Trying to find a recipe for Thanksgiving cookies can make you want to tear your hair out. There are tons of options out there, but when you or your guests have dietary restrictions that need to be accommodated, making holiday desserts can become a burden. You want to find something that suits everyone and also tastes good. Our all-inclusive list of Thanksgiving cookies will help make your holiday a breeze.
Classic Thanksgiving Cookies
Turkey Sugar Cookies
This recipe is the perfect one to make if you have a creative mind or little ones at home. Candy eyeballs and candy corn feathers really bring these turkeys to life. Get everyone at home to help out with the decorating.
Frosted Cranberry Drop Cookies
Making a batch of drop cookies is as easy as pie, and this recipe makes enough to serve a lot of people. These cookies are small enough for everyone to try some, and your group will even be able to grab seconds. Toss a few cranberries into your batter to keep things on point for Thanksgiving, and you’re good to go.
Apple Pie Crisp Cookies
We all love a good slice of apple pie, and this recipe will allow you to chow down on it in cookie form. A bit of apple pie filling, vanilla, and some walnuts make these cookies the perfect version of our favorite Thanksgiving dessert.
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Who doesn’t have one hour to spare for some delicious homemade cookies? This twist on the classic sugar cookie includes a touch of pumpkin to keep things festive. You won’t need too many ingredients, and the recipe yields quite a hefty batch of cookies, so everyone can have one.
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies With Cinnamon Glaze
With the fall season comes pumpkin, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to show off your baking chops using the ingredient. Classic pumpkin cookies topped with a mouthwatering cinnamon glaze will really give your gluten-free guests something to be thankful for. You’ll get about three dozen cookies from one batch, too.
Triple-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Don’t leave your gluten-free friends out of all the chocolatey goodness Thanksgiving can offer. These delectable cookies made from special flour, organic sugar, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate, among other things, can be served to any gluten-free guest. The recipe makes quite a bit, so even those who aren’t gluten-free can enjoy these Thanksgiving cookies.
Soft And Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies are a traditional treat that can be made for any occasion. Whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, you can easily whip up a batch of these guys to serve to guests with dietary restrictions. Consider adding some pumpkin or cranberries for a festive touch.
Molasses Ginger Cookies
Not only are these cookies perfect for those with dietary restrictions, but they only take 25 minutes to make, including prep time. Even though pumpkin is fall’s most popular flavor, you can go back to the original fall combo of molasses and ginger for a dessert everyone will love.
Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Cookies
Almond Cloud Cookies
If you’re dealing with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, you may have thought Thanksgiving desserts were off-limits. But there are tons of dairy-free cookies to make that still taste amazing — these almond cloud cookies, for example.
Peanut Butter Oat Bites With Sea Salt And Cinnamon
This particular recipe is a go-to for anyone looking to save some time during the holiday season. Just combine a few ingredients in a mixer, and you’ll have two dozen cookies that don’t require any baking at all. Top it all off with sea salt and cinnamon.
Chocolate Explosion Oatmeal Cookies
The good news about being dairy-free is that you can still enjoy the taste of chocolate, especially when it’s baked into a tender cookie. These oatmeal chocolate cookies use dairy-free chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla, and a milk substitute of your choosing (this recipe uses coconut milk).
Lemon Cranberry Cookies
All you need is 25 minutes to bring these lemon cranberry cookies to the table. Grab some soy-free butter, white baking chips, lemon zest, cranberries, and a few other ingredients to make these cookies that any dairy-free guest will be able to enjoy. The combination of lemon and cranberry is perfect for this time of year.
Vegan Thanksgiving Cookies
Thin Mint Cookies
We all look forward to buying Girl Scout cookies. But for those of us living the vegan life, finding a cookie that meets our needs is tough. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving cookie that will give you the best of both worlds, look no further than this thin mint cookie recipe.
Maple Pecan Cookies
Maple and pecan go together like bacon and eggs; it’s one of those traditional duos we love. These simple cookies take about half an hour to make, and the recipe yields about two dozen. You’ll need coconut oil, coconut sugar, pecans, and oats to bring these delicious vegan cookies to life.
Coconut No-Bake Cookies
Whipping up a batch of no-bake cookies can save you some serious time. A bit of vegan butter, coconut, vanilla extract, and some sea salt are just some of the ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies a success. Heat the ingredients in a saucepan, let the cookies cool for a few minutes on a baking sheet, and you’ve got yourself Thanksgiving cookies that only took 10 minutes to make.
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are perfect enough, but no one’s stopping you from adding a holiday twist to this classic recipe. Sprinkle some cranberries in with vegan chocolate chips, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract for the best vegan Thanksgiving cookies you could hope for.
Low-Carb Thanksgiving Cookies
Cherry Hazelnut Biscotti
Biscotti isn’t just delicious with your spiced caramel latte. You can easily create this Thanksgiving-inspired homemade biscotti using some cinnamon, chopped hazelnuts, and dried cherries. The cookies take about 90 minutes to make, but the wait is well worth it.
Pumpkin Pie Bites
This recipe not only brings pumpkin cookies to your dinner table, but it also gives you the option of adding some sugar-free chocolate chips. Regardless of which route you take, these mini Thanksgiving cookies pack tons of flavor, and the recipe yields about two dozen.
Cranberry Ginger Butter Cookies
If you’re looking for a recipe that will give you three dozen cookies in just over half an hour, look no further. These cranberry ginger butter cookies are the perfect healthy alternative to high-carb Thanksgiving cookies. Almond flour and candied ginger help make these small cookies a dream come true.
Clementine Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
These spectacular cookies conclude our list with a bang. Low in carbs but high in flavor, these rectangular cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and topped with clementine zest.
Our list of Thanksgiving cookies will give you everything you’re looking for this holiday season. Come back whenever you want to try something new!