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50 Holiday Cookie Recipes to Fill Your Tins This Winter


The holiday season just isn’t complete without mixing dough, cutting out cookies, slathering icing, and sprinkling sprinkles. Though Christmas cookies are, of course, traditional for those who celebrate, this is the perfect time of the year to bake up batch after batch of your favorite holiday cookie recipes, whether or not you’re gearing up for a festive gathering. You can easily keep pre-made dough in the freezer for cookies (almost) whenever you want them, and (in much of the country, at least) you don’t have to worry about the oven overheating an already sweltering kitchen like it does when you try to bake cookies in July or August. Basically, baking cookies is the ideal winter activity.

To inspire you to get baking, we rounded up 50 holiday cookie recipes that are perfect for this time of year. Pick out a few favorites and fill up a tin to share—or keep for yourself!

1. Caramel Hazelnut Linzer Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

2. Italian Ricotta Cookies

Source: Cooking Classy

3. The Best Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Source: Oh Sweet Basil

4. Slice and Bake Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

Source: Girl Versus Dough

5. Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

6. Gluten-Free White Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Source: Snixy Kitchen

7. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Source: Isabel Eats

8. Santa’s Cookies

Source: Sweet Tea & Thyme

9. White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

10. Gooey Butter Cookies

Source: Sugar Spun Run

11. Spiced Vegan Christmas Cookies with Vanilla Almond Cream

Source: Well and Full

12. Peppermint Bark Fudge

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

13.  Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

14. Candy Cane Cookies

Source: Just a Taste

15. Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

16. Peppermint Macarons

Source: Ahead of Thyme

17. Vanilla Hot Chocolate Molten Cookies

Source: Half Baked Harvest

18. Gingerbread Cookies

Source: A Classic Twist

19. Eggnog Iced Butter Cookies

Source: Grandbaby Cakes

20. White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies

Source: Foodie Crush

21. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Savory Nothings

22. Almond Flour Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: The Toasted Pine Nut

23. Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing

Source: Snixy Kitchen

24. Mint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Downshiftology

25. Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

26. Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

27. Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

28. White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Source: The View from Great Island

29. Raw Peanut Butter Patties

Source: Minimalist Baker

30. Speculoos Spice Cookies

Source: The View from Great Island

31. Raspberry-Chocolate Rugelach

Source: Brooklyn Supper

32. Shortbread Mug Lid Cookies

Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

33. Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Source: Pinch of Yum

34. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Source: Homemade in the Kitchen

35. Red and Green Striped Christmas Meringue Cookies

Source: Salt & Lavender

36. Gingerbread Oatmeal Pies

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

37. Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies Three Ways

Source: A Classic Twist

38. Marbled Dark Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies

Source: Host the Toast

39. Chai Spiced Santa Cookies

Source: Half Baked Harvest

40. Chocolate Peanut Butter Rocky Road Cookies

Source: Love & Zest

41. White Chocolate-Dipped Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Pistachios

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

42. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with Amaretto

Source: Cotter Crunch

43. Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Source: The Cafe Sucre Farine

44. Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Source: Tastes Better From Scratch

45. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Source: Gimme Some Oven

46. Ombré Peppermint Slice and Bake Cookies

Source: Girl Versus Dough

47. Southern Pecan Praline Cookies

Source: Sweet Tea & Thyme

48. Hazelnut Gelt Cookies

Source: My Name is Yeh

49. Lemon and Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies

Source: Top With Cinnamon

50. Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie

Source: Tastes Better From Scratch