All-Star Holiday Cookie Recipes

The chefs in Food Network Kitchen dreamed up a bunch of cookies (a baker's dozen!) that are perfect for swapping.

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It's Cookie Season!

It wouldn't be the holidays without the scent of sugar and butter wafting from your oven and tins bursting with cookies for sharing. The chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) dreamed up a bunch of new cookie recipes to celebrate with this year — including some very cute ones, if we do say so ourselves. We bet many of them will make it into your annual rotation.

Gingerbread Man Mug Mates

A cozy mug of cocoa is even more friendly with a sweet treat swinging from the rim. These gingerbread men are people-pleasers — you'll love how they hang around with lots of holiday spirit.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Man Mug Mates

M&M Magic Bars

This quick and easy bake-sale classic goes over the top for the holidays — we've loaded the bars with your favorite Christmas candies.

Get the Recipe: M&M Magic Bars

Butter and Jam Thumbprints

These are a classic holiday favorite for a reason — the buttery dough melts in your mouth and pairs perfectly with the tangy jam (baker's choice on the flavor!). Plus, they're just too nostalgic and adorable to resist.

Get the Recipe: Butter and Jam Thumbprints

Peanut Butter Brownie Swirl Cookies

Why settle for one cookie flavor when you can have three? Peanut butter, sugar cookie and fudgy brownie batter are swirled together and baked into one giant cookie, making for a slice-and-bake you'll want to serve at parties and keep in the freezer for a weeknight cookie fix.

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter Brownie Swirl Cookies

Classic Sugar Cookies

These familiar cookies have crispy edges (thanks to superfine sugar) and a slightly soft middle. The small amount of baking powder ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much — so they're perfect for cut-outs in all your favorite holiday shapes.

Get the Recipe: Classic Sugar Cookies

Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies

Almonds in many forms — almond extract, sliced almonds and almond flour join with luscious cream cheese and butter to make the base of these delicious keto-friendly and gluten-free cookies.

Get the Recipe: Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies

Tri-Color Christmas Spritz Cookies

These cheerful spritz cookies are ready to brighten your holiday cookie table — no extra fussing, frosting or sprinkles needed. Just stuff your cookie press with three different-colored doughs, and the decoration gets baked right in.

Get the Recipe: Tri-Color Christmas Spritz Cookies

Loaded Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix is the secret shortcut to light, fluffy cookies. Crispy cornflakes, pretzels and big chunks of dark chocolate give these an irresistible combination of crunch and gooiness — and we also added sprinkles, just for fun!

Get the Recipe: Loaded Cake Mix Cookies

No-Bake Peanut Butter Blossoms

We've given these classic cookies two upgrades: more peanut butter flavor (in the form of cereal crumbs) and a no-bake method, so they are even easier to make.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is such an easy chocolate chip cookie — and also one of our fan favorites (check out all those 5-star reviews!). There's no special equipment and no fussy steps, so it's a perfect cookie to do with kids. We love how versatile this dough is, too. It makes an awesome rocky road bar cookie.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ferrero Rocher Cookie Cups

These truffle-stuffed cookie cups are bursting with hazelnut flavor because the nuts are not only in the truffles themselves, but also in the dough. Make sure that the muffin tin you use is a good nonstick one, because the cookies might be hard to remove otherwise.

Get the Recipe: Ferrero Rocher Cookie Cups


Who doesn't love a confection inspired by nature? In this case, it's a peanut butter truffle dipped in chocolate, which resembles the nut from Ohio's state tree, the buckeye.

Get the Recipe: Buckeyes

Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

Cornflakes get dressed for the holidays when mixed with a green marshmallow coating. Shaped into individual wreaths and topped with festive candies, these crunchy treats are a fun a no-bake project.

Get the Recipe: Cornflake Christmas Wreaths

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