Freezer-Friendly Holiday Cookies

Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Slices
These cookie recipes don't mind waiting around in the cold one bit. Get a leg up on holiday preparations by baking early and freezing Christmas cookies. Each Santa-special treat freezes for up to three months.

Giant Ginger Cookies

These cookies are huge! Extra chewy and full of ginger flavor, these giants make a great edible gift for the holidays—just be sure to save one for Santa! These big cookies stay fresh in the freezer for up to three months.

Shortbread Sticks

Shortbread cookies are rich, buttery, and delicious. And thanks to this make-ahead cookie recipe, they're easy, too! Add holiday sparkle with a sprinkle of red sanding sugar before baking. 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut butter and chocolate work together like Santa and his elves. This easy recipe makes 54 cookies—eat some fresh out of the oven, then freeze the rest for up to three months. This classic cookie recipe is sure to be a hit. 

 

Pumpkin Pie Pillows

Christmas cookie recipes should be unique like this take on classic pumpkin pie. Filled with all the flavors you love and topped with a brown butter glaze, these make-ahead cookies are sure to wow. Use a piping bag to get their fun pillow shape. 

Hazelnut Kisses

Who says you have to make cookies from scratch? Dress up purchased sugar cookie dough with chopped hazelnuts and chocolate-hazelnut spread. These chocolate Christmas cookies are so good no one will notice! 

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

Well, hello there, Frosty! From their peanut butter cup hats to their sprinkle noses, these adorable melty snowmen cookies will earn an honored spot in your Christmas cookie recipe repertoire.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

These bright red bars are ready to party! Rich red velvet cheesecake with a drizzle of milk chocolate makes for a delicious and festive holiday treat. Prepare and freeze these beautiful bars up to three months ahead of time.

Macadamia Nut Cranberry Shortbread

Instead of making individual shortbread cookies, try making these slice and bake bars. Perfect for the season, each bite is loaded with candied cranberries, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Finish the bars with coarse white sugar for extra sparkle. 

Jelly-of-the-Month Cookies

These cookies are inspired by a classic Christmas movie. Use your favorite flavor of jelly to customize the taste, and finish with a white chocolate drizzle. Clark Griswold would approve.

Rosemary-Almond Cookies

Try a new take on traditional Christmas cookies. These cute cutouts are filled with unexpected flavor thanks to fresh rosemary. A three-ingredient almond glaze amps up the flavor. Finish each cookie with a small sprinkle of rosemary. 

Easy Sugar Cookies

These are no ordinary sugar cookies. The cookie recipe can be customized seven different delicious ways, so there's sure to be a flavor for everyone. Every variation can be frozen for up to three months. White chocolate and pistachio, anyone?

White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread

Pretty up buttery shortbread with chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate. Earn presentation points for a roll in nonpareils or red edible glitter. See how!

Red-Plaid Cookies

These adorable checkered cookies will add a pop of color to your cookie plate -- and your freezer! Whether they're fresh out of the oven or have been tucked away in the cold for three months, these cookies will disappear in a hurry.

Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

Waffles aren't just for breakfast anymore! Instead of making batch after batch of these chocolate Christmas cookies, waffle them ahead! Simply make the waffles and freeze. Before serving, finish them with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed peppermint candies. 

Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

It doesn't get easier (or more delicious!) than drop cookies. This cookie recipe is filled with crunch thanks to coconut and oatmeal. Stir in dried cherries and chocolate for a new take on traditional Christmas cookies. 

Giant Double-Mint Cookies

Mint and chocolate are the perfect flavors for the holiday season -- and when together, they're spectacular! An extra coating of dark chocolate on top helps make these cookies extra sweet. Make and freeze these minty delights up to three months ahead of time.

Cherry-Walnut Balls

With a coating of powdered sugar and sparkly edible glitter, these festive cookies are the perfect sweet snack over the holidays. Filled with maraschino cherries and toasted walnuts, the cute cookies will be gone in a flash.

7-Layer Bars

In addition to all the sugary sweets, the holidays need a few healthy treats. Guests will still feel like they're indulging after tasting the orange, coconut, and cranberry flavors in these freezable desserts. 

Santa-Size Gingerbread Cookies

Giant gingerbread cookies are the perfect size for Santa's reindeer -- and your hungry family. The soft and chewy cookies get their spice from ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Almond Icebox Rounds

Cream cheese gives this cookie recipe richness and tang. A triple dose of almond ensures these slice and bake cookies are big on flavor. Perfect for Christmas, this big-batch recipe makes 60 cookies. Go ahead and have seconds. 

Caramel Apple Cookies

These chewy cookies give you all the flavor of gooey caramel apples but without the mess. Freeze them, let them thaw, then top them with sweet caramel icing and toasted nuts.

Editor's Tip: To toast nuts, preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spread nuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until nuts are slightly golden; cool.

Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce de Leche

Spice up your chocolate Christmas cookies with cinnamon and cayenne. Bake the chocolate slice cookies ahead and freeze for up to three months. When it's time to indulge, smear creamy dulce de leche caramel between two cookies. Santa will be back for seconds! 

Milk Chocolate Truffle Brownies

Some days, we just nail it—and the day these truffle brownies came out of the oven was one of them. Consider it: A homemade brownie base topped with broken squares of truffle-filled milk chocolate. Yum!

Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano

Cookie recipes don't get more traditional than thumbprints. Try a decidedly new take on the classic with this herb and orange version. Perfect for your sophisticated holiday party or cookie exchange, the unique combination of flavors will have everyone asking for the recipe. 

Rum-Praline Shortbread Bites

These boozy bites are sure to be a hit at the cookie exchange. Take shortbread cookies to the next level with the addition of dark rum, vanilla, and pecans. Finish the cookies with a big sprinkle of raw sugar. 

Milk Chocolate and Cherry Cookies

Guests will take bites of these milk chocolate Christmas cookies—and find a sweet cherry surprise in the middle. After you discover the cherry center? Well, then, you'll just want another.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Cookie recipes don't get more delicious than this one. No other flavor says holidays quite like pumpkin. You'll be extra impressed by these mouthwatering made-with-canned-pumpkin cookies that stay soft—even after you freeze them.

Triple-Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two classic cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter) combine in these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside Christmas cookies. Honey-roasted peanuts and mini peanut butter cups take them to the next level.

Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Traditional Christmas cookies should showcase the flavors of the season! Press together two red-swirled sugar cookies around a DIY peppermint filling. It's Christmas in sandwich form.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Maple is a seasonal flavor we can't get enough of! Look for pure maple syrup, which is full of rich flavor. Once thawed, this soft cookie recipe is finished with an irresistible maple glaze. 

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

The batter is packed with peanut butter, each center is crowded by a candy bar, and you can freeze them. This just might be your new favorite Christmas cookie.

The Best Sugar Cookies

Take a note from Santa and serve these sugary cookies with big glasses of milk. These treats are soft, moist, and chewy -- not crispy.

 

Gone Bananas Biscotti

Cranberries and pomegranates may get the usual Christmas love, but here's a case for bananas. Crispy, fruity, and chocolaty, these freezer-friendly biscotti challenge seasonal bias.

Star Mint Meringues

Something this light and dreamy—from your freezer? You bet! Freezable desserts have come a long way. Meringues get together with the season's favorite flavor in this make-ahead Christmas cookie.

Chocolate-Espresso Coins

Despite their size, these adorable little chocolate Christmas cookies pack big espresso flavor. Before serving, drizzle them with melted chocolate for even more sweetness!

Mint-Chocolate Cookies

Go ahead and reap the praises for these ridiculously easy andadorable-looking cookies. Nab the green candy disks in your grocer's baking aisle or at a hobby store.

Lemon Ladyfinger Sandwich Cookies

Lemon and ladyfingers should have met a long time ago. These traditional Christmas cookies showcase both. They're natural dance partners in these sandwich cookies that rely on subtlety over sweetness.

Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

Hello, citrus! Orange peel and a complementary ginger zest add the zing in these crunchy freeze-and-forget cookies. Thaw them and you've got homade Christmas cookies in no time at all. 

Chocomint Blossoms

Cookie recipes should look as good as they taste. Festive red-and-white-stripe candies are the finishing touch atop these jaunty chocolate cookies. Consider them the Christmas redo of peanut butter blossoms.

Twixy Shortbread Bars

These three layers play together nicely: Dulche de leche and semisweet chocolate are set atop a crunchy sugar cookie base. Oh, and they freeze nicely, too. Sounds like a winning cookie recipe to us! 

No-Bake Lemon Drops

These lemony, no-bake delights couldn't be simpler. Seven ingredients, three steps, and 30 minutes yields 36 cookies. And yep, they freeze like a dream. Pucker up!

Tangerine Butter Cookies

Shredded tangerine peel and orange extract mark the spot in thecenters of these bright butter cookies.

Chocolate-Mint Thins

Here's our take on those addictive Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy the shortbreadlike texture and mint-chocolate flavor in a crunchy, thin package. Go the extra mile after thawing with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.

Honey Coins

These really couldn't get any easier. Make dough, roll it into a log, wrap, and freeze. As many as three months later, the honey-infused sandies are ready for the cookie tray.

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Perk up your platter with these cherry-topped cuties. The scalloped edges are a must (yes, it's worth nabbing a new cookie cutter), but the hardest work is handled by your favorite fruit. There are chopped cherries in the batter, cherry liqueur in the frosting, and full-bodied beauties dotting the tops.

Mint Meringue Kisses

Kissed by mint and charmed by chocolate, this freezer-happy meringue hits all the right refreshing notes.

Salted Chocolate-Caramel Rounds

A gooey chocolate-caramel center is the surprise in these cookies; the caramel glaze and sprinkled coarse sea salt are the eye-catchers. Keep your counter mess-free by drizzling the cookies over a piece of waxed paper.

Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

Transform a breakfast favorite into a slice-and-bake cookie made for munching any time of day. The chopped nut topping is optional, but c'mon -- crunch is everything.

Pistachio and Vanilla Bean Cookies

Salty-sweet treats are having a moment. Celebrate the counterbalance with salted dry-roasted pistachios atop ubersweet white chocolate. Vanilla beans dot the cookie batter.

 

Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

Creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet, humble yet hearty. Yep -- these thumbprints check all the boxes. Vanilla caramels, finely chopped hazelnuts, and two kinds of chocolate infuse the freezer-ready cookies with favorite flavors of the season.

Fat Molasses Cookies

These easy-freeze molasses cookies are likely to become a Christmas staple. Basic ingredients match wits with ground ginger, cider vinegar, and molasses for a cookie with real depth.

Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Slices

Opt for a Meyer lemon when you make these sweet-savory cookies. The lemon-orange hybrid goes to work in these just-tart treats. Fresh rosemary makes the transition from savory to sweet in this dessert.

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