The holidays are a great excuse to strap on an apron, grab some friends, and indulge in all of the yumminess you can cram into one day. Pinterest is a great way to find ideas for all of your baking needs, but this holiday season we’ve taken the liberty to do your recipe scouring for you. Now that time has been freed up, you’ll have time to try an extra batch of one of the below goodies. You’re welcome!

Caramel Macchiato Cookies


Cookies and coffees are delicious. Why not combine the two and make an unforgettable cookie to share at your holiday gathering?

View the full recipe at Tammilee Tips.

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies


These peanut butter cookies look amazing already. Then add in the chocolate dipped goodness and the outside toppings? These cookies are like a gift in and of themselves. My favorite part is that the toppings you choose could be personalized to your liking, and could be a lot of fun to make at a party.

View the full recipe at Inspired by Charm.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies


These fudge-like chocolate cookies are topped with cherries and drizzled with cherry-infused chocolate frosting. I dare you to stop after just one. These could be the hit of the cookie exchange!

View the full recipe at From Valerie’s Kitchen.

Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites


Who doesn’t love a good bite of cheesecake? Especially when topped with fresh strawberries and whipped topping. Oh, and did I mention these have an Oreo crust? Enough said.

View the full recipe at Cooking Classy.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites


For the person who loves sugar but also appreciates a healthy treat, this is the cookie for you. This vegan option includes just 4 mandatory ingredients and zero sugar. Let me repeat: Sugar-free and Vegan. And yummy!

View the full recipe at Pinch of Yum.

Candied Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie


If you cherish the traditional familiarity of a chocolate chip cookie, but have a special connection to bacon, this cookie is for you. The combination of sweet and salty, combined with the ability to sample candied bacon is enough for anyone to want to host a cookie exchange.

View the full recipe at Tablespoon.

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies


This cookie was featured in Katrina’s Kitchen’s 3rd annual I’ll Bring the Cookies event. These cookies are almost too cute to eat, but with royal frosting on top, who could turn them down? These would be a great option for a cookie exchange with children because one of the steps is a making a fingerprint in the dough. Easy enough for children of all ages, and quick enough to hold their attention.

View the full recipe by Munchkins Munchies.

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies


Nothing tastes and smells like Christmas quite like the traditional red and white cane of peppermint. That, combined with the chocolate goodness of a cookie, and the dipped white chocolate, and it is sure to be a winning combination.

View the full recipe at Liv For Cake.

Melted Snowman Oreo Cookies


Stop it right now with this cuteness! Frosty will be alive and well at the cookie exchange this year, perfectly topped off with a mini Oreo playing the part of his top hat. With the base as an oreo truffle and the decorations to die for, this melted snowman will be the hit of the holiday!

View the full recipe at The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups


Between the sugar cookie dough and the chocolate ganache, the salty pretzels and the mini marshmallows, it is hard to say which part if worth being the most excited part. The Minnesotan baker who created this masterpiece was thinking of the cold Midwestern winters and the relief provided by hot chocolate. Thank goodness for those freezing temperatures coming off the lakes, because we are thrilled by her unique creation.

View the full recipe at The Gunny Sack.

Now that you have your holiday baking done, join your friends and family and do some shopping! Daily Mom has all the hook-ups for great gift ideas this holiday season. Daily Mom’s Guide to Gifts for Preschoolers, Daily Mom’s Top Gifts for Kids, Daily Mom’s Guide for Babies and Expectant Moms.

Photo Credit: Liv for Cake, Tammilee Tips, Inspired by Charm, Tablespoon, Valerie’s Kitchen, Pinch of Yum, Munchkin Munchies, The Girl Who Ate Everything, The Gunny Sack, Cooking Classy

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April is a goldendoodle obsessed mom-of-three with a new puppy named Lainey. She loves traveling, homemade spaghetti sauce, sarcasm, and her day job as an outreach coordinator. She is a blogger at Mojitos and Munchkins where she loves connecting with fellow parents and commiserating about life in the trenches with little people. After a two-week stint of RV living, she has hopes to "sell it all" and escape on a never ending road trip with her family.April now lives in Minnesota, after growing up in the neighboring Hawkeye state. Her and her husband have three adventurous children who are on a constant quest to keep life busy. After a decade in the classroom, April turned in her lesson plan book to focus on slowing her family’s pace of life down and enjoying the fleeting moments between sun up and sundown. She is thankful for lattes, red blends, movie theaters, and homemade spaghetti sauce. April loves connecting with people through her blog at Mojitos & Munchkins.

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