Spruce up your holiday cookie tray or cookie exchange with these 25 unique holiday cookie recipes! All of these cookies would be perfect for gifting, especially for that person that has everything!
Can you believe that this is where we are already? December is here and holiday cookie baking is in full force! This is my favorite time of year and I will savor every moment of it!
If you’re anything like me then you are constantly in search for unique holiday cookie recipes this time of year! While I am definitely not a picky cookie eater and still love all the traditional holiday cookies, I love discovering new cookies to share with family and friends. So today I wanted to round up a few of my favorite unique holiday cookies that I have discovered are sure to impress you and anyone you share them with!
I love the idea of bringing any of these cookies to a cookie exchange because they will likely be the only one of their kind there! Any of them would also work well for gifting, especially for that person that has everything. Start some new family holiday traditions by trying out some of these truly unique holiday cookies!
Peppernuts (or Pfeffernusse Cookies) are a traditional German cookie often made in Mennonite communities in the US. They are a highly addictive, tiny, crunchy cookie filled with warming spices and are perfect for gift giving during the holidays!
Kolaczki cookies are a traditional Polish cream cheese cookie. The cookie dough almost mimics a pastry and is filled with a variety of fillings such as apricot, prune, cherry, almond, poppy seed, and more!
Salted caramel pecan shortbread bars (or pecan diamonds) combine a classic buttery shortbread crust with a thick salted caramel pecan topping. They are chewy and decadent and beautiful in a holiday cookie tin.
These chocolate peppermint whoopie pies start with a rich chocolate cookie and are filled with a buttercream frosting with a hint of peppermint. Top the cookies with a bit of peppermint candy for a festive holiday look!
This is arguably the best ultimate chocolate chip cookies ever! The cookies are thick, and slightly crisp on the outside and incredibly chewy on the inside and made with brown butter and a good hit of flaky salt!
These beautiful hazelnut linzer cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday table. The cookies are crispy, lightly spiced, and filled with jam. Dust the tops with powdered sugar for a stunning finish with a pop of color in the center.
Intensely dark chocolate butterscotch cookies with espresso are chewy and soft and the perfect mid afternoon pick-me-up. Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder gives these their intense dark chocolate flavor, however dutch processed cocoa powder could be used in its place.
Thumbprint cookies are a classic holiday tradition, but this pistachio version is certainly kicked up a notch! Paired with Black Current Jam (or any other tart jam your prefer), this unique take on the classic holiday cookie will be sure to impress!
These pecan snowball cookies (also known as Mexican wedding cookies or Russian tea cakes) are incredibly buttery and easy to make. Snowball cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie tins and one batch makes plenty to share!
Soft sour cream sugar cookies are a holiday must have with our family! This sugar cookie Christmas tree is made with these cookies because they hold their shape well and do not spread during cooking. The cookies stay pale in color after baking and are very soft and tender.
These spicy chocolate cookies (aka Mexican hot chocolate cookies) have a hint of cayenne and cinnamon and are rich and chewy! The spiciness is not overpowering, rather it pops in a bit at the end and makes for a really unique cookie experience!
This recipe for super easy gingerbread cookies without molasses can be made completely from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! This slightly milder version of the classic cookie requires few ingredients and is a no-chill dough!
Thick and chewy oatmeal scotchies are one of my favorite kinds of cookie! This is my recipe for the best oatmeal scotchies and they turn out just slightly crispy on the outside and really chewy and gooey in the middle. Use dark brown sugar for the most chew!
Don’t even ask me how to pronounce their traditional name, but I know that these Polish Honey & Rye Cookies are delicious all the same! Rye flour is made from a grain that is closely related to wheat, but it has more of a rich and earthy flavor to it. Paired with honey and spices, these unique cookies taste slightly reminiscent of gingerbread.
Kristin "Baker Bettie" Hoffman is a trained chef, baking science geek, and the baking instructor here at BakerBettie.com. Kristin's approach to baking is to teach foundational recipes, baking techniques, and approachable baking science. Her belief is that gaining an understanding of the processes and the "whys" in baking helps foster confidence in the kitchen.