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It’s the time of year to spread some Christmas cheer with cookies that are fit for all your holiday gatherings. And let’s be honest, the house always smells better when there are cookies baking in the oven. Whether you prefer simple sugar cookie recipes, gingerbread men or peppermint truffles, we have the whole list of what to bake this holiday season.
Not that eating cookies for breakfast is everyone’s preference, but if you usually eat cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, these easy Nutella cookie roll-ups aren’t a big leap.
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If you haven’t heard of pfeffernüsse cookies, then it’s time to try this recipe. Not only are they one of the most iconic desserts in the U.S., but they also happen to be perfect for the holidays.
During the holidays, eating out can get to be overwhelming. Try making dinner at home feel like a restaurant and make these decadent chocolate raspberry cookie truffles as your dessert.
There are so many vintage recipes that need to make a comeback, and these molasses spice cookies should be high on the list. They require simple, staple ingredients and can be baked in minutes.
If you stock up on groceries that have long shelf lives, then these double-delight peanut butter cookies will be great for a quick sweet treat. The best part is that half of this recipe calls for pre-made dough you can get at the grocery store.
If you want to bake with the kids but you don’t want to get invested in the whole mess of decorating cookies, these chocolate marble cookies are perfect. These cookies look fun, but there won’t be seven shades of icing all over your kitchen table, floor and chairs.
Snickerdoodles are a popular dessert for kids, but that doesn’t mean people of all ages can’t enjoy them. Add a twist to the classic holiday recipe with this chocolate variation.
How many times do we joke that if the cookies are small enough, you can have more to make up for the tiny serving size? These almond cookie cups are tiny, adorable and will definitely have you reaching back to the dessert tray for more.
Pumpkin spice everything might be all the rage in the fall, but when it comes to wintertime, chai is a flavor that will warm you up from the inside — especially if you enjoy the cookies when they’re right out of the oven.
Dessert shops across the U.S. fill their shelves with seasonal favorites like cranberry and nut candies and cookies. If you’d rather make your own dessert worthy of being in a confectionary, try these cranberry nut cookies.
Cardamom is a common spice to add to authentic Indian dinner recipes, but it also pairs well with the sweetness of sugar cookies.
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When you’re enjoying your favorite coffee on Christmas morning, maybe pairing it with a maple-glazed breakfast cookie will make it even more enjoyable.
If classic chocolate chip cookies are your favorite treat, try enhancing them with a little holiday flair, courtesy of cinnamon.
Cranberry recipes for fall and winter are always a solid choice. For a hint of tart berry and white chocolate sweetness, try these macadamia and cranberry white chocolate chunk cookies.
Working from home during the holidays might be a bit chaotic, and thus call for sweet treats. Reward your hard work with these decadent salted caramel-filled cookies.
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Boxed brownies are one thing, brownies made from scratch and topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough are another altogether.
There are some incredible apple pies in the U.S., but if you have a taste for apple pie and cookies, bake this apple cinnamon cookie pie from scratch and slice it into serving sizes for a fun holiday dessert.
There are so many apple recipes to try in the fall and winter months, but these apple crisp oatmeal cookies are an especially yummy way to add seasonal sweetness to your holiday baking.
Would it be a holiday cookie roundup if we didn’t add cookie dough to the list? This Ben & Jerry's edible cookie dough is suitable for anyone who prefers eating the cookies before they even go into the oven.
Vanilla ice cream is one of the most popular ice cream flavors in the U.S., and it just so happens that it pairs perfectly with these mini ice cream cookie cups.
This recipe uses a lot of ingredients, so if you start baking the triple chocolate peppermint molten cookies and realize you’re missing an ingredient, refer to our baking swaps and substitutions list.
There are some things that only Midwesterners eat on Christmas, but gingerbread is not subject to territorial boundaries. No matter which corner of the U.S. you’re from, these gingerbread cookies with cream cheese frosting will put you in the holiday spirit.
Christmas is the perfect excuse to eat cookies for breakfast. If you’re into sweet breakfast cereals or sugary doughnuts, it’s time to start your day with these spiced chocolate waffle cookies.
Whether you prefer a French press, a caramel latte or a coffee milkshake, all coffee and espresso lovers have to add these banoffee breakfast cookies to their morning meal lineup.
Frozen fruit recipes are popular during the summer months, but winter is all about peppermint. Get a sweet mix of brownie, cookie and candy cane with these festive cookies.
Before you start baking these chocolate-espresso pizzelles, know that you’ll need a pizzelle maker to form the floral design and get the crisp waffle texture just right.
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There are a lot of old Christmas traditions, but one that never gets old is sharing seasonal cookies with those you love. Bake these cornmeal raspberry linzer cookies for friends, family and Santa to nibble on when they come to town.
If you’re hosting, an easy party hack to follow is to have goodies available for all your guest’s dietary needs. These almond butter chocolate chip cookies are dairy- and gluten-free.
Thumbprint cookies are so easy to make, and you can get really creative with how you fill them. For this gluten-free chocolate thumbprint cookie, top the buttercream filling with Christmas sprinkles or crushed candy cane.
There are quite a few crinkle cookies on this list, and that’s for good reason. While there might be plenty of annoying things people say around the holidays, they probably won’t be bashing these cookies any time soon.
When the pumpkin cocktails have left the menu and eggnog libations make their seasonal debut, it’s time for desserts that will pair with the creamy white drink. These eggnog thumbprint cookies have a nutty base with an eggnog cream filling.
There is plenty of gift-giving etiquette to follow, but using gingerbread cookies as gift tags probably isn’t breaking any rules.
Before you start baking, make sure you have peppermint extract and red food coloring. You’ll need both ingredients to make the red twist in these peppermint swirl cookies.
There are many cooking tips and tricks your grandma knew, and she could also probably tell you about the time when oranges were a common Christmas present in stockings. These orange holiday sugar cookies pay homage to the once-rare citrus treat.
These red velvet crinkle cookies are just what Kris Kringle might want on his plate of cookies. They’re soft and velvety, just like his bright red suit.
There are so many iconic desserts to try, and sugar cookies are definitely among them. Want to add a bit of holiday flair? Add cinnamon and nutmeg and then top your cookies with some jolly holiday designs.
Peppermint and chocolate might just be a match made in heaven, and these peppermint truffle cookies will not disappoint. Want to round out your Christmas dessert table? Try our best holiday pie recipes.
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