The Best Cookies for Sweet Gifts


Gooey on the Inside
Gooey on the Inside

What’s your flavor? From classic chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and sugar cookies to peanut butter cookies, chocolate cookies, and shortbread cookies to gingerbread, molasses cookies, and rainbow cookies, here we crumb with the best cookies ever in 300+ flavors, including gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, and kosher cookies.

No matter the reason or the season, the best mail order cookies and cookie gifts are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly! Treat yo’ self with stuffed cookies, giant cookie cakes, and decorative holiday cookies. Plus, stock up on biscuit and tea cookies, Italian cookies, and the most creative cookie boxes ever! No matter what you choose, Goldbelly’s cookies and cookie gifts are a batch made in heaven.



Consider this your cookie list for sweet gifts and indulgent treats. Here are the best cookies for sweet gifts:

Gooey on the Inside Cookie Gifts

Best Gooey Cookies: Gooey on the Inside

Who can resist fresh-from-the-oven cookies filled with ooey-gooey chocolate or frosting? Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, Kafi Dublin’s Gooey on the Inside cookies are perfectly baked and come in whimsical flavors like Chocolate Chip Chunk, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter, Churro & Nutella, Cuppa Joe Exotic, and Dunkaroo.

Shortbread Society Cookie Gifts

Most Fun Flavors: Shortbread Society

Shortbread Society‘s Chef “Scottish Francis” Legge (who starred on season 5 of “Masterchef”) and his wife Christine put a modern spin on classic shortbread with flavors like Billionaires with edible gold dust and glitter, Millionaires with dark chocolate, Cherry Bakewell with raspberry and almond filling, peanut butter, graham crackers, and peanut butter cups, Rainbow Cookie, a take on raspberry and apricot filled Italian cookies, and Original Granny Pearl, a classic shortbread.

Cake Monkey Cookie Sampler Gift

Best Cookie Sampler: Cake Monkey

Los Angeles’ Cake Monkey remixes childhood treats to create memorable retro cookies — all packaged in one cookie box. The nostalgic treats include Summer Camp Chocolate Chip Cookie, Li’l Merri’s (thin oatmeal cookies), Big O Cookie (Mexican hot chocolate cookies filled with vanilla buttercream), and ’Nuff Said (chocolate crumble cookie loaded with marshmallows, dark chocolate, pecans, Cocoa Krispies, and a sprinkle of fleur de sel).

Elegant Desserts Cookie Gifts

Best Cookie Gift Set: Elegant Desserts

Get ready for the ultimate Christmas cookie exchange with Elegant Desserts‘ Christmas cookies. The Brooklyn-based kosher dessert company founded by Benjamin Weisz handmakes each tray of intricately decorated cookies in holiday shapes like Christmas trees, gingerbread men, stockings, and candy canes.

BigFatCookie Cookie Gifts

Best Flavor Variety: big.fat.cookie

These colossal cookies are so big they’re meant to be sliced like a pie and shared. Founded by  Linda Friend, big.fat.cookie makes monstrous cookies that are huge on taste and size. Melty on the inside and crunchy on the outside, these crazy big cookies come in fun creative flavors like Classic Chocolate Chip, Babka, Black and White, Oreo Cookie Surprise and Peanut Butter Nutella (quadruple chocolate and peanut butter cookie base with Nutella and a homemade rice crispy treat).

Elles Belles Daisy Cookies

Best Decorated Cookies: Elle’s Belles Bakery

From Big Sky Country comes Elle’s Belles Bakery’s decorated cookies. Each small batch of cutout cookies is made with all-natural ingredients. From emoji cookies to hearts to daisy sugar cookies frosted with cream cheese frosting, Elle’s Belles has the cutest cookies for every season.

Best Damn Cookies

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: Best Damn Cookies

As the name suggests, these truly are the Best Damn Cookies! Michelin-starred Chef David Dreifus, an alum of top restaurants including The French Laundry and Per Se, started perfecting the chocolate chip cookie during the pandemic and the rest is history. We betcha’ can’t eat just one of these gourmet chocolate chip cookies!

CookieDO Cookie Dough Gift

Best Cookie Dough: Cookie DŌ

Cookie DŌ, the legendary edible cookie dough created by Kristen Tomlan, is arguably some of the best cookie dough ever. Flavors include DunkaDŌo (sugar cookie, vanilla icing, sprinkle dust, and graham cookies), Oatmeal M&M (oatmeal, M&Ms, and chocolate chips), and vegan & gluten-free PB snickerdoodle (peanut butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate chips). Whether you choose to bake it or eat it straight from the container, Cookie DŌ is the stuff sweet dreams are made of!

Sift Dessert Bar Macaron Gift Box

Best Macarons: Sift Dessert Bar

Andrea Ballus’ dessert destination Sift Dessert Bar handcrafts beautiful macarons in a variety of colors and in fun flavors like Salted Caramel, Churro, and Birthday Cake with vanilla and raspberry filling.

William Greenberg Desserts Cookie Gift

Best Gluten-Free Cookies: William Greenberg Desserts

The New York bakery William Greenberg Desserts ships its legendary gluten-free black & white cookies straight from the cooling rack to your door. The iconic cake-like cookie is topped with half dark chocolate, half vanilla icing and is 100% delicious!

The Goddess and Grocer Decorating Cookies

Best for DIY Decorating: The Goddess and Grocer

Caterer-to-the-stars Debbie Sharpe opened her Australian-style cafe The Goddess & Grocer in Chicago in 2004 and has been impressing Chicagoans ever since. Budding bakers can recreate the magic at home with her DIY cookie decorating kit with shortbread cookies, vanilla icing, and sprinkles.

Ferrara Bakery Italian Cookies

Best Gift-Worthy Cookies: Ferrara Bakery

Since opening their doors in 1892, Ferrara Bakery has been a staple in the heart of New York City’s Little Italy. The bakery’s assortment of traditional Italian cookies is one of the most popular treats among the dozens of classic Italian pastries and treats made by the bakery each day.

Chef Carla Hall Cookie Gifts

Best for Frosting Lovers: Chef Carla Hall

“Top Chef” Chef Carla Hall‘s chewy oatmeal sandwich cookies are stuffed with luscious, subtly sweet buttercream frosting — and love! One bite of this childhood comfort food from the Nashville celebrity chef and you’ll instantly feel the love.

Best for Chocolate Lovers: These Stuffed Cookies

One bite of These Stuffed Cookies and you might not ever eat an un-stuffed cookie again. What started as a fun family project in 2019 has since become a small family-run enterprise from Honolulu. These massive cookies are stuuuffed with sweet treats like brownies & Nutella, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cheesecake, and peanut butter cups & brownies.

Cookie Good Cookie Gifts

Best for Late Night Snacking: Cookie Good

This family-owned Santa Monica bake shop makes nostalgic cookies with premium ingredients like Callebaut chocolate, Van Leer chocolate, and Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla. Cookie Good bakes unique flavors like Cheetos, Caramel-Pretzel Chocolate Chunk, and Cereal Cookies in flavors like Apple Jacks, Cap’n Crunch, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Baristas Bites Vegan Cookies

Best Vegan Cookies: Barista + Bites

Located in the heart of Portland’s bustling Fore Street, Baristas + Bites bakes all-natural cookies with quality ingredients. Amy Alward and her team serve vegan cookies like Vegan Trixie (a chewy, double chocolate cookie with oatmeal, coconut, and dried fruit), Vegan Molasses Chew (molasses, ginger, clove and cinnamon), and Vegan Sunflower Crunch (a chunky chocolate and walnut cookie with crunchy toasted sunflower seeds, oats, and cinnamon).

Cookie Rich Sandwich Cookie Gifts

Best Sandwich Cookies: Cookie Rich

Lorin Michel Peters’ cookies are two-bite masterpieces. Cookie Rich starts with two soft, curvy cookies in flavors like Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, and Red Velvet, that are sealed together with fillings like fudge, cream cheese, vanilla, and brown sugar. Opt to add gold dust to add some bling to your cookie binge.

Monicas Cookies Homemade Cookie Gifts

Best Homemade Cookies: Monica’s Gourmet Cookies

Monica Mitidieri’s eponymous Monica’s Gourmet Cookies are impressive. Rather than mixing the ingredients together, each nut, chip, or raisin is placed by hand, ensuring each cookie – in flavors like Chocolate Brownie Grenade, Caramel Rock, and Monica’s Signature Chocolate Chip – has the right balance of ingredients. 

Zola Bakes Italian Cookie Gifts

Best Italian Cookies: Zola Bakes

One of the most Instagrammable cookies ever, Zola’s Bakes‘ rainbow cookies are almost too beautiful to eat. Samantha Zola’s iconic cookies feature neon colors, chocolate drip, and glitter toppings — all which can be customized to fulfill your wildest cookie dreams.

Baked In Color Rainbow Cookie Cake

Best Cookie Cake: Baked in Color

Baked in Color‘s Julie Waxman bakes classic chocolate chip cookies with rainbow dough, yielding creative cookies in a kaleidoscope of colors that are unique and oh-so a-dough-able!

One bite of these best cookies for sweet gifts and you’ll want to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Be a smart cookie and shop all cookies here, cookie samplers here, cookie dough here, and cookie gifts here. Want to have it all? Get the Goldbelly Cookie Subscription today!