According to the History Channel, Americans adopted the cookies-and-milk Christmas tradition in the midst of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Parents thought this practice would teach children how to be thankful and truly appreciate their gifts, but these days kids and adults alike use the tradition as an excuse to host cookie exchanges and rev up our sweets intake.
Whether you’re expressing gratitude or simply enjoying the fun of holiday baking, here are 11 of the best holiday cookie recipes from renowned baking bloggers.
Peppermint Mocha Cookies
Classic Shortbread Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Trail Mix Breakfast Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Stacks
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever
“Worst” Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mrs. Claus Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
The Best Sugar Cookies
The Best Chewy Sugar Cookies
Best Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Toffee Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.