‘Tis the season! Look no further – we’ve done some seriously thorough Pinterest browsing to find the very best cookie recipes to make this season. Bake a few dozen at the beginning of the month to last the entire month. Keep some in a cookie jar to stay fresh for when you want a special treat. You can freeze a couple of batches to have on hand when you get an impromptu party invite or spontaneously decide to host your own. The earlier you start baking, the more time you’ll have to test out all eight varieties. You can never have too many cookies when December hits. If you don’t know what to do with your assortment, surprise your neighbor with a tray.
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1. Candy Cane Brownie Cookies
Brownie mix is actually used to create this brownie-cookie hybrid. The white chocolate peppermint frosting is made possible with Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses. And as if they already don’t sound amazing enough, the candy cane kisses are infused into the chocolate drizzle on top.
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2. Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are perfect for decorating. This handy food coloring guide will help you achieve your desired shade. Add drops to the frosting or straight into the dough. Chocolate Covered Katie’s healthy sugar cookie recipe is so easy and can be made vegan by using a non-dairy milk. We recommend using all-purpose flour.
3. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Peanut butter blossoms are a holiday cookie classic. Chocolate and peanut butter is one of the best combos to ever be created. The trick is to bake the cookies before you add the kiss. Unwrap the Hershey Kisses while the cookies are in the oven. Gently place one into the center of each cookie the second the timer dings.
4. Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies
These pretty wreaths look intimidating but don’t require too much work. You’ll need a dough roller and wreath-shaped cookie cutter to create the shape. Lemon and pistachio aren’t your typical holiday flavors but are an appreciated surprise in the mix of chocolate, spice and mint.
5. Snickerdoodle Cookies
Five simple ingredients are all it takes to make these Cake Batter Snickeroodles from Lil’ Luna. They are so soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. It’s important to flatten with a spoon or cup before placing them in the oven. Don’t forget to sprinkle the tops with cinnamon and sugar!
6. Andes Mint Cookies
If you’ve never tried an Andes mint, get a pack from the store and you’ll understand why you need to make these cookies. The mint green color from the candy leaves a pretty pattern when you pull them out of the oven. They taste delicious warm and also make a refreshing frozen treat!
7. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip
These chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip cookies are sweet and a little bit tart. The red and white pieces look so festive. While the recipe calls to add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, don’t be afraid to throw in your favorite goodies. Dark chocolate pieces and almonds could also work well.
8. Gingerbread Men
There are a lot of recipes for this classic cookie, but you can’t go wrong with this one from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It features the perfect spice blend of cinnamon, molasses and ginger. Almost as fun as eating these cookies is decorating them! Grab your gingerbread man mold or whichever cookie cutter shape you wish (Christmas tree, snowflake, snowman, etc.). Then, draw on the details. It’s a fun activity to do with a group. Reveal who is a cake boss in disguise and the friend who is better off doing the taste testing.