Top Holiday Cookies

Spread holiday cheer with sugar, spice and lots of frosting, with these top cookie recipes from Food Network chefs.
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Gingerbread Cookies

Roll into the holidays — and our season-long cookie fest — with Alex Guarnaschelli's crisp gingerbread men spiked with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

Rugelach

Celebrate Hanukkah with Ina Garten's tender cookies filled with apricot jam, cinnamon sugar and golden raisins.

Get the Recipe: Rugelach

Mix-n-Match Shortbread

Indulge in Claire Robinson's basic shortbread, chai tea shortbread and toasted pecan shortbread cookies, all by following one super-simple, five-ingredient recipe.

Get the Recipe: Classic Shortbread Cookies in 4 Ingredients with added 1 ingredient Variations

Crunchy Peanut Butter S'more Bites

Peanut butter, chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow come together into bite-size treats perfect for your cookie tin — to give or to keep!

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Crunchy Peanut Butter S'more Bites

Oatmeal Cream Cheese Butterscotch Bars

Think of your favorites — oatmeal cookies, cheesecake and blondies — and wrap them up into these irresistible treats.

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal Cream Cheese Butterscotch Bars

Citrus Trio Butter Dipping Cookies

Orange, lemon and lime zest enliven these simple butter cookies. Make them even more special with chocolate or caramel sauce on the side for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Citrus Trio Butter Dipping Cookies

Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

A hit of cayenne perks up these Mexican-inspired cookies from Chefs vs. City’s Aarón Sánchez. Crushed almonds and a drizzle of dulce de leche are decadent additions.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

Linzer Cookies, Two Ways

In a delectable update on tradition, Aida Mollenkamp tucks two kinds of filling — glistening blackberry preserves or creamy chocolate ganache — between cookies.

Get the Recipe: Hazelnut-Chocolate Linzer Cookies

Valerie's Neapolitan Holiday Cookies

Valerie Bertinelli whips up this classic Italian bakery treat just like her mom did during the holiday season.

Get the Recipe: Neapolitan Holiday Cookies

Almond Shortbreads

Bake these nutty shortbread cookies in a tart pan for beautiful presentation.

Get the Recipe: Almond Shortbreads

Christmas Citrus Squares

Lemon squares, the favorite bar cookie, are dressed up for the holidays with clementine juice and wedges of blood oranges.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Citrus Squares

Spoon Cookies: Lusikkaleivat (Finland)

These Scandinavian Spoon Cookies are made with nutty brown butter and filled with tart fruit jam. They get their elegant shape from the teaspoons used to form them.

Get the Recipe: Spoon Cookies: Lusikkaleivat (Finland)

Cornmeal Wreaths

Our festive Cornmeal Wreaths are topped with cornflakes and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Get the Recipe: Cornmeal Wreaths

Ribbon or Swirl Cookies

These chocolate and vanilla Ribbon or Swirl Cookies have a hint of mint for holiday flair. They're a great make-ahead freezer dough that will impress all your guests through the holiday season.

Get the Recipe: Ribbon or Swirl Cookies

Citrus Shortbread

Crispy, buttery Citrus Shortbread gets a refreshing hit of citrus in this quick and easy take on a holiday classic.

Get the Recipe: Citrus Shortbreads

Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

A very happy marriage of brownie and cheesecake, these Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars always get rave reviews.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

French Double Chocolate Sable Cookies

Sable means "sandy" in French, and our classic French Double Chocolate Sable Cookies are a crumbly chocolate shortbread. To keep them nice and sandy, be careful not to overmix the dough.

Get the Recipe: Double Chocolate Sable Cookies (France)

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Our Triple Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate lover's dream: chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and full of white, milk and dark chocolate chunks.

Get the Recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies

Butter and Jam Thumbprints

Teatime or playtime, these old-time Butter and Jam Thumbprints are always a holiday favorite.

Get the Recipe: Butter and Jam Thumbprints

Czech Squares

A walnut crust and cherry jam will make these Czech Squares a hit at your holiday table.

Get the Recipe: Czech Squares

Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars are a classic German cookie; you'll find them in most every German household as soon as St. Nicholas Day rolls around. These gluten-free cookies are a cross between a macaroon and a meringue, with a hint of nutty spiciness.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Stars: Zimtsterne (Germany)

Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar (Canada)

There are a number of stories as to where this cookie came from. It's thought to be native to Nanaimo, British Columbia (hence the name), and it gained widespread popularity in the 1950s. Whatever its origins, we loved it. We added the twist of peanut butter to make a simple, delicious, no-bake bar cookie that's super kid-friendly and freezes well.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar (Canada)

Pistachio Melbas (Australia)

Australians adopted this biscotti-like Pistachio Melba from the Eastern European/Jewish cookie Mandelbrot.

Get the Recipe: Pistachio Melbas (Australia)

3-in-1 Sugar Cookies

Facebook fans voted this classic, versatile their favorite. Mix up a few batches and bake it three ways: rolled into balls, simply sliced and baked, and cut into cute shapes to decorate.

Get the Recipe: 3-in-1 Sugar Cookies

Walnut Meltaways

These snowy Mexican wedding cookies are nutty and delicate, the perfect after-dinner treat.

Get the Recipe: Polvorones: Ground Walnut Cookies

Alton's Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Alton rolls two doughs together, chocolate and peppermint, to make a festive slice-and-bake cookie.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Fruit and Nut Shortbread

Melissa d'Arabian decks out classic holiday shortbread cookies with a fruity topping.

Get the Recipe: Fruit and Nut Holiday Shortbread

Sunny's Holiday PB&J Thumbprints

Sunny dresses up classic peanut butter cookies by rolling them in sparkly turbinado sugar and adding a fruity strawberry jam filling.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Holiday PB and J Thumbprints

Claire's Turtle Graham Bars

With only five ingredients, Claire creates caramel and chocolate cookies that taste like turtle candies.

Get the Recipe: Turtle Graham Bars

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Giada De Laurentiis adds a citrus zip to these tender ricotta cookies by mixing fresh lemon zest into the dough and the sweet glaze.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Anne's Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti

Crisp, sweet and nutty, Anne's Italian biscotti make great homemade gifts or after-dinner nibbles.

Get the Recipe: Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti

Barefoot Contessa's Coconut Macaroons

Simple and decadent, Ina's Coconut Macaroons make great take-along, cookie-tin treats.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Macarons

Ginger Cookie with Garam Masala

Aarti Sequeira adds subtle spice to ginger cookies with a touch of garam masala.

Get the Recipe: Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread

Tarallucci with Salty Caramel

Anne's version of Tarallucci, an Italian biscuit (sometimes called Taralli), is served with a caramel dipping sauce and a warning: "Try not to eat just one!"

Get the Recipe: Tarallucci with Salty Caramel

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is Ina's favorite cookie for the holidays. You can make many variations with one easy dough: Serve the shortbread plain, dipped in chocolate, or add pecans to the dough to make pecan shortbread.

Get the Recipe: Shortbread Cookies

Alton's Gingersnaps

These crisp spiced cookies are addictive, but even Alton can't pinpoint the reason. "I don't know why I like them so much, but when I start eating them I tend to have a very, very hard time stopping," he admits.

Get the Recipe: Ginger Snaps

Spiced Gingerbread Piggies

For a more nuanced, complex gingerbread cookie, add a little kick in the form of cayenne pepper.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Gingerbread Piggies

Giada's Holiday Biscotti

Giada likes these crisp cookies because she can snack on them all day — not just at dessert. She says of the white-chocolate-covered treats, "My favorite is to dip them in my coffee."

Get the Recipe: Holiday Biscotti

Jeff Mauro's Cherry White Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies

Jeff's sandwich cookie is inspired by a cookie his wife, Sarah, makes for their family. And since he turns everything into a sandwich, Sarah's cookies are stacked and filled with almond butter filling in this version.

Get the Recipe: Cherry Almond White Chocolate Sandwiches

Anne's Meringue Cookies

Anne's cookies are nearly guilt-free, as far as holiday treats go. "This recipe calls for mainly egg whites and almonds, so it's actually good for you!" she says of her airy baked meringue cookies.

Get the Recipe: Meringue Cookies

Bobby Flay's Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bobby's ideal chocolate chip cookie is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside — and appropriate any time of the year, especially on a holiday cookie platter. These fit the bill perfectly.

Get the Recipe: Throwdown Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sandra Lee's Macadamia-Coconut Cookie

Sandra wishes every holiday cookie was as easy to make as these tropical-inspired sweets made with store-bought sugar cookie dough. "The hardest part," Sandra says, "is eating just one!"

Get the Recipe: Macadamia-Coconut Cookie

Alex's Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Toasted Almond Cream

This soft sandwich cookie brings Alex back to her childhood: "We didn't have much chocolate over the holidays, so I always find a recipe like this refreshing during my holiday season. The little touches — the lemon zest and cinnamon — are holiday flavors to me," she says.

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Toasted Almond Cream

Guy Fieri's Blondies with Dark Roots

Guy likes to add blondies to the mix of holiday cookies because people aren't expecting them to be on a cookie tray. Plus, everyone loves the play on words in the recipe name.

Get the Recipe: Blondie with Dark Roots

Apple Cider Snickerdoodles

When we asked our Facebook fans which cookie recipe they wanted the most, an overwhelming majority cried out for snickerdoodles. Food Network Kitchen's recipe comes out as chewy as the classic snickerdoodle, but with added apple flavor.

Get the Recipe: Apple Cider Snickerdoodles

Giada's Dried Cherry and Almond Cookies with Vanilla Icing

Tart dried cherries and toasted almonds take a sweet turn in Giada’s easy slice-and-bake holiday cookies.

Get the Recipe: Dried Cherry and Almond Cookies with Vanilla Icing

Peanut Butter Cookies

Use smooth peanut butter for these classic cookies that pair perfectly with chocolate milk.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

Iced Sugar Cookies

Turn sugar cookies into a colorful display with easy colored icing and fun holiday shapes.

Get the Recipe: Jennifer's Iced Sugar Cookies

Trisha Yearwood's Snickerdoodles

Top these easy cookies with cinnamon and sugar before baking until the cookies are set but the centers are still nice and soft.

Get the Recipe: Snickerdoodles

Bess London's Pecan Tassies

Trisha's nut-filled cookies taste like little bites of pecan pie.

Get the Recipe: Bess London's Pecan Tassies

Tyler's Dark Chocolate Truffles

Tyler knows a perfect chocolate truffle can turn a holiday dessert into something much more special. "It’s that little bite of chocolate where you can truly appreciate the mouthfeel and flavors that make truffles a unique and special holiday treat."

Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffles

Sunny's Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Sunny's cookies are chewy and firm at the same time. "The cinnamon and ginger in the pumpkin pie spice works so well with the peppermint and chocolate, the spice blend should be added to any of your chocolate chip cookie recipes for an added hit of warmth and flavor."

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies

Guy's Gingersnap Stackers

Sandwich vanilla ice cream (or your favorite holiday flavor) with gingersnap cookies for a big bite of dessert.

Get the Recipe: Gingersnap Stackers

Anne's Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli cookies are standard at any Italian bakery. But they are the simplest of cookies to make at home, mixed in one bowl and ready in under an hour. Anne Burrell's special touch? A bit of honey.

Get the Recipe: Pignoli Cookies

Bobby's Triple-Chocolate Cookies

Bobby's intense cookies are a chocolate-lover's dream. They feature bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, semisweet chocolate and even white chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies

Trisha's White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Trisha has a cookie party with her friends every Christmas. "Everybody shows up with their favorite recipe, we bake all day, then everybody goes home with a delicious variety of holiday cookies. My sister, Beth, adapted this recipe from her church cookbook. I like to chop the cranberries and nuts finely so you get lots of flavor in every bite."

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

PB&J Blondie

Jeff is way more into blondies than brownies. "Anytime I can put peanut butter into a dessert, I do it. Chewy, crunchy, nutty and just a bit fruity, this cookie will stand out among an often crowded holiday sweets table!"

Get the Recipe: PB and J Blondie

Ina's Fruitcake Cookies

"Many years ago Lee Bailey, the wonderful cookbook writer, asked me to make 600 pounds of these cookies to sell at his store and I still love them," says Ina. "They're not only totally delicious (don't think fruitcake — think cookies) but you can make rolls of the dough, refrigerate them and just slice and bake them off as you need them all throughout the holidays."

Get the Recipe: Fruitcake Cookies

Geoffrey Zakarian's Vanilla Crescents

Geoffrey starts off his holiday with these cookies. "My wife always makes crescent cookies at holiday time, so the moment I smell them coming out of the oven, it reminds of pure holiday goodness — the fir trees, large meals, Christmas morning."

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Crescents

Alton's Chocolate Coconut Balls

Alton asks, "Can a mere five ingredients truly deliver holiday bliss? Answer: If the ingredients are chocolate, coconut, macadamia nuts, condensed milk and almond extract, yes! Park a tin or two of these jewels under the tree and make someone's year."

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Balls

Old-Fashioned Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Jamie Deen shares his old-fashioned favorite. "These cookies are nice and chewy on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside. They have a wonderfully soft texture from using both shortening and butter. When you bake these cookies, your house will smell like Christmas!"

Get the Recipe: Jamie's Old-Fashioned Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Ree Drummond's Favorite Christmas Cookies

These are Ree's favorite childhood cookies. "The dough is beautiful and tender with a slight citrus flavor from orange peel, resulting in a really versatile cookie for decorating. To decorate them, my mom would make different colors of egg yolk glaze in small glass dishes and we'd paint on the glaze to make different designs. Then, as the cookies baked, the glaze set and had a little bit of a stained-glass effect. Once they were cool, we'd decorate the detail and edges with white frosting. They have a really nice vintage quality to them."

Get the Recipe: My Favorite Christmas Cookies

Cheddar, Cranberry & Pistachio Cookies

These savory cookies are crispy and crumbly. Make them in advance and store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Get the Recipe: Ron's Cheddar, Cranberry & Pistachio Cookies

Date Rugelach

Pulse dates with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and apple juice before mixing in walnuts to make Ron Ben-Israel's rugelach filling.

Get the Recipe: Ron's Date Rugelach

Ron's Raspberry Rugelach

Use seedless raspberry preserves or jam (sour cherry preserve is also great!) plus a classic cream cheese dough for Ron's rugelach.

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Ron's Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate pack these cookies full of sweetness. Add walnuts, pecans or almonds for crunch.

Get the Recipe: Ron's Triple-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ron's Holiday Spice Cookies

Cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom plus molasses give these cookies their holiday flavor.

Get the Recipe: Ron's Holiday Spice Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cutouts

What could make a sugar cookie even more delicious? How about cocoa powder and melted semisweet chocolate?

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Mint Chocolate Truffles

Ree's chocolate truffle mixture is so scrumptious you might be tempted to eat it with a spoon. A melted milk chocolate coating gives them a smooth finish, and a sprinkling of coarse sugar will add crunch to every chocolate-filled bite.

Get the Recipe: Mint Chocolate Truffles

Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies

Alex sandwiches raspberry jam in between two buttery star-shaped cookies to make this festive holiday treat that'll be the centerpiece of your dessert spread.

Get the Recipe: Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies

Pistachio Biscotti

With just eight ingredients, Tyler's crunchy cookies are easier than you might think. The dough is baked in logs until just set and then sliced into 1-inch-thick pieces before being put back in the oven to finish cooking.

Get the Recipe: Pistachio Biscotti

Ron's Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Ron's chewy chocolate cookies are completely flour-free. Folding chocolate into a meringue base means your freshly baked cookies will have a shiny crust but will still be gooey inside.

Get the Recipe: Ron's Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Alton's easy macaroons use only four ingredients and take just 30 minutes to make. Bake until they develop a golden brown outside; they'll still be nice and moist in the middle.

Get the Recipe: Toasty Coconut Macaroons

Italian Spumoni Cookies ("Spumookies")

Traditionally, spumoni is a molded Italian dessert featuring different layers of ice cream along with candied fruits and nuts. Jeff puts his twist on the Italian classic by turning it into a cookie complete with chocolate chips, pistachios and dried cherries.

Get the Recipe: Italian Spumoni Cookies ("Spumookies")

Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Ina's ultimate cookies are filled with spices: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, plus chopped crystallized ginger. A coating of sugar before baking gives them a crinkly crust.

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Super-Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Anne is a dark-chocolate fan so she chops it up with walnuts to make these oatmeal cookies nice and chunky. Top them with a sprinkle of sea salt to give them a little something special.

Get the Recipe: Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Sunny starts with a basic cookie recipe and then adds in cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans to give it the German chocolate cake twist. It's a simple cookie recipe that's ready in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies

These treats are reminiscent of everyone's favorite peanut butter blossom cookies — a little more grown-up but just as addictive. They stay fresh and delicious refrigerated in an airtight container.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Melissa flavors her shortbread with a pinch of aromatic rosemary and fills it with chocolate chips. The buttery and sweet dough bakes into a nice flaky texture.

Get the Recipe: Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Blondies

Bobby adds milk chocolate chips, toffee chips and toasted almonds to his blondie base. The butterscotch and molasses flavor from the dark and light sugars, plus toffee chips contrasts well with the chocolate and nuts. Careful not to overmix your batter in order to avoid a tough blondie.

Get the Recipe: Blondies

Alton's Sugar Cookies

This dough is the most versatile of all holiday cookie doughs. The creaming method is key: dry ingredients, wet ingredients and the fat ingredients are all separated out before being incorporated together.

Get the Recipe: Sugar Cookies

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge

With just three ingredients and five minutes' prep time, Ree's fudge is perfect in a pinch. Turn the refrigerator-friendly treat into a dessert for the holiday table by topping the finished chocolate fudge with crushed peppermint candies.

Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge

Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Walnuts are the base for these powdered cookies that melt in your mouth. The crumbly and buttery texture is key, so if you're making these ahead, make sure they are cooled before storing them — otherwise they will get soggy.

Get the Recipe: Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Sunny's Cereal Confetti Cookies

Sunny uses multicolored puffed rice cereal (she likes Fruity Pebbles!) to make these festive treats. They'll spread nicely in the oven (so be sure to space them well apart), resulting in a crisp-on-the-outside and chewy-on-the-inside dessert.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Cereal Confetti Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

This is basically Trisha's favorite chocolate chip cookie batter recipe, but she's replaced the egg with applesauce so you get the same great flavor without the raw egg. Freeze the little balls of dough before dipping them in chocolate-almond bark, which helps them set more quickly. If you use regular milk chocolate, add a bit of coconut oil and it'll do the same trick. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men

Melissa d'Arabian uses white rice flour, tapioca flour and buckwheat flour for her gluten-free take on traditional gingerbread men. Because there isn't any gluten, you don't have to worry about overworking the dough when using up your cutout scraps.

Get the Recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men

Millionaire Shortbread Cookies

Marc Murphy takes shortbread cookies to a whole new level by layering the traditional recipe with dark chocolate and homemade cookie butter. Garnish the glistening squares with flaky salt before serving.

Get the Recipe: Millionaire Shortbread Cookies

Eggnog Cookies

Alex loves these cookies because "they have all the flavors of eggnog but don't have eggnog in them." Sandwich the cookies with creamy icing, then top with a drizzle of caramel and spiced sugar.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Double down on the peanut butter goodness in Nancy Fuller's traditional blossoms. Incorporate smooth peanut butter into the cookie batter before folding in peanut butter chips. The intense peanut butter flavor pairs perfectly with the addition of a chocolate kiss candy in the center.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Blossoms

Molasses Cookies

Anne's soft and chewy cookies are a little spicy and a little exotic. Roll the cookies in turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw) to make them super sweet with a crystal crunch.

Get the Recipe: Molasses Cookies

White Chocolate Bark

Making candy sounds like a really complicated thing to do, which is why Ina likes to make chocolate bark, which is quite simple. Temper white chocolate in the microwave, a foolproof way that also cuts down on prep time. Once the chocolate is poured onto a baking sheet, add your favorite toppings and then let it harden. Ina chose items that look good and taste good together: pistachios, cranberries and apricots.

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Bark

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Katie Lee's thumbprint cookies can be made entirely in the food processor. Pulse unsalted roasted peanuts with old-fashioned oats as the base for a crumbly dough that will taste just like your favorite sandwich once a dollop of jelly is added after baking.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Pineapple-Coconut Macaroons

Food Network Kitchen made these cookies just for you: sweet, tart, chocolatey and chewy all at once. The combination of homemade pineapple jam and bittersweet chocolate means these gluten-free macaroon thumbprints will be winners at your next party.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Pineapple-Coconut Macaroons

Kentucky Pecan Bars

Damaris Phillips packs all of the great flavor of pecan pie into a hand-held bar cookie. Add brightness to the sweet honey and brown sugar flavor with orange zest.

Get the Recipe: Kentucky Pecan Bars

Cherry Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies

Make a cherry, pistachio and brown sugar filling for Jeff Mauro's take on colorful pinwheel cookies, which are rolled in holiday sprinkles. You can make the cookie logs ahead of time, then slice and bake them just before guests arrive.

Get the Recipe: Cherry Pistachio Pinwheel Cookies

Macadamia-Almond Christmas Cookies

Nancy folds white chocolate chips, pistachios and cranberries into her macadamia nut cookie dough for buttery cookies that have just the right amount of crunch. Press a red-and-white-striped kiss into the center of each cookie right after they come out of the oven and are still warm.

Get the Recipe: Macadamia-Almond Christmas Cookies

Katie Lee's Chocolate-Peppermint Whoopie Pies

"My grandma only made whoopie pies on special occasions," says The Kitchen co-host Katie. "I was always so excited to see them in her kitchen! These are inspired by her recipe and dressed up for the holidays with the addition of crushed candy canes. They are easily adaptable to any season by substituting flavorings and candies. Have fun with them and get creative. They make great gifts too."

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Cake Mix Holiday Cookies

These soft and tender cookies are made with cake mix and topped with a white chocolate-cream cheese frosting, so it's no surprise that they look and taste just like little cupcake tops.

Get the Recipe: Cake Mix Holiday Cookies

Brownie Cookies

If you gravitate toward the edge pieces in a pan of brownies, these cookies are your dream come true: crunchy-chewy edges with a soft center. If you like your brownies a little underbaked, bake these cookies until they're just slightly glossy on top. For a twist on a brownie sundae, make an ice cream sandwich with them. 

Get the Recipe: Brownie Cookies

Marcela Valladolid's White Chocolate-Apricot-Oatmeal Cookies

"My mom loved white chocolate and apricots, so I decided to develop a recipe for the holidays that reminded me of her when she passed. It is one of those recipes that is very comforting," says The Kitchen co-host Marcela.

Get the Recipe: White Chocolate Apricot Oatmeal Cookies

No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls

These easy-to-make treats are inspired by the classic British dessert sticky toffee pudding. Instead of decorating the balls with sanding sugar, roll them in confectioners' sugar combined with a large pinch of ground cinnamon.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries. The espresso powder is there to complement and elevate the chocolate — it's subtle but totally worth it. For a variation, try spiking these with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Geoffrey Zakarian's Hermit Cookies

"This is my favorite holiday cookie because it blends two of my favorite cookies," says The Kitchen co-host Geoffrey. "Soft chocolate chip cookies and spicy gingerbread — the best of both worlds."

Get the Recipe: Hermit Cookies

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These gluten- and dairy-free cookies are quite easy to make. And because there is no flour or butter to compete with, the peanut butter flavor is intense! Peanut butter purists, go ahead and make these without the chocolate.

Get the Recipe: Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Jeff Mauro's Pecan Crescent Cookies

"These sugary, nutty little nuggets have been a Christmas staple in my house since the late '70s," says The Kitchen co-host Jeff. "These tempting cookies were nearly impossible to sneak a pre-holiday nibble, because even one bite of these would yield a trail of powdered sugar all over the kitchen, your shirt and your mouth!"

Classic Sugar Cookies

These are the familiar cookies with crispy edges and a slightly soft middle. Superfine sugar gives them their crunchiness. The small amount of baking powder ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much and losing their shape. 

Get the Recipe: Classic Sugar Cookies

Sunny Anderson's Ginger-Molasses Cookies

"These are my knockoff of my fave chewy spiced cookie at a local bakery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, called Naidre's," says The Kitchen co-host Sunny. "They are perfect for a frosty glass of milk. If you ever make it to my area, check them out; until then, enjoy the baking!"

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Ginger Molasses Cookies

Magic Bars

What makes these easy-to-make bars so magical? The graham cracker crumbs and sweetened condensed milk magically come together to make an ooey-gooey bottom layer, and the bars are loaded with rich layers of chocolate chips, butterscotch, pecans and coconut.

Get the Recipe: Magic Bars

Peppermint Meringues

These minty, pink-striped meringues are easy to make and use a clever decorating trick: Paint lines of food coloring gel up the sides of a pastry bag before filling it with meringue, and each cookie will come out striped as you pipe it. You can use this same trick with frosting for cupcakes.

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Meringues

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