Cookiers … i.e., cookie decorators … can be a bit obsessed with decorating cookies. We tend to look at things in our universe and dream about how we can turn it into a cookie. Crazy, eh? Speaking of the universe, the latest craze is out of this world. Check out these Galaxy Cookies by Amber of Sweet Ambs. We get inspiration from greeting cards, TV commercials, nature, food, etc. Well, not every baker gets bitten by the cookie decorating bug and there are oodles of delicious cookie recipes that do not require a piping bag.

The holidays are traditionally cookie baking season and anticipated all year long. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without cookies! No doubt most of you bake dozens of cookies this time of year with recipes passed down from generation to generation. Every December I bake them by the dozens to place in Christmas tins for my family. [By the way, Michael’s is the best place to purchase cookie tins at about $2.30 per tin]. This year I’ve gathered 13 delicious and easy to make cookie recipes from talented bloggers to add to your holiday baking list. Visit their blogs for the recipe and while you're there, stay awhile and take a look around.

 1. Snowball Cookies by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy

2. Strawberry Pinch Cookies by Carrie of Eating on a Dime

 3. Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies by Rachel of I love my Disorganized Life

4. Lemon Coconut Thumbprint Cookies by Erin of Well Plated

5. Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies by Joan of Chocolate, Chocolate and More

6. Hershey Kiss Pie Cookies by Jenny of Picky Palate

7. Sprinkle Cookie Bites by Glory of Glorious Treats

8. Twix Thumbprint Cookies by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy

9. Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies by Ramona of The Merchant Baker

10. Gingersnap Cookies by Nikki of Chef in Training

11. Cranberry Bliss Cookies by Ali of Gimme Some Oven

12. Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies by Carrian of Oh, Sweet Basil
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13. Easy Baklava Cookies by yours truly of My Cookie Clinic



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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Carrie. I cannot wait to make your Strawberry Pinch Cookies. Happy Holidays!

  2. These cookies look delicious. Now, which one do I make first? Kate

    1. Kate, I know it's not an easy choice. They are all good!

  3. Hey Joan,
    Fabulous inspirations- thank you! What are your thoughts on making ahead and freezing?

    1. Hi Maggie, I think all these cookies would freeze well. These are all on my 'to-bake' list and I have not made them yet. For the Twix Thumbprint cookies I would add the chocolate drizzle before serving as it may not hold up well in the freezer. The Fudge Peanut Butter cookies are covered in ganache and may not harden like some frostings. I would suggest leaving a question under comments on Jacklyn and Ramona's sites and see what they suggest.

  4. I love Christmas Cookies! All of these look amazing!

    1. Hi Melissa, Christmas cookies are my favorite too. I just made Jaclyn's Snowball Cookies and they are delicious. I'm slowly working my way through this list of scrumptious cookies. Happy Holidays!


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