Nothing smells better than holiday cookies baking on a cold winter’s night, especially when there’s a fire going in the fireplace, and you’re snuggled in with some hot chocolate or even a cold glass of milk. Warm cookies straight from the oven are enough to bring back all the fond memories of childhood.

We have been baking up a storm over the last few weeks. There’s something about the holidays that makes me want to get into the kitchen and whip up batches and batches of cookies. We use these cookies to make holiday trays to drop off at school or for my husband to take to work. But most importantly, we need some tasty treats to leave for Santa!

Not only are these 12 cookie recipes going to be a hit with Santa, but they are will bring you and your family much joy and many new memories.


Gingersnaps: These Gingersnaps are a classic cookie that are perfect to add to your spread of holiday desserts or wrapping up to give as food gifts. They also go great with a nice cup of tea!

Mocha Crinkle Cookies: Mocha Crinkle Cookies are a decadent chocolate-coffee flavored cookie that will remind you of rich fudgey brownies. Perfect for the caffeine-addicts in your life!

Peanut Butter Blossoms: Peanut butter and chocolate come together in these great Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies! If Reese’s are your favorite candy, these should be your go-to cookie.

Walnut Snowball Cookies: Snowball cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie recipe!  Made with finely chopped walnuts, flour and vanilla, they are rolled into balls and dusted with powdered sugar.

Snickerdoodles: These rich cinnamon-sugar cookies are great for the holidays or anytime you want a tasty cinnamon treat.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: Soft and chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are packed with chips. They’re taken beyond the standard chocolate chip cookie with the addition of nutty tasting oats.

Coconut Macaroons: These Coconut Macaroons are nice and chewy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside.

Vanilla Butter Sugar Cookies: These soft and chewy Vanilla Butter Sugar Cookies are perfect for the holidays!

Thin Mint Cookies: If you love chocolate and mint you are sure to love this homemade version of the Girl Scout Cookies.

Italian Anise Cookies: Traditional Italian anise cookies are quick and easy to make with just a few ingredients, including anise extract.

Pizzelles: The thinnest, lightest, most crisp pizzelles ever! This recipe is a authentic with plenty of sweet anise flavor.

Rolo Cookie Cups: Rolo cookie cups have a melting Rolo middle and soft brownie cookie cup shell.They are ready in just 15 minutes.

What’s your favorite cookie to leave for Santa?