Cookies to Bake Every Month in 2022

Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Photo: Joy Howard

In need of a good baking project? We've got the perfect challenge for you. 12 months, 12 batches of cookies. Sound simple? That's because it is. We've chosen 12 of our all-time favorite seasonal cookie recipes to help you hone your baking skills. Not only is homemade cookie dough surprisingly easy to whip up, but it comes in handy in a wide variety of circumstances. Romantic dinner? End the night with deceptively easy Red Velvet-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Forgotten bake sale? Good thing you've got our recipe for Carrot Cake Cookies in your back pocket. You'll want to double this recipe and freeze the extra batch of dough for entertaining in a pinch. After testing out these 12 recipes, you'll be a master of classics like shortbread, meringues, and Spritz Cookies, and you'll also expand your baking skills with whimsical favorites like Daffodil Cookies and Red, White, and Blue Cake Mix Cookies. While you're at it, take on our cake-of-the-month challenge. Don't worry, you've got this.

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January: Lemon Drop Meringue Cookies

Lemon Drop Meringues
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Lemon Drop Meringue Cookies

New year, fresh start. Take a break from the caramel-, chocolate-, and bourbon- laden confections and try these simple, refreshing Lemon Drop Meringue Cookies instead. Light as air, slightly tart—these puffs of sugar somehow feel cleansing.

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February: Red Velvet-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Red Velvet-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Red Velvet-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a little red velvet treat. Rich white chocolate morsels and vibrant red batter create a dazzling cookie sure to impress your Valentine.

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March: Daffodil Cookies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs and Daffodil Cookies
Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Daffodil Cookies

There's no better way to welcome spring than with the harbingers of the season.

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April: Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cookies

Chock full of carrots and walnuts, these cookies are an ode to the classic cake and a delicious treat the Easter Bunny will be all over.

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May: Raspberry-White Chocolate Meringue Sandwich Cookies

Raspberry-White Chocolate Meringue Sandwich Cookies
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Raspberry-White Chocolate Meringue Sandwich Cookies

These cookies look like giant bouquet of roses and are perfect for all the spring bridal and baby showers.

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June: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Joy Howard

Recipe: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

With summer comes an abundance of lavender. Just a pinch of dried buds can add a subtle sweetness to the typical shortbread.

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July: Red, White, and Blue Cake Mix Cookies

Red, White, and Blue Cake Mix Cookies
Joy Howard

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Cake Mix Cookies

These fun, easy cookies yield a big batch for your Fourth of July festivities.

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August: Easy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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Recipe: Easy No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Let's face it. In the height of a swampy summer, no one wants to turn on their oven. Serve these no-bake cookies instead.

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September: Triple Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Triple-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Triple Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

With fall just around the corner, welcome cooler temperatures with a rich chocolate sandwich cookie.

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October: Caramel-Apple Cookies

Caramel Apple Cookies
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cookies

One of fall's favorite flavor combinations, caramel and apples rarely disappoint. Serve these at your harvest party to the delight of both the kids and the adults.

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November: Bourbon-Caramel Cookies

Bourbon Caramel Cookies
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey

Recipe: Bourbon-Caramel Cookies

It's time to get festive. These sparkling cookies are buttery, soft, and irresistible on the Thanksgiving dessert sideboard.

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December: Eggnog Cookies

eggnog cookies
Photographer: Frederick Hardy II, Food Stylist: Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Eggnog Cookies

These will wow in the cookie tin, incorporating the traditional drink into a creamy, rich frosting atop a thick and chewy cookie.

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