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!
Holiday Cookie RecipesAs 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 CookiesRolling 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 CookiesPrepare 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 BrowniesMini marshmallows melt into this walnut-topped brownie during baking, giving it a gooey, fudgy texture.
Almendrados (Flourless Almond Cookies)The almond base gives these cookies a wonderfully nutty flavor.
Pumpkin Cream SandwichesThese moist pumpkin cookies are wonderful plain or sandwiched with cream cheese filling.
Autumn Maple Cutout CookiesMaple syrup gives these cookies a subtle sweet flavor. Spice them up with cinnamon and nutmeg, and top with toasted walnuts.
Louisiana Pecan BallsThese cookies are simple to make and ready in less than an hour. Dust with a little cinnamon or cocoa powder for a pretty presentation.
Chocolate-Espresso ShortbreadEdges tipped with unsweetened chocolate and white chocolate enhance the coffee flavor in these cookies.
Hello Dolly BarsAlso called Seven Layer Bars, this treat combines coconut, chocolate morsels, pecans, butterscotch bits and graham crackers into a sticky-sweet delight.
Luscious Lemon BarsA crumbly, butter cookie bottom is the perfect partner to smooth lemon filling and powdered sugar.
Salted Caramel BrowniesWith their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.
Lemon-Frosted Sugar CookiesClassic 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 BlondiesPut a twist on classic blondie bars by adding chocolate morsels and baking them in muffin tins.
White Chocolate-Oatmeal-Raisin CookiesPut a twist on classic oatmeal raisin cookies by adding white chocolate morsels and a bit of orange extract.
Cappuccino BlossomsThese coffee and almond cookies topped with chocolate kisses are easy enough to make that your children can help you prepare them.
Caramel Apple Oatmeal CookiesCaramel bits and chopped apple are the perfect autumn substitute to raisins in these crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside oatmeal cookies.
Brownie CookiesYou'll love how these scrumptious double-chocolate cookies are similar in texture to thick and fudgy brownies.
Maple-Date BarsTwo layers of crumbly oatmeal topping sandwich a layer of sweet dates in these super moist bars.
Mudslide CookiesGet your milk ready! A dash of coffe intensifies the luscious flavor of cocoa powder and three types of chocolate.
Two-Layer Caramel-Pecan BarsCaramel lovers rejoice! A crunchy brown sugar base holds a gooey layer of caramel topped with chopped pecans.
Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesMashed banana adds rich flavor and moistness to these cookies.
Death by Caramel BarsThese 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 CookiesThese gingery rounds bake up moist thanks to a bit of applesauce and the sugar on top gives them a beautiful presentation.
Peanut Butter-Butterscotch CookiesThese nutty cookies get a buttery, caramel-y touch when you add butterscotch bits to the dough.
Wreath CookiesWith 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.
SnickerdoodlesJust hearing the word snickerdoodle makes us excited to take a bite of these chewy, buttery cookies dusted with cinnamon.
Spicy Oatmeal CrispsThese 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 ShortbreadJazz up traditional shortbread with luscious bits of chocolate and salty toffee.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle CookiesMix toffee bits and chopped pecans right into the cookie dough and after baking, top with caramel and a chocolate drizzle.
Sugar Cookie PopsLet 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 ShortbreadButtery, crumbly shortbread gets a flavor boost when you add vanilla bean.
Coconut-Cranberry ChewsWe love the mix of coconut, red cranberries and zesty orange in these chewy delights.
Macadamia Butter Cookies with CranberriesWe 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 CookiesIf 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 CookiesThese 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 BlondiesIf you're a fan of the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, you'll love these bars.
Crunchy Frostbite CookiesDip 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 SnowballsLemon 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 BarsIf 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 CookiesTwo of the most popular cookies combine forces to create these chewy cookies perfect for company or a holiday snack.
Fudgy Mocha-Toffee BrowniesCoffee 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 BrowniesFudgy 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 SquaresWith 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 BrowniesThese gooey brownies are buttery and taste slightly like caramel from the brown sugar. Toffee bits melt during baking to create a crunchy topping.
Chocolate-Cherry CookiesThis 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 SnowballsRoll cookie dough in sweetened flaked coconut and sandwich them together with a white chocolate filling.
Oatmeal and Pie Spice CookiesOatmeal cookies get a holiday boost when you add pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice to the dough.
Lemon Sugar CookiesThese beautiful cookies feature traditional sugar cookie dough dressed up with tart lemon juice and grated lemon peel.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)Cornstarch gives these cookies a delicate, sandy texture. You could also fill them with thick caramel or frosting.