A holiday cookie swap is a fun and easy way to stock your kitchen with a variety of seasonal goodies without having to do all the baking yourself. This month we collaborated with Colorado electric co-op employees for a virtual cookie recipe swap. These tried-and-true recipes will get you started on your holiday baking and are a star choice for any cookie swap.


From: Nikki Ricciardi, Mountain View Electric

  • 1 pound butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp allspice
  • 3 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tsp ground clove
  • 5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1–2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream together butter, eggs, and sugars. In a separate bowl sift together dry ingredients and then combine with the creamed ingredients. Shape dough into 8 cylinder rolls and wr ap in plastic wrap or foil and freeze. Slice and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes. Yield: about 15 dozen.

This is a recipe that was handed down to my mom, Eileen Ricciardi, by her Dutch grandmother … who learned the recipe from her grandmother. Spikalaas (also spelled “speculaas” depending on region) is a traditional Dutch cookie with a warm holiday spice flavor and a crisp texture that is great for dunking in coffee or hot chocolate.

These cookies are a staple of the Christmas season in the Netherlands, Belgium, and parts of Germany. While this recipe calls for nuts, it is just as good without! An additional bonus is that both the dough and the baked cookies can be frozen without losing texture or flavor.

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Enter to win a cookie scoop, a cookie dough log shaper, an apron and pot holder, spatula, and cookie cutters.