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Not Your Grandma’s Cookies — 15 Holiday Cookies With a Twist!

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Sure, Grandma makes some really good sugar cookies. And molasses cookies. And snickerdoodles. And even chocolate chip cookies! While all of those classics are perfectly delectable, sometimes a holiday cookie needs a little flair!

OK, so some grandmothers actually are good at flair, in which case they will love this collection of cookie recipes. These 15 fun cookies for the holidays all have great things going on, from unexpected ingredients to interesting evolutions of the classics!

  • Fun for the Holidays! 1 of 16
    holiday cookies with a twist

    These not-so-classic cookies will infuse some fun into the holidays!

  • Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirls 2 of 16
    chocolate cream cheese swirls

    I can't even begin to say how much I love these cookies. The first time I had them they were given to me on a plate of holiday cookies. I was instantly hooked and have made them every December since! The marbling is pretty and the flavor combination of chocolate and cream cheese is perfection. 

    Chocolate Swirls

    From Jane Maynard as passed from friend to friend to friend!
    - 1/2 cup sugar
    - 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    - 1/2 cup butter, softened
    - 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
    - 1 egg
    - 1 teaspoon vanilla
    - 2 cups all purpose flour
    - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    - 1/4 teaspoon salt
    - 1 cup semisweet chocolate ships, melted and slightly cooled

    Heat oven to 350F. In large mixing bowl combine sugars, butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms. Fold melted chips into dough until lightly marbled. (Do not overmix.)

    Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Cool completely before storing.

  • Salted Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies 3 of 16
    salted mocha chocolate chip cookies

    These chocolate chip cookies take a good thing and just make it better!

    Get the recipe for Salted Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies right here on Babble!

    Photo source: Brooklyn Supper

  • Chocolate-Speckled Salted Shortbread 4 of 16
    chocolate-speckled salted shortbread

    Yes, simple shortbread is heavenly all on its own, but sprinkling in some chocolate and salt never hurt anybody certainly not these cookies!

    Make Chocolate-Speckled Salted Shortbread from Bake or Break

    Photo source: Bake or Break

  • Homemade Samoas 5 of 16
    homemade samoas

    These homemade samoas look even better than the Girl Scout version, plus making them at home means we get to enjoy these delectable treats during the holidays!

    Get the recipe for Homemade Samoas right here on Babble!

    Photo source: Jamie Richardson

  • Chocolate-Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies 6 of 16
    chocolate-stuffed gingerbread cookies

    Not only is the gingerbread converted to cookie form, it's stuffed with chocolate!

    Make Chocolate-Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies from I Heart Eating

    Photo source: I Heart Eating

  • Caramel-Stuffed Snickerdoodles 7 of 16
    caramel-stuffed snickerdoodles

    More stuffing action this time caramel is found inside a snickerdoodle! Sounds like a clever and delicious combination to me!

    Get the recipe for Caramel-Stuffed Snickerdoodles right here on Babble!

    Photo source: Brooke McClay

  • Vanilla Cardamom Shortbread Snowflake Sandwich Cookies 8 of 16
    carcamom shortbread cookies

    This recipe has fun with shortbread, too, this time adding the wonderful and aromatic flavor of cardamom and then making cookie sandwiches with an espresso-infused buttercream filling. I can guarantee my grandma would never think of these flavor combinations!

    Make Vanilla Cardamom Shortbread Snowflake Sandwich Cookies with Espresso Buttercream Filling from Pineapple and Coconut

    Photo source: Pineapple and Coconut

  • Snickers Bar Stuffed Cookies 9 of 16
    snickers bar stuffed cookies

    A cookie stuffed with Snickers bars? Bring it.

    Get the recipe for Snickers Bar Stuffed Cookies right here on Babble!

    Photo source: Kelsey Banfield

  • Spiced Mushroom Cookies 10 of 16
    spiced mushroom cookies

    Mushroom cookies? You better believe that's a twist! Okay, so there aren't actually mushrooms in these cookies, they just look like cute little mushrooms!

    Make Spiced Mushroom Cookies from Pineapple & Coconut

    Photo source: Pineapple & Coconut

  • Cap’n Crunch Cookies 11 of 16
    capn crunch cookies

    Don't be deterred by the breakfast cereal in these cookies they are mighty delicious!

    Get the recipe for Cap'n Crunch Cookies right here on Babble!

    Photo source: Kelsey Banfield

  • Gingerbread Magic Cookies 12 of 16
    gingerbread magic cookies

    This recipe takes the classic layered magic cookie bar everyone knows and loves and gives it a holiday twist, with delicious results!

    Make Gingerbread Magic Cookies from The Kitchen is My Playground

    Photo source: The Kitchen is My Playground

  • Elvis-Inspired Cookie Cups 13 of 16
    elvis-inspired cookie cups

    These cookies are anything but ordinary, featuring bacon and bananas! 

    Make Elvis-inspired Cookie Cups from Snappy Gourmet

    Photo source: Snappy Gourmet

  • Ginger Wasabi Cookies 14 of 16
    ginger wasabi cookies

    Yep, you read that right. WASABI cookies.

    Make Ginger Wasabi Cookies from This American Bite

    Photo source: This American Bite

  • Cookies and Cream Crunch Cookie Bites 15 of 16
    cookies and cream crunch cookie bites

    These cookies have a delicious cookies & cream surprise in the center!

    Make Cookies and Cream Crunch Cookie Bites from Simply Southern Baking

    Photo source: Simply Southern Baking

  • Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies 16 of 16
    red velvet peppermint thumbprint cookies

    Making red velvet into a cookie alone is twist enough but throwing in peppermint takes it over the top!

    Make Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies from Yummy Healthy Easy

    Photo source: Yummy Healthy Easy

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