It’s time to make your plans to fill those holiday cookie trays. I’ve got plenty of ideas for you with my list of 25 Cookies to Bake for the Holidays! From cut out cookies to drop cookies to molded cookies or slice and bake, there’s definitely a cookie here for you!
Soft and flavorful gingerbread cookies with just the right amount of spice! Roll them thinner and bake longer if you prefer a crispier cookie.
Lime Meltaway Cookies are a buttery, tender, shortbread type of cookie that seem to melt in your mouth. They pack a citrus punch due to fresh lime juice and zest in the cookie dough as well as in the icing.
These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are deliciously soft, fudgy, and full of deep, dark chocolate flavor. Cut them into your favorite shapes! Roll them thicker for a softer cookie, or roll them thinner and bake longer for a crispier edged texture. I rolled them thick and then added a fudgy dark chocolate icing for a crave worthy, chocolatey, melt in your mouth cookie!
Crisp around the edges and chewy in the middle. It's not shaped like a tree, but everyone wants them on the cookie tray!
The lemon version of my extremely popular Italian biscotti. This is a soft, cakey cookie draped in lemony icing.
So buttery and delicious (no shortening in this recipe:) This tender little cookie will catch you by surprise when you keep going back for more.
Inspired by that holiday bark with all of the fruit and nuts. If you love a hearty oatmeal cookie chock full of special additions and dipped in chocolate, you're going to want to marry this one!
A super easy way to enjoy lace cookies. The batter mixes up quickly on the stove top. (I added a little orange zest and cinnamon for a holiday flair.)Then spread in pan, bake and top with chocolate and nuts. Let it all set up and then break it into pieces. Done and done! Crispy, chewy, toffee, chocolate heaven!
Butter Nut Horns are more pastry than cookie, but we’ve been making them as part of our Christmas cookie trays for years. Each horn is made from a tender, yeast based pastry dough that is filled with an nutty almond flavored meringue. The pastry is flaky but soft, and the meringue is crisp, light and melt in your mouth delicious!
Taking the ole' white chocolate macadamia nut cookie to another level with caramelized white chocolate! So good!
Such a delicious cookie for coffee lovers! Three kinds of chocolate plus hazelnuts and coffee. Crisp around the edges, chewy in the center.
Rustic Caramel Iced Brown Sugar Cookies are a sweet twist on a sugar cookie. Brown sugar brings a hint of warm caramel notes and a pretty deep blonde color to the batter. Top them with raw sugar before baking or drizzle them with a brown sugar caramel icing. Then decorate with chopped nuts or festive gold sprinkles!
This is a friend of my chewy chocolate chip cookies...this time with peanut butter chips and chocolate drizzle.
Another friend in the chip family, but this one has a bit of cocoa in the batter along with malted milk powder. It's malty and mellow and filled with chocolate chips. Another favorite!
This is one my husband's favorite mint cookies! Two tender chocolate cookies are sandwiched with a minty fudge filling.
This slice and bake cookie looks like little cheesecakes! The cream cheese and lemon in the cookie dough brings the flavor home and then a roll in graham cracker crumbs seals the deal!
I love this cookie! Perfectly mint chocolatey with a nice chew. They can be addictive!
People always ask for more of these on their cookie trays. It's buttery, chewy, almond-y, fruity and sweet. And it's a blondie, so it's win, win, win, win, win!
This cookie uses whole wheat flour and makes for a heartier version of rugelach. Raspberry is my fave but you can fill it with your favorite filling!
Buttery shortbread with a hint of spice for the holidays! Just press the dough into a pretty round and slice it up. Super easy!
Another buttery shortbread choice that pairs chocolate and orange. Then, it's drizzled with a bit or orange icing to punctuate that citrus flavor.
The single most popular cookie on my site. I think it's the best version of this traditional Italian cookie I've ever tasted. You be the judge!
Crisp biscotti dipped in chocolate and topped with toffee bits. Dip it in a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate and try not to go back for more :)
The mint chocolate version of a snowball (aka wedding cookie or Russian tea cake.) Whatever your name for it, it's still melt in your mouth good!
Dare I say another favorite? This cakey, egg nog flavored cookie is sprinkled with confectioner's sugar and freshly grated nutmeg. Another perfect companion to a cup of hot tea and a special addition to your cookie assortment.
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