85+ Easy and Delicious Cookies to Bake This Holiday Season

updated Nov 21, 2022
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Baking cookies is truly one of the best holiday-season pastimes. Not only is it the perfect way to spend an afternoon inside while the weather is cold, but cookies also make for such a great gift to friends and loved ones around Christmas time. It wouldn’t really feel like the holidays to me if there weren’t constantly snacks around to munch on, and cookies of all variations are a large component of that. With Christmas lurking just around the corner, here are more than 85 of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes to bring a little a holiday joy to you and your loved ones.

Traditional Christmas Cookies

These are some of our favorite classic cookie recipes that are good all year round, but especially at Christmas.

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Anise Cookies

The soft, tender crumb paired with this cookie's delicate aroma of anise are guanteed to delight the senses of everyone at a holiday function.

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth Butter Cookies
Just like the cookies from the classic blue tin, these butter cookies are just sweet enough with a crisp, snappy bite and a sandy texture.
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Spritz Cookies
Spritz cookies, sometimes called butter spritz or pressed butter cookies, are pretty, petite cookies with a tender, crisp crumb and a rich butter flavor.
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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
They're soft, tender, and just a little bit chewy, with a delicate exterior that's coated with a thick layer of powdered sugar.
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Jammy Shortbread Thumbprints
These cookies are sandy and buttery with a crisp, snappy bite, and a very subtle sweetness to make the the soft, jammy center stand out.
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Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are a rather dignified affair, often paired with tea and leaning towards savory with their light sweetness and flavors like lemon and rosemary.
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Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
Everyone loves a swirled sugar cookie, especially when it’s infused with a touch of peppermint. Brush one side of the finished cookies with melted chocolate and sprinkle them with crushed peppermint candies for something extra festive, extra minty, and extra delicious.
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Classic French Palmiers
It's easy to see why Palmiers are such a popular classic. We love the crunch of the sugar with the crunch of the pastry, and the way the flaky, buttery layers practically melt on the tongue.
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Classic Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
Gingerbread cut-out cookies that are crisp enough to snap in half, but tender and ever so slightly chewy when you take a bite.
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Super Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies
While snickerdoodle cookies are usually on the crunchier side, these ones are super soft and guaranteed to stay that way.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Holidays
Yes, chocolate chip cookies. A decidedly non-holiday cookie. But hear us out: these cookies make great gifts for friends and loved ones.
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Classic Linzer Cookies
Linzer cookies might look like another pretty sandwich cookie, but these sweet-tart cookies have a rich, tender crumb, thanks to a nearly invisible ingredient.
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Coconut Macaroons
As long as you have some shredded coconut in your pantry and a few eggs in the fridge, a batch of sweet macaroons can be yours in less than half an hour.
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Candy Cane Cookies
If you're going for nostalgia, you just can't beat minty vanilla candy cane cookies.
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Spiced Christmas Cookies

Cookies with a kick. These spiced cookies are perfect when you want to add a little something to the mix.

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Jumbo Chewy Honey Spice Cookies

Extra spices are what amplify this take on a vintage honey cookie recipe and what firmly cement them as a new holiday classic.

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Spiced Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Everything you'd expect from classic peanut butter blossoms, with a cinnamon spice twist.
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Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
If you love a good spice cookie, these soft, chewy rounds, sweetened with molasses and coated with crunchy sugar to tame the spicy bite, are not to be missed.
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Spiced Mexican Wedding Cookies
These buttery, nutty one-bite cookies go by many names.Whatever you might call them, these Spiced Mexican Wedding cookies are the perfect antidote — or addition — to the sugar-studded cookie plate.
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Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies
When it comes to texture, this is a classic chocolate chip cookie — crisp on the outside, tender on the inside — but tucked into that dough is something extra special.
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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
If you feel overwhelmed by options or just don’t have a lot of time, might we suggest these scrumptious chocolate gingerbread cookies? They’re fast and easy — and good news, no piping skills required!
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Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
These sweet potato snickerdoodles are chewy, nutty, and full of razzle-dazzle shine — and they’re a heck of a lot more fun than the classic.
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Gingerbread Cake Cookies
With their warm, spiced flavor and cake-like softness punctuated by the coarse crunch of sparkly sugar, you might call these cookies a new holiday tradition.
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Spiced Carrot Oat Cookies
These breakfast cookies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with oats, walnuts, shredded carrots and raisins — making them perfect for a quick breakfast.
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Chewy Molasses Cookies with Crunchy Lemon Glaze
Small, soft cookies, with an initial snap and tanginess of lemon and sugar, giving way to the melting softness of the cookie, and the last, lingering spiciness of fresh ginger and just a pinch of black pepper.
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Chocolate Christmas Cookies

You can never go wrong with chocolate, and these are our favorite chocolate cookie recipes.

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

With a texture that's insanely soft and chewy, these decadent holiday-ready treats have a rich chocolate cookie dough plus tons of chocolate chips scattered thorough.

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Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
For anyone who loves the combination of chocolate and mint, these crinkle cookies are a must.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Slice-and-No-Bake Cookies

Looking for an easy no-bake cookie recipe made for the holidays? These creamy-meets-crunchy, dark chocolate and peanut butter slices have your name written all over them.

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Chocolate Halawa Cookies

The combination of nutty halawa and sweet chocolate in these chewy, cardamom-spiced cookies is absolutely wonderful.

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Flourless Chocolate Cookies
If your ideal cookie has thin, crispy edges that enclose a thick, fudgy middle with just a touch of chewiness in between, then you should definitely be making these flourless chocolate cookies.
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Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies
Thanks to a little cocoa powder and cayenne pepper, this twist on Mexican wedding cookies is reminiscent of a mug of spicy hot chocolate.
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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
Cake mix is shortcut that makes these crinkle-inspired cookies your reality in no time.
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Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Cherries & Walnuts
These decadent and deeply chocolatey cookies are almost brownie-like in the middle, but with a crisp exterior, and studded with tart cherries and crunchy bits of nut.
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Two-Bite Nutella Chocolate Cookies
These cookies hit all the spots that a good cookie should: a little crunch, a little chew, and sweet enough to make you smile. Make them festive with a drizzle of red and green icing.
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Bar Cookies

These bars bring a little something different to the table, and are equally as delicious as regular cookies.

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Magic Cookie Bars
Crispy, sandy, creamy, gooey, sweet, chocolatey, and nutty — this recipe is part-candy, part-cookie, and all delicious.
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Christmas Funfetti Bar Cookies
Bar cookies are softer, more tender cookies — just sturdy enough to support a thick layer of buttery frosting and even more sprinkles, and these funfetti ones are perfect for the holidays.
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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Once you make the Starbucks bakery treat from scratch, it's pretty hard to go back to the chain version. Folded into the blondie base are dried cranberries, orange, and ginger. The bars are then topped with cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with more dried cranberries, and drizzled with white chocolate.

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S'mores Bars
Making a graham cracker cookie into a s'mores bar that you can take anywhere.
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Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Bars
What more is there to say besides Chocolate Truffle Shortbread Bars? These make for the perfect winter treat.
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Halfway Cookie Bars
Chewy cookie on the bottom, marshmallow-like meringue on top, and a rich layer of chocolate sandwiched in between — these bar cookies are the best!
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Heavenly Hash Bars

The combination of bittersweet chocolate, roasted almonds, and marshmallows in these candy bars is truly the greatest gift of all!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
This recipe channels everything there is to love about dense, gooey sugar cookies, and brings them to you in the form of a bar cookie topped with a generous slick of frosting.
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Frosted Snickerdoodle Bars
Give classic snickerdoodles a twist by baking them into bars and topping the pan with a layer of buttercream frosting.
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Maple Pecan Pie Bars
All the flavor of pecan pie, with none of the fuss.
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Dorie Greenspan's Chocolate-Covered Chai-Tea Bars
If you’re a fan of masala chai — the Indian tea filled with warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom — then make these bars immediately.
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Oh Henry Bars
These old school bar cookies basically taste like a chewier, more superior Reese’s cup.
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Granny Neal’s Maple Coconut Christmas Bars
These bars have brown butter in the crust, so they have a toasty, rich, nuttiness, and adding a bit of maple syrup to the sticky coconut layer gives it a more complex flavor and hit of nostalgia.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Bar Cookies
Lightly scented with orange zest and studded with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, these bars are full of holiday flavor and take next to no time to pull together.
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Layered Chocolate Toffee Bars
With a buttery shortbread base and a rich, thick layer of semi-sweet chocolate and chopped toffee bits, these sweet treats are outrageously impressive.
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Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread
What we love best about this shortbread—besides the butter, of course—is its ease. There’s no tedious rolling and cutting, sparkling and spraying.
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Snickers Bar Cookies
Two kinds of bars — candy and cookie — come together in a superhero-worthy pairing that, yes, truly satisfies. A chewy cookie layer replaces finicky nougat in this homemade version, leaving you free to expend your energies on making caramel from scratch.
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Linzer Bar Cookies
Classic Linzer cookies have a lot of yummy things going on for them. But all the rolling, cutting, and filling might be a more involved project than you’d like to tackle, especially around the holidays. This easier rendition layers all the classic elements of Linzer cookies into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
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Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are great because it’s easy to pretend like they’re a breakfast food. After all, they do have oatmeal in them!

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Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
When in doubt remember that it's hard to beat a timeless classic like lightly spiced oatmeal cookies studded with raisins.
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Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
You'll never regret swapping raisins for chocolate chips. And what's more, this recipe comes together in one bowl, with no mixer required.
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Apple Gouda Oatmeal Cookies
Cheese? In a cookie? Oh yes! These cookies are an after-school treat we remember from childhood — not too sweet, with just a touch of brown sugar.
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Fudge & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies, while they bring joy and gladness in the lunchbox or the classroom, are so easy — just a gilded version of the old-fashioned oatmeal cookie. Don’t be intimidated by the fudge — it’s nothing more than sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips.
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Crinkle Top Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
These cookies are unusual and delicious – the raisins are ground into a paste and then mixed into the batter. The resulting cookie has a crisp outer shell with a chewy middle and a deep raisin flavor.
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Drop Cookies

The options are endless when it comes to drop cookies. Here are some of our favorites.

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Creamy Cheesecake Cookies
Dressed up with powdered sugar, these tender cookies might remind you of soft, pillowy sugar cookies, but a lingering subtle tang makes them all their own.
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Ricotta Cookies

Ricotta cheese and an almond-flavored icing bring out the best in these cookies: a super soft, fluffy-textured, not-too-sweet complexity.

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Cornflake Cookies

These drop cookies have a crackly texture similar to candy and to gild a lily, they come together in 5 to 6 minutes of boiling (no baking required)!

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Butter Pecan Sandies
This recipe makes a firm and sturdy cookie, with a nutty, caramel flavor and a crisp edge all around that gently mellows as you get towards the center.
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Toasted Sugar Cookies
These toasted sugar cookies are everything you want in a classic sugar cookie — crisp and chewy edges with a soft and buttery middle — but the toasted sugar gives them a surprising honey-lemon flavor (without adding either of those ingredients).
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Applesauce Cookies Recipe

While applesauce is a homey snack on its own, this recipe shows us how it's a trustworthy baking ingredient that yields a tender, domed-top holiday cookie.

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Lemon Cheesecake Cookies
Cream cheese is so often the source of such simple pleasures, and these cookies are no exception. Lemony, fluffy, and festive, with sweet drizzled icing, they’re tasty, sure — but perhaps what these cookies really have going for them is their ease. Ready? Go.
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Tangerine and Ginger Cookies
This is a fresh, not-too-sweet cookie, where tangerines join the ginger and cinnamon to fill the cookie jar.
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Lemon Cookies
These sunny, sweet-tart lemon cookies made with just 4 ingredients.
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Funfetti Cookies
These easy shortcut cookies are packed with sprinkles inside and out.
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Gooey Butter Cookies
This is the easy treat to make if you’re craving a richly flavored cookie with a soft and chewy bite.
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Toasted Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
Although they come in many forms — thin, crispy, cakey, dense — these are some of our favorite chocolate chip cookies. Chewy with a crisp edge and some toasted nuts (in this case, almonds) mixed in for an extra crunch.
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Graham Cracker Cookies
These graham cracker cookies possess the qualities of any desirable cookie: crispy around the edges, with a super-soft, chewy center.
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Brown Butter Sugar Cookies
Rich and nutty brown butter is a special ingredient with the power to make everything it touches taste a little more luxurious — including sugar cookies.
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Chocolate Chip Macaroon Puffs
Coconut macaroons are always a treat, but add a double-dose of chocolate (with mini chips studded throughout and a chocolate-slicked bottom), and these cookie plate must-haves will become a holiday staple.
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Filled and Frosted Christmas Cookies

Cookies are best when there’s a surprise in the middle. Wouldn’t you agree? We love these filled and frosted stand-outs.

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Peanut Butter & Fudge Oatmeal Cookies
Oaty, hearty peanut butter cookies with a bit of salt and not too much sweetness, half-smothered in a gooey glob of fudge. Now that’s what we call a crowd-pleaser.
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Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Buttery shortbread and sticky-sweet caramel collide in one irresistible thumprint cookie.
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Peppermint Cream-Filled Butter Cookies
These cookies involve a great deal of rolling and filling and pressing and coating. And also waiting until you can finally (finally!) take your first buttery, peppermint-filled bite. But oh my, what a bite that is.
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Peanut Butter & Espresso Truffle Blossoms
A barely-sweet, Kahlua-spiked truffle topping, gives classic peanut butter blossoms a serious upgrade.
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Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
Sometimes the time comes when you need to double down on the chocolate. Or triple down, perhaps. Especially when there’s a silky peppermint filling involved and little shards of peppermint candy strewn on top.
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Graham Cracker Thumbprints
This twist on the classic thumbprint cookie bakes up plump and tender, thanks to a base made from a duo of crushed graham crackers and flour. Right in the center is a dollop of the jelly or jam of your choice.
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Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
Peppermint and chocolate is the perfect combination for the holiday season, and the peppermint buttercream in these cookies is an absolute dream.
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Mindy Segal's Banana Nillas
Got a few overripe bananas at home? Well, banana bread is not the only solution for that. These Nilla Wafer-inspired sandwich cookies are calling your name.
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Slice-and-Bake Christmas Cookies

What’s easier than slicing and baking? Here are some of our favorite takes on slice-and-bake cookies.

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Pinwheel Sugar Cookies
Pinwheel cookies are a simple upgrade on a classic sugar cookie, perfect for the home baker who wants to bake beautiful sugar cookies but doesn’t have the time (or desire) to decorate two-dozen cookies with royal icing.
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Black Sesame-Espresso Pinwheel Shortbread Cookies
Think of these shortbread cookies as the love child between the iconic peppermint pinwheels that pop up every year at Christmastime and the trendiest black sesame dessert you’ve seen on your feed.
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Salted Black Sables with Caramelized White Chocolate

You'll be amazed by the level of complexity that shines through these easy-peasy sliice and bake treats. Each cookie is studded with caramelized white chocolate chunks and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

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Evergreen Shortbread Cookies
These woodsy winter cookies call for fresh conifer needs, though fresh rosemary makes a nice substitute.
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Earl Grey Tea Cookies
These cookies really contain tea leaves, which are ground fine with the flour and give them a rich yet delicate flavor. With the buttery crunch of a sophisticated shortbread, these are dangerously addictive.
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Chai Tea Cookies
This thin, crisp, flaky shortbread flecked with black tea and spices is one of the simplest cookie recipes we know, and it comes together in just a few moments in the food processor.
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Galette des Brittany (Salted Butter Cookies)
These cookies are special because they rely on cultured butter to flavor them. No vanilla, no citrus zest — just high-quality, salted butter.
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Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Cookies
These are great cookies for people who don’t like too-sweet cookies. They are crumbly and buttery, just like good shortbread should be.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Icebox Cookies
Because the only thing better than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a peanut butter and jelly cookie.
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Lemon Lime Curd with Rosemary Sables
Sometimes you just need a moment to treat yourself. Whether that be a nice, breezy walk outside, a superb homemade latté (I’m talking with real steamed milk here), or a special snack. These buttery cookies with citrus curd are just that treat.
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Double Vanilla Sablés
These tender, buttery, slice and bake shortbread cookies are flecked with vanilla beans and finished with a vanilla bean glaze.
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Gluten-free? Vegan? We’ve got you covered. These are some special-diet cookie recipes that we adore.

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Gluten-Free Cut-Out Cookies
This cookie recipe is easy to make and it’s quite forgiving — it works for dough that is rolled out thick or thin. It is also yummy iced or left plain, and can be lightly flavored with a bit of citrus in addition to the vanilla extract if desired.
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Gluten Free Cherry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
This chewy, dense, full–bodied baked morsel is my holy grail of oatmeal cookies.
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Cranberry-Glazed Chewy Almond Cookies

Gluten-free by chance (thanks to 100% almond flour) and unutterably easy to make (just stir, roll, and bake), these cookies are scented with cardamom and lemon zest, both citrusy flavors that are echoed in the jewel-bright cranberry glaze, thanks to a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Vegan Vanilla Oat Milk Latte Shortbread with Oat Milk Espresso Drizzle

An oat milk latte in the form of a Walker's shortbread is the dreamiest (and easiest) Christmas indulgence.

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Vegan Thumbprint Cookies
Nutty, oat-y, sweet with maple syrup and a touch of jam, these thumbprints will please vegan and non-vegan palates alike.
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Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
These fudgy vegan cookies are practically verging into brownie territory, and are packed with chocolate flavor through and through.
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie & Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies
Who doesn’t love a scoop of creamy marshmallow fluff, sandwiched between two sweet-and-salty peanut butter cookies? It’s a simple treat that feels perfectly nostalgic. What if we told you that we were able to make this treat vegan?
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Vegan Meringue Cookies
Harness the egg-replacing power of aquafaba (aka chickpea water) to whip up easy vegan meringue cookies.
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The World's Easiest Cookies
You just need four ingredients and a little elbow grease to make macaron-flavored cookies that are crisp on the edges and chewy in the center.
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
These are the kind of cookies you can snack on and feel good about it. They’re packed with high-protein ingredients like peanut butter, and naturally sweetened with banana and just a bit of maple syrup.
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Chewy Almond Spice Cookies
A baked cookie that’s gluten-free and vegan, made without refined sugar and fantastically soft, chewy, and delicious? These almond spice cookies are kind of like a chewy peanut butter cookie, filled with spices for the holidays.
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