The Best Cookie Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Holiday Season (2024)

The holiday season is here, so it's time to dust off your sifters and cookie cutters and get to baking.

Whether you're hosting a party, attending a cookie swap, or just looking to get into the spirit, there's a sweet treat on this list for every occasion.

Can't get enough chocolate? Try Katie Lee Biegel's peppermint mocha cookies. Looking to impress with a creative display? Opt for Duff Goldman's rainbow meringues. And you simply can't go wrong with Deb Perelman's chocolate chip and walnut brittle cookies.

Happy baking!

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Floral Butter Cookies

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Elizabeth Poett calls these cookies "perfect for the holidays," adding that it is "impossible to have just one!"

“They are full of buttery goodness, and you can get creative with flower toppings to decorate. Some of my favorites are rosemary, thyme and calendula," says the author of The Ranch Table cookbook.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Walnut Linzer Cookies

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"Classic linzer cookies are usually made with a mix of ground almonds and all-purpose flour. My version uses walnuts and a mix of buckwheat flour and all-purpose flour," says Samantha Seneviratne, author of the new Bake Smart cookbook. "The combination of nuts and buckwheat flour gives an earthy, toasty flavor that goes so well with jam."

If you don't like jam, sandwich the cookies with chocolate or cookie butter.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Peppermint Mocha Cookies

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Katie Lee Biegel took the flavors of her favorite seasonal drink — a peppermint mocha latte — and turned it into a cookie.

“With a hint of espresso and a cooling taste from the chopped candy canes, they are the essence of holiday flavor," says the celebrity chef.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Vanilla Linzer Cookies

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"I love any opportunity to bring creative interpretation to a classic recipe," says Anna Gordon, the chef-owner of the Good Batch bakery in New York City. "The finished painted design is pretty and does not have to look perfect!"

Gordon brushes a simple glaze (powdered sugar, water and whatever food coloring you like) over her linzer cookies using a small paint brush.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Rainbow Meringues

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"These are super easy to make, and the rainbow effect is magical," says Duff Goldman of the colorful dessert from his Super Good Cookies for Kids cookbook. "They are really sturdy, so you can package them up in bags as holiday gifts—just make sure they are wrapped tightly because they'll get soft if they're exposed."

Get the recipe HERE.

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Sparkling Almond Sugar Cookies

"This is the kind of recipe that everyone should have in their back pockets," says Carla Hall. "They're buttery, slightly crumbly and so easy to make!" The chef and judge on Holiday Baking Championship on discovery+ says that the cookies are inspired by her picture book, Carla and the Christmas Cornbread.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Maraschino-Cream Sandwich Cookies

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"This is a family recipe from my husband's side of the family," explains Carla Lalli Music. "His maternal grandmother was an incredible home baker and she was especially renowned for her holiday cookie recipes."

"It's like a shortbread, but instead of being crumbly, it's firm and melts in your mouth," adds the author of the That Sounds So Good cookbook. "They're amazing at room temperature, cold or straight out of the freezer."

Get the recipe HERE.

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Chocolate Chip & Walnut Brittle Cookies

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Food blogger Deb Perelman says "this is the most perfect chocolate chip cookie I could dream up: extra crunchy, caramel, crispy edges and slightly gooey centers."

The recipe, from her Smitten Kitchen Keepers cookbook, can be baked right away. "There's no two-day rest in the fridge as if chocolate chip cookie cravings could be scheduled ahead of time," says Perelman. "And even the chef-y part — brittled walnuts — are so simple to make, you'll feel triumphant to have this new cooking trick up your sleeve when you're done."

Get the recipe HERE.

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Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies with Fruity Glaze

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"These cookies are every bit an excuse to channel your inner artist," says pastry chef Christina Tosi. "They also happen to be a delicious treat!"

The author of the Milk Bar: Kids Only cookbook flavors her glaze with fruit juices like grape, cranberry and orange, but you can use whatever you have in the fridge.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Triple Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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"Every delicious bite tastes like the holidays," says Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery and author of The Magnolia Bakery Handbook.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, partners and co-owners of Maman bakeries, share a homemade version of their popular "gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside" treat—which is featured in their baking guide Maman: The Cookbook.

"With so many great cookies in N.Y.C., we sought out to give a twist to a classic chocolate chip cookie, while still keeping that homemade taste," they say. "We wanted to have fun combining textures and flavors and elevating a classic recipe."

Get the recipe HERE.

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Candy Cane Meringues

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Vallery Lomas, the Foodie in New York blogger and former Great American Baking Show winner, gives her treats a "holiday twist by adding peppermint flavor and a spiral of holly red!"

Her trick for making the festive design is to paint 2 or 3 red stripes equally spaced inside a piping bag before filling with the meringue mixture.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Peanut Butter & Sesame Crinkle Cookies

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"If you can manage not to eat them all, I have it on good authority Santa would like one of these cookies left out with a glass of milk," says David Atherton, winner of The Great British Baking Show season 10.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Coconut, Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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These nutty, crunchy treats from Donatella Arpaia have a gooey center that's to die for. Plus, they're drop cookies, so there's little decorating skill required.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Candy Cane & Cocoa Cookie Pie

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"It'll make all your giant dessert dreams come true," says Tosi. It's baked in an 8-inch cake pan so all you have to do is press the dough into the pan, bake, slice and serve.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Ginger Shortbread with White Chocolate Cookies

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If you've tried Alison Roman's Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies from her book Dining In, you're going to love her seasonal twist on the Instagram-famous cookies.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Shortbread Wreaths with Candied Flowers

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Martha Stewart's pretty confections are decorated with crystallized ginger, chopped pistachios, and small edible flowers. They will "make an elegant statement" on your holiday dessert table, says the lifestyle expert.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Frosted Two-Tone Cookies

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"They're perfectly soft and delicious," Anne Byrn, the author of American Cookie, says about her festive spin on classic black and white cookies.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Cream & Jam Cookie Sandwiches

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These treats may look complicated to make, but Donna Hay, the author of Modern Baking, uses store-bought pie dough for a no-stress process.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Salted Caramel Bars

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Sweet, buttery shortbread is perfectly complimented by salted caramel and crunchy macadamia nuts for a "melt in your mouth" dessert from Paul Hollywood.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Lemon-Ricotta Sandwich Cookies

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Two cookies are always better than one, especially when they are these sweet and tart treats from MasterChef Junior's Kaitlyn Tomeny.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

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"Every chilly day needs a batch of these treats," Sally McKenney says of her confections made with hot chocolate mix in the batter and topped with toasted marshmallows.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

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You'll never guess that these cocoa-covered truffles from Worth Cooking are actually a little healthy! They are made with dates, so you don't have to feel bad about sneaking an extra one or two. Too bad the cocoa powder on your fingers will give you away.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Chocolate-Dipped Pecan Bars

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Hey, pecan pie lovers: This treat from The Candid Appetite is for you. It's just like dipping a slice of gooey pecan pie in melted chocolate which, quite honestly, can't be beat.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

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Did you know that the day after Christmas is National Candy Cane Day? We can think of no better way to celebrate than with these chocolate cookies with peppermint buttercream frosting from Sally's Baking Addiction.

Get the recipe HERE.

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Linzer Cookies

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There's something so special about Ina Garten's jam-filled cookies. Pick your favorite jellies or go with some can't miss flavors: Raspberry preserves, apricot jam and blueberry jam.

Get the recipe HERE.

The Best Cookie Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Holiday Season (2024)

FAQs

What makes cookies sweeter? ›

Salt enhances the sweetness of sugar

Salt gradually infuses cold food like chilled dough, so adding an extra sprinkle at the end enhances the flavors already inside the cookies, working your taste buds from all angles. That's not to say salt should only be used post-dough.

What is the least popular Christmas cookie? ›

On the naughty list of cookies, Americans gave the lowest win records to anise cookies, which only won 29% of its matchups.

What makes a cookie a Christmas cookie? ›

Christmas cookies or Christmas biscuits are traditionally sugar cookies or biscuits (though other flavours may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences) cut into various shapes related to Christmas.

What is the most eaten cookie at Christmas? ›

Still, some cookies get more love than others. Based on this data from General Mills, Peanut Butter Blossoms are the most popular Christmas cookie in the country; it's the most-visited cookie recipe in seven states, which means it's the most common favorite cookie in the U.S. That's a pretty high honor!

What is the #1 cookie in the United States? ›

The chocolate chip cookie is far and away America's favorite cookie This should come as no surprise to anyone who enjoys the tasty treat. More than 53% of American adults prefer the cookies over the next most popular kind, peanut butter.

What is the secret to a good cookie? ›

The key is to always use top-quality ingredients as they'll result in a better cookie; it really is that simple.
  • Always use butter.
  • Choose the right sugar.
  • Choose the right flour.
  • Check your flour is in date.
  • Choose the right kind of chocolate.
  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • Fold in the flour.

How to make cookies sweeter? ›

Baking cookies quickly in a hot oven – at 375 degrees F as opposed to a lower temperature – will make for soft results. They'll bake fast instead of sitting and drying out in the oven's hot air. Ever so slightly underbaking your cookies will give you softer results than cooking them the full amount the recipe says.

What is the secret to moist cookies? ›

Cornstarch helps product soft and thick cookies. Using more brown sugar than white sugar results in a moister, softer cookie. An extra egg yolk increases chewiness. Rolling the cookie dough balls to be tall and lumpy instead of wide and smooth gives the cookies a bakery-style textured thickness.

What is the most popular cookie in December? ›

What are the most popular Christmas cookies? Our survey found frosted sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies to be the most popular Christmas cookies in the country. They were the fan favorites in 39 states.

What is the original Christmas cookie? ›

The First Christmas Cookies

The tradition goes back to the monasteries of the middle ages where monks had access to sugar and the spices we now associate with Christmas cookies: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom.

What is the number one cookie in the world? ›

Oreo is the best-selling cookie in the world. It is now sold in over 100 countries. Oreo was first produced in 1912 by the National Biscuit Company, now known as Na-Bis-Co.

How soon before Christmas can I make cookies? ›

You'll find that most of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes can be made anywhere from a month to six months before the 25th of December. (Consult this handy how-to guide to the matter.) Generally, most recipes will be best if baked and then frozen.

How many days before Christmas can I bake cookies? ›

If you want to make Christmas cookies in advance, make sure that you are timing them so they won't go stale. Aim to make them about two weeks in advance if you keep them at room temperature. Making them one week or a few days in advance is even better if you are going for the freshest possible cookies.

What cookie does Santa eat? ›

Chocolate Chip cookies

You can never go wrong with these classic, delicious cookies. Santa himself lists these as his favorites, and he prefers them soft and gooey with lots of chocolate chips. If you decide to leave these out for him, make sure there's a glass of cold milk nearby!

What are the top 5 favorite cookies? ›

Some of the most popular cookie flavors include:
  • Chocolate chip.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter blossoms.
  • Double chocolate chip.
  • Snickerdoodle.
  • Sugar.
  • Shortbread.
  • Pumpkin.

What is Santa Claus's favorite cookie? ›

Chocolate Chip cookies

Santa himself lists these as his favorites, and he prefers them soft and gooey with lots of chocolate chips. If you decide to leave these out for him, make sure there's a glass of cold milk nearby!

What is the 2nd most popular cookie? ›

Nabisco Oreo was the second ranked cookie brand of the United States with about 674.2 million U.S. dollars worth of sales in 2017. Cookies are part of the snack food category and defined as small, thin, baked treats in the United States.

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