20 Adorable Holiday Cookie Ideas From Instagram

Discover sweet inspiration to help you nail this year's cookie swap.

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IMHO, one of the best parts of the holiday season is the abundance of sweets and the many, many reasons to gobble them up without an ounce of guilt. My favorite variety is definitely the holiday cookie. It’s super versatile; it's ultra-tasty; and it has parties solely dedicated to its awesomeness. Your office’s Christmas cookie swap? An ode to the cookie’s sheer greatness. Your friend's cookie-decorating party? Proof of the cookie’s celebrity status.

Holiday cookies come in countless different flavors, and they can be as intricately detailed or as totally basic as you’d like. There are recipes for baking superstars and recipes for baking beginners. Regardless of which camp you belong to, don’t attend your cookie swap or holiday party empty-handed this year, and don’t shy away from hosting a cookie-decorating party with your pals. All you need is a little cookie inspiration and some time in the kitchen. I’ve got you covered on the inspiration. Have a look, get some ideas and head to the kitchen!

Think Pink

Ugly Sweaters

Peppermint Perfection

Coupled Up

Chocolate + Vanilla Swirl

Elegant Antlers

Doily Details

Outerwear + A Cup of Joe

Jam-Full of Love

String Your Sweets

Peanut Butter Pals

Red Velvet Snowflakes

Kiss Me Cookies

Stack Your Stars

Holiday Movie Inspiration

Sweets That Shine

White Chocolate + Cherry

Marvelously Marbled

Linzer Star

Melting Snowmen

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