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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. Santa’s Cookies

Source: Sweet Tea & Thyme

2. Italian Ricotta Cookies

Source: Cooking Classy

3. Peppermint Macarons

Source: Ahead of Thyme

4. White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

5. Gooey Butter Cookies

Source: Sugar Spun Run

6. Peppermint Bark Fudge

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

7. Slice and Bake Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies

Source: Girl Versus Dough

8.  Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

9. Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

10. Gingerbread Cookies

Source: A Classic Twist

11. Eggnog Iced Butter Cookies

Source: Grandbaby Cakes

12. Gluten-Free White Chocolate Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Source: Snixy Kitchen

13. White Chocolate and Peppermint Christmas Wreath Cookies

Source: Foodie Crush

14. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Savory Nothings

15. Almond Flour Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: The Toasted Pine Nut

16. Spiced Vegan Christmas Cookies with Vanilla Almond Cream

Source: Well and Full

17. Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing

Source: Snixy Kitchen

18. Mint Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Source: Downshiftology

19. Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Source: Two Peas & Their Pod

20. Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

21. Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

22. White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Source: The View from Great Island

23. Raw Peanut Butter Patties

Source: Minimalist Baker

24. Speculoos Spice Cookies

Source: The View from Great Island

25. Raspberry-Chocolate Rugelach

Source: Brooklyn Supper

26. Shortbread Mug Lid Cookies

Source: As Easy As Apple Pie

27. Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Source: Pinch of Yum

28. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Source: Homemade in the Kitchen

29. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Source: Isabel Eats

30. Red and Green Striped Christmas Meringue Cookies

Source: Salt & Lavender

31. The Best Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Source: Oh Sweet Basil

32. Gingerbread Oatmeal Pies

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

33. Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies Three Ways

Source: A Classic Twist

34. Marbled Dark Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies

Source: Host the Toast

35. Chai Spiced Santa Cookies

Source: Half Baked Harvest

36. Chocolate Peanut Butter Rocky Road Cookies

Source: Love & Zest

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

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

38. Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with Amaretto

Source: Cotter Crunch

39. Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies

Source: The Cafe Sucre Farine

40. Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Source: Tastes Better From Scratch

41. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Source: Gimme Some Oven

42. Ombré Peppermint Slice and Bake Cookies

Source: Girl Versus Dough

43. Southern Pecan Praline Cookies

Source: Sweet Tea & Thyme

44. Hazelnut Gelt Cookies

Source: My Name is Yeh

45. Lemon and Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies

Source: Top With Cinnamon

46. Vanilla Hot Chocolate Molten Cookies

Source: Half Baked Harvest

47. Candy Cane Cookies

Source: Just a Taste

48. Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

49. Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie

Source: Tastes Better From Scratch

50. Carmel Hazelnut Linzer Cookies

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction
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