18 Holiday Cookie Recipes You’ll Want To Bake & Devour Right Now

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and presents, but let’s be real here: They’re also about the cookies. Cookie exchanges are as much a part of holiday traditions as opening gifts or sending festive cards, and there’s no end to the fun you can have baking and drinking wine with the people you love.

When most of us think of holiday cookies, we think of the quintessential sugar cut-out cookies, shaped like snowflakes or little stars and then topped with royal icing. But, let’s not limit ourselves here. There are so many other delicious options out there, and thanks to Pinterest, we can easily try them all.

Whether you’re looking for something gooey and covered in chocolate or you’re jonesing for some classic gingerbread, here are 18 to-die-for recipes to satisfy your cookie cravings.

1. White chocolate-dipped ginger cookies

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Soft, chewy ginger cookies, dipped in creamy white chocolate that offers a sophisticated take on everything you love about traditional gingerbread cookies.

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2. Adorable Grinch cookies

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Vanilla cookies with royal icing that are guaranteed to make your heart grow 3 sizes.

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3. Dreidel piñata cookies

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These candy-filled dreidels can’t be spun, but they can be enthusiastically devoured while you’re spinning the real thing, and that’s even better.

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4. Sugar plum shortbread stars

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If you’ve ever read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and wondered wtf a sugar plum is, these cookies are for you. They’re made with orange-pecan spice shortbread and topped with sugar plum jam, which is basically just deliciously sugary plum jelly.

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5. Hanukkah peanut butter kiss cookies

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Traditional peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate kisses and yummy blue sugar. Perfect to nom on during your Hanukkah celebrations.

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6. Peppermint hot chocolate cookies

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Chewy chocolate cookies topped with ganache and real candy cane pieces. Starbucks’ peppermint mocha ain’t got nothing on these.

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7. White chocolate Oreo cookie balls

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If you totally suck at baking, this is the recipe for you. These are no-bake and super easy to make, and they’re the perfect addition to any holiday spread.

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8. Funfetti shortbread bites

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Perfect little bite-sized pieces of shortbread goodness with festive sprinkles. You can snack on them forever and then be like, “Well, they’re small, so it wasn’t that many calories, right? Right.”

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9. Stained glass sugar cookies

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Melted hard candy (like Jolly Ranchers) helps these sugar cookies achieve their stunning stained “glass” effect. Plus, you can cut out whatever shapes you like to customize them to your holiday gathering.

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10. Loaded M&M cookie bark

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These buttery cookies bars loaded with M&Ms and Oreos totally belong on the nighty list.

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11. Hot chocolate cookie cups

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Sugar cookie cups filled with chocolate ganache and baby marshmallows. Are cookies even allowed to be this cute?

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12. Holly cookies

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These are made using a similar process to Rice Krispies treats, except they use Corn Flakes instead. They’re covered in sweet, melty marshmallow and topped with Red Hots for a little kick.

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13. Polar Bear cookies

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Awww. Believe it or not, these adorable treats are just sandwich cookies dipped in white chocolate, topped with a candy melt and an M&M.

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14. Candy cane cookies

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You can make these with plain sugar cookie dough, or add peppermint extract so they taste like the real deal.

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15. Eggnog cookies

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Two of your holiday favorites—eggnog and cookies—in one convenient little dessert.

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16. Pinwheel cookies

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Yummy and mesmerizing sugar cookies you can make in any colors you like.

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17. Pecan snowballs

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Buttery little bites with pecans, dusted with powdered sugar “snow” to put you in the holiday spirit.

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18. Melted snowman cookies

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Pull a Frosty The Snowman with these yummy ginger cookies, topped with melted icing “snow” and small candies.

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