Holiday baking time is right around the corner! To get you excited (and let’s face it – drooling) here’s 35 holiday cookie and candy recipes. Divided into types of cookies for those who favor a particular type of cookie, most of these can be made ahead of time and frozen.
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
In November I start making batches of cookie dough and freezing it for my holiday baking sessions in December. Some cookie doughs I freeze in Ziploc 32 oz Freezer Containers. Each container holds 4 cups, or a single batch of cookie dough. I wrap slice and bake cookie dough in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer in gallon freezer bags.
I always defrost the cookie dough in the fridge before baking. Most cookie doughs last 3 months in the freezer. If you find a batch after Christmas that you froze in November, it should still be good.
Cake-like cookie doughs will not freeze well. I prefer to bake them after making the batter. Don’t freeze batters with sour cream or cream cheese either.
How to Store Holiday Cookies
Always let the cookies cool completely before baking. You want the cookies to be as dry as possible before putting them in storage containers. I love using a stackable 3-Tier Cooling Rack for cooling the cookies since it takes up less counter space.
If you want to bake certain cookie recipes early like gingerbread cookies, store them flat in a gallon freeze bag with a layer of parchment paper or wax paper in between. Personally, I wait until the gingerbread cookies are defrosted before baking them to keep the decorating from being messed up. Thaw the cookies at room temperature before decorating.
Cooled, baked cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. Cake-like cookies should be stored in the fridge since they tend to have more moisture which encourages the growth of mold. Gluten-free cookies should also be stored in the fridge since they tend to get moldy after a few days.
Store crisp and soft cookies separately. The soft cookies will moisten the crisp ones, and increase the possibility of mold growth.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
One Cookie Recipe to Rule Them All | Crafting Chicks
Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies | Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies | Girl Gone Mom
Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas | Val City Gal
Joe Froggers | A Life in Balance
Ginger Toffee Cookies | The Cafe Sucre Farine
Soft Ginger Cookies | A Life in Balance
Easy Gingerbread Cookies | Snap Creativity
Gingerbread Cookies | A Life in Balance
Chocolate Hazelnut Phyllo Cups | Feeding Big
Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Bites | A Life in Balance
Flourless Chocolate Almond Cookies | Two Peas and Their Pod
The Easiest Way to Frost Sugar Cookies | It’s Always Autumn
How to Put Sprinkles on Sugar Cookies | Smart Schoolhouse
20 Tips for Fabulous Sugar Cookies | Snail Pace Transformations
OLD FASHION SUGAR COOKIES | Faith Filled Food for Moms
Cinnamon Butter Cookies | Your Home Based Mom
Gluten Free Scandanavian Thumbprint Cookies | Coconut Recipes
Salted Caramel Browned Butter Cookie Cups | Buns in My Oven
Papa Bill’s Butter Cookies | A Life in Balance
Tangerine Butter Cookies | Better Homes and Gardens
Piped Vanilla Spritz Cookies | The Spiced Life
Italian Butter Cookies | Chef Tess Bakeress
Confectioners Sugar Cookies
Snowball Cookies Recipe | Girl Gone Mom
SNOWBALL COOKIES | Faith Filled Food for Moms
Other Cookie Recipes
Clementine Cakes | The Woks of Life
Eclairs | Gigi Eats
Italian Anise Cookies | A Grande Life
Strawberry Lemon Linzer Cookies | It’s Yummi
Chocolate Kiss Sprinkle Cookies | Shugary Sweets
Sweet Lavender Vanilla Shortbread Cookies | The Vintage Mom
Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Truffles | Chocolate and Carrots
Easy Salted Caramel Fudge | Something Swanky
The Best Homemade Caramel | Tastes Better from Scratch
The Best Toffee Ever | Let’s Dish
Holiday Cookie Baking Resources
Ziploc 32 oz Containers (holds 4 cups)
stackable 3-Tier Cooling Rack
gallon freezer bags
Kirkland Signature Non Stick Parchment Paper 205 sq. ft.
2 Pack Cookie Sheet Set, 16 x 14 in
KitchenAid 4.5 Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer