The Speckled Palate
December 8, 2017

39 Cookies for Santa

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The holiday season is upon us! Celebrate with these 38 cookie recipes that are perfect for Santa Claus, family members, friends, neighbors, teachers and more! The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange 2017, a yearly celebration of baked goods, was a success in its sixth year, boasting 39 new recipes from 32 bloggers and raising money and awareness for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. What do you want to bake this season?

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This year’s Sweetest Season Virtual Cookie Exchange was a smashing success!

Not only did 32 bloggers come together to create 39 new cookie-centric recipes for the season, but we met our fundraising goal… and are continuing to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Feeling festive this season and wanting to make a difference? Consider making a monetary donation. We’ll be raising money through the end of the month and would love for you to join us in making a difference!

I was impressed with all the cookie goodness shared this year, and I cannot wait to share all of that with y’all today!

Now who’s ready for some baked goods?

Brownies & Bar Cookies

Paleo Cranberry Bliss Bars (Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars) from 40 Aprons, seen above

Cranberry Brownies from The Emotional Baker

Peppermint Mocha Fudge Brownies from Crumb Top Baking

Shortcut Millionaire Cookie Bars from 2 Cookin Mamas

Holiday “Hello Dolly” Cookie Bars from Ciao Chow Bambina

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookie Sticks from The Crumby Kitchen

Cutout/Shaped Cookies

Lofthouse Cut Out Cookies from Sugar Dish Me, seen above

Honey Cookies from Hello Little Home

Mint Chocolate-Dipped Shortbreads from think fruitful

Alfajores from The Petit Gourmet

Holiday Shortbread Ghee Cookies from food, pleasure, and health

Drop Cookies

Mom’s M&M Cookies from The Culinary Compass, seen above

Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies from A Savory Feast

Cranberry Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies from The Speckled Palate

Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies from Bunsen Burner Bakery

Cashew Butter Ginger Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free} from E2 Bakes Brooklyn

Polvorones from Deliciosamente Light

Christmas M&M Cookies from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Simple and Savory

Soft Lemon Ricotta Cookies from Love & Flour

Toffee Crunch Cookies from Bunsen Burner Bakery

Black and White Cookies from Bunsen Burner Bakery

Crispy Yet Gooey Chocolate Peppermint Cherry Cookies from Savory Spin

My New Favorite Oatmeal Cookies from The Mom 100

Brown Sugar Spice Pecan Cookies from Chef in the Burbs


Hand-Formed Cookies

Gluten-Free Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies from Marisa Moore Nutrition, seen above

Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies from Life, Love, and Good Food

Peppermint Sugar Cookies from I Dig Pinterest

Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from The Speckled Palate

3-Ingredient Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan) from Strength and Sunshine

Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Spiced Pear Gingerbread Cookie Cups from Crumb Top Baking

Abbracci, Italian Hugs Cookies from SugarLoveSpices

Soft & Chewy Ginger Snap Cookie Sandwiches with Rum Cream Cheese from The Crumby Kitchen

Triple-Layer Chocolate Turtle Pie Cookie Cups from The Crumby Kitchen

Sweet & Savory Nutella Twists from Brunch-n-Bites

No-Bake Cookies + Other

No-Bake Cookies and Cream Avalanche Cookies from Feast + West, seen above

Crispy Bourbon Buckeyes from Cake ‘n Knife

Cookie Butter Hot Chocolate from The Crumby Kitchen

Do you have any baking plans for the holidays?


  1. Julie

    What a great collection of cookies! Thanks for organizing such a great tradition, and for an AMAZING cause this year!

  2. Danielle Green

    The heck with Santa! These are for me:)

  3. Shashi at Savory Spin

    Erin, thanks so much for telling me about this cause and including me in on this roundup! All these cookies look fantastic! Makes me wish this was a real life cookie buffet! Heyyyyy…. maybe next year??? 🙂
    Hoping you and your family are enjoying this holiday season!

  4. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    All such BEAUTIFUL and delicious recipes for such a wonderful cause! xoxo
    Than you for hosting!

  5. Melissa Howell

    These all look so amazing! I’d love to get in on this next year!

  6. Agness of Run Agness Run

    Wow! These are some awesome Christmas cookies which I can’t wait to try. My mouth is watering right now, Erin!

  7. LeAndra

    So many treats to bake! My oven is going to be working overtime. Thanks so much for hosting this fun project for a good cause, Erin!

  8. Julie Evink

    These all look amazing!!! I’m with Danielle, the heck with Santa, I’m eating all these!!!

  9. Malinda

    These cookies all look amazing!! I’m so glad the fundraiser met its goals and for such a great cause!! Great job!!

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