The Trendiest Holiday Cookies of 2016, According to Pinterest

Arguably the best part about the holidays is the influx of sugary treats in every home and office. During the season of both giving and indulging, we've taken to Pinterest to find the most delicious, sought-after holiday cookie recipes of the year. Which one came out on top? Crinkle cookies of every flavor had more than three million saves on Pinterest and have taken the sharing site by storm this year. The following three pins, from Cooking Classy, Cookies & Cups, and Collecting Memories, proved to be three of the most popular, collecting just shy of two million re-pins between the three of them. Read on to find out how to make each one.


Salted Caramel–Stuffed Chocolate Crinkle Cookies



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 tbsp. salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 dozen caramels or Rolos, unwrapped
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar, and light-brown sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until combined. Mix in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients, and mix just until combined.

For the full recipe, head over to Cooking Classy.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies



  • 10 tbsp. butter, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Place the butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and begins to foam. Continue to cook, whisking (or swirling the pan) frequently until the butter becomes an amber color, this should take 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat, and allow it to cool slightly.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. Add the granulated and brown sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Pour the cooled butter into the sugars, and mix on medium speed to combine. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing just until smooth.

For the full recipe, head over to Cookies & Cups.

Fudge Chocolate crinkle cookies



  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ~1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (for coating)


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth and shiny.
  2. In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the cocoa mixture with a wooden spoon just until smooth.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (I chilled them overnight.)

For the full recipe, head over to Collecting Memories.

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