There was a lot of clamoring in the wax community when Yankee Candle released their Holiday collection. People were saying it’s more of a New Year’s Celebration type collection and not really Christmassy, cozy and homey. There were no bakery and dessert fragrances and it all went more towards a festive drinks, cocktail party theme.
Yankee compensated all of that by releasing another collection in time for Holiday season, called Yankee Candle Cookie Swap Collection. This is all dessert, all bakery fragrances collection so if those scents give you the right kind of Christmas vibe, you have a huge selection here.
Yankee Candle Cookie Swap Collection consists of 6 new scents, all dessert themed. For initial burns from the early shoppers in the wax community, the consensus is that Merry Berry Linzer is the strongest of the bunch.
The 8 candles in the Yankee Candle Cookie Swap Collection are:
- Yankee Candle Merry Berry Linzer scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Crunchy Pistachio Vanilla scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Iced Gingerbread scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Magic Cookie Bar scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Sprinkled Sugar Cookie scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Candy Cane Meringue scented candle,
- Yankee Candle Lemon Drop Cookie
- Yankee Candle Fresh Baked Apple Cake Cup
I’m doing a gingerbread scented candles battle this weekend. I have 26 people coming over and I needed a scent theme for the house. I wanted something spicy and sweet and autumnal. I was looking through my stash but nothing was grabbing my attention and then one of my kids mentioned how all the gingerbread candles look cute together and how we could do gingerbread cookies for the party and be really over the top, so the scent theme was picked.
The newest member in my gingerbread scented wax stash is the brand new Yankee Candle Iced Gingerbread from the Cookie Swap Collection. It says on the candle that it’s a limited edition collection but I have no idea how limited it is and how many times they’ll restock the scents. I got mine directly from USA and I have no hope that they’ll come to Europe.
Yankee Candle Iced Gingerbread smells like their old Gingerbread candle, with loads of vanilla icing added to it. If you smelled Yankee Candle Gingerbread, you know it’s very strong and intense and you get loads of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, mixed with brown sugar. So there’s all the spice in there and it can be a bit much. But in Yankee Candle Iced Gingerbread, you get the vanilla icing as well. That makes the overall scent sweeter than plain Gingerbread but the icing also dilutes the spices somewhat, leaving us with a more mellow spice mix over a sweet vanilla base.
I really like this on its own, if you want to dilute it a bit further and amp up the cookie aspect, mix it with Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie or Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie.
Yankee Candle Sprinkled Sugar Cookie is part of the limited Cookie Swap Collection that’s available in the USA. This one is the most basic of all the cookie scents which could get a bit boring when you have a whole jar to burn but then again it’s perfect if you want to pair it up with different things and just keep it as a solid sugary base to layer on top of.
Yankee Candle Sprinkled Sugar Cookie smells like sugar, butter and vanilla mixed together with a bit of a candy note layered on top. So you do get the “sprinkles” note and you do get the basic sugary, buttery vanilla scent. It’s well made and a generally very pleasing, I doubt anyone would object to this if you light it up when you have guests over.
If you like Yankee’s Christmas Cookie, you’ll like this. This is a bit more intense, a tad bit thicker, because the butter and vanilla notes are amped up, but it’s in the same vein.
You can mix this with all your berry scents that you have left over from summer to give them a holiday twist. Or go with coffee, for an overall café feeling.
Yankee Candle Merry Berry Linzer is new for the Yankee Candle Cookie Swap Collection. This was nice and strong with a very strong fruit note.
Yankee Candle Merry Berry Linzer smells like raspberry jam, followed by sugar, vanilla and butter mix. There is a bit of a baked shortbread note in this, but it’s faint.
This gave me an idea of making my own “jam and shortbread” mixtures so I played around with my old jar of Yankee Candle Shortbread Cookie – if you don’t have that, just replace it with Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie that’s available now – and then I added various jam scents like Yankee Candle Berrylicious and Sweet Strawberry and some similar ones I had left over from my Summer Goose Creek Haul.
The results were really nice and if you have some berry scented melts hanging around, I highly suggest you layer them over a basic cookie note and make your own linzer fragrance.
Magic Cookie Bar is my favorite of the Yankee Candle Cookie Swap collection.
Yankee Candle Magic Cookie Bar smells like milk chocolate, sugar, a bit of vanilla and a bit of peanut butter. It sort of smells like a Snickers bar without the caramel. I really like the mix, even though I don’t get a baked cookie note. It’s not overly sweet and it’s definitely more of a chocolate covered bar than a cookie. I don’t get any coconut in this but maybe what reads as peanut butter to my nose should actually be coconut flakes.
I really liked this, if you want a stronger mix or play with the chocolate and peanut butter ratio, try layering Goose Creek Candle Peanut Butter Sugar with Yankee Candle Chocolate Truffle.
Yankee Candle Candy Cane Meringue has the most prominent bakery note of the new Cookie Swap scents.
Yankee Candle Candy Cane Meringue smells like a lemon meringue pie with candy type peppermint mixed in. The two scents alone are great. I love the lemon meringue pie scent at the base here, it has sugar, crust and the sweet citrus. The candy peppermint note alone is nice as well, it’s similar to the peppermint that is in Yankee’s Candy Cane Lane. The fragrance overall though, I’m not in love with. The lemon, bakery and peppermint mix is a bit odd to my nose. It sounds good on paper but smelling it, the candy cane note sort of clashes with the sweet, baked pie base. I’m not a big fan of the scent of candy canes though, so that might be what’s throwing me off here.
Yankee Candle Crunchy Pistachio Vanilla from the Cookie Swap collection smells like pistachio, almond, sugar and vanilla cookie dough. I don’t get a bakery or “cookie” note in this specifically, I get more of a cookie dough scent mostly but I had it burning for 4 hours yesterday and as it was burning it did start to get more and more of that baked cookie note.
The pistachio note is OK, it’s not quite as good as Village Candle’s Lemon Pistachio but still good. There’s also a very strong almond note that is specifically bakery, almond extract type. Load those up with sugar and vanilla and it’s a really nice, sweet, nutty fragrance.
One of my favorite scented candles of all time and one I always keep in my stash is Village Candle Lemon Pound Cake. I had high hopes for Lemon Drop Cookie, thinking it could be a sweeter, less cake and more cookie version of the epic Village candle.
After burning Yankee Candle Lemon Drop Cookie for a couple of days now, I can say Yankee missed the mark for me on this one. The sugar cookie part is fine. Yankee does a nice sugar cookie scent that they use often enough and with good reason since they figured out a well-balanced mix of butter, sugar and a bit of vanilla that doesn’t smell burned or like a generic sugared vanilla candle. My issue is with the lemon note used in this scented candle. Yankee does a Sicilian Lemon fragrance that has the most amazing sweetened lemon smell and I burned through 4 jars and a bunch of votives of that this year. I was certain they’ll just blend that scent with their sugar cookie smell and they’ll have a win. What they went with though, is the lemon note they use in their Sage and Citrus candle. While it works well there with the herbal sage base, it reads far too chemically in this candle.
It actually smells like I cleaned the kitchen with a lemon scented cleaner and then started baking sugar cookies. It’s not bad at all, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with the notes individually and nothing wrong with my house smelling clean and like cookies at the same time. But for it being a lemon cookie candle, it doesn’t work because the lemon note is not foody enough and just doesn’t blend in well.
Yankee Candle Fresh Baked Apple Cake Cup is another new addition to the Cookie Swap collection. It’s actually a repackaged older European scent that has been discontinued now. The EU scent was Tarte Tatin and USA people could find a stray jar in the outlets from time to time.
As names and scent pairings go, I think Tarte Tatin was a better fit than Fresh Baked Apple Cake Cup. The fragrance doesn’t have a bakery note, it just has the fruit filling note with the vanilla and sugar added so the “cookie” or “cake” aspect is not there but it’s definitelly a foody fragrance, not fresh fruit.
It’s a great cooked apple fragrance but you definitely need to pair it with a cookie candle if you want the apple cookie or apple cake smell.
The scent throw on this is a strong 8 which is great for a Yankee food fragrance.
All of these come in either large jars, small tumblers or melt cups. As you know, melt cups are a sure way to get a fully scented house. They are way too strong for my nose but for people who feel the candles are too light, the melt cups are definitely the way to go. I’ll probably go with the jars, and as of 2019 we have votives and wax melts available as well.