There are all kinds of delicious desserts you can make around the holidays and we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for scrumptious new ideas. We often find, however, that if we’re give a choice between making cookies and making something else… we nearly always pick the cookies! So do our families if we ask them what they’d rather have us make. Of course, we love making cookies all year round but we find the holidays are especially fun because there are so many different kinds of holiday cookies to make that just add to our festive feelings.
Just in case you love making delicious holiday cookies as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavours, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search for new cookies!
1. Chocolate brownie Christmas cookies
Are you actually the kind of person who has trouble choosing between baked goods because you really love so many different kinds but you feel like you should only make one baked treat at a time? Well, why not pick a recipe that lets you combine the great taste of two things you like in one place? We adore the way Cooking LSL made these delicious chocolate brownie Christmas cookies that are also a little bit minty thanks to bits of crumbled candy cane!
2. Pistachio kiss pudding cookies
Maybe this is mostly a thing where we come from, but pistachios have always been a classic holiday flavour no matter what kind of baked treat you’re making! That and the inclusion of one of our favourite chocolates is what made us so excited to give these unique (and naturally Christmas colours) pistachio kiss pudding cookies from Yesterfood a try!
3. Cranberry bliss cookies
Like pistachio, cranberry flavours are another classic holiday element that we’ve always loved using to make the things we cook and bake around Christmas time taste a little extra great! These delicious cranberry bliss sugar cookies outlined step by step on Gimme Some Oven are the perfect example of what we mean. They have the texture of a soft sugar cookie but all the good taste of those tangy little berries you know and love.
4. Stained glass Christmas cookies
Have we really caught your attention at the mention of sugar cookies but you can’t help wishing you could make a version that’s a little more unique than some of the average recipes you see around this time of year? Maybe you’d rather try your hand at a slightly more unconventional cookie decor technique than just icing and sprinkling. We’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Cooking LSL made these “stained glass” effect cookie stars.
5. Peppermint patty stuffed chocolate cookies
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about cookies, chocolate, and mint flavours in one place but you’re less concerned about the involvement of fudge brownie textures than you are with the refreshing taste of peppermint? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with this absolutely decadent peppermint patty stuffed chocolate cookie recipe featured on Live Well, Bake Often!
6. Red velvet shortbread
Just in case you’r still enamoured with the idea of putting creative twists on otherwise classic holiday baking, here’s an idea that lets you up your Christmas shortbread game! Check out how Yellow Bliss Road took the Christmas break as an opportunity to try these red velvet shortbread cookies with a sugar crystal edge rather than just making the regular kind (even though regular shortbread is still melt-in-your-mouth good).
7. Eggnog sugar cookies with easy vanilla icing
Are you actually scrolling through our list and still finding yourself thinking about how much you love sugar cookies, but you haven’t decided on a kind yet because you can’t help thinking that you’d love to put a unique holiday flavour twist on things if you can? Then we have a feeling you’ll be rather intrigued indeed by these fantastic eggnog sugar cookies from Half Baked Harvest that are topped with a simple, mild vanilla icing that’s very simple to make!
8. Red velvet cream cheese thumbprint cookies
Maybe we got your mouth watering when we started talking about red velvet flavours but you’re not so sure that you feel like making shortbread this week? Well, if you’re a big cheesecake fan, maybe you’d prefer something like these red velvet cheesecake thumbprint cookies featured step by step on Something Swanky instead!
9. Chocolate and vanilla swirl cookies
Are you quite interested in the idea of flavoured sugar cookies but you think adding flavour in the form of icing, sprinkles, and the like might make them a little too sweet for your tastes? Then maybe you’d get along a little better with a recipe like this chocolate and vanilla swirl holiday cookie outlined step by step on Spoonful of Flavour!
10. Everything sweet sugar cookies
Maybe sweetness is actually exactly what you’re going for because you have a huge sweet tooth and a love for novelty, eclectic things? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to try your hand at making these bright, candy laden holiday cookies outlined step by step on Sugar and Cloth! Our kids go wild for these because they’re basically a treat on top of another treat.
11. Chocolate chip hazelnut snowball cookies
Any food that actually looks like a holiday element is always an awesome idea in our books! That’s why we were so excited when we came across this fantastic snowball cookie idea featured on Flavour the Moments! Besides looking fantastic, these cookies taste like chocolate chips and hazelnut for a perfect blend of classic and holiday.
12. Double ginger cookies
Just in case your favourite cookies have always been gingerbread men but you’re less concerned about their shape and more concerned with getting as much of that finger flavour you love so much as possible, here’s a fantastic recipe from Culinary Hill that gives you double the taste! Sure, decorating gingerbread people is fun, but sometimes you just want to eat a cookie right out of the oven as is, while they’re still warm and gooey.
13. Nutella stuffed gingersnap cookies
What if you’d rather have your gingerbread cookie flavours and put a slight twist on the taste just to make it extra special for the holidays? Well, in that case, we think something like this Nutella filled gingersnap recipe outlined on Broma Bakery, which lets you blend ginger, chocolate, and hazelnut all together in one place, might be right up your alley!
14. Chocolate cherry melt-away thumbprint cookies
In our house, putting a box of chocolate covered cherries under the tree is another holiday treat tradition that we never miss out on. We’re not sure how it started but we’re certainly not upset about it! We’re sure you can imagine, then, just how excited we were to discover this delicious chocolate cherry thumbprint cookie outlined step by step on The Kitchen McCabe.
15. Ginger cookie sandwiches with caramel buttercream
Are you still feeling so enthusiastic about making ginger flavoured holiday cookies that you can practically smell them as you scroll but you’re still wondering whether there might be an alternative way to take them to the next level? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Gold Lining Girl made these gingerbread cookie sandwiches filled with caramel buttercream frosting in the middle!
Do you have another family favourite when it comes to delicious Christmas cookie recipes but you don’t see anything quite similar to what you usually make here on our list? Tell us all about the recipe in the comments section so we can try them out too!