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37 Delicious Cookie Recipes You’ll Want to Make for the Holidays

A huge part of the holiday season are the delicious baked goods that come along with the time of year. Christmas cookies, of course, are THE 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 37 delicious treats that are guaranteed to make your season bright!

  1. Nutella-Stuffed Cookies

    Pull apart one of these ooey gooey double-chocolate cookies and watch how it gushes melty Nutella just like a mini lava cake.TipHero

    Pull apart one of these ooey gooey double-chocolate cookies and marvel at how it gushes melty Nutella just like a mini lava cake. You’re going to want to eat these right out of the oven.

  2. 4-Ingredient Almond Joy™ Cookies

    You only need 4 ingredients to make these irresistible chocolate-y, coco-nutty treats. And guess what? Flour, eggs, and butter aren't one them!TipHero

    You only need 4 ingredients to make these irresistible chocolate-y, coco-nutty treats. And guess what? Flour, eggs, and butter aren’t one them!

  3. Zucchini-Oat Dark Chocolate Cookies

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    You don’t have to miss out on Christmas treats just because you’re trying to be healthy! These oat-and-dark-chocolate-chip-filled treats sneak some veggies in there that even your pickiest kids will appreciate.

  4. Carrot Cake Cookies

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    Of course, there’s also the classic way of sneaking some veggies into sweets: carrot cake! Give that dessert a cookie spin with these treats that also feature oats, currants, and maple syrup.

  5. Hot Cocoa Cookies

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    What’s better than curling up on Christmas Eve with a cup of hot cocoa? Indulging in these rich, chewy cookies, that’s what!

  6. Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    These chewy cookies filled with gooey bits of chocolate are no ordinary chocolate chip cookie — because they’re made with graham crackers. These unforgettable cookies are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and just begging to be dunked into a glass of milk.

  7. Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies

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    These treats were just made for Christmas, in every way possible, from the delicious chocolate cookie to the sweet and tart cherries chilling in the middle of powdered sugar like ornaments on a snowy tree. Even better, they’re actually pretty simple to make!

  8. Festive Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Turn traditional chocolate chip cookies Christmas green and add a bit of refreshing and festive peppermint flavor.

  9. 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.

  10. Secret Kiss Cookies

    This recipe takes a traditional Russian tea cookie and gives it an extra-special surprise inside: a gooey Hershey kiss. The outside is the same buttery, crumbly, powdered sugar-covered cookie you’ve come to expect, but when you bite in you get an extra burst of indulgent flavor.

  11. 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.

  12. Holiday Jam Cookies

    On these traditionally Polish cookies, called Kolackzi, the jam peeking out from either side of the folded dough looks like glittering pieces of glass. With a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top, these treats make for a unique addition to any humdrum holiday cookie platter.

  13. 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!

  14. Cranberry Bliss Bars

    This copycat recipe is even better than the one you can buy at Starbucks or in the store, and it’s sweet enough that one batch of the cakey cookies will satisfy you and your whole family!

  15. 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!

  16. Stained Glass Cookies

    If you’re looking for something unusual to serve up on your Christmas cookie platter this year, these stained glass cookies might be just the thing you’re looking for. These cookies are beautiful, out of the norm, and emulate the Christmas spirit!

  17. Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

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

  18. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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    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.

  19. Best Oatmeal Cookies

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. World’s Best Butter Cookies

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

  24. Soft Molasses Cookies

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

  25. 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.

  26. Cinnamon Cookies

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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…

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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

  32. 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.

  33. Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

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

  34. Christmas Chocolate Cherry Cookies

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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.