Tis’ the season for delicious holiday cookies! Is there any better treat to munch on? These cookie recipes are all of my tried and true favorites. I made sure to round up recipes that were simple but looked and tasted impressive! You will have so many options to choose from when you head to your holiday parties this year!! I love that the holidays bring out some of my favorite delicious cookies and flavors like gingerbread, peppermint, and buttery soft Italian cookies! If you have not branched out with your holiday baking, the is the perfect place to start!
I like to start to bake at the beginning of the season! I continue baking delicious cookies once a week or so so that I constantly have them on hand for the kids (and myself!) to snack on! Plus, it gives me a good excuse to try out recipes beforehand so I know just which ones to give out to neighbors or which ones to bring to parties! Just because I have to bring a terrible gift to a white elephant party does not mean I have to bring a terrible holiday cookie! These delicious cookies are amazing and I cannot wait for you to try them out!!
Holiday Baking Tips
Get a fresh start with your holiday baking by trying out these delicious cookies! I have put together a few tips that will give you the softest, most delectable cookies! You will be baking up a storm and have the best cookies on the block!
Butter: Make sure to double check HOW your recipe calls for butter. Is it salted or unsalted? Softened or melted? Softened means room temperature (not melted.) Follow the butter instructions carefully as this will help with the texture of your delicious cookies!
Nonstick baking mats: If you want to make sure that you never have the problem of running out or parchment paper, then get some nonstick baking mats! Then you will always be sure to have what you need on hand!
Chill: Try chilling your cookie dough before baking. This will help so that your cookies don’t spread and become too thin.
Flour: All purpose flour is what is most commonly used to bake cookies. If you want to switch things up, bread flour makes cookies chewier and cake flour makes them more delicate! An easy thing to switch up!
Don’t overbake: Everyone’s ovens cook a little differently. I like to set my time a few minutes before the recipe states and continue checking on them. This way, I don’t overbake and ruin my cookies!
Italian Christmas Cookies are soft, buttery, fluffy and melt in your mouth delicious. Flavored with a hint of vanilla and a sweet glaze, these tasty treats are a perfect holiday treat. Take them to your next cookie exchange, party or just for fun occasion!
Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Shortbread Cookies are buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies that get dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint. These cookies make the perfect holiday treat!
Frosted Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars – Why do you need peppermint bark when you can have these incredibly easy sugar cookie bars? So moist with the creamiest frosting, then topped with chopped candy canes. Only one bowl is needed!
These peppermint meltaways literally melt in your mouth with each and every bite. The combination of butter, powdered sugar, and cornstarch creates a fluffy and delicious cookie that everyone will LOVE!
Chocolate Peppermint Gingersnaps are soft and chewy chocolate gingersnaps with a hint of vanilla and peppermint mixture baked to perfection, then dipped in a creamy white chocolate and coated with coarse peppermint candies. Perfect for the holiday season!
Grinch Cookies are a fun and festive twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie! Inspired by the popular Christmas movie, these soft and chewy cookies are colored Grinch-green and decorated with green and red M&Ms.
Ingredients: unsalted butter softened, sugar, large eggs, vanilla extract, drops bright green food coloring,, all-purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, red and green M&Ms
Chocolate Snowball Cookies are a buttery melt in your mouth chocolate cookie featuring ground walnuts and sprinkled with powdered sugar. This is a delicious holiday classic cookie that you need to put on your baking list!
White Chocolate Cherry Cranberry Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie, with velvety white chocolate, red tart cranberries, and cherries in a chewy, tender treat. Ideal for making any time of the year, you have to try them now!
Ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg, vanilla, almond extract, white chocolate chips, dried cherries, dried cranberries
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. The easiest cookie recipe ever! These shortbread cookies are soft, buttery, and loaded with chocolate chips. Drizzle with a little extra chocolate for the ultimate cookie treat. These will disappear fast!
Ingredients: unsalted butter, white sugar, salt, vanilla extract, large egg, and ½ cup all purpose flour, dark chocolate chips
These hot cocoa cookies are the perfect treat for the winter season! These soft and delicious cookies have a marshmallow on top and some ooey, gooey chocolate in the middle. You will be won't be able to stop at just one!
For years, I’ve made these cookies. It’s a tradition of the family. “These” cookies, everyone want, I never added baking powder to my bread bakery recipe. In this recipe I am wondering about the advantage of using the soda powder. Thank you for that.
These toffee crunch cookies are stunning. I’m not a talented baker, but I would love to give these a try! Thanks, Alyssa!
That’s a huge list they all look fantastic!
Looking for recipe for magic bars made with m&m and vanilla cookies
YUM! Thanks so much for including my cookies too 🙂
What a round up! Thank you for including my cookies!
What a fantastic list!
They all look fantastic! It would be tough to narrow down my baking list with so many yummy options. Thanks for sharing this great round up 🙂
What a line up! Thanks so much for including my ginger cookies too 🙂
That is one amazing lineup of cookies! My mouth was totally watering big time by the time I got to the bottom of the list! Thanks so much for including my Salted Peanut Butter Blossoms in the list.