Make everyone’s holiday treat baskets extra special by making them holiday cookie recipes in a variety of special flavors designed just for them.

Fill all your baking needs with these 35 holiday cookie recipes sure to please everyone and every taste on your gift list.

Tips for Baking Big Batches

Holidays require big batch most of the time. We can do that in such a way as to not make ourselves crazy.

Do double or triple recipes whenever possible. Split those big batches up among several folks or care packages.

Make smaller cookies. Get double the cookies with the same amount of dough. And give folks a wider range of cookies in small bites for baskets, buffets, and packages.

Figure out the best work flow for yourself and your kitchen. Mix up dry ingredients the night before baking. Make the next dough while the last tray of cookies are in the oven, etc.

Cut Out Cookies

The holiday season just screams for cookies cut out into shapes and decorated for eating and gift giving. The making of these cookies is often a fun family tradition that makes the season complete.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

An easy and delicious chocolate sugar cookie recipe perfect for gift giving and having with tea as an afternoon snack. These are perfect plain but also serve as a great canvas for decorating with frosting, sprinkles, and more.

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Gluten-Free Cut-Out Cookies

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Gluten free friends and family can have some cut out cookies too with this quick and easy recipe.

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Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies

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Peanut butter lovers can have the best of both worlds with this recipe that is sure to surprise and delight on your holiday cookie tray.

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

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Make those cut-out cookies extra rich and creamy with the addition of cream cheese.

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Perfect No Chill Sugar Cookies

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Make cut out cookies in a hurry with this recipe that doesn't require any chill time before rolling and cutting.

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Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate is always in season, after all. Make all your chocolohics happy with these tasty variations.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Give the hot chocolate fan their favorite drink cookie form, it even comes topped with marshmallows.

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Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Use gluten-free whole grains for a chocolate cookie sure to please the folks with sensitivities on your list.

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The Best Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Because it's the holidays and it might as well be indulgent and triple the chocolate.

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Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

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Crunchy, sweet, and full of chocolate coffee goodness Biscotti makes a great care package filler as well as midday snack.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

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Chocolate and cheesecake flavors combine into soft portable form in these treats.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Protein packed and adored by kids and adults alike, peanut butter cookies are favored by many.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies have 3 ingredients. Three. You can pull together a small batch in no-time or make a big batch for cookie exchanges, pot lucks, and care package fillers.

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Is there ever a bad time for peanut butter and chocolate? These cookies have candies tucked right into the dough.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

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The classic simple flavors that everyone loves in a quick to make crunchy package.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

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Always a classic combination these cookies give you a great way to share homemade jam beyond just giving a jar.

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Classic, All Butter Peanut Butter Blossoms

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These are always a holiday favorite for exchanges and buffets.

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Spice Cookies

December is a month of strong spices both for flavor and warmth. These cookies provide both in tasty and giveable packages.

The Best Soft Pumpkin Cookie Recipe Around

These soft pumpkin cookies are lightly spiced and moist making them great keepers and perfect for any fall buffet.

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Chai Spice & Cream Cookies

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Give the chai fanatic their favorite flavors in a soft, tangy cookie

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Easy Ginger Cookies

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These pretty and delightful cookies are spiced with fresh ginger for a surprising change.

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Big and Chewy Snickerdoodle Recipe

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An old-fashioned cookie that tickles everyone who comes across them.

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Pfeffernusse (Spice Cookies)

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Thick cookies loaded with spice for the person who can never have enough.

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Oatmeal Cookies

Hearty and filling, oatmeal cookies ship well and pack into lunch boxes easily too.

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Because sometimes cookies can be for breakfast too. These would be great for easy holiday brunches too.

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Chocolate Covered Hobnob Oat Cookies

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Make the oat cookies wafer thin and covered in chocolate with this unique twist on the classic.

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Sunflower White Chocolate Cowboy Cookies

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Gluten free and filled with sunflower seed butter instead of nut butter these can be used for folks with food sensitivities.

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Healthy Carrot Cookie Recipe 

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These oatmeal cookies are made healthier with the addition of grated carrots for lovely flavor and color.

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No-Bake Nutella Oatmeal Cookies

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Sometimes you need cookies in a hurry for yourself, for guests, for a meeting, and that's where these super easy no bake bites come in.

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Coffee Cookies

For the coffee lover, these cookies are the ideal combination of sweet and bitter.

Caramel Mocha Sandwich Cookies

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These dark crunchy cookies are sandwiched around a creamy caramel filling for an indulgent treat.

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Espresso Coffee Bean Cookies

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Fill cookies with chocolate covered espresso beans for a crunchy creamy cookie any fancy coffee drinker will love.

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Coffee Crinkle Cookies

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These are simple but elegant cookie perfect for simple and formal gatherings.

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Espresso Walnut Shortbread Cookies with Dark Chocolate Ganache

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Rich and buttery as well as dark and bitter these would be perfect alongside coffee for dessert any time of year.

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Chocolate Coffee Cookies

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The chocolate coffee cookies are even shaped like a coffee bean for the true coffee fanatic in your life.

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Citrus Cookies

Use fresh and in-season citrus fruits for bright and flavorful holiday cookies.

Lemon Shortbread Cookie 

Lightly sweet and buttery with a smooth bright frosting these are sure to please the lemon lover on your list.

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Frosted Orange Cookies

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A simple and soft old-fashioned cookie for orange flavor and sweet frosting.

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Pink Grapefruit Meltaways

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Soft and tart these only use a bit of grapefruit juice and zest so just save a bit from breakfast and make the cookies for an afternoon snack.

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Coconut-Lime Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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Get all the flavors of the tropics even if you're stuck in a blizzard with these cookies.

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Lemon-Lime Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

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Lemon lime is always a lovely flavor combination and getting them in a thumbprint cookie feels especially festive.

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Kathie is a writer, gardener, and teacher living with her soulmate, Jeff, in northwestern Montana. As a fiercely D.I.Y. individual, she is dedicated to living a life made of her own hands as much as possible.

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