6 Fail Proof Holiday Cookie Recipes

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6 fail proof cookies for your holiday cookie plate

Easy and festive recipes for the Holidays…

If you’re squeezed for time leading up to the Holidays (and who isn’t?), but still want to have a few festive sweets on hand, here are my top six suggestions for cookies and bars that are festive and easy. These are the fail proof Holiday cookie recipes that everyone needs in their recipe box.

Everything you need in a Holiday cookie recipe:

These are festive and delicious cookies that suit Holiday parties. They’re pretty enough to give as hostess gifts too, packaged with a bow (and the recipe tucked alongside).

Most of these recipes are fun to bake with children too and decorating Holiday cookies makes a wonderful family tradition.

Helpful Hint:

The helpful thing about most cookie recipes is that the dough can be refrigerated. Mix it up in the evening when you have a few minutes to spare and then bake the cookies another day when you have more time to spend in the kitchen. Cookie dough gets better with age since refrigerating your cookie dough actually improves the texture and flavour of the finished cookie.

  • Chilled cookies will taste a little sweeter and the sugars will caramelize more quickly when baked.
  • Chilling dough also helps with the texture of your finished cookies since it allows the gluten in the flour to relax.
  • Flavours, like spices, have more time to develop when the dough is chilled. If you have time, chilling your dough overnight, and up to 36 hours, can make a tasty difference.

6 Fail Proof Holiday Cookie Recipes:

Pecan Toffee Bars

A buttery toffee thick with pecans layered on a barely-sweet shortbread base. They’re gorgeous but not over the top. They’re festive and beyond delicious.

Pecan toffee bars

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies

The ultimate Christmas cookie (in our house anyway) and a favourite that I decorate with my kids each year. (FUN TO BAKE & DECORATE WITH KIDS.)

whole wheat gingerbread cut out cookies

Molasses Walnut Cookies

Snowball Cookies, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cookies…

These cookies go by all sorts of names but they’re all the same buttery shortbread-style cookie loaded with ground nuts and coated in powdery white icing sugar.

molasses walnut cookies

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Relatively easy to mix up, they add great variety to your holiday cookie plate. And at just 113 calories per cookie, they add a lower cal option to your holiday treats as well. (FUN TO BAKE & DECORATE WITH KIDS.)

Chewy Coconut Macaroons are Easy & Low Cal

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy spiced gingerbread cookies studded with chocolate chips or chunks. Dipping them in white chocolate makes these cookies extra festive. (FUN TO BAKE & DECORATE WITH KIDS.)

Sparkly chocolate gingerbread cookies

Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies

These are chewy peanut butter cookies that are lightly spiced for the holidays. A great recipe for kids to help out with.  We made them in an assembly line: I formed the cookie dough balls then they did the criss-cross press with a fork and placed the chocolate in the centre of each cookie. (FUN TO BAKE & DECORATE WITH KIDS.)

festive peanut butter molasses cookies



16 thoughts on “6 Fail Proof Holiday Cookie Recipes

  1. Kerry Mielke says:

    I would like to know if I can freeze the whoopie pie cookies before they are sandwiched together?

    1. Hi Kerry, Yes, the cookies will freeze well on their own. Enjoy.

  2. noella pedneault says:

    Je suis bien intéressée par vos recetted

  3. Sharon says:

    Hi Crosby Chieftains of Molasses,

    Love your recipes shared above, always enjoy making gingerbread treats for family all year round, so good on delicate tummies too. I am going bake the buscits dipped in white chocolate for decorative purposes, as family can’t enjoy regular icing…never though to dip into white cholcoate…yippie…love new ideas….

    Thank you, and happy baking to ye there too
    Happy Christmas and New Year Joy


    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sharon, Glad you like the chocolate dipping idea (and I hope your family enjoyed it too). Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Glenda Stone says:

    I would love to share you recipes.

  5. Glenda Stone says:

    I would love to have your recipes.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Glenda, Would you like a copy of our printed cookbook, Simple Fare? If yes, just email me your mailing address: bridget.oland@crosbys.com

  6. Gordon Fowlow says:

    Looking for Cobsy label that they have printed

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Gordon, I am not sure what you are looking for, please explain “Looking for Crosby label that they have printed”

  7. Sue Waymouth says:

    I love ginger and molasses! Do you have a Gingerbread biscotti recipe? Thank you!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sue, I do have a recipe for gingerbread biscotti: https://www.crosbys.com/gingerbread-biscotti/

  8. Tania says:

    My Mom use to make ginger snap cookies. The recipe used to be on the side of the molasses container.
    Thank you

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      HI Tania, I wish we had a record of exactly what recipe that was. I suspect it’s an old one included on this website but am not certain.

  9. Maureen McMurtrie says:

    I’m looking for a gingerbread bar recipe with cream cheese icing. Thought I saw it on Facebook but a search doesn’t show it. Any chance it was a Crosby recipe?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Maureen, Was it this recipe that you’re looking for? https://www.crosbys.com/lemon-glazed-gingerbread-bites/

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