30 Easy Icebox Cookies That Will Make All Your Holiday Dreams Come True

Christmas is synonymous with cookies. This year, liven up your usual baking routine with these 30 icebox cookies. The beauty here is that you can prep the simple dough, refrigerate or freeze it, then slice and bake whenever your schedule allows. If that's not holiday magic, we don't know what is.

1. Chocolate-peppermint Icebox Cookies

The most festive cookies we ever did see...or taste.

2. Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Brown sugar + butter = Christmas miracle.

3. Lemon Icebox Cookies

It's citrus season, and we're taking full advantage of it.

4. Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies

These vanilla cookies are anything but plain, thanks to glittery sanding sugar.

5. Pistachio Icebox Cookies

Why choose between salty and sweet?

6. Maple-pecan Icebox Cookies

Our favorite seasonal flavors in every bite.

7. Funfetti Slice & Bake Cookies

Not only are there sprinkles dotting the white chocolate dip, they're also in the dough.

8. Pecan Chocolate Chip Slice-and-bake Cookies

Your guests will assume you picked them up at a fancy bakery.

9. Slice-and-bake Shortbread

Glazed red and green cherries are a festive finishing touch.

10. Gluten-free Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Three alternative flours make these gems possible: hazelnut, oat and tapioca.

11. Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two timeless classics united in ooey-gooey harmony.

12. Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies With Whipped Buttercream

The kids will be so psyched to decorate a batch themselves on Christmas Eve.

13. Salted Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Toast the pistachios in the oven first to make them more fragrant and flavorful.

14. Brown Sugar Shortbread

You can never have too many four-ingredient cookie recipes.

15. Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Cookies

Meet the ultimate marriage of sweet and salty, from the creamy PB filling to the flaky sea salt on top.

16. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

We wouldn't complain if we had these for breakfast on Christmas morning.

17. Easy Icebox Cookies

Rally the troops—this recipe makes 40 cookies.

18. Toasted Coconut-orange Icebox Cookies

Orange zest and toasted coconut flakes offer rays of tropical sunshine in the dead of winter.

19. Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Rolling the outer edges of the cookies in coarse sugar gives them a pretty finish and extra crunch.

20. Eggnog Ice Box Cookies

Complete with fluffy, three-ingredient eggnog frosting.

21. Salted Chocolate Butter Pecan Cookies

The secret to this nutty, caramelized masterpiece? Brown butter.

22. Cranberry-orange Brown Sugar Shortbread

Fresh orange zest and dried cranberries liven up simple three-ingredient dough.

23. Dark Chocolate Orange Slice And Bake Cookies

The combination of bitter, sour orange and spicy ground cinnamon is a wintry match made in heaven.

24. Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa came early for the plant-based eaters at your table. These are made with almond meal, rolled oats and chia seeds.

25. Chocolate Shortbread Cookies With Walnuts

Espresso powder and unsweetened cocoa give this old-school holiday cookie a tasty update.

26. Vanilla Brown Butter Pecan Cookies Dipped In Chocolate

All we want is to be dunking one of these into a mug of hot chocolate by a roaring fire.

27. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These babies are vegan, grain-free and sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup.

28. Classic Peanut Butter Blossoms

Freeze the cookie dough balls before rolling them in sugar—they'll keep for up to three months.

29. Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies

If cookies are all about crunch for you, have them plain. But we promise the almond butter buttercream won't disappoint.

30. Raspberry-chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough

The only thing better than slice and bake? Slice and eat, of course.

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