A Literary Christmas Cookie Exchange: Bookish Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Party

Posted December 20, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Holidays / 1 Comment


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I love a good cookie exchange. It’s a great chance to experiment with something new or whip up a crowd-pleasing classic. A couple years ago I made pumpkin madeleines with cream cheese frosting for a cookie exchange by riffing on my go-to madeleine recipe, and I was oh so pleased by how well they were received (definitely one of my prouder baking moments).

Sadly, I won’t have a chance to attend any exchanges this year, but I volunteered to bring some homemade cookies to my family’s Christmas get together. I decided to make Jo’s Christmas gingerbread from my Little Women menu. They couldn’t be more festive, and gingerbread is a favorite treat of the Little Mister (while I was recipe testing for my cookbook, he ate all the limbs off a poor gingerbread man before we could stop him).

Cookie exchange or not, I figure I’m not the only one who wants to try a fun new cookie recipe for the holidays. I’ve made loads of book-inspired cookies in the past that are perfect for Christmas, so I decided to share a few of them below! There’s Jo’s gingerbread of course, but also Sherlock Holmes’ brandy snaps, Romeo and Juliet’s Italian sandwich cookies, and many more. So bake up some bookish fun for Christmas! Your bibliophile friends will thank you. 🙂



Literary Christmas Cookies


Jo’s Christmas Gingerbread from Little Women

Why make generic gingerbread men when you can make the March sisters?



Fairy Dust Star Cookies from Peter Pan

Effortlessly festive!



Brandy Snaps with Coffee Cream from Sherlock Holmes

Dessert: Brandy Snaps with Coffee Cream
For the more sophisticated palate



Dragon Scale Madeleines from The Hobbit

Red and gold isn’t just for dragons. It’s for Christmas too!



Romeo’s Sighs and Juliet’s Kisses: Italian Sandwich Cookies from Romeo and Juliet

Chocolate almond sandwich cookies = delicious any time of year!



Fouquet’s Meringue Cookies with Peach Curd from The Man in the Iron Mask

A unique choice, sure to turn heads



Key Lime Coins from Treasure Island

Lime cookies coated with snow-white powdered sugar and a festive green garnish



Floating Market Nutty Biscuits from Neverwhere

Simple, classic almond cookies that are sure to please



What are your favorite Christmas cookies?


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One response to “A Literary Christmas Cookie Exchange: Bookish Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Party

  1. ladyelasa

    I need to make more of your cookies! I’ve mostly made your savory dishes. Merry Christmas!


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