I have a confession: every year, instead of going out and buying people presents, I just baked a bunch of Christmas cookies and gave those out instead – I became obsessed with finding the best Christmas cookie recipes.
Far more affordable than individual presents and a lot more fun than hitting up the mall, Christmas cookies are my annual go-to plan for the holidays. And you know what? People appreciate a batch of fresh-baked cookies way more than a gift card or some other gift anyway.
If you’ve ever struggled with buying presents for people, homemade cookies are definitely the way to go. Or maybe you just truly enjoy baking and the holidays are simply a convenient excuse to make batches and batches of delectable sweets.
Whatever your reason to don an apron this holiday season, the following five Christmas cookie recipes are pretty much must-bakes this year. From classic cookies to more esoteric recipes, check them all out below.
Simple Chalkboard Christmas Cookie
Every holiday baker needs a basic sugar cookie recipe that can be cut out and baked into Christmas trees, gingerbread men, and all other forms of seasonal shapes. This recipe is exactly that, making a simple, but delicious cookie (and frosting, of course) that can be eaten in just about any form.
Get the full recipe at The Seaside Baker
Soft Gingersnap Cookies
Okay, so “soft” and “snap” may be opposites, but not everything needs to make perfect sense when you’re baking cookies. Well, at least the names don’t have to, because while these Soft Gingersnaps sound a little oxymoronic, they’re also incredibly tasty. Fragrant, spicy, and (of course) super soft, a batch of these cookies will please any palette.
Get the full recipe at Two Peas & Their Pod
Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups
Three desserts combined into one, Eggnog Cheesecake Cookie Cups are the holiday sweet you didn’t know you were missing out on. More complex than they sound, these cookies are love at first decadent bite.
Get the full recipe at Liv for Cake
Sea Salt Bourbon Pecan Cookies
Imagine the flavours of a pecan pie transmuted into a single round biscuit and you’ll begin to have an idea of what these cookies taste like. Sweet, salty, and oh-so-addictive, you’ll add these Sea Salt Bourbon Pecan cookies into your holiday baking repertoire after your first batch.
Get the full recipe at Garlic & Zest
Sparkling Red Wine Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookies are a must-make come the holiday season, but instead of using the same basic recipe you make every year, why not add a splash of fresh flavour for this holiday season? Enter the Sparkling Red Wine Gingerbread Cookie recipe, a fresh take on the classic cookie that adds a little splash of alcohol to the baking process.
Get the full recipe at Wandercooks
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