We all know the real holiday fun doesn’t start until the oven heats up, the rolling pin comes out of the drawer and the cookie dough is ready to decorate. From the classics to the cardamom-scented Chanukah variety, there’s no limit to the sweets you can enjoy over the holidays—and why should there be? In the spirit of all things merry and bright, we’ve collected our favorite cookie recipes to see you through the season.
By Katherine Foreman
Photo by Kyle Dreier / styling by Teresa Blackburn
Maple Walnut Cookies
With creamy maple icing on top, this is a holiday cookies that will have you coming back for a second or third. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt Potato Chips
Combining two of the best cozy couch foods has never seemed like a better idea. Find the recipe here.
Paleo Maple Pecan Cookies
You’ll need these to amp up your cookie-eating stamina for the next month. The fact that these healthy cookies are out-of-this-world delicious is just a bonus. Find the recipe here.
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Skillet
This recipe is a sure time saver, no need to portion out trays of cookies. Just throw it all in a skillet! The only thing that could make this giant, gooey cookie better is a heaping helping of ice cream right on top. Find the recipe here.
Biscoff Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Give those chocolate chips a break with this delicious, super-sweet and tangy cookie recipe. Find the recipe here.
Bite My Cake
Honey Gingerbread Men
No holiday cookie lineup is complete without the classic gingerbread man—and the addition of honey just keeps the sweet goodness rising. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Maple and Rye
If you weren’t aware that so many variations of chocolate chip cookies existed, you’ll be in for a big treat when you realize that they only get better with creative additions. Find the recipe here.
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
All the salty, nutty goodness of almond butter swirled into a bite full of melted chocolate? We’re there. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
The only thing better than cookies and brownies eaten separately is cookies and brownies eaten together—in the same bite. Get ready to never view dessert the same again. Find the recipe here.
Christmas Tree Cookie Ornaments
What better way to decorate that tree with than a myriad of beautiful ornaments that taste just as good as they look? Find the recipe here.
Cardamom-Scented Chanukah Cookies
These delicious Chanukah-inspired cookies drizzled in chocolate are the perfect decorative party snack–or bedtime plate-filler. Find the recipe here.
Molasses Crackle Cookies
With ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar, these cookies mix all your favorite cold weather spices in all the sweetest ways. Find the recipe here.
It’s chocolate overload meets a hint of almond with these ultra-chewy crowd pleasers. Find the recipe here.
Tahini Malt Cookies
With a Mediterranean-inspired touch, these sweets will give you the unique flavors you might be looking for, without sacrificing the nutty sweetness you crave. Like peanut butter cookies, but better. Find the recipe here.
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