25 Must-Try Holiday Cookies & Treats


It’s officially cookie season and kitchens everywhere are filled with the smell of holiday cookies baking.  Every year I like to try one or two new cookies to add to my cookie platter.  I have compiled some of the best Christmas cookie recipes and treats right here in one post in the hopes you will be inspired to try something new this year too!

Plate of raspberry thumbprint cookies

Raspberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies
A Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe made with a cream cheese cookie batter and delicious pecans. Reminds me of a raspberry cheesecake in cookie form. The jewelled centres are the perfect way to make any cookie tray look special for the holidays!
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Overhead shot of 3 skor bit shortbread meltaways with some Christmas ornamments

Skor Bit Shortbread Meltaways
Skor Bits inside a shortbread batter that is so light these cookies just melt in your mouth…. guess that is why they are called Skor Shortbread Meltaway Cookies.
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Easiest Gingerbread Cookies
This Gingerbread Cookie recipe is foolproof and SO easy to make. Use this recipe for making gingerbread men, tree decorations or a cookie wreath. Delicious, festive and perfect for decorating.
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Close up of a chocolate crinkle cookie with a bite taken out of it

Super Fudgey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These classic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are super fudgy and rich and look great on a holiday cookie platter! Be sure to make a double batch because these cookies won’t last long!
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Soft, chewy, flavorful cookies that are so pretty; studded with white chocolate chips and sweet dried red cranberries. A must-have for any holiday celebration!
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Chocolate truffles spilling out of a white and blue teacup onto a white table and napkin

Out-Of-This-World Oreo Truffles
A decadent oreo cookie and cream cheese centre covered in a hard chocolate coating to give it a little crunch with every bite!
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No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies
These easy and delicious Christmas Wreath Cookies require no baking & few ingredients. Perfect to make with kids. Give them out as gifts or for dessert
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A tall stack of ginger snap cookies with a glass of milk in the background

The Best Recipe For Gingersnap Cookies
This recipe for Gingersnap Cookies has been in my family for 100 years and was passed down to me from my Grandmother Hughena McFeeters. It is soft, chewy and full of that ginger molasses flavour gingersnaps are famous for.
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World Famous Snowball Cookies
These dreamy snowball cookies are rich and buttery, filled with toasted pecans and covered in powdered sugar. They only require 6 ingredients and are super easy to make.
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Peppermint Brownies decorated with fresh rosemary and mints for the holidays

Peppermint Brownies With Candy Cane Crackle
These brownies are made with chocolate chips not cocoa powder and then more chocolate chips melted together with peppermint extract and rippled throughout. Add some crushed candy canes for a crackly top and you have the best Peppermint Brownies ever!
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Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Buttery Oatmeal Raisin Coconut Lace Cookies
If you love coconut you are in for a treat on this twist to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie. The coconut in this recipe gives these cookies a light lace-like texture that melts in your mouth.
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Ritz Cracker Christmas Cookies
A chocolate and almond butter lovers dream and the perfect combination of sweet and salty!
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Eggnog Madeleines
Eggnog Madeleines are filled with eggnog and all the seasonal warm spices. Perfect for a holiday cookie platter!
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Chocolate fudge dusted with cocoa powder on a dark background beside a small sieve

4-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipes
A decadent chocolate fudge recipe made with only 4-ingredients with unlimited variations to make it all your own! Creamy rich fudge that is perfect for holiday parties or gifts for family and friends!
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Christmas Snowman Sugar Cookies
These Christmas sugar cookies decorated like snowmen are delicious to bite into, with a sugary sweet buttercream topping and a soft-to-bite-into sugar cookie texture. They are the perfect cookie for a cookie swap or to leave out for Santa!
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Easy Caramel Filled Snickerdoodle Recipe
This Easy Snickerdoodle Recipe is like nothing before. Filled with gooey caramel and crisp cinnamon-sugar edges will make for all the smiles. A glass of milk will pair nicely with these treats!
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A close up of shortbread cookies rimmed with green sugar crystals

The Best Shortbread Cookie Recipe
A classic shortbread cookie with their buttery taste and flaky texture they just melt in your mouth. This recipe is the Best Shortbread Cookie Recipe ever hands down.
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Turtle Cookies
These Turtle Cookies feature a chocolate cookie base rolled in pecans then covered in melty caramel and topped with a chocolate drizzle. They’re bound to be a huge hit with anyone you share them with!
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Reindeer Meringue Cookies
Reindeer Peppermint Chocolate Meringues are just the cutest. And the peppermint chocolate flavors are exactly right. And the airy meringue melts in your mouth. And so simple and easy to make.
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Two date squares stacked on top of a beautiful antique saucer with a stunning gold rim

Classic Date Squares
Date squares are like a big hug from Grandma. They are sweet, comfort food treats that bring back memories of childhood for me. Soft chewy dates macerated down with brown sugar and vanilla and then sandwiched between two buttery flaky layers of oatmeal crumble. Yum!
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Raspberry Litzer Cookies
These Linzer cookies use a simple shortbread cookie recipe and are filled with delicious raspberry jam. They definitely make a statement with the peekaboo cutout, and they will be a hit when you serve them for dessert!
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Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies
Cranberry Orange Swirl Cookies are pure deliciousness! This is a sugar cookie dough with added orange peel and a fresh cranberry and orange filling!
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Tray of peanut butter balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls make the perfect finishing touch to any holiday cookie platter. Rich peanut butter filling with a little crunch for texture rolled into two-bite size balls and then dipped in chocolate.
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Vegan Kolaczki
Vegan Kolaczki ~ These tasty little cookies are light and flaky and filled with an easy homemade almond apricot jam. They look fancy but are very easy to make! Perfect for dessert tables, gifting to family and friends, or nibbling while decorating and watching holiday movies.
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Close up picture of a peanut butter bar stacked on a white napkin in front of a green and gold antique tea cup


Peanut Butter Crisps
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are sweet, crispy and made with love and without any processed sugars. A great healthy treat for the holiday season and any time of the year!
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Now that you have all the holiday cookies and treats you need to make the perfect Christmas cookie platter and then some.  Check out these other holiday dinner and cocktail recipes to finish off the holiday festivities!

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