43 Cookies to Bake This December (The Sweetest Season 2021 Great Cookie Round-Up)

Who doesn’t love a cookie? Celebrate the holiday season baking cookies to share with family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, Santa and more! This list of 43 cookies has something for everyone on your list.

A collage showing 25 cookies with the text the very best 43 holiday cookies

The Tenth Annual Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange was a smashing success, and I’m so thrilled to report that this year, we have 43 new recipes from bloggers all over the world. These are some of the best Christmas Cookie recipes around, though please don’t feel like you can only bake them for Christmas.

No matter if you’re a chocolate lover or prefer other flavors, we’ve got a cookie for you here. And we’ve broken them down into categories, like Brownies & Bar Cookies, Slice & Bake Cookies, No-Bake Cookies, Drop Cookies, Cut Out Cookies and more.

First, let’s talk about what this year’s Sweetest Season was all about!

Banner for The Sweetest Season 2021 including a blue background with tree shapes and baking utensils

Let’s talk about The Sweetest Season and Cookies for Kids Cancer!

The Sweetest Season is my annual holiday cookie week. Ten years ago, I decided it would be fun to share my favorite Christmas cookie recipes… then I invited other bloggers to join me… and the celebration grew… then we changed the name to make it more inclusive (because that matters!)… and the rest is history.

This year, we’re raising money in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. We’d love if you could join us in supporting a worthy cause this holiday season. Here is our fundraising page.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for new, innovative and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer. Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $17 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100+ research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers across the country. From these grants have stemmed 35+ treatments available to kids battling cancer today.

And since it’s the season of giving and giving back, I’m thrilled to be supporting an organization that’s actively funding treatments for kids and their families going through the unthinkable.

Again, here is our fundraising page if you’d like to join us in raising some money for this worthwhile organization.

Stacked Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies on a plate with bowls of peppermint and chocolate

What Do I Need To Bake Cookies This Holiday Season?

Again—it depends on what you’re baking and what you’ve already got in your kitchen.

I went ahead and wrote out The 10 Best Baking Tools for Cookies. This post has some extras in it, too, just in case you need something specific for the recipe you’re making.

That’s up to you, my friend!

We’ve got more than 40 recipes below for you to peruse and decide which is the best.

So whether you love chocolate (or white chocolate), peppermint, peanut butter, cream cheese, maple, lemon or any flavor in between, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

We don’t doubt that you’re going to find a cookie on this list to bake this December. Whether you’re baking the cookies for Santa, your family, friends, neighbors, teachers or anyone else, there are SO many excellent options, thanks to the participants in this year’s Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange!

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43 Cookies to Bake This December (The Sweetest Season 2021 Great Cookie Round-Up)

Who doesn't love a cookie? Celebrate the holiday season baking cookies to share with family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, Santa and more! This list of 43 cookies has something for everyone on your list.

Brownies & Bar Cookies

Cutout/Shaped Cookies

Drop Cookies

Hand-Formed Cookies

No-Bake Cookies

Slice & Bake Cookies

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