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my favorite Christmas cookie recipes

red velvet cookies on a surface covered with powdered sugar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a.k.a. cookie baking season! If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a craving for Christmas cookies, I’ve rounded up all of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes from the blog over the years that will carry you through all the way to the new year. From cheesecake-stuffed red velvet cookies to Neapolitan thumbprint cookies, this list covers all the cookie types that make this season sweet and special.

hot toddy molasses cookies

molasses cookies piled on a plate

These Hot Toddy Molasses Cookies are the kind of holiday cookie that warms you from the inside out. They’re sweet, full of spice, soft and chewy, and pretty much perfect for this time of year. Serve with a glass of cold milk and enjoy every honey-and-bourbon-kissed cookie bite.

candy cane cocoa bombs

Ever heard of a hot cocoa bomb? It’s basically the best thing to happen to hot chocolate, and this candy cane-inspired version is as fun to make as it is to drink! Based on a recipe from Natalie Wise’s new cookbook, “Hot Cocoa Bombs: Delicious, Fun, and Creative Hot Chocolate Treats,” if you’re looking for a fun and festive activity to do in the kitchen, a homemade gift idea, or just really love hot cocoa, you’ve got to give these cocoa bombs a try.

dulce de leche pumpkin pie

slice of pumpkin pie on a plate

Love traditional recipes for Thanksgiving but also looking to take things up a notch? This Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie is your answer to dessert. Smooth and decadent, with a light caramelized flavor and warm spices, this pumpkin pie is just like your favorite but leveled up just enough to make it extra-wonderful.

cranberry gingersnap tart

overhead shot of cranberry gingersnap tart on a surface

The holidays are nigh, and if you find yourself with space at the dessert table (or a craving for something cranberry), make this Cranberry Gingersnap Tart for a simple stunner. Made with a buttery gingersnap crust and a sweet-tart, ruby-red, cranberry-orange curd filling, this dessert is as pretty as it is delicious.

german apple pancake

German apple pancake in a cast-iron skillet

What could be better on a weekend morning than enjoying an oversized puffy pancake baked with fresh apples and topped with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup? (That’s a rhetorical question.) This German apple pancake, or apple oven pancake, is the perfect simple-yet-special breakfast to make for yourself or for you and your loved ones when the mood strikes. All you need are a handful of easy ingredients and 30 minutes to make this oven-baked magic happen.