10 Crazy Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange

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Philly Cheesesteak Cookie

This savory, meat-studded cookie one-ups bacon cookies with beef jerky. If you make your own jerky, whip up a batch of these for truly original gifts for your friends. In order to nail the taste of Philly, this recipe includes paprika, pepper flakes, grated cheddar, and dehydrated onions. Then they're topped with tomato cream cheese frosting — though we recommend a dab over a full-on slathering.

Triplechocofudge Avocado Cookies

Ooey, gooey, and delicious, these fudge cookies are decadent yet don't have any flour, oats, or butter. Instead they rely on avocado and two handfuls of your favorite chopped up chocolate bar to have all the flavor your expect of a sinful dessert. They're gluten-free and nut-free, making them an excellent option for everyone to enjoy.

S'mores Cookies

It seems like anything that uses marshmallow and chocolate gets associated with the campfire classic, but rarely do soft-baked cookies also deliver on the promise of graham cracker flavor. This recipe will not only make addictive cookies complete with luscious ganache topping, but they will also impress with a beautiful visual presentation.

Apple Pie Cookies

There are many ways to bake mini apple pies, but this extra-adorable variety doesn't require any specialty pans or presses and is surprisingly simple to make. The main component is a soft pie dough, which is rolled out and cut into 2-inch circles. The pieces are assembled into a flat hand pie, with a spoonful of filling sandwiched in between. The resulting cookie has all the flaky tenderness of a traditional pie in the convenient size of a cookie.

Sweet Potato Spice Cookies

Sweet potato makes an irresistibly delicious pie filling, so why not cookies? Plus they're packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, potassium, and carotenoids. In this cookie, shredded sweet potato is mixed with everything but the kitchen sink: orange juice, butter, brown sugar, coconut, pecans, oats, butterscotch chips, and warm spices like nutmeg. 

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Dominique Chatterjee