45 (More) Festive Holigay Cookies to Eat With That Bowl Full of Jelly

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we shook things up with some homemade condiments.

food3Remember last year, when Rachel dug up 45 amazing festive holigay cookie recipes for you? As Rachel’s #1 fan, I felt obliged this year to further her legacy and bring you 45 more.

1. Spitzbuben


2. Vegan Sugar Cookies

1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies

3. Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

4. Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

5. Pfeffernusse


6. Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies

7. Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

8. Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

9. Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints

Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints

10. Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

11. 3D Present Cookies

3D Present Cookies

12. Santa Hat OREO Cookie Balls

Santa Hat OREO Cookie Balls

13. Peppermint Snowcap Meringues

Peppermint Snowcap Meringues

14. Italian Anisette Cookies

Italian Anisette Cookies

15. Danish Butter Cookies

Danish Butter Cookies

16. Eggnog Macarons

Eggnog Macarons

17. Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies

18. Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa Cookies with Marshmallows

19. Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles

Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles

20. Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies

21. Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

22. Candy Bar Pretzel Bites

Candy Bar Pretzel Bites

23. Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Candy Sugar Cookies

24. Snowflake Shortbread

Snowflake Shortbread

25. Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies

26. Grinch Cookies

Grinch Cookies

27. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

28. Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

Roly-Poly Santa Cookies

29. Hanukkah Cookies With Gelt Chocolate Chips

Hanukkah Cookies With Gelt Chocolate Chips

30. Soft-Baked Christmas Funfetti Cookies

Soft-Baked Christmas Funfetti Cookies

31. Reindeer Poop Cookies

Reindeer Poop Cookies

32. Vegan Struffoli

Vegan Struffoli

33. Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

34. Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

35. Italian Macaroons

Italian Macaroons

36. Peanut Butter Gelt Cookies

Peanut Butter Gelt Cookies

37. Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

38. White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies

39. Italian Chocolate Cookies (AKA Dudus or Tetus)

Italian Chocolate Cookies (AKA Dudus or Tetus)

40. Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies

41. German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

42. Hungarian Christmas Cookies (Kiffles / Kolaches)


43. Eggnog Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Snickerdoodles

44. Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies

45. Hanukkah Cat Cookies

Hanukkah Cat Cookies

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  1. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I don’t really think Chanukah cookies are a thing? They’re kind of just another way that us Jews try to fit into the Christian hegemony that’s especially visible in our culture this time of year. These do look delicious though! One kind of more traditional Chaunakah sweets are sufganiyot, jelly filled dooughnuts.

    • in my family i know we’ve always made sugar cookies with hanukkah-themed cookie cutters — like dreidels and jewish stars, and then sprinkled them with blue sugar. i know it’s not a traditional thing, but i think families have their own traditions and it’s not like christmas cookies were in the bible, really? i think these are just recipes for fun, why not “theme” them with this or that holiday

      • That’s totally real, I don’t want to devalue anyone’s experiences and traditions from how they grew up or currently practice! I just get pretty grumpy about the way sometime Hanukah is the only Jewish thing that’s mentioned in our culture, and then its kind of just lumped in as Jewish Christmas. I would love to see passover recipes, or even better some folks feelings about Jewish queer identity!

  2. So happy to see pizzelles here! My family makes tons of pizzelles in December. My mother gives bags of them to neighbors, friends, etc, and they are always a hit. You can do a lot of things with pizzelles in addition to vanilla and chocolate. My grandma’s recipe calls for anise extract and anise seeds, and someone once told me they use almond extract, which sounds pretty yummy to me.

    This is an excellent list. I need to try the hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows. The hot chocolate cookie cups look so cute!

    • pizelles! I love them too! my family is not Italian but the neighborhood I grew up in has many older Italian ladies that would keep us stocked, they always felt really special and fancy.

  3. Eggnog snickerdoodles?!?! I’ll take 20. But really, that cat wearing a yarmulke is amazing.

  4. That feeling when your California Person of Interest has gotten into baking and you’re in New York, and also all your neighbors are baking up a storm so your hallway smells like Vanilla Gingerbread Chocolate Wonderland.

    Yes, I know, I should be the change I want to see in the world.

  5. Now I want so many cookies! #38 in particular are calling out to me, I have a real weakness for gingerbread around this time of year and gingerbread doesn’t seem to be a thing where I live.

    • plus, those cookies are so classy! like, those are such fancy and important looking cookies, don’t you think.

  6. I’m going to make those meringues for my co-workers only I am going to buy meringues at a bakery and just do the chocolate/candy cane part because I don’t have that much time/will to do the ensuing dishes.

    I want those mini hot chocolate cookies but alas, time/dishes. I need to make craftier/baker friends.

  7. #5, Pfeffernussen, or pepernoten, as I know them, are already out of season!

    Yes they’re delicious, but they’re to eat before and during Sinterklaas (or as I like to call it, racist Dutch Christmas. Google it. You’ll see why).

    Half the fun of them is when you were in high school and played Zwarte Piet (yeah, there’s the racism) and got to toss them into other classrooms. Preferably hard enough to bruise the kids you didn’t like.

    • wait, is this for real, because they’re all i eat during the period between thanksgiving and new year’s day!

      • This is totally, 100% for real.

        At least, here they’re basically one of the staple candies of November/early December (Sinterklaas is the 5th).

        Mind you, I think they’re a lot smaller than the ones in the recipe? They’re like, maybe an inch max in diameter.

  8. I never considered making pfefferneuse before for some reason! My dad likes them. So, boom, hanukkah present, thanks for the recipe! They’re in the oven right this very moment!

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