32 Festive Holiday Cookie Recipes You'll Want to Make This Season

You're one smart cookie if you make one of these recipes.

December 1, 2017
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Nothing says "happy holidays" like a freshly baked batch of cookies. Am I right? 'Tis the season for sweet treats that will make your mouth water with every ooey-gooey bite.

More: 14 Easy Pie Recipes for Your Holiday Celebrations

Check out these 35 festive holiday cookie recipes and get baking in the kitchen. It's time to treat yourself because life is too short to say no to dessert.

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Double-Stuff Über-Oreo Cookies

Like the famous cookie that inspired it, this ultra-rich chocolate treat pulls apart easily with its double-thick middle.

Get the Double-Stuff Über-Oreo Cookies recipe from Messy Baker

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Paulette Tavormina
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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This recipe for peanut butter sandwich cookies will surely be a crowd pleaser (and satisfy your sweet tooth).

Get the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies recipe from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook

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Guilt-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I hope you see (and taste!) the magic in these un-sinfully scrumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with dark chocolate drizzle.

Get the Guilt-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Love Your Body

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Turbo-Chocolate Cookies

These turbo-chocolate cookies are chock-full of gooey goodness and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Get the Turbo-Chocolate Cookies recipe from Fat Witch Bake Sale

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Chocolate Chip and Almond Butter Cookies

This recipe is just like the classic but without all the butter. (Warning: explicit language.)

Get the Chocolate Chip and Almond Butter Cookies recipe from Thug Kitchen

 
 
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Gingerbread Cookies

These wheat-free, sugar-free gingerbead cookies are rich with the spices that smell like the holidays: ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.

Get the Gingerbread Cookies recipe from Wheat Belly Cookbook

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Protein-Packed Quinoa Cookies

It's a dessert cookie that doubles as a post-workout snack.

Get the Protein-Packed Quinoa Cookies recipe from The Athlete's Palate Cookbook

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No-Grain Coconut Cookies

With just three ingredients, and 10 minutes of baking, you can make roughly three dozen coconut cookies.

Get the No-Grain Coconut Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
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Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

This slimmed-down recipe is made using a reduced amount of peanut butter and an egg white in place of eggs.

Get the Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Prevention's The Healthy Cook

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Chocolate Chip And Raisin Cookies

These light, melt-in-your mouth chocolate chip cookies are packed with raisins and clock in at a simple 61 calories per cookie.

Get the Chocolate Chip And Raisin Cookies recipe from Prevention's The Healthy Cook

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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

These classic homestyle cookies get a healthy makeover with an innovative puree of dried apples, hot water, and a reduced amount of butter.

Get the Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies recipe from Prevention's The Healthy Cook

 
 
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Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies

A healthy makeover of the classic Nestle Toll House cookies, but with soy nuts instead of walnuts, and olive oil swapped in for some of the butter.

Get the Low-Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Soft Ginger Cookies

The crystallized ginger gives this lovely nugget the perfect bite—spicy and chewy at the same time.

Get the Soft Ginger Cookies recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

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Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

From its heart-healthy benefits to its powerhouse amount of fiber, oatmeal is a must-have dietary addition. Even in cookie form.

Get the Oatmeal Cherry Cookies recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet 

 
 
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No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

All you need is seven ingredients and no oven.

Get the No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

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No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Coconut Cookies

Get your happy on and indulge your sweet tooth with these protein-packed, hassle-free treats.

Get the No-Bake Chocolate-Filled Coconut Cookies recipe from Tone It Up

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Alexandra Grablewski
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Oatmeal-Cider Sandwich Cookies

A hard cider–infused buttercream frosting is sandwiched between cinnamon-scented oatmeal cookies.

Get the Oatmeal-Cider Sandwich Cookies recipe from Fat Witch Bake Sale

 
 
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Molly Yeh
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Brown Sugar Cookies

No, it's not your basic sugar cookie, it's much, much better.

Get the Brown Sugar Cookies recipe from Molly on the Range

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Alan Weiner
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Fig Jam Cookies

These fig-and-tahini-stuffed cookies are 10 times better than the Fig Newtons of our childhood.

Get the Fig Jam Cookies recipe from Run Fast. Eat Slow.

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Steel-Cut Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

But not all oatmeal is created equal. Reach for the best variety to have the most nutritional value.

Get the Steel-Cut Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
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Chai Gingerbread Cookies

This spicy variation on a traditional holiday cookie comes with a bonus coloring page.

Get the Chai Gingerbread Cookies recipe from A Cozy Coloring Cookbook

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

These large breakfast cookies taste like carrot cake and are as hearty as a bran muffin. Filled with a variety of nuts, these cookies will keep you feeling full for hours.

Get the Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies recipe from Love Real Food

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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies

Here’s a double-chocolate chip cookie recipe that combines cocoa and dark chocolate chips.

Get the Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies recipe from Undoctored

 
 
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Busy Morning Breakfast Cookies

Packed into all of these nutritious ingredients are pops of flavor that give some of the sweetness you expect in a cookie.

Get the Busy Morning Breakfast Cookies recipe from From Freezer to Table

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Definitely dunkers! Have a cold glass of milk at the ready to submerge these treats.

Get the Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

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Sesame-Oat Cookies

In this recipe, use tahini instead of butter and avoid 5 grams of saturated fat per serving!

Get the Sesame-Oat Cookies recipe from The Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook

 
 
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Ginger Cookies

A touch of mustard powder gives these a special kick.

Get the Ginger Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Oatmeal Lace Cookies

These cookies are very thin, very rich, and delicate.

Get the Oatmeal Lace Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Mexican Chocolate Cookies

For smaller cookies, drop the dough by well-rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets, flatten them slightly, and bake for 10 minutes or until set.

Get the Mexican Chocolate Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
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Spicy Raisin Drop Cookies

For even more spice, add about 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to the dough along with the other spices.

Get the Spicy Raisin Drop Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Maple Butter Pecan Cookies

Choose a rich maple syrup, a grade B or medium amber, for these cookies.

Get the Maple Butter Pecan Cookies recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Anna Williams
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Browned Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

What's not to love about a cookie that is soft in the middle, crisp around the edges, and has brown sugar all the way through?

Get the Browned Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Cooking with Zac 

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