Many people’s fondest holiday memories include making cookies together. Perhaps they had a special cookie that they learned to bake with their Nana or a special pie that they helped their dad bake each year. Maybe their favorite aunt always brought the best coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning, and memories of frosting sugar cookies with mom will last a lifetime. Keep those memories alive and make new memories together by baking some of the most amazing holiday cookies and desserts this year. Here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.
1. Sugar Cookies
Would it be a holiday without decorated sugar cookies? Of course, it could be, but they sure do add a special touch. This recipe gives you tips and tricks to making the perfect sugar cookie, along with a super yummy buttercream frosting recipe. Get out the sprinkles and bake up some delicious fun.
Pecan snowballs look fantastic in the winter, all covered in snowy-looking powdered sugar. What we love about them is that they are not super sweet and have just the right amount of pecans to feel like a decadent treat.
3. Candy Cane Cookies
These delicious cookies bring together vanilla and peppermint in a magical way. These candy canes are easy and fun to make. They are a wonderful dessert, but they also can be left out to harden and then hung on a tree. They will look fantastic and leave a slight sweet peppermint scent as well.
4. Andes Mints Cake
If you love Andes mints, then you simply must try this amazing cake. It is so indulgent with layers of cake, chocolate ganache and mint buttercream frosting. The best part is the Andes mint crumble on top. You will definitely be asking for seconds.
5. Hot Chocolate Brownie Cups
With a few pretzels, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and sprinkles, you can transform ordinary brownie bites into adorable little hot chocolate treats. This recipe is easy to follow and is always a hit with kids young and old alike.
6. Peanut Butter Balls
These are similar to what some people refer to as buckeyes, but they are completely covered in chocolate. Extra chocolate? Yes, please. They are also decorated with a splash of red candy melt drizzle for some extra holiday pizzazz.
7. Cranberry Breakfast Cake
Cranberries are a holiday favorite in many different types of recipes, and this breakfast cake is no exception. It is moist, yummy and has cranberries in every bite.
8. Gingerbread Cookies
Nothing says holiday spirit like the scent of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. Follow this recipe for tips and tricks including add-ins as well as different ways to decorate them. Do not forget to leave a few out to hang on the tree.
9. Easy Cinnamon Roll Cookies
This recipe takes the flavors we know and love from cinnamon rolls and transforms them into a wonderful cookie for the holidays. Cookies are smaller than rolls, so you can eat more, right?
10. Christmas Pinwheel Cookies
First of all, these cookies are gorgeous. Friends and families will be so excited to see them on your cookie trays this year. Secondly, they taste fantastic with a hint of almond and surrounded by sprinkles.
11. Eggnog Eclair Cake
If you love eggnog and peppermint, then this unique dessert may just end up being a new holiday favorite. The cream puff crust is amazing and the peppermint candy crumble tops it off perfectly.
12. Peppermint Chocolate Kiss Cookies
One of the most popular cookies of all time is the peanut butter blossom, but this unique twist gives it a whole new flavor. With a chocolate cookie and a peppermint kiss, you can enjoy a cookie that is both festive looking and super tasty.
13. Walnut Crescent Cookies
These classics are not super sweet but have just the right hint of sugar and cinnamon to elevate the walnuts. Lightly dusted in powdered sugar, these cookies have a wintry look that screams holiday happiness.
14. Chocolate Pecan Pie
Many people enjoy a traditional pecan pie but consider for just a moment what it might taste like with a bit of chocolate. If you love chocolate and pecans, then do yourself a favor and try this special treat this holiday season. It is simply amazing.
15. Snowman Cupcakes
Kids of all ages will love helping you make these fun snowman cupcakes. Make a regular cupcake a little more special this holiday season by simply adding a marshmallow and some candy to create some adorable snowman cupcakes.
16. Snicker Surprise Cookies
These are mouth-watering favorites that we share with everyone because they are just so amazing. A peanut butter cookie has a melted Snickers inside with chocolate drizzle on top. Tip: these are extra tasty when served while they are still warm.
17. Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake
Holiday mornings will be filled with cheer when you bring out the cinnamon roll coffee cake. A little lighter and a little less sweet than an actual cinnamon roll, it is perfect for breakfast or a late-night snack.
18. Christmas Fudge
Fudge is wonderful any time of year, but this recipe adds a little Christmas sparkle. It is easy to make and a truly scrumptious treat that will practically melt in your mouth.
19. Macadamia Nut and Coconut Meltaways
These tasty little treats are sure to delight anyone who loves coconut and macadamia nuts. Dusted in powdered sugar, they look festive for any holiday.
20. Frosted Peppermint Brownie Cookies
How can you go wrong with chocolate and peppermint? This luscious cookie is topped with peppermint cream cheese frosting and topped with crushed peppermints. We love it because it tastes great, and it looks festive too.
We hope that you are ready to make some new tasty treats for your family this holiday season. We also hope that this stirred up some memorable holiday pastimes, and wish for you to make some new memories together this year. So, which tasty treat will you begin with?