103 Hottest Holiday Cookies
Our top holiday cookies are gorgeous, delicious, and guaranteed show stoppers at any cookie swap or holiday party. Whip up a batch or two of these holiday cookies for teachers, hostess gifts, coworkers, or for your family to enjoy on a cozy night in. Drop cookies, meringues, traditional holiday cookies, cut outs, bars, balls, and bonbons all make their way into our top rated holiday cookie list, so browse, drool, and pick your favorite to bake this holiday season. Don't forget to pick a special one for Santa!
Iced Sugar Cookies
Decorate with dragée (sometimes called sugar pearls), gold or silver dust, and coarse or sparkling sugar.
Maple-Walnut Spice Cookies
Spices like cloves and cinnamon balance with maple syrup to make a cookie that tastes like the holidays. Spread on some maple frosting and top with walnuts for a very special cookie.
Chai Tea Eggnog Cookies
Rich eggnog and spicy chai make the perfect pairing for this cookie. Use a little eggnog, powdered sugar, and nutmeg to make a simple glaze.
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.
Chocolate Chip Meringues
Bite-sized frothy meringues studded with chocolate bits are a wonderful treat for this holiday season.
Raspberry Linzer Cookies
Crunchy almond cookies make a beautiful frame for sweet raspberry preserves. Dust with powdered sugar for a snowy holiday look.
Flaky cream cheese dough makes the perfect nest for a sweet orange and walnut filling.
Christmas Cookies 4 Ways
Love having choices? Then this 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
Rolling red and plain-colored dough gives these cookies their fun look. Sandwich them together with a layer of peppermint-cream cheese frosting.
Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Jazz up traditional shortbread with luscious bits of chocolate and salty toffee.
Rocky Road Brownies
Mini marshmallows melt into this walnut-topped brownie during baking, giving it a gooey, fudgy texture.
Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies
Slather on the peppermint frosting when you make these cookie sandwiches and then roll the edges in crushed peppermint candy.
Condensed milk and butterscotch morsels melt together to make a gooey center for these streusel topped bars.
Cranberry-White Chocolate Cookies
Fans of classic cookies will love these simple confections accented with dried cranberries and gooey white chocolate.
Chocolate Chip Blondies
Put a twist on classic blondie bars by adding chocolate morsels and baking them in muffin tins.
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.
We love the mix of coconut, red cranberries and zesty orange in these chewy delights.
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
A crumbly, butter cookie bottom is the perfect partner to smooth lemon filling and powdered sugar.
Rudolph's Christmas Sugar Cookies
These reindeer come together in a snap when you use refrigerated cookie dough. Carefully break or cut pretzels for antlers and make Rudolph come to life with chocolate candies for eyes and a Red hot for his nose.
Peppermint Bonbon Cookies
This decadent holiday combination pairs a soft and chewy chocolate cookie with crunchy peppermint candy on top. These gems are great plain or try them with a double glaze.
Salted Caramel Brownies
With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered brownies are a definite crowd-pleaser.
Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
These moist pumpkin cookies are wonderful plain or sandwiched with cream cheese filling.
Christmas Sugar Wafers with Vanilla Icing
Try a variety of cookie cutters for a beautifully festive presentation.
White Chocolate-Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Put a twist on classic oatmeal raisin cookies by adding white chocolate morsels and a bit of orange extract.
Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mashed banana adds rich flavor and moistness to these cookies.
These coffee and almond cookies topped with chocolate kisses are easy enough to make that your children can help you prepare them.
Chocolate-Dipped Almond Meringues
Crispy, light almond meringues get a special touch when you dip them in semisweet chocolate.
Buttery Lemon Squares
Bake up a dreamy lemon custard with a crumbly crust for a treat at your next holiday party.
Raspberry Shortbread Sandwiches
Diamond-shaped cutouts add elegance to these beautiful jam-filled cookies.
This crunchy cookie gets its rich flavor from two kinds of chocolate candy bars and hazelnut liqueur.
You'll love how these scrumptious double-chocolate cookies are similar in texture to thick and fudgy brownies.
Two layers of crumbly oatmeal topping sandwich a layer of sweet dates in these super moist bars.
Get ready to indulge! These brownies have three decadent layers: moist brownie, chocolate ganache, and a beautiful layer of peppermint candy. Several reviewers recommended using WalMart’s candies, as they melt the best. If you don’t love peppermint, try topping the ganache with nuts, marshmallows, or coconut.