Cookies are a staple of the season and a favorite for everyone, from Santa to Grandma. We’ve rounded up some of the best holiday cookie recipes to make your dessert buffet even more delicious. (Tag us on Instagram and show us what holiday treats you’re concocting this year!)

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The classic sugar cookie gets dressed up most at Christmas, but a recipe this good deserves to be featured all year long. These cookies from The Yummy Life stay soft and make the perfect canvas for icing and sprinkles. Get the full recipe tutorial and roll out a batch for Santa.

Gingerbread Cookies

This is another great recipe that never fails to please. Deceptively simple and relying on real butter, gingerbread cookies are excellent additions to any holiday treat plate. Make them with your kids and let them decorate gingerbread versions of themselves. This is also a great make ahead recipe that keeps well in the fridge or freezer. Find the full recipe at Bless This Mess.

Whimsical Grinch Cookies

The Grinch is a big star every Christmas and this cakebox cookie recipe will make you one as well. Keep in mind that cookies turn out differently based on elevations and oven types, so you may have to experiment a little. Simplistically Living has all the details to make this fun recipe.

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some say these are Santa’s favorite cookies. Like the Grinch recipe, this calls for cake mix in the batter which keeps the cookies soft and chewy. Add in your favorite chocolate chips and holiday sprinkles. Sally’s Baking Addiction has done all the work to make sure these are the best cookies you’ll ever serve. Santa will be sure to agree!

Candy Cane Cookies

If you want a shaped cookie that isn’t a cut-out, try these easy Candy Cane cookies out with the family. You’ll need to mix the red and white dough separately. Then, put those playdoh skills to good use and let the kids roll out the dough into equal strips they can twist into candy cane shapes. These will be a party hit! Follow the recipe at The Kitchen is My Playground.
Happy baking this holiday season!