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The 85 Best Christmas Cookies to Make This Holiday Season (All Cookie Swap and Santa Approved)

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If you’re anything like us, the holiday season is synonymous with two things: watching cheesy Hallmark movies and baking cookies—approximately 2,000 batches, give or take. We know you already have your yearly lineup (gingersnaps, snowballs and peanut butter blossoms, natch), and we would never suggest you break your traditions…but surely you can make room for one more recipe? Maybe a list of the 85 best Christmas cookies this side of the North Pole will convince you that there’s no such thing as too many treats. (Seriously, Santa told us so.)

46 Easy Christmas Treats the Whole Family Can Help Make


best christmas cookies chocolate peppermint linzer cookies recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Chocolate-Peppermint Linzer Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Cookie texture meets brownie flavor in these festive sandwich cookies. Jam is traditional, but we’ve swapped it for a vibrant pink peppermint ganache.

best christmas cookies brown sugar cookies dulce de leche recipe
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2. Brown Sugar Cookies with Dulce de Leche

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Oh hi, 25-minute frosted and decorated cookies. (Royal icing could never.)

best christmas cookies sweet potato sugar cookies with marshmallow topping recipe
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Vegetables in a cookie? You better believe it. Here, the sweet potato lends moisture and color for a soft, bright cookie that’s better than any marshmallow-topped casserole.

best christmas cookies pistachio icebox cookie recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Pistachio Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Icebox cookies are a holiday savior because you can make the dough ahead of time and bake the cookies whenever a craving strikes.

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Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Cookies-and-Cream Shortbread Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

It’s a cookie within a cookie! They’re like our favorite store-bought sammies, only a little classier and a lot tastier.

best christmas cookies chocolate gingerbread cookies recipe
Katherine Gillen

6. Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

If a soft molasses cookie and a good old chocolate chip number had a very delicious baby, it would be one of these treats.

best christmas cookies gingerbread lattice cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Gingerbread Lattice Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

The time you would’ve spent frosting is spent weaving instead—and the result is a hundred times more sophisticated.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

8. Chocolate-Peppermint Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Here’s an ingenious way to make good use of all those candy canes. (C’mon, no one ever finishes a whole one.)

best christmas cookies vanilla bean thumbprint cookies dulce de leche recipe
Rebecca Firth

9. Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Here’s a nifty baking trick: Gently simmer a can of sweetened condensed milk and it’ll turn into homemade dulce de leche like magic.

best christmas cookies pecan brittle bark cookies recipe
Rebecca Firth

10. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

So you have to make the pecan brittle bark ahead of the cookies. We promise the results are worth the effort.

best christmas cookies butterscotch icebox cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, make ahead

These come together with seven ingredients. We repeat: seven ingredients.

best christmas cookies easy cranberry pecan sandwich cookies recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

12. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

The buttery, almost salty cookies are the perfect foil to the tart filling. Take a batch to Aunt Jackie’s house and you’ll win major brownie (er, cookie?) points.

best christmas cookies matcha cranberry linzer cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

13. Matcha-Cranberry Linzer Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Food dye who? These adorable Christmas cookies are colored with matcha powder for a seasonably appropriate hue and a toasty flavor.

best christmas cookies flourless chocolate cookies recipe
The Fearless Baker

14. Flourless Cocoa Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 42 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

No one will know that they’re gluten free, even when they go in for round two.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

15. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Truffles

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Are they a cookie or a candy? Who cares? They’re delicious, and you can totally start with store-bought.

best christmas cookies vanilla bean icebox cookies
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

16. Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Vanilla isn’t boring, it’s underrated. One cookie and you’ll understand.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Is it really the holidays if you aren’t swimming in a sea of snowflake and reindeer cutouts?

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Katherine Gillen

18. Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

These will be a hit with your Gen Z cousin who’s all over the latest trends. (Or she’ll scoff and say tie dye is *so* last year, but whatever.)

best christmas cookies lemon icebox cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

19. Lemon Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

Last-minute cookie swap? We’ve got your back. This dough can be made up to three months in advance.

best christmas cookies ina garten black and white cookies recipe
Quentin Bacon/Modern Comfort Food

20. Ina Garten’s Black and White Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

No, Ina Garten isn’t coming to your Secret Santa party, but her cookie recipe will suffice.

best christmas cookies maple pecan icebox cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

21. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

You had us at three little words: pure maple syrup.

best christmas cookies caramel stuffed gingerbread cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

22. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Chewy, spicy cookies are filled with molten caramel…and the results are glorious. You’ll want a few napkins for these babies.

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Katherine Gillen

23. Cinnamon Roll Cookies with Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Go ahead, eat a few cookies for breakfast. (’Tis the season, right?)

best christmas cookies pumpkin cheesecake cookies recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

24. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

Pie? Way too much work. These cookies offer the best of both dessert worlds (and leave you more time to watch A Christmas Story).

best christmas cookies lemon meringue cookies recipe
Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Lemon Meringue Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

They look like little works of art, but don’t let that stop you from eating one, or a few.

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26. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Caffeine and sugar? This has afternoon snack written all over it.

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Erin McDowell

27. Nutella Sandwich Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

We love a good ol’ jar of Nutella, but bonus points if you make your own.

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28. Rocky Road Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Everyone needs a 30-minute cookie on their Christmas list. Especially when it involves chocolate and marshmallows.

best christmas cookies giant snickerdoodles recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

29. Giant Brown Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

The bigger the cookie, the closer to Santa—or so they say.

best christmas cookies coconut sugar macaron cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

30. Coconut Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Sugar cookies and macaroons happen to make a fantastic pair.

best christmas cookies thumbprint cheesecake cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

31. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

We’ve never met a person who can say no to cheesecake. Just saying.

best christmas cookies homemade milano cookies recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

32. Homemade Milano Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Psst: Those bagged cookies have been on the grocery store shelf since last Christmas. You can do better.

best christmas cookies mini sandwich cookies recipe
Photo: Mark Weinberg/Styling: Erin McDowell

33. Itty-Bitty Sandwich Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Honey, we shrunk the Oreos. And good thing, too. Now you can eat them by the handful.

best christmas cookies roasted almond and chocolate chunk cookies recipe
Aran Goyoaga

34. Roasted Almond and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 26 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, <30 minutes

You wouldn’t know it, but these babies are gluten free and dairy optional.

best christmas cookies berries and cream cookies recipe
Katherine Gillen

35. Berries and Cream Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Forget the little lad: There’s a big man up north who loves this flavor combination.

best christmas cookies big raspberry rye cookies recipe
© Heidi Swanson/Super Natural Simple

36. Big Raspberry-Rye Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

These cookies have a secret: They’re packed with crushed freeze-dried raspberries for a sweet-tart punch of flavor.

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Charlotte Bland/La Vita e Dolce

37. Little Jam Flower Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

They’re. So. Cute! (And you can fill them with any flavor you please.)

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Aran Goyoaga/Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple

38. Aran Goyoaga’s Peanut Butter–Banana Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, gluten free, dairy free

A cookie that’s kinda good for you? Be still our sugar-loving heart. These are flourless, not to mention dairy and egg free.

best christmas cookies pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting recipe
Katherine Gillen

39. Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Just because the leaves have fallen doesn’t mean pumpkin season is over, people.

best christmas cookies 4 ingredient lemon cookies recipe
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40. 4-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, <15 minutes

We get it: You have a thousand presents to wrap. But we bet you can still craft a batch of these cookies.

best christmas cookies caramel coconut macaroons recipe
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

41. Caramel Coconut Macaroons

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, gluten free

Meet your new favorite holiday cookie: They’re sweet but not cloying, play nice with chocolate and are easy to pack into cookie boxes.

best christmas cookies three ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe
Yumna Jawad/Feel Good Foodie

42. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes

The Christmas season is a marathon, not a sprint. These 20-minute, three-ingredient beauties will get you through the busiest parts.

best christmas cookies heart thumbprint cookies recipe
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

43. Heart Thumbprint Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

No, it’s not Valentine’s Day. The heart shape is because we love Christmas, duh!

best christmas cookies pumpkin black and white cookies recipe
Katherine Gillen

44. Pumpkin Black and White Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

Hot tip: If you bite down the middle, you get a bit of every flavor.

best christmas cookies tiny coconut cookies with hibiscus glaze recipe
Katherine Gillen

45. Tiny Coconut Cookies with Hibiscus Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

How’d you like to spend Christmas on a tropical island? Well, these cuties are the next best thing.

best christmas cookies banana split cookies recipe
Ashley Maxwell/Milk Jar Cookies Bakebook

46. Banana Split Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

If there’s a time to take things OTT, it’s the holidays. Pair these cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you’re really committed.

best christmas cookies black sesame shortbread recipe
Taylor Peden and Jen Munk/Cook This Book

47. Black Sesame Shortbread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

But if you want to keep things simple, we don’t blame you. These six-ingredient cookies are unexpectedly sophisticated.

best christmas cookies cranberry spice cookies with eggnog icing recipe
Sally's Baking Addiction

48. Cranberry Spice Cookies with Eggnog Icing

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, one bowl, <10 ingredients

The eggnog icing is optional, but we know you have an open carton lingering in your fridge.

best christmas cookies gingerbread spiced snowflake sugar cookies recipe
Spoon Fork Bacon

49. Gingerbread Spiced Snowflake Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes (+ chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

Let it snow…cookies, that is.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

50. Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 38 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

Polvorones, Russian tea cakes, snowball cookies: Call ’em what you want, just don’t inhale as you take a bite.

best christmas cookies italian christmas cookies recipe
The Recipe Critic

51. Italian Christmas Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

These cookies are flavored with vanilla, but you can swap in anise if you want to be traditional.

best christmas cookies vanilla biscuit christmas cookies recipe
RecipeTin Eats

52. Vanilla Biscuit Christmas Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

You can’t go wrong with a Santa-approved classic.

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Spend with Pennies

53. Eggnog Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 32 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

They’re soft, rich and lightly spiced. Would pairing them with a glass of eggnog be overkill?

best christmas cookies crispy gingersnap cookies recipe
The Clean Eating Couple

54. Crispy Gingersnap Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

The snappier, the better. (As an added bonus, these are easily made gluten free.)

best christmas cookies peanut butter blossoms recipe
Gimme Some Oven

55. Peanut Butter Blossoms

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

We can’t explain it, but these are a Christmas classic.

best christmas cookies christmas linzer cookies with raspberry preserves recipe
What's Gaby Cooking

56. Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Preserves

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Everyone knows the best Christmas cookies are covered in confectioners’ sugar.

best christmas cookies vanilla wreath cookies recipe
Half Baked Harvest

57. Vanilla Wreath Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Deck the halls with sugar, butter and frosting.

best christmas cookies candy cane cookies recipe
Saving Room for Dessert

58. Candy Cane Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

These are—dare we say?—better than the real thing.

best christmas cookies chewy ginger molasses cookies recipe
Gimme Some Oven

59. Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Snappy, crunchy cookies aren’t for everyone. For those of you who prefer pillowier treats, these soft, spiced cookies are just like what Grandma use to make.

best christmas cookies bourbon soaked cherry oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe
How Sweet Eats

60. Bourbon-Soaked Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy

If you don’t already have a stiff cocktail at the holiday party, grab one of these guys.

best christmas cookies spritz cookies recipe
Sally's Baking Addiction

61. Spritz Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

You’ll need a cookie press to make these classic Christmas cookies, but look how pretty they turn out.

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Cupcake Project

62. Christmas Snowman Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 22 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <30 minutes

Unlike Frosty, these won’t melt on you.

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A Cookie Named Desire

63. Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

They’re made with actual hot cocoa mix for the full effect.

best christmas cookies peppermint bark cookies recipe
I Am a Food Blog

64. Peppermint Bark Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

It’s two treats in one, and what could be bad about that?

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Broma Bakery

65. White Chocolate Maple Pecan Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 26 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

A sweet-salty number is just what your cookie plate needs to be complete.

best christmas cookies pink peppermint sugar cookies recipe
How Sweet Eats

66. Pink Peppermint Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

Red and green are givens, but we have a soft spot for this millennial-loved color.

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This Silly Girl's Kitchen

67. Christmas Tree Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, gluten free, <10 ingredients

Who’s the winner of the cookie swap? You are.

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The Modern Proper

68. Cookie Brittle

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

It’s buttery and tender like a shortbread but studded with chocolate chips and baked like a bar. Basically, it has everything.

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Bojon Gourmet

69. Magical Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, vegan, crowd-pleaser

What makes them magical? Well, they’re free of nuts, gluten, grains and refined sugar, and they’re vegan (not to mention delicious.)

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Grandbaby Cakes

70. White Chocolate Ginger Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Christmas tree sprinkles on everything, we say.

best christmas cookies sour cream sugar cookies recipe
The Modern Proper

71. Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 23 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

The sour cream ensures these cut-out cookies are ultra-tender and just a little tangy.

best christmas cookies eggnog snickerdoodles recipe
So Much Food

72. Eggnog Snickerdoodles

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser

Psst: They’re spiked with rum. Need we say more?

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Spoon Fork Bacon

73. Salted Gingersnap Mallomars

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

Replace the usual shortbread base with store-bought gingersnaps, and suddenly you have a party-ready version of the grocery fave.

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A Cookie Named Desire

74. Plum Linzer Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 38 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

The cookie dough is flavored with vanilla and orange for a tart twist.

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Two Peas and Their Pod

75. Brown Butter Biscoff Snickerdoodles

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Cookie butter, meet snickerdoodle cookies. (Now meet our mouth.)

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Gimme Some Oven

76. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <30 minutes

Go ahead and leave them out with a note for Santa, but save us one from the batch.

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Half Baked Harvest

77. Brown Butter Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

Brown butter, toasty pecans, boozy bourbon: These are a few of our favorite things.

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Sally's Baking Addiction

78. Christmas Butter Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

They look so fancy, but they’re actually super easy to pipe and bake.

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Half Baked Harvest

79. Santa Claus Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

They’re almost too cute to eat…but we’re not about to hold back.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

80. Chai, Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Merry Christmas to all, but especially to these spicy, chocolatey cookies that take less than an hour to make.

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Katherine Gillen

81. Cranberry Curd Thumbprint Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, make ahead

Since the holidays are busy even without a baking project, you can (and should!) make the curd a couple days ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake.

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Quentin Bacon/Go-To Dinners

82. Ina Garten’s Cinnamon-Spiced Shortbread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 2 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Not only are these cookies delicious, but according to the Contessa, the house smells amazing when you make them.

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Jenny Huang/What's for Dessert

83. Claire Saffitz’s Raspberry Almond Thumbprints

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes (includes chilling)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser

These chewy-yet-crisp jewels are vying for the top spot at your cookie exchange, and with their sweet-tart fruit flavor, they just might win.

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Matt Armendariz/What's Gaby Cooking: Take It Easy

84. Gooey Triple-Chocolate Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

If you’ve ever been torn between baking cookies or brownies, this is the decadent mashup of your dreams.

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Katherine Gillen

85. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, one bowl

These babies are meant to be eaten in multiples (or better yet, by the handful). And since our motto is “more cookies, fewer dishes,” we made sure that the dough can be made using a single bowl.