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16 essential holiday cookie recipes

Candy canes and chocolate Santas are sweet, but we all know cookies rule the holidays. These ones are so good, you won’t want to swap.

By Chatelaine

16 essential holiday cookie recipes

Essential holiday cookie recipes

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

Freeze-and-slice icebox cookies are your secret weapon when holiday chaos hits. Get the recipe: Chocolate Icebox Cookies

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Hot Chocolate Whoopee Pies

These whoopee pie sandwiches are a bit of work, but totally worth it. Get the recipe: Hot Chocolate Whoopee Pies

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chai Gingerbread Cookies

This twist on classic gingerbread cookies calls for tea right in the dough. Get the recipe: Chai Gingerbread Cookies

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cinnamon-Sugar Shortbread Balls

Shortbread balls couldn’t be easier—no chilling, rolling pin or finicky cutting needed! Get the recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Shortbread Balls

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chocolate Crinkles

Looking for a cookie that tastes fudgey like a brownie and is also free of eggs, nuts and dairy? Enter chocolate crinkles. Double the recipe, these will disappear. Get the recipe: Chocolate Crinkles

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Nutella Kiss Icebox Cookies

Kids can help roll dough balls, mark them with their thumbprints and lick up any leftover Nutella. Get the recipe: Nutella Kiss Icebox Cookies

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll want to bookmark this all-season classic. Get the recipe: Brown Sugar Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Italian Shortbread

A sweet-savoury and subtly spicy treat, this shortbread is the antidote for wrapping rage. Get the recipe: Italian Shortbread

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Peppermint Candy Meringues

These ridiculously easy meringues are light as air. Get the recipe: Peppermint Candy Meringues

16 essential holiday cookie recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chocolate-Mint Thin Cookies

You won’t have to be bummed when your Girl Guide cookies run out thanks to these peppermint babes. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Chocolate-Mint Thin Cookies

sheet of thin chocolate-covered cookies with silver sprinklesPhoto: Erik Putz

Christmas icebox cookies

This make-ahead dough will be your holiday savour. Prepare the dough now and then freeze it until that holiday bake sale or unexpected guest pops up. Get the recipe: Christmas icebox cookies

 

star-shaped plate filled with holiday cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Big Batch Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

Unexpected party, bake sale, cookie cravings: All of these are no big deal thanks to that freezer stash of dough you’re about to whip up. Get the recipe: Big Batch Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

 

Cooling tray with oatmeal chocolate chip and raisin cookiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Melting Snowman Cookie

Enlist the help of your little pastry chefs to make these adorable sugar cookies. Get the recipe: Melting Snowman Cookie

 

Sugar cookie with marshmallow on top made to look like a melting snowmanPhoto: Tony Lanz

Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

Forgo a traditional cake in favour of this festive cookie cake! Get the recipe: Holiday Chip Cookie Cake

 

Large chocolate chip cookies stacked on a pedestal with vanilla icing in-between and green and red candy chips on topPhoto: Tony Lanz

Candy Cane Cookies

Crushed peppermint gives these festive cookies the perfect crunch. Get the recipe: Candy Cane Cookies

 

homemade candy cane cookies

Fortune Cookies

Hand-forming these fortune cookies while they're warm is a bit tricky. Bake them in small batches and work quickly, returning the cookies to the oven if necessary to soften them if they harden before you've formed them. Get the recipe: Fortune Cookies

 

plate of fortune cookies with colourful sprinklesPhoto: Teri Lyn Fisher

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