50 Fabulous Holiday Cookies

From brownies to sugar cookies to pecan bars, we've collected 50 of our best holiday cookies. Warning: You may feel the urge to eat your screen!

  • Christmas Cookies 4 Ways

    Holiday Cookie Recipes

    As our gift to you, we've gathered 50 of our all-time favorite cookie recipes of the holiday season. Like having options? Then this first recipe is for you! Stick with classic sugar cookies, or add spices, lemon zest, or cocoa for fun variations. Cut the dough into lovely holiday shapes and decorate with Royal Icing for a truly original cookie.
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

    Rolling red and plain-colored dough gives these cookies their fun look. Sandwich them together with a layer of peppermint-cream cheese frosting.
  • Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies
    Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson  

    Triple-threat Chocolate Cookies

    Prepare to abandon all restraint when you try one of these cookies, made with melted chocolate and chocolate chips in the batter and layered with a chocolate ganache filling.
  • Rocky Road Brownies
    Photo: James Carrier

    Rocky Road Brownies

    Mini marshmallows melt into this walnut-topped brownie during baking, giving it a gooey, fudgy texture.
  • Almendrados (Flourless Almond Cookies)
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Almendrados (Flourless Almond Cookies)

    The almond base gives these cookies a wonderfully nutty flavor.
  • Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
    Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

    Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches

    These moist pumpkin cookies are wonderful plain or sandwiched with cream cheese filling.
  • Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell

    Autumn Maple Cutout Cookies

    Maple syrup gives these cookies a subtle sweet flavor. Spice them up with cinnamon and nutmeg, and top with toasted walnuts.
  • Louisiana Pecan Balls
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Louisiana Pecan Balls

    These cookies are simple to make and ready in less than an hour. Dust with a little cinnamon or cocoa powder for a pretty presentation.
  • Dark Chocolate-Espresso Shortbread

    Chocolate-Espresso Shortbread

    Edges tipped with unsweetened chocolate and white chocolate enhance the coffee flavor in these cookies.
  • Hello Dolly Bars
    Oxmoor House

    Hello Dolly Bars

    Also called Seven Layer Bars, this treat combines coconut, chocolate morsels, pecans, butterscotch bits and graham crackers into a sticky-sweet delight.
  • Luscious Lemon Bars
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kacy Carroll

    Luscious Lemon Bars

    A crumbly, butter cookie bottom is the perfect partner to smooth lemon filling and powdered sugar.
  • Salted Caramel Brownies
    Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Salted Caramel Brownies

    With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.
  • Lemon-Frosted Sugar Cookies
    BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER

    Lemon-Frosted Sugar Cookies

    Classic sugar cookies get a lift when you add a bit of lemon zest to the dough and fresh lemon juice to the frosting. Let your imagination soar and add food coloring to some of the frosting or use colored sugar to decorate the cookies.
  • Chocolate Chip Blondies

    Chocolate Chip Blondies

    Put a twist on classic blondie bars by adding chocolate morsels and baking them in muffin tins.
  • White Chocolate-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    White Chocolate-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

    Put a twist on classic oatmeal raisin cookies by adding white chocolate morsels and a bit of orange extract.
  • Cappuccino Blossoms
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Cappuccino Blossoms

    These coffee and almond cookies topped with chocolate kisses are easy enough to make that your children can help you prepare them.
  • Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

    Caramel bits and chopped apple are the perfect autumn substitute to raisins in these crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside oatmeal cookies.
  • Brownie Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    Brownie Cookies

    You'll love how these scrumptious double-chocolate cookies are similar in texture to thick and fudgy brownies.
  • Maple-Date Bars
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Maple-Date Bars

    Two layers of crumbly oatmeal topping sandwich a layer of sweet dates in these super moist bars.
  • Mudslide Cookies
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Mudslide Cookies

    Get your milk ready! A dash of coffe intensifies the luscious flavor of cocoa powder and three types of chocolate.
  • Two-Layer Caramel-Pecan Bars

    Two-Layer Caramel-Pecan Bars

    Caramel lovers rejoice! A crunchy brown sugar base holds a gooey layer of caramel topped with chopped pecans.
  • Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Mashed banana adds rich flavor and moistness to these cookies.
  • Death by Caramel Bars

    Death by Caramel Bars

    These showy brownies are nice and tall with pockets of caramel goo. They are wicked enough on their own, but for an over-the-top dessert, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
  • Double-Ginger Cookies
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley

    Double-Ginger Cookies

    These gingery rounds bake up moist thanks to a bit of applesauce and the sugar on top gives them a beautiful presentation.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits
    Photo: John Montana; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Peanut Butter-Butterscotch Cookies

    These nutty cookies get a buttery, caramel-y touch when you add butterscotch bits to the dough.
  • Wreath Cookies
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Wreath Cookies

    With only a few ingredients, you can transform shredded wheat cereal into these whimsical holiday wreaths. Let the kids help shape and decorate them with cinnamon candies, M&Ms, or crushed peppermints.
  • Snickerdoodles
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Snickerdoodles

    Just hearing the word snickerdoodle makes us excited to take a bite of these chewy, buttery cookies dusted with cinnamon.
  • Spicy Oatmeal Crisps

    Spicy Oatmeal Crisps

    These aren’t your typical oatmeal cookies! Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper give these crispy cookies a wonderful kick. Line your pan with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the cookies.
  • Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    Jazz up traditional shortbread with luscious bits of chocolate and salty toffee.
  • Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies

    Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies

    Mix toffee bits and chopped pecans right into the cookie dough and after baking, top with caramel and a chocolate drizzle.
  • Sugar Cookie Pops
    Oxmoor House

    Sugar Cookie Pops

    Let your kids get in on the action with these colorful cookie pops. They can roll cookie dough balls in their favorite sprinkles and colored sugar and help you stick each cookie on a craft stick to complete the look.
  • Vanilla Bean Shortbread
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Vanilla Bean Shortbread

    Buttery, crumbly shortbread gets a flavor boost when you add vanilla bean.
  • Coconut-Cranberry Chews
    James Carrier

    Coconut-Cranberry Chews

    We love the mix of coconut, red cranberries and zesty orange in these chewy delights.
  • Macadamia Butter Cookies with Dried Cranberries
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Macadamia Butter Cookies with Cranberries

    We love these thick, satisfying cookies. The lightly spiced batter and dried cranberries provide a great counterpoint to the macadamia nuts' richness.
  • Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Photo: James Carrier

    Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    If you are of the school that thinks chocolate chip cookies should be soft and chewy, you'll love this recipe. Add 1 cup chopped pecans if you like a little crunch.
  • Amaretto Butter Cookies
    James Carrier

    Amaretto Butter Cookies

    These delicate, buttery cookies are flavored with bright orange peel and rich amaretto liqueur. Arrange slivered almonds in a star pattern for a striking presentation.
  • Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
    Oxmoor House

    Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

    If you're a fan of the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you'll love these bars.
  • Crunchy Frostbite Cookies
    Oxmoor House

    Crunchy Frostbite Cookies

    Dip one side of these crispy oatmeal cookies into melted white chocolate for a “frosted” effect. Sprinkle red or green sugar on top for a fun Christmas look.
  • Lemon-Coconut Snowballs

    Lemon-Coconut Snowballs

    Lemon and coconut add a new twist to the traditional wedding cookie. Don't be shy when rolling these in powdered sugar -- the more powdered sugar, the bigger the snowball!
  • Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars
    James Carrier

    Swirled Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Bars

    If you mixed cheesecake and pumpkin pie, this is the dessert you’d come up with. Perfect for any autumn get-together, you can store these bars up to 3 days before your party.
  • Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, and Pecan Cookies

    Two of the most popular cookies combine forces to create these chewy cookies perfect for company or a holiday snack.
  • Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Fudgy Mocha-Toffee Brownies

    Coffee and toffee give these rich chocolate brownies a unique twist. If they haven't all been gobbled up, store leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to a week or wrap tightly in aluminum foil and freeze for up to four months.
  • Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro

    Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

    Fudgy brownies get a decadent top layer of swirled cheesecake and brownie batter in these over the top bars. Raspberry extract also works well as a flavoring.
  • Pecan Squares

    Pecan Squares

    With less than 10 ingredients you can make a pan of gooey pecan bars. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an over the top holiday dessert.
  • Toffee Blond Brownies
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Toffee Blond Brownies

    These gooey brownies are buttery and taste slightly like caramel from the brown sugar. Toffee bits melt during baking to create a crunchy topping.
  • Chewy Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

    This recipe contrasts the tartness of the cherries with the cocoa and semisweet chocolate chips for an elegant, and delicious, addition to your holiday table.
  • White Chocolate Snowballs
    Photo: Laurie Frankel

    White Chocolate Snowballs

    Roll cookie dough in sweetened flaked coconut and sandwich them together with a white chocolate filling.
  • Oatmeal and Pie Spice Cookies
    Photo: Laurie Frankel

    Oatmeal and Pie Spice Cookies

    Oatmeal cookies get a holiday boost when you add pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice to the dough.
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies
    James Carrier

    Lemon Sugar Cookies

    These beautiful cookies feature traditional sugar cookie dough dressed up with tart lemon juice and grated lemon peel.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Robyn Valarik

    Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)

    Cornstarch gives these cookies a delicate, sandy texture. You could also fill them with thick caramel or frosting.

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