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10 Nature-Inspired Holiday Cookie Recipes to Bake This Season

The holidays are the perfect time to get baking. These nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes will inspire your love of the season and the natural world.

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Written by
Calin Van Paris
In the words of the ever-iconic Troop Beverly Hills:
It's cookie time
In terms of food, December is pretty much synonymous with sugar, whether derived from candy, cocktails, or your favorite desserts. And while baking may be an inherently indoor activity, choosing nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes honors the best part of winter's landscape—even if the weather outside is frightful.
From pine trees to snowflakes, these thematic cookies are a delicious way to celebrate the natural world.

10 Nature-Inspired Holiday Cookie Recipes

Star-Shaped Jam Cookies

Photo: My Organized Chaos
The season's nights are long and
full of twinkling stars
. Bring said shimmer into your kitchen with this star-shaped take on the jam thumbprint cookie.

Cloud Cookies

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Photo: The Bearfoot Baker
From rain to sleet to snow, stormy weather is part of what makes cozying up during the holidays such an enjoyable endeavor. These cloud cookies are actually crafted to rain blue sprinkles—a gimmick your family is sure to adore.

Christmas Reindeer Cookies

Photo: Foodness Gracious
A simple sugar cookie gets a wildlife-inspired upgrade with a sweet and abstracted reindeer face—seasonally appropriate red nose and all.

Christmas Dove Cookies

Photo: Baked Bree
Symbols of peace and purity, Christmas dove cookies are a lovely way to mark the season—and the perfect excuse to up your frosting intake.

Pine Needle Shortbread Cookies

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Photo: A Virtual Vegan
In addition to taking the shape of an evergreen, these cookies call for pine needles in the recipe, making for an addictively earthy dessert.

Maple Leaf Sandwich Cookie

Photo: An Italian in My Kitchen
Sweet and comforting tastes like maple are a huge part of the season's sensory experience. These delicious cookies sandwich the sweetness between two maple buttery—the ideal pairing for your morning
or tea.

Holly Cookies

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Photo: Recipe Girl
These holly clusters are less cookie, more Krispie treat, but we think the texture better mimics the woody shrub.

Snowflake Cookies

Photo: Marcellina In Cucina
Let it snow! White snowflakes get an imaginative upgrade when adorned with silver and pearlescent details—or colored blue and pink.

Chocolate Dipped Walnut Acorn Cookies

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Photo: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
These vegan and gluten-free cookies are perfectly nutty—and made even more delectable when dipped in chocolate. Plus, an acorn shape means that they'll look adorable when presented on a plate.

Cranberry Christmas Cookies

nature-inspired holiday cookie recipes
Photo: Barefeet in the Kitchen
While not at all nature-inspired in shape (sorry), we couldn't help but include this cookie showcasing one of our favorite seasonal ingredients. Tart, buttery, and pretty, these are officially on our must-bake list.