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40 fabulous holiday cookie recipes

40 fabulous holiday cookie recipes from food bloggers.

[You can never have too many cookie recipes on hand at this time of year, and I've collected some of my all-time favorites. Please enjoy this post from the archives.]

'Tis the season to make merry, and to make cookies. And to swap cookies, and decorate cookies, and pack cookies in tins and send them to friends and family far away. For me, there are only two types of holiday cookies: ones with chocolate, and ones without. Of the hundreds and hundreds of cookie recipes I've seen on food blogs, here are 40 of my favorites.

Cookies with chocolate

Chocolate spice cookies, from The Perfect Pantry.

Chocolate spice cookies, from The Perfect Pantry (pictured above)
Chocolate ice cream cookies, from The Perfect Pantry
Oreo white chocolate pudding peppermint cookies, from Two Peas & Their Pod
Chocolate crinkle cookies, from Iowa Girl Eats
Chocolate thumbprint cookies, from Brown Eyed Baker
Almond cherry chocolate chip cookies, from Bakerella
Rainbow chocolate chip cookies, from In Katrina's Kitchen
Wicked chocolate orange cookies, from Delicious Everyday

Sweet and salty peanut chocolate chunk cookies, everybody's favorite!

Sweet and salty peanut chocolate chunk cookies, from The Perfect Pantry (pictured above)
Chocolate Nutella caramel filled cookies, from Barbara Bakes
Chocolate chunk cookies, from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Peppermint bark chocolate cookies, from Simply Recipes
White chocolate and peppermint Christmas wreath cookies, from Foodiecrush
Chocolate covered cherry delights, from Taste and Tell
White chocolate dipped ginger snap cookies, from 5 Dollar Dinners
Blueberry, coconut, dark chocolate cookies, from I Am A Food Blog
Green tea and white chocolate cookies, from Just One Cookbook
Salted dark chocolate truffle cookies, from How Sweet It Is

Cookies without chocolate

Basic sugar cookies, with Royal Icing.

Basic sugar cookies for decorating, from The Perfect Pantry (pictured above)
Cinnamon star cookies, from Bake or Break
Tiramisu cookies, from A Spicy Perspective
Holiday snowballs, from The Kitchn
Meringue cookies, from Food in Jars
Jam-filled sandwich cookies, from Natasha's Kitchen
Red velvet snowflake cookies, from Created by Diane
Chewy ginger molasses cookies, from Gimme Some Oven
Chai spiced sugar cookies, from My Baking Addiction

Chinese almond cookies, so light and delicious.

Granola cookies, from The Perfect Pantry
Chinese almond cookies, from Copykat.com (pictured above)
Blackberry linzer cookies, from Honestly Yum
Christmas tree shortbread cookies, from Just a Taste
Candy cane kiss cookies, from Recipe Girl
Stained glass cookies, from Simply Recipes
Mexican wedding cookies, from Elana's Pantry 
Gluten-free pumpkin spice cookies, from Jeanette's Healthy Living
Chinese five-spice cookies, from Leite's Culinaria
Carrot cake pecan cookies with orange cream cheese frosting, from Lauren's Latest
Vanilla sugar cookies with sprinkles, from Julia's Album
Lemon ricotta cookies, from My Baking Addiction
Pomegranate homemade fortune cookies, from What Jew Wanna Eat

What are your favorite holiday cookies, the ones you always bring to cookie swaps?

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My neighborhood cookie swap was last night so I now have 14 different cookies in my house. When they are done I'll work my way through your list!

Janice, what were your favorites from the cookie swap?

Cookies. I guess I should bake some, lol!

Kalyn, I only bake when I'm giving them away that very same day! Can't be trusted with home-baked cookies around the house.

Looking to forward to trying some of these with my grandkids. Hugs to you this holiday season. Candelaria

Candelaria, baking with grandkids is the best! Happy holidays to you.

Susan, they are real favorites of mine, too. Not too sweet.

Lydia, there was a Mexican chocolate cookie that was yummy. And I always love the Italian anise cookies. :)

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