best christmas cookies to give as a gift

Amazing cookies to give as a gift this holiday season!

Colleagues, neighbors, friends: there are a lot of people on your holiday list who deserve more than just a well wishing or a card, but sometimes it’s hard to think of what to give them. Baking cookies to give as a gift is a great idea that almost every recipient will love. And while the classics are great, you can creative and shake things up a bit with unique cookie recipes.

Here are some of our favorite cookies to give as a gift:

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Using cake mix for a cake might be cheating, but using cake mix for cookies is just creative! Not a regular baker? Lovin’ in the Oven’s cranberry and white chocolate cookies will make people think you are! Cookie lovers beware: this may be your new favorite. Tip: these cookies go great with a glass of red wine.

christmas cookies to give as a gift

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Butter Crunch Cookies

No list would be complete without a recipe from Cookies & Cups. These butter crunch cookies are light, crisp, and the perfect amount of sweetness. If you make these cookies to give as a gift, you might want to make two batches—you’ll want some for yourself!

vegan cookies as a gift for holidays

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have a vegan on your shopping list? Hummingbird High has an ah-mazing vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. They’re so good even your non-vegan friends will love them. Find a nice vegan wine to pair them with and pull out the unbreakable wineglasses.

matcha snowballs cookies

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Pistachio, Lime & Matcha Snowballs

For that one friend or colleague who just exudes all things eccentric, you need a special cookie recipe. Try something others have never tried, but everyone will fall for once they do. Alanna’s Pistachio Lime & Matcha Snowballs as posted by Apt. 2B Baking Co. are just perfect for the people on your list who always have a liking for those rare finds.


Chocolate Mint Fudge Thumbprints

It’s not the holiday season without mint chocolate cookies. This chocolate mint fudge thumbprint recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats is one of our favorites. They look pretty and don’t take that much time or energy to make. These are the perfect cookies to give as a gift.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies might seem like too obvious of an option for cookie gift-giving, but you just can’t go wrong with the classics! Of all the gingerbread recipes out there, we like these thick and chewy gingerbread cookies from What Megan’s Making. Give these gingerbread cookies as a gift and you’re sure to keep your friends happy!


Eggnog Cookies

When eggnog and cookie dough do a mashup, what do you get? Eggnog cookies, of course! Yep, they’re a real thing, and yes, they’re as amazing as they sound. Especially if you use this soft holiday eggnog cookie recipe from Mommy’s Kitchen.

These are some of our favorite homemade cookies to give as gifts. Have a few cookie recipes to share? Tell us about them on Facebook or Twitter.