with these Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies. {from Created by Diane}


Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies. Yes, these are real, Virginia. {from Butterlust}

Photos courtesy of Tessa, John, Ella, Diane, Katie.

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