Cookies never go out of season, but the winter holidays are truly the best time to stay warm by the oven and indulge your sweet tooth. So much of the experience has to do with spending time with friends and family, creating memories that will long outlast those cherished treats.
The end results spread joy to all those gifted, and it’s easy to make enough to go around. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to bake cookies, this is your prime opportunity.
Guided by tradition, certain morsels show up to the party year after year. However, there’s always room on the cookie platter for something new.
Whether you’re looking for a twist on a classic or an entirely different way to shake up the dessert course, I’ve got you covered. These are some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes that are guaranteed to keep your celebration sweet.
20 Best Vegan Christmas Cookies
These festive treats are all perfect for the holidays and worthy guests at your next cookies swap. From classic to creative, nostalgic to novel, there's something for everyone here.
A step above the basic butter cookie, these sweet half moons practically glow with rich almond flavor and a stunning blue hue. Although they're ideal for dazzling on holiday cookie platters, don't wait for Christmas to whip up a batch.
Amplify your average sugar cookie by emphasizing salty crushed pretzels instead of the usual cinnamon coating. A small dollop of prepared mustard in the dough adds subtle warmth to the unconventional mix.
These are the very best lemon bars, bar none. Luscious, silken curd dazzles like a semi-sold bite of sunshine atop a buttery, pleasantly sandy shortbread crust. Tender and yielding, each square trembles gently in the hand, melting the instant it hits the tongue. No eggs, no dairy, no nonsense.
Warm spices and dark, rich molasses join forces with the supple amber flesh, transforming the nostalgic, simple pleasure of the humble rice crispy treat into a seasonal delight. The satisfying crunch of toasted pecans punctuate the chewy, tender squares, rivaling the experience of a full slice of Thanksgiving pie.
Adapted from the original recipe from The Joy of Cooking, this small batch of cocoa meringue cookies is made with aquafaba instead of egg whites. Tinted with just a hit of chocolate, they're crisp, light as a cloud, but gooey and soft on the inside.
Soft and chewy, warm spices and tart cranberry sauce make up the festive base for these crave-worthy vegan cookies. Whether you scale the recipe up or down, swap in different dried fruits or nuts, or switch up the seasonings, it will never let you down!
The classic combo of chocolate and peppermint is an easy crowd pleaser, the crisp but still soft cocoa cookies yielding to a creamy, lightly minted filling, riddled with crunchy pieces of smashed candy canes.
Crisp, lightly sweetened shortbread cookies come to life with the bright acidity of fresh lemons, which also plays of the natural bitter edge of raw cacao nibs. Though undeniably buttery, their richness comes entirely from olive oil, adding a complementary grassy, peppery undertone.
Popcorn balls reimagined as neat rectangular bars, they now fit seamlessly onto a cookie platter. Pistachios and cranberries are perfectly festive red and green mix-ins with a spirited nutty, tangy, and tart taste.
Both simple in concept and complex in flavor, these sweet little gems will satisfy the sweet tooth of anyone on your list. Rich maple flavor carries these surprisingly soft cookies, accented by the subtle warmth of ginger.
Consider this the grown-up take on the typical Snickerdoodle; a bit more edgy than its simple cinnamon-scented origins, occasionally salty, crisp on the outside but still soft and supple in the center. Pure maple syrup provides a comforting woodsy undercurrent, perfectly paired with the more earthy notes of strong coffee.
A chewy, sticky filling of buttery caramel glues together two crisp waffer cookies to make an utterly irresistible treat. Once cool, it will set up into a soft but still malleable texture, creating an addictive contrast between easily shattering cookie exterior and toothsome, sweet interior.
Celebrating simplicity, they’re merely the best vanilla cookie you’ve ever tasted. Boldly infused with powder from the whole bean, they’re not shy about shouting this warm, classic flavor from the rooftops- Or wherever else they may settle.
Dark as coal but much sweeter, they're not simple brownies either. Complex and delicately nuanced, this is a gingerbread built for the adventurous eater, looking for something just a bit different from the same old spice blend. Rounded out by rich molasses, these bars are fantastically dense and chewy, like the best blondies should be.
For a tried-and-true gingerbread cookie that makes ultra-snappy, crisp, and sturdy cookies, look no further. They retain their shape when baked, travel well, and make a solid foundation for edible buildings. Chose your own adventure with either chai spiced or blonde ginger bread dough.