14 holiday cookies to make right now

Holiday baking can be as complicated or as simple as you want. We covered all the bases with these A+ cookie recipes, so no matter what you choose, your holiday noshing will be delicious.

whoopie pies on a wooden board
peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss in middle
cookies with jammy centre
Sparkling Blizzard Swirl Cookies
chocolate chip cookies
biscotti with chocolate and nuts
shortbread cookies in a tin
gingerbread men with white icing
Lemon-Glazed Snowflake Cookies
Chocolate Crackle Cookies
Cinnamon Bun Crunch Cookies
Classic Jam-Filled Cookie Sandwiches
plate of cookies drizzled with chocolate
stack of shortbread cookies studded with cranberries

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are soft, cake-like cookies filled with billowy, whipped frosting. Rolled in sprinkles, they make a great alternative to birthday cupcakes. Get the recipe: Whoopie Pies

Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft, peanut butter cookie with a milk chocolate morsel sunk right inside? Now, where's that glass of milk? Get the recipe: Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Cookies

Walnut Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies are simple butter morsels sandwiched with simple jam, with a window to allow a peek of sweet colour and flavour. Get the recipe: Walnut Linzer Cookies

Sparkling Blizzard Swirl Cookies

Just like grandma used to make. An easy, no-fail cookie recipe is the base of these whimsical pinwheels. Get the recipe: Sparkling Blizzard Swirl Cookies

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

The ultimate chocolate chip cookie is dense and chewy, not too cakey, with crisp edges and chocolate chunks throughout. The way it should be. Get the recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Biscotti

Use this as a blank canvas to create your own biscotti; add grated lemon or orange zest, chopped nuts or chocolate, dried fruit like apricots, cranberries, cherries or figs, candied ginger, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom—anything goes! You can make longer biscotti by shaping a wide log, or smaller biscotti by dividing the dough into two smaller logs. Get the recipe: Biscotti

Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread has limitless variations—try adding grated citrus zest, spices or fresh herbs, finely chopped nuts or chocolate for a flavour boost. Get the recipe: Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

'Tis the season to bake cookies - and if you have kids in the house, gingerbread men are likely on the agenda. Get the recipe: Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Lemon-Glazed Snowflake Cookies

A no-fail sugar cookie dough plays it safe as the base, but you can get as elaborate as you like when it comes to decorating these lemon-infused snowflakes. Get the recipe: Lemon-Glazed Snowflake Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Rolling dark chocolate dough in icing sugar before baking allows them to decorate themselves as they spread and crack. Get the recipe: Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Cinnamon Bun Crunch Cookies

Icebox cookies are named for their ability to hang out in the freezer until you're ready for them. In this version, roll 'em up for a cinnamon bun angle. Get the recipe: Cinnamon Bun Crunch Cookies

Classic Jam-Filled Cookie Sandwiches

Soft and delicious sugar cookie base, your fave jam inside. You can't go wrong with this holiday classic. Get the recipe: Classic Jam-Filled Cookie Sandwiches

Mary Berg's White Sugar Cookies

A good sugar cookie recipe in your arsenal is all you need to get creative and start your holiday baking. Get the recipe: Mary Berg's White Sugar Cookies

Gluten-Free Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Your favourite buttery shortbread cookie gets a gluten-free makeover and, spoiler alert, it tastes just as good as the original. Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
Whoopie Pies
Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Cookies
Walnut Linzer Cookies
Sparkling Blizzard Swirl Cookies
The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Biscotti
Traditional Shortbread Cookies
Classic Gingerbread Cookies
Lemon-Glazed Snowflake Cookies
Chocolate Crackle Cookies
Cinnamon Bun Crunch Cookies
Classic Jam-Filled Cookie Sandwiches
Mary Berg's White Sugar Cookies
Gluten-Free Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

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