Dorie's Easiest Holiday Cookies

Cookie guru Dorie Greenspan shares her simplest recipes for stress-free holiday baking. We've got delicious ideas for frozen, no-bake, and thumbprint cookies! Plus, get our must-have tips for perfectly baked cookies, frosting cookies, and freezing cookies.

There's a fine line between a tender, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie and a hard, overdone one. Here's how to tell when sugar cookies are ready to come out of the oven.

No-Bake Chocolate Crunchers

Don't even think about turning on your oven! This sweet sandwich cookie is made with purchased vanilla wafers and a quick chocolate filling. Simply stir together four ingredients, microwave, and assemble! 

Get the No-Bake Chocolate Crunchers recipe.

Looking for more no-bake cookie recipes? Explore our best oven-free cookie recipes.

Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites

Cream cheese, coconut, and coffee combine for bites with lots to love. Simply whip up a sweet coconut crust and fill with our espresso cheesecake cream. Pop them in a freezer, and enjoy when you need a quick pick-me-up! 

Get the Frozen Coco-Coffee Bites recipe. 

Bake ahead with our best freezer-friendly holiday cookie recipes. 

Tangy Spice Squares

We've baked a trio of cozy spices right in the crust of these citrusy bars. Top the buttery base with a fresh orange custard. Slice these seasonal spiced treats right before guests arrive. 

Get the Tangy Spice Squares recipe.

Quick Jam Drops

Cranberry sauce in cookies? You bet! Top these buttery sweet bites with a homemade cranberry icing. Not a fan of cranberries? Substitute orange marmalade for the cranberry relish. 

Get the Quick Jam Drops recipe.

Can't get enough cranberries? Get more Festive Cranberry Desserts. 

Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints

These cookies are great on their own, but a homemade white chocolate center takes them totally over the top. For even more flavor, sprinkle the warm cookies with ground allspice. 

Get the Vanilla-Allspice Thumbprints recipe.

In the mood for chocolate? Try our Chocolate, Hazelnuts, and Caramel Thumbprint cookies. 

Must-Have Cookie Tips

Make your sugar cookies extra special with these simple frosting techniques. One of our secrets is to turn the same frosting into a glaze. We also show you how sprinkles can dress up your cookies.


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