25 Christmas Cookie Recipes. Its Time To Start To Plan Christmas Baking

What’s great about the holidays is all of the homemade food and desserts! Cookies are a popular dessert to serve around the holidays, especially if you’re doing a cookie swap with family, friends or co-workers! When it’s time for all of those holiday cookie exchange parties this year, you will be ready to go with the 25 Best Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes! What cookie recipe will you tackle this holiday? Let us know in the comments below!

Thumbprint Snowman Cookies: Munchkin Munchies


Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies: Baking Beauty


Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies: Averie Cooks


Holiday Confetti Cake Batter Cookies: Sally’s Baking Addiction


Chocolate Crinkles: Simply Recipes


Melting Snowman Oreo Balls: The Girl That Ate Everything


Grinch Cookies: In Katrina’s Kitchen


Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups: The Gunny Sack


Turtle Thumbprint Cookies: Tastes Better From Scratch


3 Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies: Chew Out Loud


German Chocolate Cake Cookies: The Gracious Wife


Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles: Recipe Runner


Melted Snowman Cookies: Home Is Where the Boat Is


Soft & Chewy Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies: Roxana’s Home Baking


Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies: Baker Girl


Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies: The Recipe Rebel


Russian Tea Cake Cookies: Crazy For Crust

Salted Peanut Butter Blossons

Salted Peanut Butter Blossoms: Your Homebased Mom


Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies: Something Swanky


Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream Marshmallow Cookies: Creme dela Crumb


Buckeye Brownie Cookies: Tastes of Lizzy T’s


Strawberry Cookies With White Chocolate Chunks: OMG Chocolate Desserts


Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies: Sally’s Baking Addiction


Kit Kat Cookies: Crazy For Crust


Italian Ricotta Cookies: Love Bakes Good Cakes

45 Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

1. Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

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Everything tastes better on a stick. Make yours like this.

2. Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Sometimes it’s too dang hot to cozy up with a pumpkin spice latte. Recipe here.

3. Chunky Monkey Muffins

Chunky Monkey Muffins

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Your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor plus your favorite breakfast dessert equals the perfect sweet. Recipe here.

4. 11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Photo by Julia Wilson / Via spoonuniversity.com

S’morgasm guaranteed. Recipe here.

5. Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Photo by Taylor Widom / Via spoonuniversity.com

Because who needs a fork? Make yours like this.

6. Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

Photo by Isabel Tiange Wang / Via spoonuniversity.com

Make yours like this.

7. Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

Photo by Jamie Medina / Via spoonuniversity.com

Just like you, these sweet childhood treats are all grown up. Recipe here.

8. Peach Lemon Butter Cake

Peach Lemon Butter Cake

Photo by Max Bartick / Via spoonuniversity.com

They call this “Paradise Cake” in Italia. Make yours like this.

9. Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Photo by Heather Feibleman / Via spoonuniversity.com

2 ingredients + 1 microwave = pure bliss. Make yours like this.

10. Warm Apple Pie Dip With Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

45 Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pumpkin Pie
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Now watch me dip, now watch me nae nae. Recipe here.

11. Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Pie

Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Pie

Photo by Phoebe Melnick / Via bu.spoonuniversity.com

Guaranteed to rock your world one bite at a time. Recipe here.

12. Ultimate Skillet Cookie

Ultimate Skillet Cookie

Photo by Gaby Scelzo / Via spoonuniversity.com

One word: epic. Recipe here.

13. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

Photo by Naib Mian / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

Bread pudding: A mishmash of leftover starch, sugar, and cream, which unite to create a canvas of infinite flavor possibilities. Recipe here.

14. Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Photo by Dylan Barth / Via spoonuniversity.com

Because the pumpkin craze is never-ending. Recipe here.

15. Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

Photo by Jacob Kerbel / Via spoonuniversity.com

More proof that Nutella really does complement anything. Make yours like this.

16. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

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Two words: three ingredients. Recipe here.

17. Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Photo by Hunter Siegrist / Via fandm.spoonuniversity.com

A side of pumpkin you’ve never seen before. Recipe here.

18. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu / Via spoonuniversity.com

It tastes like a frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup and is even shaped like one. Make yours like this.

19. Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

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Pumpkin spice is overrated. Make yours like this.

20. Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

Photo by Madeline Leadem / Via spoonuniversity.com

Recipe here.

21. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Photo by Bailey Culpepper / Via ut.spoonuniversity.com

Why eat pie when you can eat cheesecake? Make yours like this.

22. Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

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If you’re not too stuffed from all the turkey, toss these in the oven. Recipe here.

23. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Photo by Caitlin McCreight / Via spoonuniversity.com

A grab and go version of the all-too-delicious pumpkin bread. Recipe here.

24. Salted Toffee Brittle

Salted Toffee Brittle

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For when you can’t decide between salty and sweet. Recipe here.

25. Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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You won’t miss the gluten. Make yours like this.

26. 5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

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Pecan pie in muffin form. Recipe here.

27. Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

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Recipe here.

28. Banana Bread Pudding

Banana Bread Pudding

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Recipe here.

29. Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Photo by Mark Zhang / Via princeton.spoonuniversity.com

So sweet, so simple. Make yours like this.

30. Perfect Pecan Pie

Perfect Pecan Pie

Photo by Jessica Payne / Via spoonuniversity.com

Perfection doesn’t even begin to describe it. Make yours like this.

31. Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Photo by Jeanne Kessira / Via cornell.spoonuniversity.com

Best when paired with tea. Recipe here.

32. Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Bonus: It looks fancy so even Aunt Judy will be impressed. Recipe here.

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33. Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

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Even better than when Grandma made it. Recipe here.

34. Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

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As if Thanksgiving couldn’t get any sweeter. Make yours like this.

35. Apple Pie Cups

Apple Pie Cups

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Because the whole family deserves to be able to have their own pie (cup) and eat it, too. Recipe here.

36. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Photo by Jocelyn Hsu / Via cal.spoonuniversity.com

When life gives you lemons, bake this lemon meringue pie. Recipe here.

37. Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

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It’s like eating a pillowy chocolate cloud. Make yours like this.

38. Lemon and Cranberry Scones

Lemon and Cranberry Scones

Photo by Alia Wilhelm / Via nu.spoonuniversity.com

The perfect solution for a college student who only has a cookie sheet. Recipe here.

39. Rugelach Cookies

Rugelach Cookies

Photo by Amanda Shulman / Via upenn.spoonuniversity.com

The edible version of your grandparents’. Recipe here.

40. White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

Photo by Sarah Stettin / Via michigan.spoonuniversity.com

Bring a little extra autumn flair to your apartment or party with this recipe.

41. Easy Cherry Berry Pie

Easy Cherry Berry Pie

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A classic dessert only fit for after a classic meal. Make yours like this.

42. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Photo by Alison Mally / Via ucla.spoonuniversity.com

A dessert with history. Make yours like this.

43. Apple Pie Roses

Apple Pie Roses

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The apple of your stomach. Recipe here.

44. Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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The best part is it’s vegan. Recipe here.

45. Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Add a half cup of craisins for a little taste of fall. Recipe here.

Pumpkin Chip Muffins Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 328 calories, 19 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  2. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 2 dozen muffins.

Contest-Winning Fresh Blueberry Pie Recipe


Contest-Winning Fresh Blueberry Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

I’ve been making this dessert for 30 years. It represents our state well because Michigan is the leader in blueberry production.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 269 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until smooth. Add 3 cups blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  2. Remove from the heat. Add butter, lemon juice and remaining berries; stir until butter is melted. Cool. Pour into pastry shell. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fresh Blueberry Pie in Country June/July 1999, p49

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bar

Chocolate Strawberry Bar

Chocolate Strawberry Bar

Chocolate covered strawberry bar.
Strawberries are in season. This makes me very happy that I get to create fun recipes with them.
I saw this idea on Pinterest (duh!), but the link to the website that it was said that she just bought this strawberry chocolate bar in a bakery and I had no idea how it was done.

I thought I’d try to find out, and it has gone so wrong.
Also, it only took 20 minutes start to finish (more time to harden).
You can use the one you like chocolate, it’s as simple as looking at the pictures and follow.
Remember to switch off the top of the strawberries and place on a tip side ice cube tray. If you choose the small Put them whole.
Melt some chocolate and pour over strawberries.
Suggest leaving the chocolate hardens at room temperature. Freezing is a bad idea and do not think the cooling is much better. You want the strawberries to stay fresh and not get mushy.
Flip the tray and cut into pieces. Easy!
Note: For the chocolates look round as shown in the final image, use small strawberry, chocolate also flat round molds. I used one inherited from my aunt Magda.  I’ll try with cherries, maybe encourage me to do some liquor fillings. Yummy!


Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Squares

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats