3 Holiday Cookie Ideas That Will Have People Asking If You Subscribe to Bon Appetit

Cookies, but make it festive.

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Put down the slice & bake. Yes, that pre-made dough tastes like additive heaven and the memory of college all-nighters, but we’re adults now. That means it’s officially time to start baking holiday treats that make friends ask, “Oh, are these those Bon Appetit cookies everyone’s making this year?”

Feeling like you won’t ever be able to bake something beautiful enough to ‘gram this season? Don’t let the gourmet get you down. You’ve totally got this.

What makes a holiday cookie...a holiday cookie? Yes, it's cookies made and served during the month of December at holiday themed. More specifically, it's the shape and the icing. This is why you need our holiday cookie kit to help with the details. Ain't none of us went to pastry school.

That said, if you've got butter fingers (pun intended), we've got some cookie recipes to use instead of plain ole sugar that will make sure people are more distracted by the taste and colors than your lopsided angel, and messily decorated tree.

Zebra Striped Shortbread Cookies


*Photo by Alex Lau, Food styling by Susan Spungen, Prop styling by Kalen Kaminsky * With its bold pattern and colorful sugar ring might give Halloween vibes, but just stick a star cookie cutter on that sucker and you've got a Christmas cookie.


  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cups (2½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract or paste
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • ¼ cup sanding sugar (any color)

Peppermint Mocha Cookies


You’re not fooling anyone. Your office mug has been full of peppermint mocha’s since December first. Now you can bite instead of sipping.


  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (53g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder or 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (180g) mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large candy canes, crushed

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Rum Glaze


Candied ginger? Count us in. Perfectly chewy with a kick of spice, these cookies are fancy as heck. But, with our cookie decorating kit...we think you can make them even FANCIER.


  • all purpose flour - 3 cups
  • baking soda - 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • salt - 3/4 teaspoon
  • ground ginger - 1 tablespoon
  • cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
  • cloves - 1/4 teaspoon
  • nutmeg - 1/4 teaspoon
  • unsalted butter at room temperature - 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks
  • granulated sugar - 1 cup plus 1/4 cup for rolling
  • brown sugar lightly packed - 1 cup
  • molasses - 1/2 cup
  • eggs at room temperature - 2
  • white or apple cider vinegar - 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Rum Glaze
  • powdered sugar sifted - 2 cups
  • spiced rum - 4-5 tablespoons
  • candied ginger pieces - 2-3 tablespoons

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