Easy Everything Cookies Recipe + Cookie Exchange

This Easy Everything Cookies Recipe is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are all my own.

Holidays. Parties. And these easy everything COOKIES recipe.

Easy Everything Cookies Recipe, the ideal recipe to use up your holiday baking leftovers! Enjoy for yourself, perfect for cookie swaps or enjoy giving as a gift from your kitchen! Get the Recipe at Little Figgy Food! #GiftThemJoy #WorldMarketTribe @WorldMarket #ad
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Christmas baking is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays! I love to give baked goodies to family and friends, plus celebrating with all of the Christmas food and drink and my favorite easy everything cookies recipe … and oh my goodness do I ever adore a great Cookie Exchange Party!

Everything cookies and the flickering lights in the luminaries.

With all the baking that happens in my kitchen, I’m guaranteed to find leftover ingredients that will just stare at me until I find a recipe to throw them into, hence my fondness of this Everything Cookies recipe, which is perfect to use up all of those extra ingredients.

Ingredients to make cookies
A batch of everything cookies recipe
Holiday baking cookbook and a batch of cookies

I know that holiday parties are numerous, but if you have the chance to host or attend a Cookie Exchange Party, you’re in for some incredible and tasty fun! Think great times with friends, plenty of cookies to try and take home, plus new recipes to add to your collection, all make for a brilliant time.

My daughter wanted to start decorating and baking for Christmas during the summer, me not so much … but NOW, I’m all in and am enjoying all of the gorgeous holiday baking ideas!

I love this from Brandi​ ​Milloy​, a ​Gingerbread​ ​Icebox​ ​Cake​ ​Recipe​ ​&​ ​Dessert​ ​Table​ ​by​ ​Cost​ ​Plus​ ​World Market!

Sweeten your holiday entertaining with Brandi Milloy’s easy Christmas baking recipe for a
classic icebox cake made with Walkers Gingerbread Biscuits, Butter Toffee Pretzels, and Salted
Caramel Bark from Cost Plus World Market. Plus, see her cheery dessert table presentation.
Imagine the joy you’ll bring. #GiftThemJoy

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I found all of these gorgeous items at my local Cost Plus World Market at Town Center in Kennesaw, GA, yes, they know me well there. To find a store near you, check out the store locator and have fun!

Christmas tin houses to decorate

Host a Cookie Exchange Party Checklist!

Set the Date & Invite Your Guests

  • Send out invites 3 – 4 weeks in advance. Keep the numbers between 6 – 12 to keep things manageable.

Determine How Much To Bake

  • Decide how much each guest will bake for each person, usually between a half dozen to a full dozen, plus extra for sampling.

Set the Rules

  • What are the rules for the exchange? You can set your own, but here are some suggestions:
    • Homemade from Scratch only.
    • No burnt cookies.
    • Stick with your theme: Family Favorites, Holiday Themed, Slice & bake, Etc.

Make Preparations

  • Make the cookie display cards.
  • Gather the Gift boxes, ribbons, etc.

Make a Menu for Drinks and Treats

  • Check out Brandi Milloy’s video for Gingerbread Icebox Cake recipe and Tablescape ideas above.

Prepare for the Party

  • Brew that coffee and tea, set up your table with the appetizers and prepare a table for everyone to set out their samples.
  • Have a table cleared for everyone to package up the cookies to exchange.
  • Don’t forget to set out the recipe cards along with the cookies so that each guest can add to their recipe collection.

Stay Relaxed and Enjoy!

Bonus! Everything Cookies Recipe Card Download HERE.

A plate of baked goods to share

You can easily double or triple these Everything Cookies, each batch makes about 3 dozen, and you can keep the cookie dough refrigerated for up to 3 days. When you’re ready, just pull it out and get baking.

Everything Cookies, the ideal recipe to use up your holiday baking leftovers! Enjoy for yourself, perfect for cookie swaps or enjoy giving as a gift from your kitchen! Get the Recipe at Little Figgy Food! #GiftThemJoy #WorldMarketTribe @WorldMarket #ad

Everything Cookies

Yield: 36
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Make these amazing Everything Cookies with those baking leftovers. Perfect for Cookie Exchange Parties, gifts from the kitchen or just because.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves, nutmeg and/or ginger
  • 12 oz chocolate chips, dark, milk or white
  • 3/4 toasted nuts, your pick
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit, figs, raisins, apricots, etc.
  • 1/2 cup caramels, pretzels or toffees


  1. Cream together the butter & sugars until fluffy.
  2. Mix in the flour, oats, baking soda & salt.
  3. Add the eggs & vanilla extract, mixing well.
  4. Stir in desired spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg &/or ginger.
  5. Fold in the chocolate, nuts, dried fruit & caramels, pretzels or toffees (if using).
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  8. Scoop using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, and place on lined baking tray, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake in oven 12 - 15 minutes. Cool on baking tray for about 5 minutes, the transfer to cooling rack to continue to cool.


Keep stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 - 7 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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  1. What a great checklist! And it couldn’t come at a better time… Im hosting one for the neighbors this year! I also LOV LOVE LOVE the red and white houses… those will be making an appearance on our table this year! (Ps, the cookies look pretty darned good too!!)

    1. Thank you so much Michele!!! Those little houses are my new favorites too! I hope your cookie exchange goes well! 🙂

  2. These cookies look SO good! I love that you got creative with your leftover ingredients and created these yummy treats. This is a great idea because I always have leftover nuts, flower, oats from other recipes during the holiday season as well. I must give these a try!

  3. Such an awesome recipe with so many goodies in these cookies! Also, I loved loved loved that little gif (I think it was a gif??) with the cookies and lights flickering in the background. Amazing!

    1. Thank you Julia! I love making those cookies, and using up leftover goodies. I’m glad you like the “GIF”, it’s called a cinemagraph and are great fun to create!

    1. Hope you enjoy your shopping trip to World Market, I love going there and always am finding something that I “must have”.

  4. Such a fun and delicious idea! These look SO amazing and perfect for the holidays. Will definitely have to try out the cookie exchange idea!

  5. Such great tips for hosting a cookie exchange! My friend has always hosted one in the past but she moved this past year. I have been thinking of hosting it myself and this will really come in handy!

    1. Thank you Karyl! AND Oh my goodness, all the cookies, I completely understand! But someone has to eat them eventually 😉

  6. Great recipe! We love Everything Cookies. They’re sometimes called “Kitchen Sink Cookies” in my neck of the woods too. They’re always such a fun combination of flavors and textures!

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