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16 Holiday Cookies To Make Right Now

15 Holiday Cookies To Make Right Now - Parents Canada

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Time to whip up a whack of holiday cookies to share with friends, neighbours and dip into while trimming the tree and watching holiday flicks. 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

Whoopie pies on a wooden board
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

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie 

Chocolate chip 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

Walnut Linzer Cookies

Cookies with jammy centre
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

Cinnamon Bun Crunch Cookies

Cinnamon bun crunch 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

Chocolate Crackle Cookies 

Chocolate crackle 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

Gluten-Free Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Stack of shortbread cookies studded with cranberries
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

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread men with white icing
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

Traditional Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies in a tin
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

Lemon-Glazed Snowflake Cookies

Lemon-glazed snowflake 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

Sparkling Blizzard Swirl Cookies

Sparkling blizzard swirl 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

Mary Berg’s White Sugar Cookies

Plate of cookies drizzled with chocolate
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

Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookie with a hershey kiss in middle
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

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stack of chocolate chip cookies
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

After a decadent chocolate chip cookie without the gluten? You’ve come to the right place. No fussy extra steps needed, these are easy and the perfect little treat. Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pecan chocolate icebox cookies

Icebox cookies are named for their ability to hang out in the freezer until you’re ready for them; one basic dough can be transformed into a whole array of holiday cookies. Customize enough logs of slice-and-bake cookies to stash away for festive emergencies – the very best kind. Best of all: you can slice a few off each log and bake them together on one sheet, making an assortment of freshly baked cookies in next to no time. Get the recipe: Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Inside-Out Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inside-out chocolate chip cookies - parents canada

This is one of our favourite cookie recipes—a dark, brownie-like, chocolate chip cookie studded with white chocolate chips (although they’re just as good with dark chocolate, dried cherries or whatever you can find in your cupboards!). Plus, they come together in no time, freeze beautifully and put a smile on a kid’s – and a kid-at-heart’s – face in a snap. Get the recipe: Inside-Out Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Shortbread

Cooling rack of round coconut shortbread cookies on a counter

This coconut shortbread recipe is fast, easy and uses items you probably have on-hand. You could even whip them up while dinner simmers because they happen to make a perfect finish. Get the recipe: Coconut Shortbread

 

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