The holiday season is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation to your family and friends. And my preferred kind of appreciation comes in a big box of homemade holiday cookies. Bake it, pack it, mail it, it will put a big smile on their faces and complete their year!
Holiday cookies require a little elbow grease, some flour, a lot of butter, and an enormous pinch of LOVE. But I can guarantee kids of all ages will love them no matter what! An added bonus is that it will take away the holiday season shopping stress as well.
We all love the classic chocolate chip cookies, but I’m telling you these Brown Butter Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies can rival those beloved classic cookies. They are thicker and they have a note of toffee from the brown butter which really takes them to the next level.
Linzer cookies are another one of those classic Christmas cookies, the tender cookies themselves are made with almond flour, a little spice, and citrus zest. But these are not filled with the typical jam filling, they’re filled with a creamy peppermint chocolate ganache!
Okay, get ready for another classic with a twist! Who doesn’t love snickerdoodle cookies right? Well, these are made with real pumpkin puree in the cookie dough, then rolled in pumpkin pie spiced sugar before baking.
These are no boring oatmeal cookies, these festive Pistachio Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are studded with red from the dried cranberries and green from the pistachio. They’re chewy, nutty, and buttery.
#5. Almond Rugelach
These Almond Rugelach are one of our absolute favorites, as is anything filled with almond paste! The dough is tender and flaky, you can use either homemade or store bought almond paste for the filling.
These guava cookies are not your typical jam thumbprint cookies. They’re made with guava jam and the cookies are rolled in coconut flakes for the ultimate tropical flavor. Mele Kalikimaka!
If you want red velvet cupcakes for Christmas but you’re tasked to bring cookies, make these Red Velvet Cookies Cups. The cookies are chewy and they’re filled with a tangy cream cheese frosting. Be warned, they’re highly addictive!
Peanut Butter and Jelly are an everyday essential. But when transformed into little pie-like sandwich cookies, they are just as Christmas worthy as any others on this list.
These soft and spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies are filled with surprise pieces of candied ginger. Each bite is full of warm spices that will transport you from Fall right into the Christmas season and beyond.
If you love the chocolate chip cookie varieties, these are totally holiday appropriate. They have a hint of cocoa and loaded with creamy white chocolate chips.
Spritz cookies are super easy to make and are also a holiday classic. You can easily change their flavor using different flavor extracts, or make this chocolate version by adding a little bit of cocoa powder.
Another classic with a twist, buttery shortbread cookies made with caramelized sugar! If you’re gonna make cookies, might as well have a little fun doing it. They’re unusual and unusually delicious.
Bonus: Gingerbread Dog Treats
Last but not least, we can’t forget the puppers. These guys are family to us, so whip up a batch of Gingerbread Dog Treats for them to enjoy and appreciate the festivities of the holiday season with you.
How to choose holiday cookies for mailing
- Harder cookies will keep their shape better in the mail than softer and more crumbly cookies. Shortbreads and Rugelach are great for mailing.
- Avoid anything with frosting, glaze, and filling that can melt easily or get too messy. Jam thumbprints are okay to mail if you bake the jam into the cookies instead of adding it at the end.
- Don’t choose cookies that are too thin or fragile like spritz cookies, they will not hold up to the rigor of the shipping process.
Tips for packing and shipping holiday cookies
How to pack different kinds of cookies
For large and flat cookies, like the chocolate chip cookie varieties:
- It is most efficient to pack them in plastic treat bags instead of tupperwares to save room and reduce shipping costs.
- Stack them up, sitting up right in plastic treat bags, then tie up the top tightly.
- When shipping, lay them on their side in the shipping container, wrap the treat bags in bubble wrap and/or wedge them in with newspaper to make sure they don’t roll around freely inside the container.
- Pack in either treat bags or tupperwares.
- Tuck them in their container tightly so they cannot move freely.
- I love using plastic treat bags because you can pack a few different types of cookies separately.
- Choose a shipping container 1 size larger than what you’re planning to ship and use bubble wrap, packing peanuts or newspaper to ensure your treats will keep their shape and avoid them from being crushed by other packages.
- To keep cookies fresher longer, you could also wrap them in plastic individually.
- Always ship priority to ensure they get to your intended destination as quickly as possible.
If you make any of these holiday cookies, please let me know! Leave a comment, send me a photo, rate it and don’t forget to tag me @wildwildwhisk on Instagram. I’d love to see what’s cooking up in your kitchen. Cheers!