The holidays always put me in the mood to bake! It doesn’t matter if you’re having a little baking day on your own, sharing the kitchen with your kids or hosting a cookie decorating party, here are 50 of our favorite birthday cake recipes!
Many of them are holiday-specific, but I think Christmas cookies can also be classics or a year-round favorite, so we’re sharing a wide variety in this post. Find other holiday sweets in our complete sweets archive.
Christmas wreath cookies
Easy Christmas wreath cookies made with cornflake cereal with a marshmallow topping.
Easy Oreo Chocolate Truffles
This Oreo truffle recipe is perfect for the holidays. No baking needed.
Melting snowman cookies
Make delicious sugar cookies decorated to look like a melting snowman.
Soft and chewy gingerbread cookies
Delicious holiday cookies. Some gingerbread cookies are hard and crunchy but this recipe is soft and chewy.
Soft and Delicious Butter Cookies – Use a holiday cookie press on top for a festive look!
Grinch Cookies (with cake mix!)
Create a holiday favorite with these easy green cookies.
Nut butter cookies rolled in powdered sugar to look like snowballs!
Melt in your mouth egg white biscuits. These are delicate with a little crunch.
Soft and Chewy M&M’s Cookie Recipe – You can use holiday colored M&M’s or all of one color for any theme you prefer.
These thumbprint cookies are easy to make, and they’re so good!
Soft and chewy peanut butter cookies
This recipe is similar to soft chocolate chip cookies but with peanut butter and peanut butter chips. A favorite in our house!
White chocolate chip cookies
Soft and delicious white chocolate chip cookies – they are so good and perfect with hot chocolate.
Oatmeal and raisin cookies
An old-fashioned recipe for soft and chewy oatmeal and raisin cake.
Vanilla and chocolate flavored cookies with a festive swirl design.
Edible cookie dough
A cookie dough recipe that is safe to eat without baking. A great snack for holiday movies, or a fun homemade gift idea!
Potato chip cakes
This is one of those recipes that is just like my grandmother’s. Just a classic, salty and sweet cookie.
No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe
A no-bake oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s perfect every time! This is probably the cookie recipe I make most often throughout the year.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
A simple peanut butter cookie recipe with no refrigeration required. Fill the centers with mini peanut butter cups or Chocolate Kiss candy.
Chocolate walnut cookies
The cookies for this recipe are soft, chewy, and buttery. Flaky salt and macadamia nuts contrast with white chocolate for the perfect sweet/salty combination.
Soft and chewy molasses cookies
A simple and easy recipe for preparing delicious molasses biscuits. This smells amazing while it’s baking!
Chewy Chocolate Espresso Cookies – Rich and chewy, perfect for the holiday season.
Chocolate chip cookie bars
Classic chocolate chip cake recipe. These are classics and reader favorites.
Candy cane cookies
An easy recipe for candy cane cookies made with peppermint extract. It’s fun to shape and mix different colors together!
Simple Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
All-Basic Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe.
Snickerdoodle recipe (without cream of tartar)
The best snickerdoodle cookies (no cream of tartar – I always seem to be out of the house). These always smell like the holidays to me!
How to freeze cookie dough balls
If you prefer to plan and work ahead, read our best tips on how to freeze cookie dough balls so your freezer is always full and ready for guests anytime you need some fresh cookies.
Rocky Road Cookies
Your favorite ice cream flavor turns into cookies. This reminds me a lot of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Giant chocolate cookies
Large chocolate chip cookies with crunchy edges and soft centers – they’re so big and fun for the season.
Tips for sending royal sugar cookies
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How to make designs to slice and bake cookies
An easy recipe for cutting and baking cookies with a beautiful design. You can make fall leaves, Santa hats, holiday gifts, or any cookie cutter design!
Classic shortbread cookies
Shortbread cookies are some of my favorite cookies. They’re great on their own, but they also go great with hot chocolate or coffee.
Lemon crinkle cookies
I love citrus in the winter months, and if you do too, please make these lemon crinkle cookies!
If you’re in need of an easy-to-bake brownie recipe and you’re craving chocolate, do yourself a favor and bake this brownie.
Sugar cookies with royal icing
These are the number one cookies I make for almost every holiday! I decorate any season or event we celebrate.
The best vegan sugar cookies!
If you need a vegan (dairy-free) version of royal sugar cookies.
Easy butter cookies
Gooey Butter Cake is one of my favorite desserts to bring to a holiday meal. These are the cookie versions.
Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free too!)
When you need a seasonal alternative. These products may be vegan and gluten-free, but we guarantee they’re delicious too!
Red velvet cookies
Rich red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips. They’re thin, crunchy, and full of flavor!
This recipe is a cookie version of banana bread or almost like a banana bread cake with a crumb topping.
Slice chocolate chip and bake cookies
A great chocolate chip recipe that you can easily prepare and store in the freezer. When needed, just cut and bake!
Peanut butter and jelly cookies
I’m putting this under a title inspired by childhood favorites. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? This is the dessert version.
Slice vanilla, thyme and bake cookies
Rich, buttery cookies with vanilla and thyme flavors. They’re perfect with coffee or tea and smell like the holidays as they bake.
Chocolate Snowcap Mountain Cookies
These giant oversized cookies contain chocolate and that classic movie theater candy: snow caps!
Chocolate thumbprint cookies
These cookies are a little chewy with a little dollop of sweet and spicy jam in the center of each. If you like classic thumbprint cookies, you’ll probably enjoy this variation.
Blueberry Muffin Cookies
These embody all of my favorite parts of cupcakes – the sweet, savory flavors and the crown: the crumbly tops!
Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting
Carrots don’t get enough credit. Perhaps my favorite carrot recipe is carrot cake. This recipe is the cookie version.
Spicy gingerbread cookies transformed cityscapes
If you love thin and crunchy gingerbread, this recipe is for you! Plus how to turn them into snowy cityscapes.
Make Homemade Cookie Butter (With Any Cookie!)
An easy recipe for making homemade cookie butter (using any cookie!). This recipe is perfect to add to a dessert plate or as a homemade gift.
Pie Crust Cutout Cookies
It wasn’t until adulthood that I truly appreciated the delicious, buttery taste that is pie crust! This cookie recipe embodies magic.
Flourless chocolate chip cookies
This recipe is easy to make (only six ingredients), and I love the smooth, but not overly sticky, texture.
Great recipe when you want cookies for a crowd! Best served with ice cream on top.
How to make macaron cookies
These classic French cookies are as delicious as they are beautiful. Although it is somewhat labor intensive, this post makes it easy.