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The holidays are here, and it’s time to get out your apron and rolling pin. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite Christmas cookie recipes for get-togethers and cookie exchanges. Whether you like chewy, crispy, chocolate or cinnamon, we’ve got you covered this cookie season!

Baking brings us together over the holidays

Baking holiday cookies is an annual tradition at your house. It gets everyone together in the kitchen, exchanging tips and stories, and the laughter continues as you enjoy the first bites. But you don’t have to feel limited to making the same cut-out cookies every year. Because if you made it for Christmas — it’s a Christmas cookie! 

We’ve gathered our top 10 Christmas cookie recipes to make you the star of every holiday party:


1. Easy HERSHEY’S KISSES Peanut Butter Blossoms

Easy HERSHEY’S KISSES Peanut Butter Blossoms
What’s easy and delicious and always comes out perfect? Why, these easy to make peanut butter treats, of course! Combining the classic thumbprint cookie with hints of peanut butter and a HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolate as the centerpiece, these beauties will earn all the “oohs” and “ahhs” and “yums!” Get the Recipe

2. Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

There’s nothing quite like a fudgy cookie to remind you about the best parts of the holiday (along with good cheer and gifts, of course!). File this one under “It only looks complicated.”

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3. Chewy Brownie Cookies

Chewy Brownie Cookies

Let everyone else debate the merits of chocolate chip cookies versus oatmeal cookies. We’ve already selected a winner. The recipe for these Chewy Brownie Cookies calls for 2 cups of HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. Then it ups the chocolate goodness with 1/3 cup of cocoa. Sure, it’s rich and decadent, but isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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4. Sugar Doodles

Sugar Doodles
While we may never know how Snickerdoodles got their name, we certainly understand why they’re a must-have on any holiday cookie tray. Topped with swirls of colored sugar, these cookies combine chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter chips. Get the Recipe

5. Cookie Trio

Cookie Trio

What’s black and white and yum all over? Cookie Trios, of course! While they might look complicated, it’s actually really easy to create these treats. Simply divide the dough mixture in half to form two separate flavors and then top with a HERSHEY’S HUGS Candy for an elegant two-tone centerpiece.

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6. Doubly Chocolate Cookies

Doubly Chocolate Cookies

What do you get when you combine rich cocoa with everyone’s favorite chocolate chip cookies? A dessert so fudgy, it's doubly delicious.

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7. Oatmeal Mini PIECES Cookies

Oatmeal Mini PIECES Cookies

Here’s a treat for the peppermint lover in your life. These white creme-covered pretzels are easy to make and easy to package. Their refreshing mint flavor is a nice break from richer desserts, too. Package some up in clear cellophane bags and ribbon for an easy holiday gift or classroom party favor.

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8. Toffee-Studded Snickerdoodles

Toffee-Studded Snickerdoodles

Sometimes you want to bake a cookie that enhances but doesn’t overpower your morning coffee or afternoon tea break. HEATH BITS O’BRICKLE Toffee Bits and a hint of ground cinnamon add just the right level of “Hmm. These are the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted, but I can’t quite identify the taste, so I should eat another one for research purposes.”

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9. HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates Stuffed Coconut Macaroons

HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates Stuffed Coconut Macaroons
Not all cookies are created equal. These macaroons combine sweetened coconut flakes with HERSHEY’S KISSES for a sweet, fluffy, seriously gorgeous-looking treat. Get the Recipe

10. Peanut Butter Temptations

Peanut Butter Temptations

Your kids will love making the best mini-muffins they’ve ever had. Muffins infused with peanut butter are a treat; when you add unwrapped REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures on top, they’re unbeatable. It’s a fun and easy dessert to make together.

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Try these recipes for your next Christmas cookie exchange.

Check one more thing off your holiday to-do list with these easy Hershey Christmas recipes. They come together quickly — and will disappear even faster. Cookies are perfect for putting in holiday care packages or making a gift basket for a neighbor. They also make a great low-maintenance dessert for serving at your holiday party. Just don’t forget the glass of milk for Santa!

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