14 festive cookies for National Cookie Day

Christmas may come just once a year. And so does National Cookie Day, Dec. 4. Celebrate this time-honored baking tradition by whipping up one of these recipes today. 

And of course, you don't have to stop with just one. You can enjoy these twist on cookie classics all season long. 

Whether you can't get enough chocolate in your life, constantly crave coconut or just like a simple sugar, this cookie list has something every Santa helper can enjoy through the 25th.

  • 1. Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Cookies

    Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Cookies

    Sydney Kramer, The Crepes of Wrath

    Pumpkin desserts aren't just for Thanksgiving. Enjoy that signature holiday flavor in an easy Christmas cookie.

    RECIPE: Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Cookies

  • 2. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies

    Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies

    Betty Crocker

    It doesn't get much simpler than sugar. Dress these easy cookies up with some festive holiday decorations.

    RECIPE: Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies

  • 3. Tate's Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    Tate's Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    Tate's Bake Shop

    Thumbprint cookies are traditionally flavored with vanilla and filled with fruit jam, but these are chocolate cookies stuffed with more chocolate! They will be a welcome treat on your holiday cookie platter, and they are a perfect hostess gift.

    RECIPE: Tate's Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

  • 4. Gingerbread Cookies

    Gingerbread Cookies

    Here's my perfect gingerbread man: Just plain. No frosting. No icing. No decorations. Just 'nekked,' some might say. For more recipes like these visit

    Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

  • 5. Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

    Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

    These cookies from A Kitchen Addiction are soft, pillowy, filled with chai spices and topped with a sweet eggnog buttercream The warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg brings out the eggnog flavor in the cookies, making the traditional holiday drink the main flavor.

    Recipe: Eggnog Chai Cookies with Eggnog Buttercream Frosting

  • 6. Candy Cane Blossom Cookies

    Candy Cane Blossom Cookies

    Nothing goes better than the two flavors of the holidays: Mint and candy canes.  Top these festive cookies with Hershey's seasonal chocolate kisses and a sprinkle of colored sugar.

    Recipe: KISSES Candy Cane Blossoms Recipe

  • 7. Spiced Cookie Butter Truffles

    Spiced Cookie Butter Truffles

    Lauren Lilling

    These no-bake truffles are made from the newly popular cookie-based Speculoos spread.  (For those of you who haven't heard, it's a caramel ginger spread that has the consistency of peanut butter made from ground Belgian cookie.) These truffles only require four ingredients and make a great go-to treat straight from the freezer.

    RECIPE: Spiced Cookie Butter Truffles

  • 8. Merry Monster Cookies with Truvia

    Merry Monster Cookies with Truvia


    These hearty cookies are full of lots of comforting treats including oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chips. These flourless cookies can also be made with gluten-free ingredients if you’re following a gluten-free diet. 

    RECIPE: Merry Monster Cookies

  • 9. Molasses Crinkles

    Molasses Crinkles

    Who needs those ginger snaps from a box when you can whip up your very own ginger and molasses beauties at home with this recipe from

    Recipe: Molasses Crinkles

  • 10. Snowball Cookies 3 Ways

    Snowball Cookies 3 Ways

    Snowball cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, Russian teacakes. Whatever name you give to them, these cookies always make an appearance at Christmas with my family.  These variations are a couple of our favorites. Both the peppermint and cinnamon enhance the richness of these cookies and make these little melt-in-your-mouth cookies even more addicting. Fore more recipes visit A Kitchen Addiction.

    Recipe: Snowball Cookies 3 Ways

  • 11. Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies

    Canal House Cooking

    You can't go wrong with this classic sugar cookie recipe.

    Recipe: Sugar Cookies

  • 12. Peppermint Bark Cookies

    Peppermint Bark Cookies


    This cookie mixes two favorite classic holiday flavors -- peppermint and chocolate -- and combines them into one delicious dessert.

    Recipe: Peppermint Bark Cookies

  • 13. Harvest Cookie

    Harvest Cookie

    Blossom Du Jour

    Is it possible that a vegan dessert can actually taste good? Quinn Ventura, pastry chef at New York's Blossom du Jour thinks so.

    RECIPE: Harvest Cookies

  • 14. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Sharon Bishop, Paleo Fondue

    For those who just can't part with pumpkin spice season, these cookies offer all the classic spices of fall-- cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and more-- plus decadent little morsels of chocolate.

    RECIPE: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies