Each cookie recipe in this delicious dozen is designed with a specific person or occasion in mind, so you can bake and give to everyone on your “nice” list.
For: Long distance loved ones
These chocolatey, not-too-sweet dippers are perfect with a cup of hot cocoa or milk by the fire. The ideal gift for far away friends and family, these crunchy cookies won’t crumble or lose their freshness when shipped.
For: Treating yourself
Spiced Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Indulge after a day of hall-decking and gift-wrapping with the ultimate crispy, buttery pick-me-up. Light and airy oatmeal lace cookies are delicious plain or made into sweet sandwiches with melted chocolate or dulce de leche.
For: Chanukah celebrations
This playful take on a favorite Chanukah treat is sure to bring big smiles. Traditional coconut macaroons transform into crispy “latkes” by pressing them flat before baking.
For: Giving a seasonal “thank you”
Tangy-sweet canned cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving. With a luscious layer of cream cheese topping, these festive bars are easy to make in large batches for neighbors, teachers, and anyone else you want to show a little gratitude.
For: Serious chocolate lovers
Triple Chocolate Skillet Cookies
With rich cocoa powder, creamy milk chocolate, and white chocolate drizzle, these decadent wedge cookies are a holiday dream for any chocoholic. For an extra festive touch, tint the white chocolate green and use sprinkles to decorate like Christmas trees.
For: Baking with the whole family
Red and Green Swirl Cutout Cookies
These colorful cookies are a great way to get everyone into the kitchen for a new holiday tradition. Little hands will love rolling out bright, multicolored dough and cutting it into their favorite shapes.
For: Anyone in need of extra holiday cheer
Candy Cane Gingerbread Men
Give the gift of two classic Christmas treats with one adorable gingerbread man. Each one holds a mini candy cane or peppermint candy for an extra handful of holiday joy.
For: Last-minute gifting
White Chocolate Peppermint Dutch Cocoa Cookies
Take a little help from the store for this homemade holiday treat in a hurry. Chewy, chocolatey Dutch cocoa cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermints are gift-ready in just 15 minutes.
For: Gluten-free friends and family
Gluten-Free Buttery Almond Cookies
These golden, buttery squares are the perfect holiday baked good for loved ones with a gluten-free lifestyle. Made with almond flour and a layer of crunchy sliced almond topping, they’re a cookie plate addition that everyone will go nuts for.
For: Making treats without baking
Whip up a batch of delicious, festive cheer without turning on the oven. Crunchy, colorful cornflake wreaths decorated with colored chocolate candies are easy to make using the microwave.
For: Gifting non-sweet lovers
Rosemary Parmesan Shortbreads
This savory spin on traditional shortbread is perfect for the person missing their sweet tooth in your life. With nutty Parmesan, fresh rosemary, and just a hint of sugar, they’re delicious as an appetizer, snack, or dessert.
For: Baking when you’re short on supplies
4-Ingredient Butter Cookies
No need for a last-minute trip to the store, four pantry staples are all you need for these irresistibly rich butter cookies. Just form dough into a log and roll in sprinkles, slice into rounds, and bake for an easy but impressive holiday treat.