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The holidays are the perfect opportunity to kick back, relax and give your sweet tooth a little more action than normal. To help you along, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite cookie recipes so you can get your holiday bake on! And while they’re guaranteed to please a crowd, we’ll totally understand if you decide to keep them all for yourself.

Holiday linzer cookies

Linzer cookies are a Christmas classic and unbelievably easy to make. Lean into the holiday theme by dusting the tops with some powdered sugar; it’ll look just like snow! Get the recipe here.

Butter tart chocolate chip cookie

Take your regular chocolate chip cookie to the next level with sticky-sweet butter tart filling. Add a pecan on top, and you’ve got, in our estimation, a perfect cookie. Get the recipe here.

Italian almond cookies

These naturally gluten-free cookies are incredibly easy to make, but fair warning: They’re also incredibly easy to eat. The key is to refrigerate them before baking to preserve the piped detailing. Get the recipe here.

Pistachio pinwheels

This is one of those ace-up-your-sleeve, slice-and-bake cookie recipes every baker needs, courtesy of former Bon Appetit-er Claire Saffitz. These pinwheels are super tasty, need no decoration, and require no major assembly. In other words, they achieve the highest calling for any recipe: They look and taste as if they are harder to make than they are. Get the recipe here.

Festive slice and bake chocolate cookies

We love the ease of a slice-and-bake cookie any time of year but especially during the hectic holidays. The cranberries, pistachios and orange zest give these dark chocolate cookies a delightfully festive finish. So if the stresses of the season start to wear on you, take a moment to enjoy one (or two) to get you back in the holiday spirit! Get the recipe here.

Walnut baklava cookies

Finished with a drizzle of honey and chopped walnuts, these inspired cookies are sweet and sticky with a nutty crunch, just like their namesake. If you love baklava, you’ll want these on your dessert table this holiday. Get the recipe here.

Shaka shaka cookies

These cookies are so much fun to look at and even more fun to make! Use your favourite hard candies to create that stained glass window effect. These picture-perfect cookies are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages and make a great holiday gift, too! Get the recipe here.

Matcha tea cookies

Whether you spent the day at work or on back-to-back Zoom calls with the fam, these matcha and white chocolate treats are a great way to unwind after a long day. Get the recipe here.

Gingerbread crinkle cookies

The holidays just aren’t the same without gingerbread. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this quick and easy cookie recipe is one you’ll want to hold on to! Get the recipe here.

Dulce de leche cookies

Dulce de leche might just be the easiest thing you’ll make this holiday: Grab a can of condensed milk and set it in a pot of water to simmer for about four hours. That’s it. Pop that top and you’ve got yourself a can of delicious creamy, caramel goodness, ready to go. Our favourite way to enjoy it? Sandwiched between two rich shortbread cookies and coated in coconut. Get the recipe here.

Lemon and orange ricotta cookies

Made with citrus and ricotta, these light, luscious cookies are a refreshing end to a rich, hearty holiday meal. Get the recipe here.

Classic oatmeal cookies

Classics are classics for a reason, and Mary Berg’s oatmeal cookies are one of the greats, even straight up. But, in our humble opinion, they’re best when you toss some raisins and cinnamon into the mix. Anti-raisin? Go the chocolate chunk route. You really can’t go wrong either way. Get the recipe here.

Vegan gingerbread cookies

These gingerbread cookies are completely vegan and taste just like the ones you grew up with. A nice light snack between your heavier meals, pair these cookies with our vegan eggnog for an extra festive treat! Get the recipe here.

Trashy cookies

A mix of just about anything you like—chocolate, chips, pretzels, whatever you’ve got hiding in the back of your pantry—these cookies are perfect for letting the kids experiment with sweet and salty flavours. They’re also a great way to use up those broken shards at the bottom of the chip bag! Get the recipe here.

Vanilla bean sugar cut-out cookies

It’s easy to get the kids involved in the baking with these simple sugar cookies by Anna Olson. Dust off those festive cookie cutters and bust out the sprinkles! Not only are these cookies sure to dress up any holiday spread, but they also make great gifts. Get the recipe here.

Peaches and cream cookies

These were just too pretty not to include on our list! Bursting with lemony pasty cream and glistening with sugar, they make a beautiful addition to any dessert spread. Get the recipe here.

Murano bead cookies

Take a trip to Italy over the holidays (figuratively, of course) with these beautiful and delicious almond cookies. The tiny spheres of colourful dough are reminiscent of the glass Murano beads found all over Venice. Get the recipe here.

Almond cookies

With their mild almond flavour and just the right amount of sweetness, these delicate biscuits pair well with just about anything, from coffee to eggnog! Get the recipe here.

White chocolate gingersnap cookies

Ready in just 15 minutes, these gingersnap cookies are, well, a snap to make. Featuring a rich blend of warm spices—ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves—this cookie is full of festive flavour! Get the recipe here.

Double chocolate cherry cookies

Looking for a gluten-free holiday cookie? This one swaps almond flour for all-purpose flour, one for one, which lends a welcome nuttiness. Depending on the coarseness of the grind, you may find you need to add a little more or a little less almond flour. Get the recipe here.

Nonno’s biscotti

This homemade recipe from blogger Stefania Thomson adds the right amount of crunch to your holiday dessert spread. Enjoy by dipping into a nice, hot cup of cocoa to warm up on a cold day. Get the recipe here.

Stuffed brownie cookies

Cookies plus brownies. Need we say more? Get the recipe here.

Chai spice sugar cookies

Nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s day. This chai-inspired cookie is the perfect accompaniment: a sugar-cookie base infused with clove, ginger and cinnamon (a.k.a. sugar and spice and everything nice). Get the recipe here.

Cardamom espresso cookies

Yet another recipe inspired by a hot drink, these spiced cookies are sure to warm you up from the inside out. Get the recipe here.

Ginger cookies

With just three ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this simple recipe, especially when the holidays get busy. Prepare them for loved ones at home or send off as a gift. Get the recipe here.

Apple crumble cookie sandwiches

These are essentially apple pie in cookie form, perfect for all you pie lovers out there. The secret to any cookie sandwich is a soft and chewy base that won’t crumble. How do you achieve that? By not overbaking! Use tart Granny mith apples in your filling to balance out the sweetness, and top with salted caramel drizzle and buttery oat crumble. Yum! Get the recipe here.

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