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Holiday Cookie Swap

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I’ll be home in Missouri for Christmas, but I’m starting my festivities early with some holiday parties in the city. First up, my neighbors are throwing a cookie-swap party!

One of the pressures of being a Martha Stewart Living employee is that my friends expect something scrumptious from me. However, I’m embarrassed to admit that baking doesn’t come easily to me. I can grill all day long, but sweets have always presented a particular challenge. Luckily, I have tons of Martha Stewart recipes and employee favorites to pull from. Everyone was more than willing to throw suggestions my way when I needed a killer cookie recipe.

I haven’t decided which of these recipes I will choose for our soiree, but I know each one would be more delicious than the last. Perhaps a test-run with the staff is necessary…

Try some of these treats for your own holiday cookie swap, and let us know your favorites!

I love soft cookies with a crunch, so these Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies are perfect with their banana, melty chocolate and the sharp crunch of walnuts.

Check out these adorable Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing. The lemon icing adds just enough twist on the classic Christmas gingerbread cookies.

These No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Bars are the safe route to go for me. There is no baking involved, yet you still have a delicious treat.

Last week I brought a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to work and remembered why this classic combination is timeless. Take the lunchbox combo to a new level with these Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints.

I’ve always been an adamant oatmeal cookie fan, but I had never heard of anything like these before. Iced Oatmeal-Applesauce Cookies are on the top of my must-bake list!

Kayla Alewel is an editorial assistant at Martha Stewart Living. She spends hours wandering through book shops and searching for a Manhattan bakery that can compete with the ones in Paris. Follow her on Pinterest @kaylaalewel.

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