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The Top 13 Holiday Cookie Recipes

The Top 13 Holiday Cookie Recipes
Posted at 7:17 AM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2021-12-17 11:24:06-05

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Santa loves ’em. We all love ’em! There’s nothing like eating way too many cookies during the holiday season — and we’re here to help you do just that. To aid you in the effort of overfilling your tummy with yumminess, here are 13 delicious and easy cookie recipes to try this season.

From classic recipes that make Christmas all the better to cookies with fun shapes and unique ingredients, your holidays are sure to be merry if you’re dunking these into a mug full of cocoa.

1. Eggnog Cookies

Eggnog is great to drink — but it’s even better in cookie form. If you agree, check out this recipe from Cooking Classy. With a delicious cake-like texture and a thick eggnog frosting, these could soon become your new favorite.

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2. Ginger Molasses Cookies

Molasses adds an extra bit of sugary goodness to a ginger snap. Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven and then try them out in your own oven.

Ginger molasses cookie recipe for the holidays
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3. Classic Sugar Cookies

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without some frosted and sprinkle-topped sugar cookies. Taste of Home has a classic sugar cookie recipe that’s sure to scratch the itch for these iconic holiday treats.

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4. Gingerbread Cookies

Sweet, spicy gingerbread cookies are the best to make this time of year. You can get a delicious recipe for the classic cookie from MyRecipes.

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5. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate flavor adds a twist (some would say an upgrade!) to the traditional sugar cookie recipe. Get step-by-step instructions for making these delicious treats with this recipe from Sweetopia.

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6. Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies rolled in powdered sugar are too sweet to pass up this holiday season. This version from Crazy For Crust looks perfect for any holiday parties you might be attending.

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7. Thumbprint Cookies

So simple, yet so yummy. A chocolate kiss makes a regular old cookie all the more wonderful. Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Chocolate kiss cookies for the holidays
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8. Snickerdoodle Cookies

Sugar and cinnamon make up a cozy and delicious flavor combination that’s just what Santa ordered this time of year. This snickerdoodle cookie recipe from Lil’ Luna will help you bake up these yummy desserts.

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9. Hot Chocolate Cups

These are too adorable. Drink your hot chocolate and eat it, too — with the help of a tiny cup made out of cookie dough and a handle made from pretzels! Get the recipe from The Gunny Sack.

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10. Melted Snowman Cookies

What’s better than chocolate shortbread cookies? Chocolate shortbread cookies that are covered in melted white chocolate and then given a snowman-like face using chocolate chips and candy. It makes for a festive creation that’s almost too cute to eat (almost). You can check out the full recipe from Home Is Where the Boat Is.

Melted snowman cookies for the holidays
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11. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

The only thing that gives an actual cinnamon roll a run for its money is a cinnamon roll cookie. You can practically smell that mouth-watering, cinnamon aroma just by looking at the photo. Learn how to whip these up with this recipe from Sprinkle Some Sugar.

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12. Mint Chocolate Cookies

Mint and chocolate make a great combination in candy bars or ice cream. So, why not bring the delicious combo to your holiday cookie tin, too? Ring in the holidays by mixing up a batch of these with this recipe from Crafty Corner.

Mint chocolate chunk cookie recipe for the holidays
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13. Rudolph Cookies

Pretzels as ears and a red candy nose make one sweet Rudolph cookie that is not only delicious, it’s also adorable. These festive treats are perfect for holiday parties — or for setting out on Christmas Eve for the big guy and his real Rudolph. Get the recipe from Your Cup of Cake.

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So what are you waiting for? Sweeten up your holiday season by whipping up some delicious cookies. Whether you prefer a traditional gingerbread flavor or a festive twist — like eggnog frosting — you’re sure to find a recipe that will wow a crowd.

Have a merry, yummy Christmas!

[h/t: Taste of Home]

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