10 Best Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes

cookie exchange recipe


It’s been a while since I’ve attended a cookie exchange, but the holidays always seem to entice me to bake up a batch of sweetness to pair with a cup of hot chocolate or to share with friends and family. I really had hoped to host a cookie exchange of my own this year, but adding wedding planning to my “spare time” activities as well as my new card making hobby, I just couldn’t make it happen for the holidays. However, I’ve complied a list of my favourite cookie exchange recipes that are simple to make and ones I absolutely love – I’ll definitely be making at least a batch of each to give as gifts or just for the heck of it!


Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recpieAll Time Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gimme Some Oven

Amazing jam thumbprint cookie recipeThumbprint Cookies | Kraft Canada

Hello Dolly BarsHello Dolly Bars | Flour + Paper Tom’s Pick

chocolate crinkle cookiesChocolate Crinkle Cookies | Simply Recipes

toblerone shortbreadChunky Toblerone Shortbread | Taste Book

shortbread cookiesShortbread Cookies | The Endless Meal

Double Chocolate BiscottiDouble Chocolate Biscotti | Once Upon A Chef

sugar cookies recipeSugar Cookies | Canadian Living

White Chocolate Cranberry CookiesCranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies | Sally’s Baking Addiction

matcha shortbreadMatcha Shortbread | The Globe And Mail

Happy baking!!

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Everyone On Your List

mom_journalDo What You Love notebook, $24 $12, for those who enjoy being creative with words.

fun boxers for men

Fun printed boxers, $9. A discrete way to be festive.

mens graphic tee

Screen printed fox t-shirt, $35, because I don’t know one guy (or gal) who wouldn’t love a intricately screen printed graphic t-shirt.

Charmed Aroma candles

Charmed Aroma vanilla crepe soy candle, $25, comes with a hidden ring inside valued between $10 and $5000 – no joke.

604214919006_naked3Urban Decay Naked 3 pallet, $64, I’m going to go out on a limb and bet that this is the number one stocking stuffer for women this year.


Vintage watch cufflinks, $40, sometimes when you want to add a bit of bling without too much bam!

Large Pom Pom touqe

Michelle Chunky Toque, $42 – I just bought myself this toque, mainly because of the HUGE pompom, and it’s super soft and warm. Style over function won initially, but this toque is the best of both worlds!


Muskoka Campfire candle, $28, seems like candles are making quite the comeback! Not only with women, but with rugged scents like this Muskoka Campfire, men are digging these scented delights too.

sonic toothbrush

Stylish Sonic Toothbrush, $25, way more stylish than the generic designs and I love that it comes with a cap cover.



story_bracelet Lokai Bracelet, $26, is a simply stated reminder that life is full of highs and lows, and to find the balance in both while remaining humble and grateful. Great both men, women, and young adults.

davids tea_holiday collection

Tea for the Season, $20, is the perfect compliment to a snuggle by the fire.


Soap Stones, $12-$192. I want one of these! I don’t even care to use them, just looking at these pretty things is enough for me to enjoy them.

buddha board from Chapters IndigoBuddha Board, $16. I received one of these last year and absolutely love it! It’s a fun way of learning to “let it go.”

shoko chocolates

Shoko Chocolates, $9-$30. I haven’t had a chance to try these yet, but they have a holiday collection that is visually beautiful and presented in a sleek black box. This little Santa would be a sweet addition to anyone’s stocking.


I have not received any perks or gifts for writing this post.  All views and opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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Cake Batter Funfetti Smoothie

Cake batter funfetti smoothie



I promised a little while back via my Instagram, that I would be posting my recipe for a cake batter funfetti smoothie. It has many health-wsie ingredients, including chai seed pudding, which make it an almost guilt-free treat. It’s a great way to start the day or end a killer workout, whether at the gym or after a run.



1 cup of chia seed pudding

1 cup milk of your choice

1/2 cup cottage cheese

3-4 ice cubes

1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

pinch of salt

confetti sprinkles (optional)



Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with confetti sprinkles and enjoy!


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Gluten Free Brownie Donuts

A few weeks ago we had a potluck at the office – I decided my contribution would be a baked something or the other, so I decided to break out my new donut pan and make a batch of gluten-free brownie donuts.

They were well received and quickly devoured to my delight. It always makes me happy when I bake or cook something that makes another person’s taste buds and tummy do a happy dance.

Simple to make and almost guilt-free, I hope you’ll enjoy these brownie donuts as much as we did.


gluten free brownie donuts




3/4 cups gluten-free flour or regular flour

3 eggs

1 ½ cups of sugar of your choice, I used organic palm sugar as it’s the lowest on the glycemic index

4 squares bakers unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cups butter or coconut oil

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon xanthan gum (if using a gluten-free flour that doesn’t already have this blended into it)



  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Grease and flour 4 donut pans
  3. Melt butter and chocolate in a glass or metal bowl over a pot of boiling water that has been reduced to a simmer. Once the chocolate has melted, remove from heat and let cool
  4. Beat eggs until they are a lemon colour
  5. Add sugar to eggs and beat until well combined
  6. Add vanilla
  7. Mix in the melted chocolate
  8. Fold in the flour
  9. If using gluten-free flour that doesn’t already have xanthan gum, add this ingredient last and gently fold into the batter
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Top with icing sugar and serve.

Note: The more you beat the batter, the more air it will have, giving you a more cake-like donut.

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Tom’s Pick – Hello Dolly Bars Remixed

You will not want to share these Hello Dolly Bars with Dolly, or Barbie, or Ken, or even the friends that you had intended to make them for. These are the kind of baked goods that you sample from the pan when they are done, and realize a few minutes later that they’re gone because you have devoured the whole lot. Something I would have done, had I known the code to the safe that Aliyyah hides her baking in when she’s done, to prolong its life, made possible by restricting my access to them.

In all seriousness though, and this happens rarely so pay attention, these bars are a MUST BAKE! From the chewy graham cracker base to the tender chocolaty top, they are a perfect combination between sweet and buttery. Fun can also be had with the ingredients as we (Aliyyah) made some with toffee and some with marshmallows. Each was equally divine and just writing about them has my stomach growling for more. Your only regret after making Hello Dolly Bars will be, that you didn’t make enough.







  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 butter melted or coconut oil
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts



  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a deep 9 x 13 baking pan with foil and grease with butter or coconut oil (this makes it easy to remove from the pan and cut into bars).
  2. Mix the Graham cracker crumbs and melted butter or coconut oil together then press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Pour the entire can of condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker base. Add remaining ingredients one at a time ensuring to distribute evenly, with the marshmallows added last.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes and remove from the oven. Let it cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.


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