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The Top 7 Holiday Cookie Recipes

Looking for The Top 7 Holiday Cookie Recipes Of 2021? You found them — find everything from drop sugar cookies to rugelach here!
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Hi Bold Bakers!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎼🎼🎼 “, and by that, I mean the Holiday season!!! This is when we start to plan our Holiday menus, build our shopping lists, and make our cookie doughs to have them ready in time for gifting. Being such a busy time I enlisted a few of my very talented baker friends to share with you some of their most popular Holiday cookies… and I’ve created the definitive list of The Top 7 Holiday Cookie Recipes!

Oh, but before we get into it, if you’re looking for the best Classic Christmas Cookies, check out my list here. And if you’re wondering how to freeze your cookie dough so you can have easy access to cookies all season long, check out my guide here!

1. Homemade Gingerbread Men


A grid of gingerbread men cookies!

Who can resist these adorable little guys during the Holidays? My Homemade Gingerbread Men are not only great to eat but can be used as Christmas decorations, edible Christmas gifts,  and you can even use the dough to make my Gingerbread House Log Cabin. Check out my recipe for Homemade Gingerbread Men and you’ll be good to go with these quintessential Holiday Cookies!

 2. Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies


It wouldn’t be the Holiday season if you didn’t have a batch of sugar cookies in the oven. The tiny flecks of vanilla bean make this cookie so beautiful to look at, and these cookies are loaded with flavor because she doubled down on the vanilla with a whole vanilla bean and vanilla extract. These Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies are soft, delicious, and will bring a smile to your face.

For more of Emily Hutchison’s cookies — follow her on Instagram!

3. Chocolate Rolled Cookies (Rugelach)


Chocolate rolled rugelach dusted with powdered sugar.


Dee, from One Sarcastic Baker, is baking up a Holiday favorite this year! These chocolate rolled cookies are the most delicious and tender treat, they are melt-in-the-mouth tender and flaky cookies, smothered with chocolate filling and shaped like the traditional Rugelach.

For more recipes from One Sarcastic Baker follow her on Instagram!

4. Drop Sugar Cookies


Drop sugar cookies on a platter with ornaments.

Samantha from Sugar Spun Run has perfected the Drop Sugar Cookie for you and just in the nick of time! Not only is it a simple recipe but there is absolutely no rolling/cutting out required, no chilling, just flawless, festive, soft & chewy cookies. Add these Drop Sugar Cookies to your to-do list this Christmas.

For more recipes from Sugar Spun Run follow her on Instagram!

5. Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies


A plate of molasses cookies.

These Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies are an absolute favorite here with the Bigger Bolder Baking team. Brian, our Head of Publishing, often makes them as a surprise for friends throughout the year — not even around the holidays! I love them because they’re filled with warm spices, molasses, and a whole lot of chew.

6. Meringue Shell Cookies (Rakushki)


Meringue Shell Cookies on a baking sheet.

Originally from Eastern Europe, Natasha is keeping it traditional this Christmas with her Meringue Shell Cookies. They have a crisp ribbon of meringue and a soft crumbly center. Rakushki is the Russian word for “shells” and they look like little shells with a treasure inside – the walnuts! These meringue cookies are lightly sweet and made perfect with a dusting of powdered sugar which makes them look and taste irresistible. Don’t pass up Meringue Shell Cookies (Rakushki) this December.

For more recipes from Natasha’s Kitchen follow her on Instagram!

7.  Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on a plate, covered in powdered sugar.

Santa better loosen that black belt because we are taking Christmas cookies to another level! And these are no ordinary chocolate cookies, but more brownie-like with a soft, fudgy center, crunchy exterior, and a healthy amount of sweet powdered sugar crinkling on the outside! Bookmark my Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and have a jolly Christmas!

A big thanks to everyone who shared their Top Christmas Cookie recipes with me!

And be sure to check out more than 100+ holiday recipes at my Holiday Baking Headquarters page right here on

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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