It’s that most festive time of the year - cookie time! My friends have long been planning and discussing recipes, whether for themselves, parties or gifting.
My kids and I love baking cookies for Santa! That said when you've got dinners, potlucks, school events and parties, you don’t want to spend hours baking - but you do want to make something you, or your recipients, will love.
Enter these easy but amazing cookie recipes! Here are 25 of our favorite and most delicious recipes that won’t add more stress to your busy schedule.
Peppermint patties are a winter staple and for good reason. The delicious combinatin of mint and chocolate is refreshing and sweet without overwhelming your taste buds, while being reminiscent of holidays past. This peppermint patty cookie recipe is one of my personal favorites - plus the cookies make a great gift for just about anyone on your list.
I am a sucker for anything orange cranberry. I remember the first time I had an orange cranberry muffin - the sweet, zesty combination of orange and cranberry on a sugary base was an instant hit for me. These orange cranberry cookies have that fresh, delicious combo you’re looking for, a classic pairing of flavors that taste decidedly like Christmas.
It’s back to basics with these homemade fudge stripe cookies, combining the simplistic joy of a plain, sugary cookie with fudge drizzle. Easy, familiar, and fun, these cookies will delight all ages, making them a wonderful addition to cookie platters and gift boxes. Plus, we have it on good authority that they're a favorite of the big guy up north!
As someone who is generally on the fence about coconut, once you add sugar and chocolate, all my doubts disappear. These cookies can be modified so that any chocolate you prefer will pair perfectly, and they are just so good! Plus I love that they look like little snowballs of coconut making them especially fun for making during the holiday season.
If you’re looking for a new twist on the age-old chocolate chip cookie recipe, look no further. Cranberries bring new, flavorful life to the familiar and well-loved chocolate chip cookie recipe that you’ve known since childhood making our dark chocolate cranberry cookie recipes a total favorite for making this time of year. The slightly tart meets sweet combo is too good to resist.
Nutella lovers will have a new favorite cookie once they try this marbled chocolate hazelnut cookie recipe! If you love a classic chocolate chip cookie, give this one a try. They're sweet, with crispy edges and chewy centers, and the ribbons of swirled Nutella make them so pretty. A bit of extra chocolate pressed into the tops of the cookies makes them even more amazing.
These peppermint chocolate cookies are delicious and perfectly pair with your winter essentials - like hot cocoa, of course. I strongly suggest gifting these with packets of your favorite instant cocoa mix, or simply enjoying them yourself under a cozy blanket in front of the fire or watching your favorite Christmas movies on Netflix on repeat.
If you’re cutting back on sugar regularly or prefer to eat keto year round, this keto sugar cookie recipe will become your favorite this holiday season. As pretty and festive for the holiday season as they are buttery and delicious, these sweet almond-flavored cookies are a cookie tray must this year.
These cookies combine two of my favorite things - coffee and cookies. Mmm! These coffee chocolate chip cookies will bring a more adult spin to your classic chocolatey favorite without compromise. You’ll love the way these taste! They are soft and chewy inside and wonderfully buttery and crisp around the edges with the warm, comforting notes of coffee permeating each bite.
If you’re anything like me, you love the taste of freshly baked ginger cookies but aren’t a fan of the way they set - sometimes a little too hard to fully enjoy, even though they’re still delicious. These soft and chewy ginger cookies combine the best of both worlds, remaining flavorful while possessing the ideal texture.
No Bake White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies Recipe
Crunchy macadamia nuts paired with white chocolate sounds perfect enough as it is, but did we forget to mention two huge bonuses? These white chocolate macadamia cookies are gluten free (without even seeming like it) and no bake. Sorry not sorry, anything that yields a cookie with health benefits that doesn’t tie up hours of time in the kitchen or oven is an instant win for me!
Arguably one of the best things about chocolate in any recipe is doubling it and the recipe for these Levain double chocolate chunk cookies are no exception. Sweet, delicious chocolate morsels nestled into a soft, rich chocolate base - you’ll be daydreaming about these long after the snow clears. They are a chocolate lover's dream.
The unexpected pairing of overripe, leftover bananas and butterscotch works out remarkably quite well in our butterscotch banana oatmeal cookies recipe. Who would have thought that slightly soft bananas would yield more than just delicious breads and muffins? Flour, egg, and butter-free, these cookies could also be a match for people battling food allergies.
Soft, sweet sugar cookies are the perfect pocket for a spoonful of Nutella - and you’re not going to change our minds! Luckily, you won’t want to, because once you sink your teeth into this sweet, delicious Nutella stuffed sugar cookie, your life will change - for the better! Hands down one of our most delicious and most popular cookie recipes, these ones are a must bake.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Recipe
I love trying gluten free recipes - not because I need to, but because I am often surprised by how amazing things taste and how much easier on my digestive tract they are! While I love all things gluten, I also know that cutting back is not going to hurt me, so recipes like this one for chocolate chip cookies with orange let me enjoy my favorites without compromising on flavor!
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies Recipe
Now you can enjoy the classic peanut butter blossom cookie recipe without the gluten with this delicious take on the traditional peanut butter blossom cookie recipe. These iconic cookies are loved by many, many people. There’s just something about them that’s so good - the holiday season wouldn't be complete without a double or a triple batch!
I love the simplicity and flavor of sugar cookies. Something about the soft, sweet, classic taste brings back memories and comfort. These chocolate sugar cookies are an amazing addition to your holiday cookie spread, both because they are delicious and because they are almost impossible to refuse!
Adding hazelnut spread to this cookie recipe brings new depth to the flavors one might expect, while still being so familiar that everyone will love to try them. I love the powdered sugar topping of these chocolate hazelnut crinkle cookie recipe - lighter than frosting but still sweet, it adds so much to the end result! While not strictly a Christmas cookie, these are just perfect for the holidays.
I love classic cookies, especially trying my hand at making them myself. Remember the little tins of assorted cookies that your family always repurposed for years to come? These sweet, delicious cookies will take you back to the time you opened the top and didn’t find sewing kit essentials. A recipe for truly classic French madeleines, this one will become a favorite.
I have a newfound love for cardamom. Ever since I added cardamom and cinnamon into my coffee, I’ve been a believer. Combining the delicious spiced flavor with the zing of cranberries in these cardamom cranberry clusters is genius and the addition of sweet, tangy orange seals the deal. Enjoy!
Tart but sweet lemon comes to life in mini sugar cookie cups that are more like tiny, baby pies than anything else. I don’t know if you or your kids are obsessed with the “mini” fad, but these will fit the bill and also taste amazing enough that everyone who tries them will come back for more. They’re not only adorable, they’re flavorful. Everyone loves these lemon sugar cookie cups!
Coconut macaroons loaded with delicious, rich chocolate flavor - what more can someone ask for?! Nothing, if you ask me. I am always on board for a coconut and chocolate combination with great balance and texture, and these double chocolate macaroons are a surefire hit. Chocolate lovers, take notice! You want to make these cookies for sure.
You had me at gooey when it comes to these gooey butter cookies! Well, and the butter. Okay, is there anything not to love about these soft, sweet, chewy, absolutely delicious cookies? I think not, but you can decide for yourself. This simple recipe calls for yellow cake mix, but white is my favorite, so I replace it for a flavor I’m looking for - and it still cuts back on the time!
I bring these up every once in awhile for more than one reason, one of which is that my children love lemon flavored goodies and the other because so many people claim that gluten free has to lose the flavor and the fact is - it doesn’t. These lemon crinkle cookies will prove you wrong in the absolute best way possible!
If you’re a peanut butter cookie lover, you’ll appreciate these white chocolate dipped cookies that look like they require much more time and effort than they actually do. Add some sprinkles for kids or if you’re gifting them, or a yummy drizzle of dark chocolate over the white to dress things up. But, you don’t need to - these white chocolate peanut butter cookies stand on their own!