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40+ Cookie and Bar Recipes for your Holiday Cookie Platter

I don’t know about you, but every year I put a lot of thought and preparation into my holiday baking. I always have some traditional cookies my family makes every year, but I always like to try new ones, too. I think its important to have a nice variety of cookies on your platter, to showcase different flavors and textures

40 Cookie and Bar Recipes for the holidays

I seem to have quite an affinity for cookies and bars (and really, who doesn’t?!) because I have collected over 40 recipes to share with you! I hope you find some great inspiration here! Happy Baking! 🙂

AND because I love you guys so very much, I have created a FREE Printable Holiday Baking Guide to help you plan out your baking this season!

Over 40 Christmas Cookies and Bars - The Gingered Whisk

25 Amazing Cookie Recipes:

Armenian Nazook Cookies

Citrus Butter Cookies

Cherry Almond Sourdough Biscotti

Chocolate Chai Snickerdoodles

Chocolate Chip Potato Chip Cookies

Cowboy Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Iced Lemon Lavender Tea Cookies

Maple Pecan Thumbprints

Monster Cookies

Nestle Florentine Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Sea Salt and Thyme Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies

Soft Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Chips

Soft Sourdough Cookies

Sourdough Kolaches with Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Sourdough Peanut Butter Kisses

Sourdough Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Spice Cookies

Toasted Coconut Shortbread Cookie with Pineapple Cream

Twice Baked Brown Butter Shortbread

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

World Peace Chocolate Cookies

17 Awesome Bar Recipes:

Bars can also have a place on your holiday cookie platter! Bars are great because you can cut them large or into bite size pieces, so no matter how many people you have, you can make sure you have enough. Check out these 17 bars that I think are just delicious!!

Black Bean Brownies (with hidden spinach!)

Butterbeer Blondies

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Stout and Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies

Earl Grey Lemon Bars

Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Kahlua Brownies

Lemon Bars

Naniamo Bars

Old World Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Salted Caramel Swirls


Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies

Sourdough Mega Chocolate Brownies

Strawberry Jam Bars

Raspberry Bars

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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  • Reply
    December 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Wow, that is SUCH a collection! A lot to choose from, for sure!

    I am drooling over the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, and the Red Velvet Swirl Brownies….

  • Reply
    Danielle Pientka
    November 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Great collection for holiday cooking! 🙂

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    Lisa Jorgensen
    November 30, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Whoa! Great recipes. Feeling the need to share this!

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    Holy Craft
    November 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    So many new yummy ones to try!

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    Andrea Bates
    November 30, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    I love these kinds of posts!! Can't wait to check out several of the recipes.

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    Dallas Piana
    November 30, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Too many…I like anything w chocolate in it…

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    LaKisha Riddick
    December 1, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Wow! This is a baker's dream!!! Thanks for sharing all of these recipes. I'm pinning to reference later!

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    Anna Thompson
    December 1, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Thank you for all the awesome recipes! I came over from the Manic Mondays Blog Hop. I just started my own blog…

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