There are few things in the world more evocative of holiday memories than the scent of cookies baking in the oven — for me, the aromas of mexican wedding cookies (or, “sand tarts,” as my grandmother called them) and sugar cookies cut in reindeer or ornament shapes is like Christmas bottled up in a scent. The big question? Whether to stick with the old favorites, or give some new more adventurous flavors a whirl. The answer, of course, is to do both, and this roundup of our 27 favorite Christmas cookie recipes is sure to include just the one you’re craving. I’d love to hear in the comments: what cookie recipe always makes it feel like the holidays at your house?
Minty Meringues, by Shauna Sever for Camille Styles.
Tea Cake Sandwich Cookies, Bon Appetit.
Peanut Butter & Pretzel Bars, Top With Cinnamon.
Simple Sugar Cookies, Martha Stewart.
Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti, My Baking Addiction.
Salted Caramel Turtle Thumbprint Cookies, Cooking Classy.
Honey Spice Gingerbread Cookies, Martha Stewart.
Pistachio Truffles, by Jeanine Donofrio for Camille Styles.
Speculoos Buttons, Bon Appétit
Chocolate-Dipped Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies, Joy the Baker.
Cranberry Bliss Cookies, Gimme Some Oven.
Almond Brittle, Adventures in Cooking.
Linzer Cookies, A Fox in the Kitchen.
Chocolate Swirl Meringue Cookies, Bakers Royale.
Molasses Gingerbread Cookies, Martha Stewart.
Olive Oil & Sea Salt Brownie Cookies, Butterlust.
Snowballs, In the Little Red House.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies, Pineapple & Coconut.
Lemony Slice and Bakes, Bon Appétit.
Gingerbread Donut Cookies, Studio DIY.
Peanut Butter Snowmen, Sweetopia.
Swiss Walnut Christmas Cookies, Eat, Little Bird.
Coconut Meltaway Cookies, The Novice Chef.
Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies, Lively Mess.
White Christmas Sugar Cookies, Julie Blanner.
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies, Two Peas & Their Pod.
Eggnog Snickerdoodles, Lil’ Luna.