5 Recipes For Your Holiday Cookie Swap

Resident chef Kathy Gunst brings two of her favorite cookie recipes to trade with the Here & Now staff — and we crowdsource a couple of our own.
Snickerdoodles, made using a family recipe from Here & Now executive producer Kathleen McKenna. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Want some ideas for a holiday cookie swap? Resident chef Kathy Gunst brings three of her favorite recipes to trade with the Here & Now staff — and we crowdsource a couple of our own.

Chocolate And Raspberry Rugelach

Rugelach is a traditional cookie for Chanukah but these festive rolls are ideal for any holiday party or cookie swap. The dough is made extra-moist with the addition of cream cheese and sour cream. These are filled with semi-sweet chocolate and sweet raspberries. You can fill the rugelach with cinnamon sugar or raisins or any sweet filling you like.

Makes about 48 cookies.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • Pinch salt
  • About 1 to 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • About 1 cup raspberries, cut in half or quarters if very large
  • About 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar or sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Make the dough: Place the cream cheese, butter and sour cream in a mixer and blend until well incorporated and soft. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and mix until a soft dough comes together. Place on a sheet of plastic or wax paper and shape into a

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