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12 scrumptious Christmas cookies you can order online

From elegant shortbread to booze-infused treats, these covetable Christmas cookies can be shipped straight to your door

Written by
Emilee Lindner

When it comes to baking the best Christmas cookies, not everyone is a star baker (no matter how many episodes of The Great British Baking Show you binge). So when it comes to wielding a rolling pin or adding the right amount of tartar to a batch, some of us could use a helping hand. The good news? You can order holiday cookies straight from the professionals.

Sure, ordering Christmas cookies online is a little bit of a shortcut. But it takes serious skill to bake shortbread with the perfect amount of spice, and a seriously steady hand to flood a design with the correct amount of royal icing—sometimes it’s best to let pro bakers do what they do best. Before this year’s cookie exchange, poke around this list for sweet treats (oh, and order some chocolates while you're at it) that’ll wow your friends and fam. We’re sure these Christmas cookies will be a holiday hit... and they'll leave way less mess in your kitchen, too.

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Christmas cookies you can order online

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Cookie to cop: Eggnog shortbread (nutmeg and mace sweetened shortbread spiked with brandy)

Eggnog isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got a palate for the polarizing potion, why not infuse the holiday spirit into your Christmas cookies? Laurie Ellen, a former head pastry chef at San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery (which just opened a new location in Los Angeles), first sent her shortbreads to family and friends around the world—demand quickly grew, and, lucky us, they’re now available to the masses. Laurie loves shortbread for its ability to “age beautifully,” and she notes that its flavors actually improve over time. Consider these the fine wine—or fine eggnog—of cookies.

Cookie to cop: Fig shrimp (dried figs, fig paste, Madagascar vanilla, and walnut)

Never forget the age-old K.I.S.S. adage: keep it simple, sweetie. With these simple-yet-elegant treats, you’ll be doing just that. Find joy in tinykeks Bakery’s classic recipes that range from sugar cookies to gingersnaps—perfect for dipping in your Christmas latte or hot cocoa. While ordering, nut-lovers will find plenty of peanutty goodness along with recipes that feature walnuts, almonds, and more. Not to mention, they happen to look pretty good on the dessert table.
Cookie to cop: Rainbow Cookie (Chocolate chip cookie dough filled with a rainbow cookie and raspberry jam, topped with another rainbow cookie)

No one wants to make tough decisions around the holidays especially when it comes to dessert. So if you’re trying to choose between cookies or pie this year, why not have both? Baked With Grace, a Long Island-based baker, makes cookies that she bakes in pie tins that are stuffed with a gooey surprise and usually decorated with decadent toppings.
Cookie to cop: Chocolate chip peppermint crunch

You’ll absolutely win your office White Elephant with these deliciously on-theme Christmas cookies. Flour & Oats boasts a slew of artisan cookies, so if you’re looking to fancy up your gift swap, order their Merry & Bright Assortment Box. It’s got everything: honey lavender snowflakes, rosemary fig + honey trees, toffee pecan (or almond) chocolate chip cookie bark, and more. Let’s just hope you don’t get a lame sugar cookie-scented candle in exchange!
Cookie to cop: Nutella Cookie (Gooey baked goodness with a glob of Nutella)

There are two types of people: those who love crispy cookies, and those who love gooey cookies. For fans of the latter, the mother-daughter duo behind Cookies for the Soul has it in the bag. But don’t hesitate on these cookies, because their followers watch their Instagram like hawks waiting to pounce on the next “drop.” If you manage to order a batch of these ultra gooey chocolatey cookies before they sell out, you can have them in your tummy in just a few days.

Cookie to cop: Peppermint Pretzel Snap (dark chocolate wafer topped with pretzel, peppermint, caramel, and chocolate before it's dipped in white chocolate peppermint bark)

Milk Bar really needs no introduction. Chef Christina Tosi’s whimsically nostalgic creations—like cereal milk ice cream and compost cookies—have been hits from the get-go (she’s earned two James Beard Awards to top it all off). And so it’s a surprise to no one that her holiday treats are a no-brainer, too—that is, if you can snatch one of Milk Bar’s Holiday Lab drops before they sell out. They make for perfectly scrumptious gifts… if you have the willpower not to keep them for yourself.


Cookie to cop: 16 Candles (Sugar cookie with white chocolate and sprinkles filled with vanilla sprinkle icing)

As a bodybuilder with a sweet tooth, the founder of BaKD Bakery doesn’t just like to bulk up in the gym—each creative cookie is jacked up with crazy amounts of the good stuff. Think chunks of cereal, chocolate chips, sprinkles, candies, peanut butter, graham crackers, and more. When her fellow gym-goers started asking how to order her delightful confections, she knew she had a business on her hands. Now shipping nationwide, each cookie flavor is named after a movie.

Cookie to cop: Custom elf or custom menorah

Looking for a work of edible art to incorporate into your holiday display? Bárbara of the Florida-based Bárbara’s Cookies hand-paints every custom cookie she bakes. Seriously, they belong in the Louvre. With a steady hand, she whips her icing into cute characters and patterns that are sure to impress Santa when he comes down the chimney. Keep your eyes glued to her Instagram to find out how you can get a truly personalized—and truly sweet—holiday treat.

Cookie to cop: Holiday gift box (including peppermint double chocolate chip, vanilla holiday sprinkle crunch, and cinnamon gingersnaps)

You’re a Cookie promises a giant stack of holiday cookies with their coffee or cocoa gift boxes—and if there’s anything we dream about (besides sugar plum fairies) it’s stacks and stacks and stacks of cookies. These guys are crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside, and just begging to be dunked into a hot beverage. Choose from “all butter” or “all vegan” options, which make this bakery’s tagline so true: “Crazy good cookies for everyone!”

Cookie to cop: Gingerbread Big Dipper (​​12 gingerbread cookies with two sides of cream cheese icing topped with gumdrops)

Insomnia Cookies is all about the accessories. This year, the beloved New York City late-night staple is offering holiday dippers to the masses. That’s right, we’re talking about dipping sauce for cookies. Could it get any better? They’ll ship right to your doorstep, which means you can stay in your jammies as you try their takes on gingerbread or candy cane cookies, not to mention a selection of their classic flavors.


Cookie to cop: Hot Mess (loaded with mango chunks, white chocolate, and tequila, topped with Hot Cheetos)

Have you ever wanted to eat a cookie while getting a kick in the pants? Thanks to Molly Bz Gourmet Cookies, you can do just that. The online sweets slinger offers different alcohol-infused treats like the Big Joe cookie, which incorporates rum and coffee beans. Getting her start in Alaska as a single mom, Molly Blakely built several businesses from the ground up—she even took a fish taco food truck on the road. But it wasn’t until her cookie business picked up that she became a cookie-lebrity.

Cookie to cop: Holiday Cookie Box

Who needs a holiday cookie exchange when you can buy a whole spread for themselves? Ross Canter left a career as a screenwriter to start Cookie Good with his wife, Melanie, in 2007 (if you take one look at the delicious confections they’re creating, it’s hard to imagine Canter doing anything else). Cookie Good offers a dozen different holiday creations from a marshmallow-topped hot cocoa cookie to a candy cane swirl. It seems nearly impossible to try just one, but luckily they offer a Holiday Cookie Box with all 12, available in up to five-dozen batches (for those of us who don’t like to share).


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