Best Cookies for a Cookie Swap if You Don’t Bake

Cookie swaps kind of slap. You’re able to make one batch of cookies and leave with dozens to try. Who wouldn’t love that?? Well, you might get some anxiety if you’re not a skilled baker, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Personally, I’m all for bringing a pack of Oreos to pass around, but if you want to keep the haters at bay, here we have some high quality cookies that are as good as homemade even though they came from the grocery store. These are the best cookies for a cookie swap if you don’t bake—feel free to pass them off as your own!

Walkers Stem Ginger Biscuits

Most cookie swaps happen around the holidays, so what better time to bust out some ginger cookies to pass around? There’s tons of chewy ginger mixed into these cookies, which gives them a uniquely fancy taste. “These slap you in the face with ginger flavor,” according to Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick. If you really want to pass these off as homemade, maybe talk about where you got the candied ginger. That should do it!

Read the full ranking of the best ginger cookies

Costco Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’re probably not going to be able to finish a container of chocolate chip cookies from the Costco bakery all on your own. Bring ’em to the cookie swap! They may not be homemade, but heat them in the oven for a few minutes, and they’re going to wow everyone all the same. They’re studded with wonderful, melty, chocolate chips and the chewiness of the cookie itself is spot on. Plus, these cookies are big as hell, which is a cool flex at a cookie swap.

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Christie Cookie Co. Oatmeal Raisin Gourmet Cookies

A cookie that calls itself “gourmet” is a good place to start when you want to pass off store bought cookies as homemade cookies. I get it, you can just slap “gourmet” onto any ol’ thing these days, but these cookies really do taste better, fresher, and fancier than pretty much every other oatmeal raisin cookie you can buy. They’re buttery, rich, and chewy, but they don’t taste like preservatives like so many other chewy cookies from the grocery store. Bring these cookies to the cookie swap and no one will complain.

Read the full ranking of the best oatmeal raisin cookies

Costco White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

If you want the convenience of Costco cookies but want to switch it up from chocolate chip, their white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are a great alternative for the ol’ cookie swap. You get the same gargantuan cookies with sweet white chocolate morsels and buttery bits of macadamia nut. Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling actually found these to be softer and chewier than Costco’s chocolate chip cookies, and that makes them that much easier to pass off as your own.

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Benton’s Fudge Covered Peppermint Cremes

Okay, you aren’t going to trick anyone into thinking you baked these, but they’re so good! Oreo hasn’t released a peppermint cookie in years. Aldi is picking up Nabisco’s slack with these babies, but doing them one better by dunking them in fudge. Let your friends slave over dry, misshapen shortbread cookies. Just stop at Aldi and grab these.

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About the Author

Vinz Karl

Vinz Karl is a freelance contributor to Sporked and self-proclaimed Guy Fieri superfan. He believes in breakfast supremacy and is on a never-ending mission to try every flavor of Oreo out there. Originally from the Midwest, Vinz now resides in Los Angeles, where you can find him going on hikes, checking out new restaurants, and preparing for his eventual casting on CBS's Survivor.

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