Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
Culture > Entertainment

Seven Cookie Recipes to Get into the Holiday Spirit

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Maryland chapter.

Cookies are a quintessential part of the holiday season. From baking with family and friends to sneaking a few leftover cookies when everyone is asleep, holiday cookies make the world go round. 

What better way to celebrate the semester winding down than with holiday cookies. Whether you are a chocolate fan, peanut butter lover or eggnog addict, these cookie recipes will have you covered on all fronts. Choose one or all seven of these holiday cookies to bake this chilly season for University of Maryland holiday parties, family events or just for yourself. And fear not, we have provided recipes for each cookie, so you don’t have to spend valuable studying time finding the perfect one. 

Crinkle Cookies

If you’re a chocolate lover, these cookies are for you. These magical cookies look almost as good as they taste with a beautiful powdered sugar-coated exterior, and the soft cake-like inside is guaranteed to have you coming back for a second cookie. 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

It’s a classic but so delicious – and better yet easy too. With only a few ingredients and only an hour of work, this is definitely a cookie to make when you’re running short on time. Plus, who can resist the chocolate kiss on top? If you have a peanut allergy, use almond butter, soy butter or any other kind of substitute and enjoy!


Cinnamon and sugar are the flavors of the holidays and these cookies are just that. These thick versions are perfect for those of us who can never turn down a cookie. Pair these snickerdoodles with a holiday cocktail for an adult version of milk and cookies and cozy up to watch a holiday movie.

Eggnog Cookies

What are the holidays without eggnog? You’ve had it alone, you’ve had it as a cocktail, and now you can have it in a cookie. A perfect combination of spices and eggnog makes this cookie the perfect treat for your dessert plate.

Peppermint Cookies

Who can turn down peppermint during this time of year? This cookie combines the holiday flavors of peppermint and chocolate together in an irresistible way. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, these cookies only take a total of 30 minutes both for preparation and baking combined. 

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Spare yourself a trip to Starbucks, these hot chocolate cookies are better than any cocoa you’ve ever had. You can never go wrong with a whole marshmallow on top. Bring these to a holiday party to wow all the guests, or keep them tucked away in a secret container for yourself. 

Milk and Cookie Shots

For those that are 21+, one big part of holiday parties is the drinks. This cookie recipe combines the best of holiday cocktails with classic chocolate chip cookies. If you want an easier version, use  store bought cookie dough instead of homemade dough. Forget the normal jell-o shots that every party has – bring these instead!

No matter if you’re staying on or near campus for the holiday season or traveling far and wide with your loved ones, these cookies are the perfect treats to make. Happy holidays, and as always, eat more cookies!

Katherine Mahoney is from Olney, Maryland and is studying at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Katherine looks forward to gaining a more in-depth perspective on the field of journalism and hone her journalistic abilities in order to give voice to those who remain without in our ever-connected society.