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Irresistible Holiday Treats: 15 Yummy Winter Cookie Recipes

If you’re a regular on WonderfulDIY, then you’ve probably already noticed that we adore cookies. We’ll eat any kind of cookie, too; store bought, homemade, or one even made from freezer dough. It doesn’t matter to us as long as we’re enjoying a delicious cookie! Of course, being avid DIY enthusiasts, we prefer to make our cookies whenever we can. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for delicious seasonal recipes that will help us make the best cookies possible!

Just in case you’re from a whole family of cookie lovers too and you’d really like to make them some extra special treats over the holiday season, here are 15 of our favourite winter cookie recipes that are always a hit.

1. Pumpkin cookie cups


For some people, pumpkin season ends when fall comes to a close and the first snow falls, bringing winter in with all its own delicious flavours. For us, however, pumpkin spice season lasts from September to March when spring starts to poke through the snow! That’s why we love these delicious pumpkin cookie cups from Delicious As It Looks so much. Besides giving us that mouth watering pumpkin flavour we love in their iced filling, they also show you how to make a cookie in a different, bite sized shape that makes for the perfect post-dinner snack.

2. Pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodle cookies


In our family, snickerdoodles are a classic and a favourite. No matter what kind we’re making or what time of year it is, they’re always gone in a surprisingly speedy time! Even though our families love all snickerdoodles, we still like to keep things interesting and switch it up when a new season or holiday rolls around. That’s why we’ve got these deliciously spiced pumpkin snickerdoodles on our winter cookie list! Check them out in more detail on The Recipe Critic.

3. Oatmeal pumpkin sandwich cookies


Perhaps the biggest hit in your house is actually more of a subtle classic to the point that the recipe is timeless, but you’re still looking for a way to keep things fun and seasonal? In that case, why not follow in My Suburban Kitchen‘s footsteps and transform a batch of deliciously simple oatmeal cookies into pumpkin cream filled sandwiches? Their recipe walks you step by step through the process of making a filling that’s just right when it comes to spice and consistency.

4. Salted caramel coconut thumbprint cookies


Besides the fact that salted caramel has always been a winter classic flavour (and one of our favourites, at that), we love these adorable little coconut thumbprint cookies from Inspired by Charm because the shredded coconut kind of looks like snow! Our kids love helping us make these because they love pressing their thumbs right into the middle of the balled cookie dough balls and filling that spot with deliciously gooey caramel after.

5. Butterscotch apple cookies


In the age old debate between caramel and butterscotch, are you firmly on the side of butterscotch? Then you’re going to adore the topping on these delicious apple cookies from Butter With A Side of Bread! The combination of the two flavours is perfectly sweet and a little fruity, and they even suggest amping the flavour up by sprinkling crushed pecans across the top.

6. Pumpkin apple snickerdoodles


Were you pretty intrigued by the idea of making pumpkin snickerdoodles but you held out wondering if there might be a way to combine at least one more yummy flavour into the mix before you start? Then you’re going to be glad you kept scrolling! This recipe from Back for Seconds shows you how to make pumpkin apple snickerdoodles with white chocolate chips thrown into the mix like an extra sweet bonus.

7.White chocolate pumpkin pudding cookies


When it comes to unconventionally made cookies, or recipes that have even just a slight variation from the classic method, our favourite kinds to make are undoubtedly pudding based cookies. There’s just something so creamy and delicious about the batter that we can hardly get them in the oven fast enough! If you combine that with our ongoing love for pumpkin, it’ll come as no surprise that we’re huge fans of this white chocolate pumpkin pudding cookie recipe from The Recipe Critic.

8. Cinnamon crumb pecan sandie


If you’re going to go to the trouble of either making or buying cookies for your family, do you like to make sure they’re really a treat? We try to practice moderation in our house when it comes to food, but sometimes letting our kids have the sweetest flavour around is a nice surprise for them. That’s why we’ve always loved sandies, especially since they come in all kinds of great seasonal flavours thanks to innovative recipes like this one from Little Bits Of! They show you how to make cinnamon crumb pecan sandies.

9. Soft gingersnap molasses cookies


We know some people who like their cookies firm and with a little bit of crunch but, if you ask us, the best cookie recipes are the ones that stay nice and moist, as though they’ve always only just been taken right out of the oven! That’s why we’re such big fans of these soft gingersnap molasses cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They’re always the perfect consistency!

10. Pumpkin spiced shortbread with apple cider buttercream


We’ve talked quite a bit about icing filling sandwich style cookies, but what if you love icing quite a lot and you think adding another cookie on top throws the cookie to icing ratio off? Then we have a feeling you’ll enjoy these iced pumpkin spice shortbread cookies from The Café Sucre Farine more than just about anything else on our list! They show you how to make a smother the cookies with a rich, delicious apple cider buttercream, complete with a yummy caramel drizzle.

11. Oreo funfetti cookies


Are you actually just looking for a super fun recipe to make with your kids because the weather is quite harsh where you live and you want to keep them amused when they’re stuck inside on very cold, snowy days? Then funfetti sounds like just the thing for you. Deliciously Sprinkled shows you how to get crazy in your batter with lots of differently coloured sprinkles and some crushed Oreos.

12. Pumpkin oatmeal breakfast cookies


Have you been scrolling through our list so far thinking about how much you enjoy the ideas of some of these recipes but someone in your family has to eat gluten free, so you’re trying to prioritize recipes that are friendly for them? Then maybe you’d prefer these delicious breakfast cookies from The Lemon Bowl! That’s right; breakfast cookies. These pumpkin oatmeal cookies might not be the healthiest thing you’ll eat all week, but they’re made naturally enough that you can certainly get away with having them on a treat morning this winter.

13. Caramel apple cheesecake cookies


Perhaps your favourite cookie recipes are always the ones that combine the flavour or ingredients of another of your favourite treats because then you get maximum goodness all in one place? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at these delicious caramel apple cheesecake cookies from Shake, Bake, and Party! We love that they’ve used white chocolate chips to really drive the flavour home and make them practically decadent.

14. Oatmeal pumpkin cream pies


Just in case you’re not quite over the idea of iced cookie sandwiches yet but you also haven’t quite found the right recipe for you yet, here’s one last fragrantly seasonal pumpkin recipe for you! Sally’s Baking Addiction shows you how to make a scrumptiously classic oatmeal cookie, but also how to rev up the flavour by transforming two cookies into a cream pie using creamy pumpkin icing.

15. Cinnamon bun cookies


Were you totally intrigued when we started talking about cookies that also taste like other delicious treats but you’re still looking for the flavour combination idea that’s really the one for you? Then maybe you’d prefer these cinnamon bun inspired cookies from Recipe Girl! You’ll be shocked at just how much they taste like a real cinnamon bun, only bite sized and more portable for when you want a treat on the go.