Homemade Christmas cookies have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember decorating cookies with my grandmother, trying new recipes with my father, and creating new traditions as I started a life with Jeff. Holiday baking continues to be one of my favorite things and a tradition of gift-giving every year.
Giving Homemade Christmas Cookies
Granted there’s a lot of baking that goes on during the holidays and most of us don’t need any more sugar. Give tins or boxes of just one or two kinds with other gifts. Put a box of tea or a bag coffee beans in the gift basket. Add a candle or a book to keep the gift sweet but also respectful of the fact that most of us are overflowing with desserts during the holidays.
If you need ideas to fill out your cookie gift list consider these recipes divided by flavor for every type of cookie lover:
For the Coconut Lover
Share the flavor of the tropics with your loved ones with these cookies full of coconut.
Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons are a delicately sweetened gluten-free and vegan fall-inspired cookie sure to soothe the sweet tooth and please a crowd.
A slightly sweet treat full of tropical flavor, these gluten-free lemon coconut oatmeal cookies are sure to please and uplift.
For the Coffee Lover
Fill your cookies with the flavor of coffee with these treats good enough for the fanciest coffee house.
Perfect as a gift for the coffee lover in your life, caramel mocha sandwich cookies are crunchy and dark with a smooth and sweet filling.
Soft spiced coffee cookies loaded with fresh apples, dried fruit, and hemp hearts that are full of flavor perfect for a simple and delightful dessert.
For the Peanut Butter Fan
Old-fashioned and always welcome peanut butter cookies are sure to please.
Give homemade jam in cookie form with everyone's favorite lunchbox combo.
Gluten-free apple peanut butter cookies are full of flavor without using refined sugar and are a treat you can feel good about eating and serving.
Naturally gluten free because there's no flour at all these are quick to make and so very tasty.
For the Chocoholic
Give the chocolate fans all they can consume and more with these rich cookies.
Chocolate cheesecake cookies are indulgent, rich treats perfect for dessert and ship well for mailing to your favorite chocoholic.
Sweet, soft, and earthy these chocolate red wine cookies make a special and colorful addition to any cookie tray or buffet.
Soft and lightly sweet these white chocolate lavender cookies are perfectly at home with afternoon tea or after dinner dessert.
For Spice Lovers
Give warmth and coziness in cookie form with these spice filled goodies.
Old-fashioned hermit cookies are full of coffee, spice, dried fruit, and nuts for a hearty cookie that is perfect with coffee or milk.
Chai spice & cream cookies whip up easily and their warming spices are perfect for fall packed lunches and afternoon sweet treats.
For the Oatmeal Fan
Thick and hearty oatmeal cookies are great for shipping and giving because they are so very sturdy and delicious.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are a lightly sweetened and spiced for a perfect fall treat to keep or mail in a care package.
Nut-free and potentially gluten-free these Sunflower White Chocolate Cowboy Cookies, make a great cookie to eat up fresh or ship to loved ones far away.
For a tasty dessert that is as at home on the trail as they are on the buffet table, bake up some of these easy and hearty granola cookies.
Because why not give breakfast in cookie form, too?
For the Fruit Fans
Dried, sauced, and fresh fruit flavors can be ideal in homemade cookies too.
These lightly orange flavored cookies loaded with chocolate chips are perfect for highlighting winter citrus while also pleasing the chocolate lover in your life.
Make frugal and tasty use of leftover cranberry sauce with these delightful bites.
Cut Out Cookies
The holidays seem to scream for cookies cut out into festive shapes and decorated for extra fancy and homey desserts.
A twist on the traditional sugar cookie, Hazelnut Cutout Cookies give all the fun of shapes with a nutty flavor perfect for coffee snacking.
There's no reason to stick to the standard (though always yummy) vanilla sugar cookie with this chocolate version around.
For the Traditionalist
Share these vintage and old-world favorites with the fans of traditional holiday cookies.
Rum raisin filled cookies are part hand-pie, part cookie with a completely delicious sweet and crunchy exterior complimented by a flavorful, boozy center.
These frosted orange cookies are sure to please adults and kids alike with their soft and airy texture topped with a creamy icing.
A spin on the traditional Serbian Nut Bread, Potica cookies give all the flavor and feel of the bread in a tiny hand-held, delicious style.