10 Cookie Recipes to Give As Holiday Gifts

By: Bob's Red Mill | December 9 2020

When we hear the word dessert, cookies are one of the first things that come to mind. Whether you're someone who loves salty or sweet treats, chances are you have a favorite cookie in your recipe book. Cookies have a unique ability to turn some of the most underwhelming days into exciting ones.

If you're searching for the perfect gift to give this holiday season, give the gift of food! There's nothing like the joy you receive from opening a gift and realizing it's a large batch of freshly baked cookies. Not fully convinced? Keep scrolling to discover the many ways gifting cookies can spread holiday cheer this season.

Cookies Come from the Heart

Homemade cookie gifts are a great way to show those you love that you're thinking about them. Cookies take time to make, and if your recipient's love language is acts of service or gifts, then you're in luck! Knowing that you took time out of your day to bake cookies for someone you care about will undoubtedly put a smile on their face. Not the best baker? Don't worry; it's the thought that counts. However, if you're searching for a foolproof and fun cookie recipe, try out this Polar Bear Cookie Recipe

Cookies are Customizable

Cookies can be customized for the recipient you're gifting them to. Have a friend who loves chocolate chip cookies? Now is the perfect time to make them a batch. Or, if your friends and family prefer sweet fruity flavors, make them a few dozen thumbprint cookies filled with their favorite fruit jelly.

Before baking your cookies, take some time to think about who you'll be gifting them to and the different flavors they enjoy. If you really want a custom gift, make sugar cookies that can be decorated with their favorite shapes and colors. 

Cookies Are Edible

What do you get for the person who has it all? An edible gift, of course. If you're running around last minute searching for the perfect gift this season, head over to our cookie recipe page and choose the one you think your recipient will love. And, because they can be eaten, they're a gift that can be enjoyed right away. 

Now that you've decided cookies are the true gift of the season, it's time to pick out a cookie recipe you'd like to use to spread the cheer. Keep scrolling to determine which of the many cookie varieties you'll be making this season.

Cookie Recipes to Give as Holiday Gifts

Classic Cookies

Classic cookies encompass everything from chocolate chip cookies to oatmeal raisin. These cookie recipes are ones that have been made for years and passed down through generations. Chances are, you already have a go-to recipe of your own. However, if you'd like to try something new, these recipes are our favorites.

Oatmeal Cookies

As previously mentioned, Oatmeal Cookies are a classic treat. Not only are they delicious, but they're also easy to make. Regular rolled oats and chocolate chips are combined to make this cookie, creating the perfect blend of hearty and sweet flavors. To help these cookies stay fresh-tasting for longer, try pulsing or chopping the oats beforehand. While this step is optional, it will result in a delicious cookie that will taste freshly baked for days!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

No cookies list would be complete without an incredible Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Chocolate Chip Cookies are the queen of all cookies. They're tasty, simple to make and loved by nearly everyone. The next time your plan on making cookies as a holiday gift, make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies. Because this cookie flavor is so popular, you won't have to worry too much about your recipient liking them or not. 

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are an excellent cookie to make, especially if you plan on decorating them afterward. Because sugar cookies can be molded into any shape, they're the perfect cookie to use with cookie cutters. Sugar cookies also don't rise as high as other cookie varieties, making them easier to decorate. Have fun in the kitchen this holiday season, and make a batch of these tasty Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies to surprise loved ones. 

Sweet Cookies

Have a friend or family in your life with an insatiable sweet tooth? We have just the cure—a super sweet cookie! Sweet cookies are loaded with appealing flavors like caramel, chocolate and cream. They're the perfect dessert and an excellent way to calm any cravings. Give the gift of sweet cookies this season and make one of these delicious recipes. 

Ginger Spice Cookies

It wouldn't be the holiday season without the smell of gingerbread coming from the kitchen. A great way to share your holiday spirit with others, these Ginger Spice Cookies make for the perfect seasonal treat. Made with healthy, wholesome ingredients, they are both gluten free and lactose free. 

Fruit and Pistachio Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies

Searching for a cookie recipe that your loved ones haven't tried yet? These sweet Fruit and Pistachio Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies will have them overjoyed. Holiday-themed, these cookies are slice and bake, which leaves them looking as if they're embedded with colorful jewels. The ideal, elegant gift, chopped pistachios, orange zest and rum add an extra unique flavor to this dessert that can't be beaten. Plus, these cookies can easily be made gluten free and vegan with just a few simple swaps.

Salty Cookies

If you're someone who loves sweets and salty flavors mixed together, then cookies are the perfect dessert for you. When bitter ingredients are baked into a recipe, our taste buds communicate that bitter taste to our brain, letting us know the flavor. However, when salt is added, it masks these bitter flavors and makes a recipe sweeter. The next time you're craving a cookie to make, or bake and give away, try reaching for a salty cookie recipe.

Pretzel Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Searching for a sweet and salty cookie that will knock everyone's socks off? You've found it. This Pretzel Butterscotch Chip Cookie recipe is a mix of sweet, salty and crunchy flavors. The perfect exciting twist on your usual holiday cookies, bake a batch of these to hand out to friends and loved ones. 

Savory Cookies

Love using herbs and spices in your meals but aren't quite sure how to work them into your desserts? We have the perfect solution—savory cookies. While most savory cookies are still sweet, they contain flavors from refreshing herbs like thyme and lavender, boosting their flavor profile. If you're searching for a decadent cookie recipe to share with others, try baking a savory one and watch the compliments roll in.

Sweet Potato Spice Cookie Recipe

A sweet and savory dessert recipe, these Sweet Potato Spice Cookies are the perfect treat to make for guests with dietary restrictions. Made with wholesome, good-for-you ingredients, these cookies are gluten free, lactose free, low calorie, soy-free and vegan! 

Bite-sized cookies

Bite-sized cookies are a fun and unique way to give the gift of dessert this holiday season. Small, tasty and genuinely bite-sized, they're an excellent gift for children and adults alike. Wrap them up in fun packaging and set them on the doorsteps of your loved ones. They're sure to be elated when they receive this thoughtful gift.

Apple Spice No Bake Cookies

Delicious and bite-sized these Apple Spice No-bake Cookies are the ideal cookies to eat on the go. Made with whole grain oats, coconut sugar and apples, these cookies don't require baking at all. Incredibly easy to make, they're a great way to brighten others' day without spending too much time in the kitchen. 

Breakfast Cookies

Cookies don't only have to be eaten as a dessert. When made with healthy, wholesome ingredients, cookies can make a nutrient-packed breakfast perfect for busy mornings. If you have someone in your life who is always on-the-go, help them out this season and make breakfast for them. By gifting your loved ones a batch of breakfast cookies, you can let them know you care while also keeping them fueled for the busy schedule ahead.

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Who doesn't want a big slice of carrot cake for breakfast? These Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are a sweet and nutritious healthy treat that tastes great! Made with a mix of walnuts, carrots, spices and raisins, the result is a cookie that's crispy on the outside with a soft muffin like center. These cookies are so full of flavor, it's hard to tell that they're entirely gluten free! 

Healthy Breakfast Cookies with Oats and Peanut Butter

Want to bake up something nutty to celebrate the holiday season? These delightful nutty Healthy Breakfast Cookies with Oats and Peanut Butter are a sweet and healthy blend of all your favorite ingredients. Made from nutritious ingredients like oats, chia, flaxseed and cooked sweet potato, they're great when enjoyed as an on-the-go breakfast or an after dinner snack.

The next time you're searching for a delicious cookie to bake as a holiday gift, we hope you refer to this article for some ideas. From sweet cookies to salty ones, they're undoubtedly a homemade cookie gift on this list that you're guests will love. Just be careful; all of these cookie recipes are so good you may end up wanting to save them all for yourself. From everyone at Bob's Red Mill, Happy baking! 


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