All that holiday gifting is only half the merriment of the holidays. The rest of it — in our opinion, at least! — comes from the joy of making and savoring special holiday treats that only come once a year.
The minute Thanksgiving passed, we move on to dreaming about all the holiday dessert possibilities, and there are simply too many on our to-make list to name. From gingerbread cookies to peppermint patties, we'll be cooking up a storm, but one thing's for sure: it isn't the holidays without these no-bake date balls. We hope you'll give them a try and add to your holiday cookie rotation, too!

This year, we're also adding to our holiday baking traditions: we're taking part in Food Network's first-ever virtual cookie swap, where some of the web's best food destinations have gathered together to share their favorite cookie creations. See what the rest of our friends are swapping at this virtual cookie exchange when you read more.

All You Magazine: White Chocolate-Cranberry Cookies
Oprah.com: Sugar Cookies
Gilt Taste: Milk Bar Holiday Cookies
Liquor.com: Drink in the Holidays
Cooking Light: Iced Sugar Cookies
MyRecipes.com: Ultimate Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Food52: Ginger-Spiced Molasses Sugar Cookies
Cooking Channel: The White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies “Gingersnaps”
BlogHer: Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies
CafeMom: Marvelous Mini Apple Crisp Cookies
The Daily Meal: Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Food Republic: Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookies
EatingWell: Five Tips For Perfect Gingerbread Cookies
Redbook Magazine: Candy-Cane Cookies
Gourmet Live: Pistachio-Cranberry Icebox Cookies
AP/ J.M. Hirsch: Ginger-Fig Crumb Bars
Fox News: White Chocolate-Cherry-Oatmeal Cookies
Epicurious: Italian Almond Cookies
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Cowboy Cookies
All You: Pecan and Honey Diamonds
Yahoo! Shine: Nutmeg Rosettes
Food & Wine: Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs
YumSugar: Coconut-Date Balls
FN Dish: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Bacon Cookies

Want to join in on the feast? Check out #pullupachair, and tell us what you'll be baking!