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Six Holiday Cookie Recipes for Everyone on Your List

Holiday Cookie Recipes

Finding thoughtful holiday gifts can be a challenge, especially when trying to lower your environmental footprint and be more mindful about gift giving. Try homemade cookies and other treats packaged in reusable containers. These two-in-one gifts are always appreciated, and perfect for everyone on your list.

Sustainable containers filled with delicious homemade cookies are great hostess gifts for holiday dinners and parties, and perfect year-end gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and family. See our favorite holiday cookie recipes for everyone on your list.

1. Black & White Cookies

Classic Black & White Cookies, also known as Half Moon Cookies, have a vanilla and chocolate exterior glaze and a light lemony flavor. Try these soft, cake-like Black & White Cookies from the Pioneer Woman. This holiday cookie recipe looks intimidating but they’re actually quite easy to make.

2. Sugar Cookies

This delicious sugar cookie recipe is simple to prepare and reminds us of the holidays. The cookie dough is versatile enough for an assortment of cookie types, including the traditional holiday sugar cookie cut into classic holiday shapes. Make these easy Sugar Cookies with a recipe from Real Simple.

3. Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies are absolutely delicious and perfect for gift giving. These buttery cookies have few ingredients, are easy to make with what you have on hand, and pack well in reusable containers. See our favorites Mexican Wedding Cookie recipe from Simply Recipes.

4. Double Pecan Thumbprints

These traditional pecan button cookies are filled with frangipane (a mixture of butter, eggs, almonds, sugar, and flour) and “make excellent cookies for boxing up and giving as gifts.” Find the recipe for these buttery Pecan Thumbprints at bon appétit.

5. Christmas Linzer Cookies

These beautiful cookies are made with any type of jam: strawberry, orange, blueberry or raspberry. Chef Gaby Dalkin says there’re the “perfect Christmas Cookie/Secret Santa treat or hostess gift this time of year.” Get the Christmas Linzer Cookie recipe at What’s Gaby Cooking.

6. Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Unlike traditional chocolate chip cookies, this recipe makes very thin and crispy cookies, and it’s Martha Stewart’s daughter’s go-to holiday recipe for gift giving. Get the recipe for these delicious Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies at Martha Stewart. It’s a staple holiday cookie recipe, but can also be made all year long.