Looking for the best cookie recipes to serve for the holiday season and beyond? We’ve got 45 delicious holiday cookies to try. Whether you’re looking for drop cookies, cut out cookies, chocolate cookies and more, we’ve got all kinds of variations and flavors.
Our annual Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange was a smashing success!
I’m thrilled to report that this year, we have 45 new (and updated!) holiday cookie recipes from bloggers all over the world.
Not only are there classic cookies, like chocolate crinkle cookies, gingerbread men, snowball cookies, and more, but there are more unique ones, too! Some of our participants have shared gluten free cookies while others have shared vegan recipes.
There are plenty of flavors shared in this year’s exchange, from chocolate to white chocolate, red velvet to hot chocolate, lemon to raspberry and more.
We’ve got easy cookies, as well as some that are a little more complex and time consuming. They all deserve a place in this year’s cookie platter.
If you’re looking for a new favorite cookie recipe, some tried and true holiday favorites or want to bake something different, there’s a little bit of everything here for a home cook to try.
And we’ve broken them down into categories, like Brownies and Bar Cookies, Hand-Formed Cookies, No Bake Cookie Recipes, Drop Cookies, Cut Out Cookies and more. We’ve even got a few confections and non-cookie sweet treats to share with the people you love this holiday season, too.
First, let’s talk about what this year’s Sweetest Season was all about and one of the reasons I love to bake this time of year.
Let’s talk about The Sweetest Season and Cookies for Kids Cancer!
The Sweetest Season is my annual holiday cookie week.
In 2011, I decided to share my favorite Christmas cookies… then invited other bloggers to join me. The celebration grew, we changed the name to make it more inclusive, my friend Susannah stepped up to help and the rest is history.
And now, every year, food bloggers get together to share new holiday cookie recipes.
This year, we’re raising money in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, 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 $18 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100+ research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers. More than 35 treatments available to kids battling cancer today were stemmed from these grants.
We’d love for you to help us raise money for this cause! You can donate through our fundraising page.
Currently, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is in a matching window with their friends at OXO. This means OXO will match every dollar up to $100,000 raised through the end of 2023. So whatever money we raise will automatically double!
Where can I share cookies?
That depends on you and what you’re into. But during the Christmas season, I feel like it’s never a bad idea to share holiday cheer in cookie form.
Here are some occasions you can make and bake ’em to share:
- At a holiday party or Christmas party for your work, your friends or family members
- For a Cookie Swap Party
- To share with a cookie lover in your life in a cookie box or a holiday cookie tin
- As a foodie gift for neighbors, teachers and more
- To serve at a gingerbread house decorating party or a cookie decorating party
- Just to have around and for fun!
- For Santa and his helpers
If you’re looking for things to help you with your cookie baking, I recommend checking out my favorite tools for cookies.
You’ll definitely need a baking sheet to bake cookies, as well as a mixing bowl, a hand mixer and more for any holiday baking experiments this year!
What are the best Christmas cookies?
That’s up to you, my friend!
We’ve got more than 40 cookie recipes below for you to peruse, bake and then decide which is superior.
So whether you love classic sugar cookies, gingerbread or ginger cookies, chocolate (or white chocolate), peppermint, peanut butter blossoms, cream cheese, citrus or any flavor in between, we’ve got a little something for everyone.
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!
Happy baking and happy holidays! Here are our best holiday cookie ideas for this year…
Looking for other festive cookie recipes from The Sweetest Season?
Brownies & Bar Cookies
If it's baked in a bar form, you're sure to find find holiday cookie inspiration in this section!
Confections / Non-Cookie
If you're looking for confections and sweet treats to add to your cookie platter or gift box, we've got some ideas for you here...
Cutout and Shaped Cookies
Any cookie that requires a cookie cutter or a special tool to form it is in the section below. Think: festive sugar cookies, snowflake cookies, spritz cookies and everything in between!
These drop cookie recipes are a little easier to make than the cutout cookies (and generally take less time!) Instead of forming them with a cookie cutter and chilling for a portion of time, you drop these cookies onto the baking sheet, and let 'em bake!
Any cookie that needs your hands to form them are listed below! Generally speaking, you'll roll these cookies with your hands or shape them to form them before you bake them.
No Bake Cookies
These are cookies that don't need an oven to be made or enjoyed!
Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her…