Cookie Recipes

Whether you love chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, or shortbread, our collection of cookie recipes ranges from easy recipes to no-bake recipes and includes plenty of ideas on how to decorate these treats. As we head into the holidays, we're celebrating seven full days of baking with Cookie Week—stay tuned as we share our go-to Christmas cookie recipes, frosting techniques, dessert gifting ideas, and more.

Our Favorite Christmas Cookies

Basic Sugar Cookies

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These treats are delicious plain—or you can decorate them with icing and sprinkles to make them festive for celebrations.

Meyer-Lemon Shortbread Wreath Cookies

Almost too pretty to eat, these festive wreath-shaped shortbread cookies are infused with Meyer lemon and adorned with sugared rosemary and thyme.

Chai Snowballs

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While these powdery treats may resemble Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes, they have a decidedly different flavor, thanks to the chai-inspired combination of Darjeeling tea and warming spices in the batter.

Lamington Thumbprint Cookies

These sunny thumbprint cookies are a riff on classic Australian Lamingtons—small cubes of sponge cake layered with jam, dipped in chocolate, and coated with coconut flakes.

Coffee-Meringue Acorns

Rating: 3 stars 154
It's best to bake these cookies on a dry day; if it's even slightly humid, the meringues may take longer to crisp in the oven. The meringues can be made up to five days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place.

Tropical Fruit Biscotti

These island-inspired biscotti are studded with dried papaya, candied ginger, and pistachios. Certainly a departure from the traditional Italian flavor profile, they'll warm up a cookie tin with color and flavor.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4 stars 9054
A homemade chocolate chip cookie is a comforting, nostalgic treat—especially when it's as good as this one. For our very best soft chocolate chip cookie recipe, we use plenty of unsalted butter and a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar to create the soft texture. Be sure to use good quality chocolate chips, and don't overmix the cookie dough to ensure the cookies are tender, not chewy. (Prefer a crisp cookie? Try our Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.)

Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Rating: 3.5 stars 582
Quick to make and just plain irresistible, what could be better than a giant, gooey skillet cookie? Faster than making a batch of your favorite chocolate chip treats, this chocolate chip skillet cookie is great for sharing. It's baked in a cast-iron skillet, so you can bring it right to the table for everyone to dig in. Scoops of ice cream on top are optional but recommended!

Sugar Cookies

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Perfect for any festive occasion, these sugar cookies are a blank canvas for decorating and cutting into any shape you desire. The dough can be made the night before, then decorated the following day. All you need is some royal icing and a little creativity to make stunning cookies. If you're looking for a homemade food gift or have a cookie swap coming up, Martha's sugar cookie recipe is a good place to start. 

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 255
These light, flourless cookies, from TV chef Nikki Elkins, are made with everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 593
This cookie recipe is beloved by our food editors, who make it every Christmas as part of their holiday cookie boxes. What makes the cookies so irresistible? We think it's the combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate. These chocolate ginger cookies are sophisticated enough for adults, but chocolatey enough for children.

More Cookie Inspiration

The Christmas Cookie Recipes Our Food Editors Make Year After Year
Food editors, much like the rest of us, love Christmas cookies. They develop and test recipes, style the fruits of their labor for photo shoots, and generally make a lot more cookies than we do. Naturally, we were curious about the treats they bake at home year after year.  From putting together this collection, it's clear these veteran bakers love a ginger or spice cookie for the holidays. Another trend is cookies with fruit—so much better than fruitcake, don't you think? These beloved recipes are excellent for gifting, cookie-swapping, or setting out for Santa, which means they're guaranteed to be winners among your family and friends this holiday season.
20 Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipes to Help You Get in the Holiday Spirit
This collection includes favorites old and new. We've got cut-out Christmas cookies, gluten-free sugar cookies, vanilla-bean sugar cookies, citrus sugar cookies, and more.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling
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Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.