More than one of my fondest childhood holiday memories involves eagerly waiting for delicious treats to come out of the oven and taking turns mixing the dough. Baking is such a feel-good activity, and homemade sweets make great gifts.
These cookie recipes are fancier than your average chocolate chip cookie’s, but not that much more laborious to whip up. Grab some nice packaging and you’re all set for a thoughtful and delicious holiday present for literally anyone. Just make sure you check to see if your lucky recipient has any allergies first.
Visually, these Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction are stunners. A fun, creative update on the classic shortbread cookie, you can tell just by the photos that the crumb is really moist, which pretty much guarantees a warm buttery flavor.
Nothing says festive like these Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Cooking Classy. They’re the kind of cookies you’d leave out for Santa but inevitably end up stealing hours (or minutes) later.
To impress the most intense foodie in your life, The Salted Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mel’s Kitchen Café presents a complex combination of flavors that’ll make him or her follow up with you begging for the recipe.
Another holiday classic with a twist, these Soft Gingersnap Cookies with White Chocolate Chips from Two Peas and their Pod is nicely balanced with a little bit of sweet chocolate to match ginger’s spice kick. A good amount of cinnamon and nutmeg mellows the recipe out.
We’ve seen oatmeal cookies and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but what about Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies? The genius addition of brown butter by How Sweet it is gives the dough an intense caramelized flavor that takes it to another realm.
You can never go wrong with a classic pair like these Honey-Peanut Butter Cookies from My Baking Addiction. Comforting and delicious (I can vouch having made these before!), they’re exactly what one needs to cleanse his or her dessert palate.
Cute packaging is what makes or breaks a baked good gift. This cute set of cupcake boxes works equally nicely for cookies. Tie them closed or attach printed tags with baker’s twine. These professional looking bags are another great option for gifting your treats.
What are some of your favorite holiday cookie recipes?