Cookie recipies for christmas

Our Top 20 Most Cherished Christmas Cookies

It’s Christmas cookie season! As we celebrate the peak season for cookie baking, we want to honor the top 20 holiday cookies you’ve told us you love to bake and share again and again. Some are simple, some are fancy — all of them are baked with a lot of heart. Check them out and maybe you’ll find new favorites to add to your holiday cookie trays.

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The Christmas Cookies You Love to Bake and Share

Way back in the mists of internet time, Allrecipes began as a scrappy little start-up created just so people could share their favorite cookie recipes. (And here’s the cookie that started it all.) More than two decades and tens of thousands of recipes later, we share just about every kind of recipe you can think of, but we never lost sight of our cookie recipe roots. Here are our most popular Christmas cookie recipes:

1. Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

“Amazing, amazing, amazing cookies! I made a batch for the first time last night and shared them with the neighbors. The whole batch was devoured in no time and everyone raved about them. Fabulous!” — SAREMCA

Tip: Use real, pure vanilla extract when you can — the flavor is worth it.

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More: Get 20 Delightful Ways to Upgrade Your Chocolate Chip Cookies

2. The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

“Thanks for sharing the recipe for the very best thick, tender, tasty & dependable rolled sugar cookies I have made in my nearly 40 years of baking experience.” — DARLENE1

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More: Learn How to Decorate Cookies

3. Easy Sugar Cookies

“YUMMY!!! I rolled these in sugar to give them a little color when I put them in Christmas cookie gifts. Everyone loved these! I made the dough about 2 weeks early and froze it before making them and the cookies came out just fine.” — Brandie Leann

More: Learn how to freeze cookies and cookie dough for a smart holiday time-saver.

4. Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles

“If I were you I’d be in the kitchen right now making these absolutely wonderful cookies! Oh they are so delicious right out of the oven!” — Pam

Tip: Don’t skip the cream of tarter in the recipe — it’s what helps give snickerdoodles their distinctive flavor and chew.

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5. Big Soft Ginger Cookies

These cookies get their warm and spicy flavor from ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses. “I made these cookies for a cookie exchange. They were a big hit and people wouldn’t stop eating them. My husband probably ate three dozen by himself.” — SKITTEN

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6. Beth’s Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

“Without a doubt this is the best oatmeal cookie I have made. I have been baking and cooking for 50 years and no other recipe comes close to being as good and this one.” — Mary Ann Benzon

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7. Linzer Tarts

“I never made linzer tarts before, but I’ve eaten plenty of them. These were exquisite. They are buttery and nutty and delicious. ” — TRISHICAT

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8. Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

“These are the BEST holiday cookie I have ever tasted. Easy to make and a joy to share. Many have asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Dee!” —DXCST

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9. Chocolate Crinkles II

“These are fantastic and are now a standard Christmas recipe in my box. I had to make an extra batch because my daughter and I kept eating them and there weren’t enough left for my gift boxes and platters.” — happycamper26

Tip: A touch of almond extract enhances the flavor and aroma of these popular Christmas cookies.

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10. Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

“This recipe is every bit as good as it sounds. I made them for the holidays and not only did they look beautiful on my cookie trays, but they were a hit with everyone who tried them.” — BONOZ3612

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11. Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and molasses make these cookies taste like the best of Christmas baking. “Very good! I made a gingerbread house out of this recipe (tripled), and it’s the first year the kids ate the house instead of just the candy that was decorating it!” — JESSICA

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12. Coconut Macaroons III

“These are easy and very good. For Christmas I add red and green candied cherries.” — Bernice Dray

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13. Russian Tea Cakes I

“I made these to include in cookie gift tins that I’m making and am sorry that I didn’t double the recipe so that I could have more for myself!” —FOODGU1

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14. Cranberry Orange Cookies

“These cookies were amazing! They were very quick and easy to prepare, and turned out beautifully. I did a cookie exchange with these cookies and they were GONE before any other cookie.” — Emily C.

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15. Shortbread Cookies II

“This is THE BEST shortbread cookie recipe ever! I made it with raspberry preserves in a thumbprint cookie and for Christmas, I rolled balls in red and green sugar. They were very pretty and easy for a nice spot of color on a cookie tray.” — KADYKEL

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16. Buckeye Balls II

“These are really wonderful. My fiancé can’t get enough of these! I drizzle white chocolate on top to make them pretty for dessert trays during the holidays. Great recipe!” — JAMIESGIRL

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17. Peppermint Meringues

“Everyone absolutely LOVED these cookies! I gave them to friends as pre-Christmas gifts with other cookies and these were by far the faves.” — 1TEXASLIZARD

Tip: Several reviewers added a drop or two of pure peppermint extract to the mix to enhance the peppermint flavor. Don’t add more than that, though, or else the meringue might fall flat.

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18. Peanut Blossoms II

“Best recipe for one of our traditional Christmas favorites. This one actually stays moist and tender for days.” — SEWEZ

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19. Chocolate Rum Balls I

“This has become a traditional Christmas recipe. I have people requesting these. I made a ton of them for a party I catered last week, and they were a hit. Always better the 3rd or 4th day!” — AmyK

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20. Rugelach

“Absolutely the best rugelach recipe I have tried. Grew up buying all my cakes, etc. in Jewish bakeries and this recipe makes the best I have ever tasted.” — Katherine Lento

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We are getting close to cookie time in my house. We will be baking and packing up treats for the next week to be delivered to our family, friends and people who have otherwise touched our lives. We call these our “gratitude baskets”. We started the tradition in 2006 and I can’t imagine stopping. Cooking and baking fills me with love and happiness. Being able to share that with others by giving homemade gifts is more a present for me.
I am working on a list of our favorites and the cookies that will be included. Of course I think my family would disown me if I did not include our famous Pecan Pie Bars and Outrageous Brownies in their baskets not to mention our Decorated Christmas cookies. My favorites are the snowflake cookies. I decorate a 5 point star cookie and it looks like the most spectacular cookie ever. I may have to put together a tutorial for that cookie so you can make them too!
I know this isn’t a cookie, but I have to mention my latest obession: Crockpot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever. A rich chocolaty, peanutty 4 ingredient recipe that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy and packed with peanut butter. This is the recipe that great grandma used to make and I am so excited to share it with you. Just stir scoop and bake. This simple recipe will be ready to go in the oven before it is done preheating!

Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies boast a crisp exterior and a chewy interior, its loaded with peppermint flavor with bits of candy cane throughout and certain to please those holiday cravings.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies. Incredibly warm, wonderful, chewy and moist with little bits of apple and walnut throughout.

Christmas sugar cookies (also known as cut out cookies) are our absolute favorite. A sweet cookie that is slightly crisp on the edges and soft and chewy throughout with the fabulous flavors of vanilla and almond. Not to mention, aren’t they the pretties cookies you have ever seen?
Best Tasting Sugar Cookie Icing – 4 ingredients and 5 minutes! People have been begging for this recipe for years. Now you have it!

Lemon Almond Crinkle Cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside with the perfect amount of lemon and almond to wake up your cookie!
Spiced Eggnog Cookies are soft & chewy. These cookies are also sweet, rich and packed with flavor. It tastes like you are drinking a glass of delish eggnog.
Butterscotch Pecan Cookies are out of this world delicious. Soft and chewy with the perfect crunch, you are going to love ’em!
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze are moist, sweet, tart and ridiculously delicious!
Perfectly Chocolate Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – perfectly chocolaty and simply delicious. You are going to love these!
Best-Ever Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with a secret ingredient to make them extra puffy and chewy!
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Our Favorite Christmas Cookies plus dozens of others to share this holiday season. They’re great to make for holiday parties and functions or to package and give as gifts to neighbors, friends and family.

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’tis the season for Christmas Cookie recipes

One of our all-time favorite things to do this time of year is bake cookies!! It’s something we do all year long but something we especially look forward to during the holidays.

Making treats and assembling plates for neighbors, friends and church members is a common occurrence and a tradition we look forward to each year. That is why I’m sharing our classic Christmas Cookies recipe today (modified off of our classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe), along with dozens of other Christmas cookies that are great to enjoy this time of year!

Whether you’re baking up several types for a fun holiday party or only baking a few for a cozy night at home, I’ve listed several Christmas cookie recipes that I know you’ll love along with some tips and packaging ideas.

Christmas Cookie Tips

Most all of these recipes include tips and tricks in the post, but I wanted to include some general cookies tips here:

  • Many cookies keep for about a week when stored in an airtight container. Including a piece of white bread helps keep the cookies soft.
  • Most cookie dough can be frozen and stored for up to 3 months. This is especially helpful as December is particularly busy with shopping and other Christmas events. Keeping dough on hand will give you a quick freshly baked treat for any event.
  • Line your pans with parchment paper, not only does it keep the cookies from sticking, but it makes for easy clean up.

how to package christmas cookies

Here are some of our top tips for packaging cookies this holiday season:

  • The easiest is to put the cookies in a store bought holiday box or bin. Dress it up by putting piece of tissue paper, or holiday napkin, in the box before placing the cookies inside.
  • Wrap in Cellophane: This is particularly pretty. Place cookies on a holiday plate and cover with plastic wrap. Then, place the plate in the center of a piece of cellophane, bring all the sides up over the plate and gather them together. Finally, tie closed with a holiday ribbon or tulle.
  • Bake the cookies the same size and stack them in a large mouth mason jar. Cover the lid with Christmas fabric or paper. Tie a ribbon around the top.
  • Save those Pringles cans! Wash and dry, then wrap the can with decorative holiday paper. Stack the cookies in the can, cover with the lid, and top with a gift wrapping bow.
  • A brown lunch bag is pretty in its simplicity. Stack cookies in a brown lunch bag. Fold the top over and punch two holes. Thread a simple ribbon through, tulle or raffia also work, and tie the top closed.

Easy Christmas Cookies

These cookies don’t use very many ingredients and bake up quickly. They’re perfect to whip up for a quick treat for unexpected company, or to eat while you watch your favorite Christmas movie.

  • Christmas Cookies – Using our basic chocolate chip recipe, we dress up these cookies in a variety of ways using Christmas sprinkles, red and green M&M’s, candy canes and dipping chocolate!
  • Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies half dipped in white chocolate and topped with holiday sprinkles.
  • Almond Cookies – Soft and chewy cookies filled with almond extract, ground almonds, and topped with slivered almonds.
  • Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies – Chewy cookies with peppermint extract, dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.
  • Black and White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies – Made from chocolate cake mix, chock full of white chocolate chips and peppermint M&M’s.
  • Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies – Soft and yummy cookies made with cheesecake instant pudding and peppermint baking chips.
  • Holiday Blossom Cookies – Sugar cookies made from a box mix, covered in red sprinkles and topped with a candy cane Hershey’s kiss.
  • Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thick and gooey red velvet cookies packed with white chocolate chips and perfectly underbaked.

Traditional christmas cookies

Here are some of my favorite cookies to make at Christmas. Some take a little more work than others, but are definitely worth it. They’re classics this holiday season, so be sure to check them out.

  • Eggnog Cookies – Tasty eggnog cookies with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla and topped with an eggnog glaze.
  • Italian Cookies – Soft and creamy and topped with a delicious glaze.
  • Gingerbread Cookies – Classic gingerbread cookies with slightly crispy edges and a ginger molasses flavor.
  • Christmas Thumbprint Cookies – Thumbprint cookies made from a pre-made mix and filled with red and green icing.
  • Soft Gingersnaps – Super soft and chewy gingersnaps sprinkled with sugar. These cookies are made soft using a few secret ingredients.
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – These fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, and dipped in powdered sugar.
  • Snowball Cookies – Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans and rolled in powdered sugar.
  • Cinnamon Roll Cookies – Bite sized rolled cookies covered in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with white chocolate.
  • Turtle Thumbprint Cookies – Chocolate thumbprint cookies rolled in chopped pecans, filled with a caramel filling, and drizzled with chocolate.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

What is Christmas without Sugar Cookies cut into holiday shapes with red and green frosting? We have several different recipes that will give you that Christmas Cookie Fix.

  • Soft Sugar Cookies – Our ALL-TIME favorite Sugar Cookie recipe! They are always so soft and have the best, creamy frosting with hints of almond.
  • Peppermint Sugar Cookie – The softest sugar cookie with hints of peppermint and topped with a creamy peppermint frosting and candy cane pieces.
  • Copy Cat Lofthouse Sugar Cookies – Make homemade lofthouse sugar cookies, just like the ones at the grocery store! Soft and chewy, topped with frosting and sprinkles.
  • Candy Cane Kiss Sugar Cookies – Sugar cookies baked with a peppermint kiss and festive sprinkles on top.
  • No Roll Sugar Cookie – No rolling pin needed for these delicious sugar cookies. Just drop, bake, and frost!
  • Peppermint Oreo Sugar Cookies – All it takes to make these cookies is a package of your favorite box mix, crushed peppermint oreos, and Andes peppermint baking chips.

Go-to Christmas Cookie Recipe

So many delicious cookies to make this holiday season!!

With that in mind, I wanted to share the recipe we make most often during Christmas. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it gets rave reviews and it’s one even the kids can help make.

This recipe is filled with sprinkles and M&Ms and is great for gift giving or even for Santa’s plate. Its makes 3 dozen so it’s also great to make for any holiday function or party.


These are our go-to cookies to leave out for Santa AND to bring to holiday parties. They’re so yummy and festive. You really can’t go wrong with them. Here is how we make them.

CREAM + BEAT. Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.

SPRINKLES + M&Ms. Fold in sprinkles. Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.

BAKE. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes.

Let the cookies cool before adding them to Santa’s plate. Or you can STORE them in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 😉

Christmas Cookies Variations

This recipe is so simple and so easy to change up!! Here are some other ways we like to enjoy these Christmas Cookies by using the same base recipe and modifying it just a bit. 😉

  • White Chocolate Dipped Cookies – Make the cookies without adding M&Ms or sprinkles to the batter. Let set and then dip in melted white chocolate and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.
  • Candy Cane Bit Cookies – Make the cookies and add 1 tsp peppermint extract to the batter. Top with crushed candy canes and holiday chocolate chips.
  • Candy Cane Kiss Cookies – Make the cookies with chocolate chips or peppermint chips and right after pulling them from the oven – add a Candy Cane Kiss!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – can you really go wrong with the go-to classic recipe? I think not!!

Like I said – so easy to change up! And all of these are perfect for the holidays.

If you’re looking for a simple, festive and delicious Christmas goody, these ones will be perfect! And trust me when I say that Santa LOVES them too! ;D

We hope you enjoy our classic Christmas cookie recipe and the dozens of other shared today. Hopefully, they will be simple and perfect for all your cookie exchanges and holiday fun this season.

Christmas Cookies Recipe

4.6 from 27 votes

These are our family’s favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Not only are they delicious, but they are great for gifting to family, friends and neighbors or leaving out for Santa.

Course Dessert Cuisine American Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 36 Calories 175 kcal Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (or mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter, oil and sugars. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

  2. Add baking soda, salt, powder, vanilla and flour. Mix well.

  3. Fold in sprinkles. Use cookie scoop to put on greased cookie tray. Top with 4-5 M&Ms.

  4. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts Christmas Cookies Recipe Amount Per Serving Calories 175 Calories from Fat 63 % Daily Value* Fat 7g11% Saturated Fat 2g13% Cholesterol 16mg5% Sodium 131mg6% Potassium 36mg1% Carbohydrates 25g8% Sugar 17g19% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 105IU2% Calcium 21mg2% Iron 0.6mg3% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baking Christmas Cookies is one of the holiday traditions I look forward to the most!

‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies, sweet and spicy scented Gingerbread Men smiling back at us, buttery melt in your mouth shortbread cookies and holiday cookie decorating parties!

Christmas cookies are a wonderful way to share your own Christmas traditions with friends and family throughout the holiday season. From cookie platters at your holiday parties to getting together to Host a Cookie Exchange, Christmas cookies are loved by everyone!

This list shares my absolute favorite Christmas Cookie recipes, each and every one perfect for gifting, giving and sharing!

Favorite Christmas Cookies


Candied Pecans

total 50 mins


Classic Thumbprint Cookies

total 42 mins


Candy Cane Cookies

total 34 mins


Homemade Peppermint Bark

total 15 mins


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

total 37 mins


Eggnog Cookies

total 32 mins


Peppermint Brownies

total 45 mins


Perfect Gingerbread Cookies

total 2 hrs 17 mins


Easy Sugar Cookies

total 4 hrs 24 mins


Easy Buckeye Recipe

total 20 mins

How to Make Christmas Cookies

When making Christmas cookies, you’ll want to ensure you follow the recipe closely, especially the first time you make a new cookie!

  • Ingredient Temperature: Ensure ingredients (such as butter and eggs) are at room temperature unless otherwise directed in the recipe.
  • Butter: Use real butter as margarine or other substitutes may not produce the same results.
  • Measure Flour Correctly: Be sure to measure your flour by spooning the flour into the measuring cup. Scooping flour out of the bag (or container) with a measuring cup packs the flour into the cup. This can cause you to have too much flour and affect the consistency of your Christmas cookies.
  • Chill Time: Read through the directions since many Christmas cookies require chilling time to get the right consistency of dough (such as Easy Sugar Cookies or Gingerbread Cookies).
  • Bake Time: Always check cookies at the lowest end of the bake time suggested in the recipe.

Classic Christmas Cookies

  • Peanut Butter Blossoms – Easy!
  • Easy Shortbread Cookies (Cookie Press) – Favorite recipe.
  • Classic Thumbprint Cookies
  • Mexican Wedding Cookies
  • Candy Cane Cookies
  • Easy Snickerdoodles
  • Nanaimo Bars
  • Perfect Gingerbread Cookies – Perfect for decorating!
  • Easy Sugar Cookies – Classic!
  • Spritz Cookies

Drop Christmas Cookies

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Almond Coconut Macaroons – Easy!
  • Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
  • No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe

No Bake Christmas Cookies

  • Easy Buckeye Recipe – Favorite!
  • Oreo Truffles
  • Homemade Peppermint Bark – Great flavor!
  • Peppermint Bark Pretzels
  • Snowman Oreo Cookies
  • Easy Rocky Road
  • Easy Gingerbread Fudge
  • Easy Microwave Caramels – Perfect gift idea!

Other Christmas Treats and Cookies

  • Candied Pecans – Easy to make!
  • Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn
  • Eggnog Cookies
  • Rugelach Cookies
  • Pecan Christmas Crack (Ritz Cracker Toffee) – Personal favorite!
  • Peppermint Brownies
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies
  • Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars (No Bake) – So pretty!
  • Homemade Caramel Corn

The recipe below is one of my absolute favorite Christmas Cookies of all. This buttery shortbread cookie recipe comes from my friend Deanna who got the recipe from her Great-Great-Grandmother. In her words, “These cookies are completely no fail, share them with the world”.

They are truly a beautiful, soft buttery Christmas Cookie that is easy to make!

3 from 2 votes Review Recipe

The Best Christmas Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 72 cookies Author Holly Nilsson Course Dessert Cuisine American These easy Buttery Shortbread Christmas cookies are a tradition that has been passed down through generations.

  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • food coloring optional

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  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Cream butter and vanilla with a stand mixer until fluffy.

  3. Add flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch a little at a time mixing.

  4. If using food coloring, divide dough into and knead in a few drops of coloring to reach desired color.
  5. Roll into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (not a non-stick cookie sheet). Flatten with a fork, a meat tenderizer or the bottom of a pretty glass. Top with sprinkles if desired.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely and let sit at least 24 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

We use salted butter. You can use unsalted and add a pinch of salt to taste. Ensure the mixture is beaten until light and fluffy. Nutrition Information Calories: 80, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 45mg, Potassium: 7mg, Carbohydrates: 8g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 160%, Calcium: 2%, Iron: 0.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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How to Decorate Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies can be decorated with frosting, icing and of course an array of Christmas sprinkles.

  • A good royal icing is perfect for decorating sugar cookies. It dries hard and shiny (and sprinkles can be added) making cookies easy to store and stack.
  • Frosted Cookies are made with a favorite buttercream or flavored frosting such as Peppermint Buttercream. These are delicious but can be more difficult to store as the frosting is softer and doesn’t set up.
  • Melted Chocolate is perfect for dipping shortbread or other christmas cookies or treats such as Easy Buckeyes. Once dipped in chocolate, make them extra festive by dipping them in sprinkles too.
  • Roll cookies such as Classic Thumbprint Cookies in nuts.
  • Top with Christmas sprinkles, crushed candy canes and more.

Freezing Christmas Cookies

Most cookies, including Christmas Cookies, can be made months ahead of time and frozen. The great thing is that cookies can be frozen before or after baking meaning that you can do your holiday baking in advance.

I would recommend decorating cookies after defrosting as condensation can ruin the cookies.

If you are freezing cookie dough, I would recommend freezing in smaller portions to help defrost quickly. To defrost, refrigerate dough overnight.

Between both cookbooks and my blog, I have over 800 goodies shared with the world. When I stop and think about it, it’s completely ABSURD and wonderful at the same time. Today, I’m showcasing over 50 of them. Mostly Christmas cookies and a few holiday candy recipes, with plenty of butter, sugar, chocolate, and sprinkles to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth. All favorites with my family, with my friends, treats I grew up with, recipes passed down to me, cookbook-worthy recipes, you get the picture. Life wouldn’t be complete without any of ’em. Oh how I wish we could bake them together. Wouldn’t that be fun?!

Let’s get this show on the road!

We’ll start with the classics. Gingerbread cookies are an obvious must.

And so are Christmas sugar cookies. (My favorite trick for easy and fun decorating, plus the icing recipe included!)

Classics with a twist like toasted pecan snowball cookies, toasted hazelnut slice ‘n’ bakes with milk chocolate, and these suuuuuuper soft white chocolate chip molasses cookies.

Also: these classic mint chocolate brownies. Kevin LOVES these.

And raspberry almond shortbread cookies and snickerdoodles, of course.

For the coffee lover, try my mocha cheesecake brownies, peppermint mocha cookies, or these mocha mint chocolate chunk cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms— a total Christmas classic, right?

Also from Sally’s Candy Addiction and pictured in the 1st photo of this post: birthday cake fudge (the cover recipe) made with red and green sprinkles! I brought it along to my Houston book signing. Gone in an hour.

If peanut butter is your thing, try my classic peanut butter cookies, peanut butter swirl cookies, or these soft monster cookies. You can make the monster cookies with red and green M&Ms.

For the chocolate chip cookie aficionado, here are my chewy chocolate chunk cookies, brown butter chocolate chip cookies, and my current obsession Biscoff chocolate chip cookies.

And let’s not forget salted caramel dark chocolate cookies and salted caramel chocolate chip cookies. Stuffing Rolos inside chocolate chip cookies since 2013.

Also: Nutella swirl chocolate chip cookies!

If you’re eating gluten free OR someone you know is, try my 5 ingredient mint chocolate bark. No fuss and comes together like that. (snaps fingers)

More festive gluten free flourless treats: almond butter chocolate chip cookies, homemade peppermint bark (make sure those candy canes are made in a GF facility), and mint chocolate energy bites (festive AND healthy).

Here’s a favorite no-bake treat. You KNOW how obsessed I am with homemade toffee! This is my dark chocolate almond toffee.

Chewy oatmeal cookies totally steal my heart and I have a few favorites you can add to your holiday baking list: classic oatmeal raisin cookies, Biscoff white chocolate oatmeal cookies, and dark chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies (no raisins in sight!).

Also loved: super chewy oatmeal M&M cookies.

Let’s discuss chocolate. Try my chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies (a Quinn family recipe!), double chocolate crinkle cookies, and HOMEMADE OREOS. Love.

Do you like magic bars? Like, the 7 layer bars with butterscotch, coconut, pecans, and chocolate? Here is my ultimate version with an extra thick graham cracker cookie crust!

And my red velvet version. Can’t get enough.

Speaking of red velvet, have you tried my other red velvet treats yet? Like these red velvet chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies, and white chocolate dipped red velvet cookies.

Also: red velvet chocolate layer cake and red velvet cupcakes. √

You can’t beat classic coconut macaroon cookies. They’re SO easy.

White chocolate and holiday cookies go hand in hand. Here are my white chocolate cranberry pistachio biscotti, cherry almond shortbread cookies, and super soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies. I also encourage you to try my white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, too.

If you want sweet, salty, and super buttery favorites… let me introduce you to my butter pecan cookies, salted vanilla toffee cookies, and these super chunky white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. OMG.

And finally, let’s talk sprinkles. The most festive cookies of them all! We have the ever so popular and widely loved cake batter chocolate chip cookies, my soft-baked funfetti cookies, and my funfetti cookies supreme decorated with frosting.

Oh, I can’t forget the queen of all holiday cookies: candy cane kiss cookies!

See even more (dozens more!) Christmas recipes.

Phew! Did you make it all the way down here? Do your fingers hurt from scrolling? Are your pants tighter? Whoops. I hope you find something to bake for all the holidays festivities in the next 10 days. Christmas is already next week. HOW did that happen! Thank you so much for making my recipes part of your holiday.

Serious Q: What are you baking these next two weeks? I want to know it all!


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