Whether you think you’re the master of Christmas cookies, or the oven’s worst enemy, either way there’s a cookie somewhere on this list that you can make! From drunken gingerbread men to snowflake cookies made out of puff pastry (heck yes!), there’s simply no excuse to show up at your cookie exchange empty-handed (or worse, with store-bought cookies). ? ?
You only need two ingredients to pull off these pretty wintery cookies: puff pastry and powdered sugar! And, since they’re not your typical cookies, they’re light and airy just like real snowflakes.
GET THE RECIPE: Grant’s 2-Ingredient Snowflake Cookies
If you don’t think of yourself as a great baker, this recipe is perfect for you! It’s foolproof since all you have to do is smear peanut butter on crackers and dunk them in chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with these!
GET THE RECIPE: No-Bake Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Make your cookies festive with a pop of color -- red VELVETY color, that is! Plus, these cookies aren’t your average cookie, they’re made with red velvet cake mix making them perfectly chewy and moist.
GET THE RECIPE: Grant's Red Velvet Cookies
Since it’s not quite the time of year to buy cookies from troops full of kids in adorable uniforms (ahem), you’ll have to make due on your own. Try making these minty cookies instead -- you only need three ingredients!
GET THE RECIPE: Fake-Out Minty Thin Cookies
Here’s another easy fool-proof recipe for the self-proclaimed baking challenged. Just take store-bought butter cookies, smash ‘em up and mix them in a bowl with melted white chocolate, butter, cream cheese and almonds. Roll em up and cover with coconut flakes -- done!
GET THE RECIPE: Grant’s No-Bake Snowball Cookies
No cookie swap is complete without a classic, chewy sugar cookie. These have a hint of cinnamon, are covered in sweet buttercream and decorated to your heart’s desire.
GET THE RECIPE: Abby Major’s Basic Chewy Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
A grand list of cookie recommendations wouldn’t be complete without one from the Cookie Monster himself, now would it?! And, they’re sort of healthy-ish since they’re made with whole wheat flour, oat bran and all that good stuff, right?
GET THE RECIPE: Cookie Monster’s Favorite Molasses Crackle Cookies
If nothing else strikes your fancy, you can never, ever go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie! This one happens to be a staff favorite here at the office. The extra sprinkle of sea salt really drives this cookie over the top!
GET THE RECIPE: Grant’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mint tea sugar is the key ingredient in these festive cookies. The dough is freezable so you could easily make these ahead of time. Just defrost, roll and bake!
GET THE RECIPE: Carla Hall's Chocolate-Mint Crinkle Cookies
You can have a lot of fun designing these cookies -- turn them into drunken gingerbread men, make them dance or make them look like Rudolph. Get creative!
GET THE RECIPE: Grant’s Gingerbread Man Cookies
Always a viewer favorite, these cookies are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. In addition to classic chocolate chips, Hailee Steinfeld adds in chocolate-coated caramel candies!
GET THE RECIPE: Hailee's Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Caramel Cookies