44 Thanksgiving Cookies That Are Better Than Pie
Whether you’re serving them in place of pumpkin pie or just next to it, there’s no question that cookies deserve a spot in your Thanksgiving dessert spread. Why? Because they’re just as festive as any other autumnal dessert, not to mention easy to make…and easier to eat five of in one sitting than pie. (Kidding. Kind of.) Here are 44 thanksgiving cookies we’re grateful for.
1. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
There’s extra brown sugar in the batter, so these cookies come out of the oven both crackly and chewy, just how we like them. The cinnamon-sugar coating is the cherry on top.
2. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies
If a pecan pie and a chocolate-chip cookie had a delicious baby, this would be it. Something truly magical happens when the pecan brittle melts into toffee puddles.
3. Easy Cranberry-Pecan Sandwich Cookies
The name says easy, but how easy, you ask? For starters, the cookies themselves require less than ten ingredients. Use store-bought jam to make them even easier.
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
Who needs pumpkin pie when you have a platter of these babies? They’re soft on the outside, creamy on the inside and practically melt in your mouth.
5. Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies
Come for the softly spiced oatmeal cookies, stay for the dreamy vanilla cream filling.
6. Gingerbread Lattice Cookies
Gingerbread houses? Yawn. This year we’re making these intricate (but still easy) lattice cookies instead.
7. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies
Would you believe that these cookies take 30 minutes from start to finish? Swirl them with whatever autumnal jam suits your fancy. (We’re partial to pumpkin butter.)
8. Vanilla Bean Thumbprint Cookies with Dulce de Leche
Everyone will ooh and ahh when you serve them…just don’t mention that the filling came straight from a can.
9. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
Nothing against regular gingerbread, but molten caramel-filled gingerbread is *that much* better.
10. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies
The beauty of an icebox cookie is that you can keep the dough in your freezer ahead of time, then slice and bake the day of. (To be filed under “genius.”)
11. Butterscotch Icebox Cookies
We have a soft spot for those butterscotch chips you buy at the store, so naturally we’re eating at least three of these cookies.
12. Gluten-Free Flourless Cocoa Cookies
“No flour, no problem” is our new mantra. Erin McDowell’s cocoa cookies are so fudgy and dense, you won’t even miss it.
13. Eggnog Snickerdoodles
There’s no better way to get ready for the holidays than with cookies that taste like a cup of spicy-sweet eggnog.
14. Vanilla-Chocolate Swirl Icebox Cookies
Sometimes, you can’t please everyone’s palates. This is not one of those times.
15. Matcha-Cranberry Linzer Cookies
They’re. So. Festive!
16. Brown Butter, Pistachio and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies
If we’re being honest, you had us at “brown butter,” but these shortbread stunners also happen to be simple to make. Don’t skip the flaky salt on top.
17. Molasses Cookies
This won’t be the last time you whip up a batch of these soft, spicy crowd-pleasers. What can we say? We like to start the season early.
18. Cinnamon Spiced Sugar Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting
Our favorite kind of pumpkin patch is packed with cinnamon, nutmeg and a drizzle of brown butter frosting.
19. Apple Cinnamon Spice Whoopie Pies
The key to all that autumnal flavor is to reduce the apple cider to a syrup, then whip it into the spiced buttercream filling. We’re drooling.
20. Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel
They’re the ideal ratio of salty and sweet…and they'll help you avoid your great aunt Sally and her weird cranberry gelatin mold.
21. Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookies
Truth be told, we can’t think of an occasion when the classic chocolate-chip cookie wouldn’t be appropriate. The cardamom here just kicks it up a notch.
22. Salted Gingersnap Mallomars
You can only get the real ones when it’s cold outside…but now you can make them at home whenever a craving strikes.
23. Spiced Cocoa Polvorones
Call them Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies or snowballs—either way, they’re delicious (and gluten-free).
24. Pumpkin Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
You could eat that stash of pumpkin butter by the spoonful…or you could put it in your cookies. It’s your call.
25. Orange Butter Cookies with Chocolate Ganache
In a world of store-bought Milanos, be a homemade orange-chocolate sandwich cookie.
26. Cranberry Dark Chocolate Biscotti
If you’re not already brewing a fresh pot of tea, you should be. These cuties were made for dunking.
27. Cranberry Coconut Macaroons
Soft, sweet and just tart enough, these morsels check all the right boxes. They’re also gluten-free and totally vegan, a win-win.
29. Browned Butter Nutella Linzer Cookies
We’ll go weak in the knees for anything that involves browned butter. Ditto for Nutella.
30. Peanut Butter Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies
It’s tough to improve a peanut-butter-chocolate-sandwich cookie, but the pumpkin-shaped cutters are doing it.
31. Cranberry Bliss Cookies
These sure beat anything red, jiggling and shaped like a can.
32. Maple Cinnamon Star Cookies
You don’t have to dust them with edible glitter, but it’s Thanksgiving. What better day to go all out?
33. Vanilla Cherry Chocolate Cookies
When the theme of the evening is over-indulgence, it’s nice to have something tart to balance everything out. We owe you one, dried sour cherries.
34. Vanilla Bean Icebox Cookies
In our not-so-humble opinion, vanilla is a highly underrated flavor. Serve these with a side of, yep, vanilla ice cream.
35. Pecan Pie Cookies with Butter Pecan Frosting
Our favorite flavor of pie just got a festive, fancy upgrade. You can cut them into whatever shape you want. (We’re doing turkeys, in case you were wondering.)
36. Pistachio Icebox Cookies
Slice and bake right before the guests arrive. (Is that a candle? No, it’s just these freshly baked cookies.)
39. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Permission to eat these for breakfast granted. (Psst: They only take 30 minutes to make.)
40. Caramel Apple Spice Thumbprints
If you could capture the flavor of the season in a single cookie recipe, this would be it. For super-consistent thumbprints, use the handle of a wooden spoon instead of your fingers.
41. Crème Brûlée Cookies
They feel fancy enough for a fete, but they’re also pretty foolproof. The base is a classic sugar cookie recipe, and the frosting is just cream cheese—easy peasy.
42. Pumpkin Pecan Mexican Wedding Cookies
Melt-in-your-mouth tender, these cookies are like an itty-bitty pumpkin pie in each bite. If you use coconut butter, you can even make them vegan.
44. Flourless Candied Ginger Molasses Cookies
They’re just as chewy and spicy as your grandma’s traditional recipe, but minus the refined sugar and flour.