Easy Thanksgiving Cookie Ideas

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Pumpkin spice latte, sweet spicy cinnamon rolls, the smell of freshly baked turkey. That only means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It also means a time of celebration, gathering with family and loved ones while enjoying a feast. But what makes it sweeter? You guessed that right—Thanksgiving cookies!

I created this guide as your one-stop solution to creating different varieties of cookies, from classic ones to kid-friendly options to delectable masterpieces. Whether you are a beginner or you have been baking for quite some time, I have something for everyone. Ready for a fun-filled time in the kitchen? Make sure you preheat the oven and grab that Thanksgiving cheer! 

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

A bite of fresh, warm cinnamon roll cookies. With buttery cinnamon swirl, creamy, and sugary touch. Surely, it will be a hit on your cookie spread.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls had a baby and I think you’re going to get along. You can find all your favorite flavors of a cinnamon roll in these soft, buttery cinnamon roll cookies drizzled with a classic cream cheese frosting!
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Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Oreo Turkeys

Make the kids busy by letting them decorate an Oreo to resemble a turkey. You can use chocolate chips or Reese’s Pieces. Melt some chocolate and let their creativity run wild.

The Cutest OREO Turkey Cookies
Make the cutest OREO Turkey Cookies ever using OREOs, candy corn, candy eyes and chocolate frosting. They’re fun for kids to help make – and eat!
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The Cutest OREO Turkey Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Butter Pecan Sandies

Indulge in these crunchy cookies and seasonal pecan candies. Make sure to hit the spot on your Thanksgiving dessert table, especially if you are a fan of pecan bread and butter pecan cookies.

Buttery Pecan Sandies
You’ll never buy them from the store again!
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Buttery Pecan Sandies

Creme Brûlée Sugar Cookies

Caramelized sugar is the new favorite in town. Just be very careful when using a blow torch. The oozing hint of creamy frosting under the burnt sugar will satisfy your cravings.

Crème Brûlée Sugar Cookies
These crème brûlée sugar cookies are delicious and fun to make! Soft and chewy sugar cookie topped with creamy frosting and crunchy sugar!
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Crème Brûlée Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

These chocolate hazelnut thumbprint cookies are always a good choice. The combination of the richness of chocolate and the nutty taste of hazelnuts will undoubtedly make all of the guests happy.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints Recipe
With a double shot of chocolate and hazelnut flavors, kids and adults will rave over these filled cookies. The espresso powder is optional, but it intensifies the chocolate flavor.
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Chocolate-Hazelnut Thumbprints Recipe

Almond Joy Cookies

Let’s put the Joy in this coconut-almond chocolate cookie that melts in your mouth. Thinking of ways to put those coconuts to good use? Make sure to follow the steps to achieve Joy in every bite.

4-Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies Easy Cookie Recipe
You’ll love these simple 4 Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies! They’re a great recipe to make sweet treats quickly & easily. The coconut paired with chocolate makes this taste like your favorite candy.
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4-Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies Easy Cookie Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfectly soft and chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies that taste classic. You can’t tell it doesn’t have eggs or dairy.

Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the best vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe ever! Easy to make in 1 bowl, no chilling required and they turn out perfect every time.
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Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter Pecan Cookies

Melt in your mouth butter pecan cookies that scream fall! This chewy cookie with chocolate topped with pecans is just a chef’s kiss!

Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies. These rich, buttery browned butter pecan cookies with chocolate chunks are the perfect soft, chewy, and nutty cookie. The browned butter is the star ingredient!
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Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Biscotti

End your Thanksgiving feast with a bang with this pumpkin spice biscotti paired with coffee or hot chocolate.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Biscotti
Homemade pumpkin spice biscotti drizzled with white chocolate make a delicious fall cookie! You’ll love this easy pumpkin biscotti recipe!
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Who doesn’t love warm, chewy chocolate cookies? A combo of cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies, and one of the secret ingredients: instant coffee.

Chocolate Espresso Cookies-Chocolatey with Deep Coffee Flavor
Chewy, super-chocolatey and with deep espresso flavor. No mixer needed, all you need is a bowl and a fork!
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Chocolate Espresso Cookies-Chocolatey with Deep Coffee Flavor

Gingersnap Cookies

Look at those crisp cracks on these delicious gingersnap cookies. It is not just mouthwatering but it is extra extra chewy, like the warmest hug in the fall season.

Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies
Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies. The molasses provides a full, deep flavor that isn’t overly sweet, and makes these cookies perfect for a cozy pajama day on a chilly weekend.
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Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

These apple pie cookies are made with rich dough and warm apple pie fillings. Smells wonderful already!

Apple Pie Cookies
These apple pie cookies are stuffed with delicious home made apple pie filling and caramel, then surrounded by flakey pie crust. These mini pies are absolutely additive!
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Apple Pie Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Imagine the fruity flavor of cranberries mixed with white chocolate combined with the texture of oatmeal, and turn it into a cookie. Such a delight!

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies blend soft, chewy oats with white chocolate and cranberries, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Who said that you can’t use your humble sweet potato and turn it into a cookie? Yes! You heard it right. The crunchy crust and yummy sweet potato fillings can also be topped with some yogurt. A perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving dinner!

Southern Sweet Potato Pie Cookies
Try this Sweet Potato Pie Cookies that capture the classic Southern dessert with warm spices and sweet potatoes—a must-have recipe.
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Southern Sweet Potato Pie Cookies

Elvis Cookies

Forget the diet, forget counting macros, and forget intermittent fasting. This Elvis cookie is the perfect excuse to ditch the diet during the Thanksgiving festivities. Loaded with peanut butter, pretzel, chocolate chips, banana, and bacon. It screams Calories! But who cares? It’s Thanksgiving!

Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies aka Elvis Cookies
Elvis was known to love peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwiches, so I bet he would have also loved these bacon wrapped peanut butter banana chocolate chip cookies (aka Elvis Cookies).
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Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies aka Elvis Cookies

Leaf Sugar Cookies

Simple but irresistible leaf sugar cookies are one of the staples in the Thanksgiving cookie spread. You don’t need a lot of ingredients for this one; just grab a couple in your pantry and you are good to go!

Maple Sugar Cookies
Bake a batch of these fall colored cutout Maple Sugar Cookies. Make your favorite leaf cutouts, and color the dough with pretty fall colors.
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Maple Sugar Cookies

Caramel Whiskey Cookies

Without a dash of your preferred whiskey, what would Thanksgiving dinner be? Stir in the caramel, cover these biscuits, and then pour a small amount of chocolate over the top. Right on target. With children, though, let’s keep those cookies out of reach!

Caramel Whiskey Cookies
Yogurt replaces part of the butter in this traditional cookie, but you would never know. I get a lot of requests for these and can’t make a cookie tray without them. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California
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Caramel Whiskey Cookies

Nutmeg Sugar Cookies

Who can forget nutmeg during this season? Put that to good use. The warming spice of nutmeg will surely add a fall flavor to these simple sugar cookies. You can grab your turkey cookie cutter for an extra presentation.

Nutmeg Cookies with Rum Icing
Little domes of holiday cheer, these two-bite cookies are perfect for your cookie swap or cookie tray.
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Nutmeg Cookies with Rum Icing

Cinnamon Sugar Crackle Cookies

A sweet and woody flavor of cinnamon is in this recipe for crispy cookies. Perfect pair for a hot tea while catching up with your loved one after a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.

Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies
Perfectly crisp on top and irresistibly soft inside, these Cinnamon Cookies are a fabulous blend of warm cinnamon and sweet sugar.
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Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies

Maple Cookies

From the lush maple tree of Vermont, this dark, thick, and sweet maple syrup can make your cookies more special. Who says it’s just for pancakes?

Maple Leaf Sandwich Cookies
Bursting with butter and maple syrup, these maple leaf sandwich cookies will take your cookie making skills to the next level.
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Maple Leaf Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Gingersnaps

Chocolate and gingersnaps? Are you kidding me? Rich, chocolatey, spicy cookie. Take my money and give me 14 of those.

Soft Chocolate Gingersnaps
You can’t celebrate Christmas without a cookie exchange, right?? Today, I’m excited to be participating in a virtual cookie party with a group of great bloggers. I’m happy to be hosting Becca from Crumbs and Chaos today with these awesome gingersnap cookies! If you want to see the cookies that I shared, (also a twist … Get the Recipe
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Soft Chocolate Gingersnaps

Cashew Butter Cookies

A twist on your classic peanut butter cookies, these cashew butter cookies will surely level up the game. With only four ingredients, it is also vegan and gluten-free. Everybody is happy!

Cashew Butter Cookies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)
Cashew butter cookies are a perfect sweet treat for cashew lovers. Rich, nutty, and so quick and easy. Vegan, GF, and ready in 25 minutes!
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Cashew Butter Cookies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My three favorites in one cookie. I’m on cloud nine. Who can resist the classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with some saltiness to balance the flavor?  I’m sure it will be a crowd favorite.

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These super soft and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are made with brown butter, brown sugar, and (obviously) tons of chocolate chips! You’ll love these brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!
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Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Living gluten-free can also be sweet with everyone’s favorite peanut butter kiss cookie recipe. But make sure to check the labels for those kisses. They are so fun, cute, and delicious.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
These gluten free peanut butter blossom cookies are soft and chewy, with a crackly crust and they simply melt in your mouth. Super easy to make!
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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Day After Thanksgiving Cookies

Have some leftover cranberry sauce and pumpkin after the Thanksgiving preparation? Grab your spatulas and mixing bowl, and we are putting them to good use. No food waste, please.

Day After Thanksgiving Cookies
With your leftover cranberry sauce and pumpkin, bake some Thanksgiving cookies. I’ve used jellied and whole-berry cranberry sauce, and both are equally delicious. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine
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Day After Thanksgiving Cookies

With these delicious Thanksgiving cookie ideas, you are one step closer to baking a fun and yummy batch of unforgettable Thanksgiving cookies. Feel free to mix and match to find your perfect flavor combo.

To our dearest bakers, thank you for your creative and amazing recipes. It will surely bring all of us closer during this season of Thanksgiving. 

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