Cookies are a welcomed treat any time of the year, but around the holidays, delicious varieties of confections seem to pop up all over the place. From cookie swaps to cocktail hours to the office break room, cookies make their way into your life for a festive month of sweet snacking. Whether you are a classic cookie traditionalist or willing to try the newest in cookie flavor combinations, there is bound to be a mouthwatering holiday cookie recipes that will make you beg for a dozen to call your own.
If you are a cookie enthusiast like me, you may find it hard to walk down the aisles of Trader Joe's, since they are lined with yummy holiday cookie creations that come only once a year. It just doesn't seem fair — I don't have the time to try them all, although I can't say I haven't made an effort. But the only thing better than loading my cart with all the treats Joe can make, is putting on some holiday tunes, pouring a festive cocktail, and spending an afternoon baking cookies in my kitchen. I love to share my cookie creations just as much as I love to savor them with my morning lattes. And there are plenty of delicious options for big batches of cookies that still feel special and homemade.
This year, try adding a new addition to your cookie favorites by exploring this list of 17 mouthwatering holiday cookie recipes.
1. Peppermint Bark Oreos
Want to make your fave cookie snazzy for the holidays? Try these peppermint bark oreos from Bake Love Give, and grab a tall glass of milk to go with it.
2. Peppermint Sugar Cookies
If you've been searching for the cutest holiday cookie ever, your search has ended. And don't let the design fool you. Making Bakerella's peppermint sugar cookies is easier than you think.
3. Nutter Butter Snowmen
If you need to make some festive cookies in a hurry, Brown Eyed Baker has you covered with these Nutter Butter snowmen cookies. Using the store-bought cookies will save you time when creating these adorable confections.
4. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
For these decadent chocolate peppermint cookies, Bakerella uses white chocolate peppermint M&Ms as the secret ingredient.
5. Molasses Spice Cookies With Toasted Marshmallow
A nod to the classic gingerbread cookie, this molasses spice cookie with toasted marshmallow from A Spice Perspective, will be the hit of any cookie exchange this season.
6. Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Meringues
Looking for a delicious and beautiful treat to make? These chocolate dipped candy cane meringues from Big Girls, Small Kitchen hit the sweet spot.
7. Gingerbread Kiss Cookie
Try a spin on the standard peanut butter version, with Baked By Rachel's gingerbread kiss cookies.
8. Mini Oatmeal Cream Pies
Holiday cookies are all about taking your baking game to the next level, and Gimme Some Oven's mini oatmeal cream pies are just the thing to make any holiday dessert feel special.
9. Ginger Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Filled with a little bit of everything that is delicious about the holidays, Jelly Toast's ginger caramel thumbprint cookies will have everyone at your cookie exchange begging for the recipe.
10. Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies
For those who may not be chocolate lovers (I have heard these people exist), try these cranberry orange pinwheels from Baked By Rachel. Full of warm seasonal flavors, these will definitely be a crowd pleaser.
11. Cranberry Bliss Cookies
Perfect with a cup of coffee or just by themselves, these cranberry bliss cookies by Gimme Some Oven taste as warm and cozy as they sound.
12. Gluten-Free Hazelnut Linzer Cookies
Curl up next to the fire with these gluten-free hazelnut linzer cookies from Love, Cake. The gluten free version of this traditional holiday treat, will be the star of any dessert.
13. Melting Snowman Cookies
Add some fun and whimsy to the dessert table with My Baking Addiction's melting snowman cookies. These are a fun one to have the kids help decorate.
14. 4-Ingredient Christmas Cookie
Whip up a batch of Your Cup of Cake's 4 ingredient Christmas cookies in no time flat. The peppermint kisses on the top are the perfect touch to this chocolatey cookie.
15. Sprintz Cookies
Nothing feels more like the holidays than a simple sprintz cookie, The Simple Sweet Life's recipe makes it easier to make.
16. Soft Eggnog Sugar Cookie
Lovers of eggnog will go crazy for these soft eggnog sugar cookies from Your Cup of Cake. And if you couldn't guess, they pair perfectly with a tall glass of eggnog.
17. Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Make these chocolate sugar cookies from The Pastry Affair, in any shape and size you desire. Then decorate away for the ultimate holiday cookie.
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