25 Delicious Cookie Recipes for the Holidays

A huge part of the holiday season – whether we like it or not – are the delicious baked goods that come along with the time of year. Holiday cookies, in particular, are often a traditional dessert to make for parties or to give away as gifts. If you’re looking for a new holiday cookie recipe, check out these 25 delicious cookies that are guaranteed to make your season bright!


  1. Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Crumbly shortbread cookies are already a holiday favorite, but dip them in your favorite chocolate and you’ve hit a holiday home run.


2. Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with this classic cookie. This recipe is meant to make your chocolate chip cookies even more tender and delicious.

Chocolate ChipVitameatavegamin

3.  Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

Almost as cute as they are yummy, gingerbread cookies are a holiday staple. This recipe creates dough that is easy to work with so you can create any cookie shapes you’d like to decorate!


4. 4-Ingredient Fudge Crinkles

You are only four ingredients away from fudgy, lovely little cookies that looks as good as they taste. Perfect for cookie platters!

Fudge CookiesDanaClover

5. Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

The quickest way to get your home smelling like the holidays? Make these amazingly soft snickerdoodle cookies. Cinnamon goodness everywhere!

SnickerdoodlesJuju Bee

6. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are great because of their simplicity. 3 ingredients, a few minutes in the oven, and you’ve got a peanut butter lovers’ dream.

Peanut Butter CookiesMay I Have That Recipe

7. Best Oatmeal Cookies

Often an underrated cookie, this oatmeal with raisins recipe is your childhood favorite all grown up!


8. Uncle Bill’s Whipped Shortbread Cookies

We don’t know who you are Uncle Bill, but you make some darn good shortbread cookies. Completed with a beautiful frosting drizzle and a cherry on top, these cookies come out picture perfect!

Uncle BillmoreCakePlz

9. Almond Spritz Press Cookies

These almond spritz cookies give me strong Christmas childhood flashbacks. Take a trip back in time and whip up a batch of some tree or wreath shaped favorites.

Almond PressCaymanDesigns

10. Snowball Cookies

The staple of my mother’s Christmas cookie tray, these snowball cookies are a breeze to make and will quite literally melt in your moth.

11. World’s Best Butter Cookies

These butter cookies need no fancy toppings – they wow all on their own. Less really can be more.


Butter cokkieFiddler

12. Soft Molasses Cookies

For a spicy kick, add these molasses cookies to your holiday lineup!


13. Ina’s Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons provide an easy-to-make canvas for a world of flavors. While delicious standing solo, my favorite take on macaroons is dipping them in melted dark chocolate. Yum.

MacaroonsDelicious as it Looks

14. Cinnamon Cookies

The delicate little cousins of your normal snickerdoodle, these cinnamon cookies are a few bites of heaven.

Cinnamon CookiesMiss C

15. White Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Although an unexpected combination, these cookies are guaranteed to be a new family favorite and look super festive on a cookie tray!

White CranberryCaymanDesigns

16. Peanut Butter Blossoms

The holidays would not be complete without this ideal combination of peanut butter and chocolate. The hardest part? Not eating the Kisses as you make them…

PB BlossomsDelicious As It Looks

17. Andes Mint Cookies

For you mint chocolate lovers, these are the cookies for you. You’ll be thrilled to hear they taste just like Girl Scout Cookies!

Mint CookiesDine & Dish

18. Buttery Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

If you’re looking to jazz up your sugar cookie a little, cut your dough into cute holiday shapes and frost to your heart’s content!

FrostedAZ Meg

19. Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

A healthy spin on the holidays! These chewy cranberry oatmeal bites taste amazing with some walnuts or pecans added, too.


Cranberry ChewsDine & Dish
20. Italian Anise Cookies

If you’re Italian, then I don’t need to explain these cookies to you. If not, give them a try – you will not regret adding them to your holiday cookie platter.


21. Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

These bright and colorful cookies are perfect for kids and beloved by all!


22. Christmas Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Try substituting green and red glace cherries instead of regular Maraschino cherries for a holiday twist.


23. Palmiers

If you’re aiming to be a bit fancier this holiday season, these light and flaky French palmiers will really amp up your cookie game.

PalmiersDiana J.

24. Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

These sweet and buttery jelly thumbprint cookies are a MUST try if you’ve never made them before! Here’s a Gluten-Free recipe, too.

JellyMay I Have That Recipe

25. Eggnog Cookies

Bring the essence of the holidays right into your cookies! These eggnog cookies are loved by kids and adults alike and are perfect for this wonderful time of year.

EggnogMay I Have That Recipe

It’s almost too hard to choose one recipe! Which cookie catches your eye for this holiday season? Share your thoughts and your holiday cookie recipes in the comments section below.