You say it’s the holidays, eh? We say: cookie swap or it didn’t happen. Every great cookie tin starts with at least a few full-fleshed drop cookies, filled with decadent surprises—everything from dark chocolate chips to flaked coconut to walnut pieces. From spiced oatmeal cookies to chocolate-dipped macarons, here are a few of our favorite drop cookie recipes for the holiday season.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a reason why this chocolate chip cookie recipe is our third most popular recipe of all time: It has the right level of sweetness and the perfect ratio of chocolate to chewy cookie dough.

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

On the hunt for a crowd-pleaser that’s also a cinch to make ahead? Look no further than Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons. Make them up to several days ahead, and serve them with coffee.

Oatmeal, Date and Walnut Spice Cookies

Allspice, the dried berry that tastes like a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, is the key to the deep flavor found in these oatmeal cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chuck Williams’ voluminous Double Chocolate Chip Cookies would make a wonderful homemade gift for any chewy cookie fiend and chocoholic.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almonds and Orange Zest

These chocolate chip cookies with toasted almonds and orange zest hidden inside are just the thing for those who enjoy a cookie with a little mystery.


Looking for even more cookie ideas? Check out five of our favorite jam cookie recipes.