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15 beautiful, gift-worthy holiday cookie recipes to try this season

December 12, 2023

You’ve got your ornaments on display and your gifts beautifully wrapped, you better have some cookies for decorating too. Let’s be honest, we can’t expect *all* our holiday baking adventures to turn out as gorgeous as these Christmas village cookies from Flour’d by Bethany and Lolano Cookie Cutters, but that won’t stop us from trying. Start scrolling to feast your eyes upon the prettiest holiday cookie recipes we’ve ever seen, guaranteed to delight your holiday party guests or cookie tin recipients! Pro Tip: Do a trial run before you get to baking those big batches to pass out on Christmas day! Recipes rarely turn out perfectly the first time, but all they need is a little practice (and a steady hand).

Christmas village cookies from Flour'd by Bethany and Lolano Cookie Cutters

The Prettiest Holiday Cookie Recipes

From cocoa meringues to minimalist gingerbread men to fancy cookie boxes.

gluten free christmas cookie box

This Christmas cookie box is filled with gluten free holiday cookies like paleo chocolate rum truffles, maple cacao meringues, and almond flour chocolate boots with crushed peppermint. Your GF friends will thank you!

Chocolate dipped shortbread cookie sandwiches with raspberry jam

These chocolate dipped shortbread cookie sandwiches with raspberry jam offer endless options for decorating, whether with a dusting of “snow”, drizzle of chocolate, or sprinkle of chopped nuts.


Adore the gingerbread cookies with ombre buttercream we spotted on The Food Collective.

peppermint mocha macarons holiday cookie recipes

If you’ve been wanting to try making your own French macarons, opt for these peppermint mocha macarons for the holidays.


These old fashioned gingerbread cookies from The Kitchen McCabe are dairy free, refined sugar free, & gluten free. And so so cute!

Love the simplicity and elegance of these vanilla wreath cookies by Half Baked Harvest.

Love the simplicity and elegance of these vanilla wreath cookies by Half Baked Harvest.


Lots of options for decorating these sweet sprinkled trees and stars from akrDesignStudio.

how to make cocoa meringue cookies

For an easy, yet creative cookie recipe, try these cocoa meringue acorns. Meringues are naturally fat free and gluten free, so they are sure to be a crowd pleaser.


Keep it classic with vegan orange gingerbread cookies from Camille Styles.


These darling mittens come in the form of citrus sugar cookies by The Food Collective.


Soft sugar cookies by The Kitchen McCabe with the cutest woodland creatures.

christmas cookies

Love these whimsical winter scenes by Sarah Hart. Be sure to read her quick tips in the caption!


Glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” by My Name is Yeh. In pretty pink!


Wouldn’t mind receiving this cookie gift box Meeta of Meeta K Wolff Photography created over at What’s For Lunch, Honey. Recipes for each flavor are in her post!


Ending on one last tasty note with pecan dipped shortbread cookies by A Burst of Beautiful.

Do you bake holiday cookies each year? We can never pin too many recipes!