Our 10 Most-Popular Holiday Cookie Recipes of All. Time.

They're classics for a reason.

December 17, 2018
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Honestly, we’d eat cookies any time of year—but there’s something special about the month of December. With all of the cookie swaps, holiday parties, and Santa bribing, it seems like our ovens and sheet pans are in nonstop operation.

And there are so many cookies to choose from! Whether you favor sugar-dusted teacakes, crackly thumbprints, or the warming spices of gingerbread, there’s a holiday cookie for every taste.

To celebrate the season’s darling, I've combed through Food52's near-decade-old recipe box for the most baked, most favorited holiday cookies ever. All 10 of these sweeties have hundreds of fans and thousands of likes. They’re the ones we turn to year after year, the best of the best. So, without further ado, here are our top ten:

Our Best Holiday Cookies Ever

Tell us: What's your favorite cookie to make (or eat!) during the holidays?

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Marya K. October 27, 2019
I add peppermint extract or crushed candy cane to the blonde dough for a peppermint/chocolate marbled cookie. Red and white sprinkles go well with that version.
Frederique M. December 21, 2018
I can't remember from time to time who is responsible for changing my Christmas cookie game, but I have been making and will continue making "honey cardamom cutouts" forever more at Christmas! The crunch and buttery texture of a sugar cookie in a way more fancy and yummy flavour!!! I always use the best quality dark buckwheat honey and cardamom pods I crush fresh myself with a mortar and pestle! They are amazing with a vanilla touched royal icing which makes them easy to decorate! Love love love them!