10 Crazy Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

Heather Christo
Bourbon? Butter? Bacon? These cookies have it all.

The season for cookie-exchange parties is in full swing, and though you can always whip up a batch of iced sugar cookies or Nestlé Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies, showing up with the same cookie as someone else can feel a bit like wearing the same dress as another guest to a party. Ensure a "who baked it best?" moment doesn't kill the holiday spirit at your friendly exchange by bringing one of these ten unique cookies.

Bourbon Maple Bacon Pecan Cookies

Bacon desserts have become commonplace over the past few years, but this flavor combo is so on point that we'd be remiss to leave the recipe out. Pair with a hot toddy for the perfect late-night winter snack.

Gilded Fork
No one will believe the secret ingredient is garlic.
Garlic Brittle Cookies

Are you one to work garlic into every meal you cook? Check out this unique cookie recipe, in which a subtle note of garlic is toned down with chocolate chips and walnut brittle.Real garlic fanatics must try a savory-sweet cookie too, which took home first prize in the 2009 Gilroy Garlic Festival Cookoff. The award-winning Spicy Garlic Butter Cookies with Garlic Goat Cheese & Honey, which feature roasted garlic and cayenne pepper, can be served as an appetizer or creative dessert.

Spoon Fork Bacon
Potato chips update this classic cookie.

PB&J Potato Chip Thumbprint Cookie

Thumbprints are a classic Swedish pastry called hallongrotta, but here they go all-American with peanut butter, jelly, and potato chips. These will be a hit at a kids' party, but they're also a dream come true for anyone who craves salty-sweet snacks. With a peanut butter cookie dough base, the result is a soft cookie, but rolling them in crushed potato chips provides a contrasting crunchy texture.

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