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Christmas Cookie Recipes

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A collection of my classic Christmas Cookies perfect for cookie exchange parties, cookie baskets for neighbors, friends or clients. Plus I am sharing some of my favorite tips for making cookies including time saving tips. 

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes For Cookie Exchanges and More

One of my favorite holiday traditions is obviously Christmas cookies. We always decorated sugar cookies when we were kids and it’s still one of my favorite things to do today. I can’t wait to do it with my little one.

We had our staple cookies which everyone loved, and now I am enjoying make what I call vintage recipes that I have found from my grandmothers. Most of these cookie recipes are perfect for cookie exchange parties, cookie platters or baskets for neighbors, friends or clients or even better, for you to start your own traditions with your families. 

Cookie Baking Tips Everyone Needs

  • Prepare the dough in advance: Check the recipes and prepare the doughs in advance. Typiclly you can do this with most recipes, but especilly sugar cookies.
  • Review the baking temperatures: Look at the baking temperatures for your recipes, and bake the ones with similar temperature together. If a recipe requires a lower baking tempature, bake that one first.
  • Don’t skip chilling the dough: A lot of cookie recipes require the dough to be chilled. Prepare those first so the dough can chill while you prepare the other recipes
  • No-Bake Recipes: Consider adding no-bake cookie or candy recipes that you can work on while your other cookies are baking
  • Don’t overload the oven: Cookies bake best when the oven is not overloaded. So I bake one tray at a time. But I always have the next tray loaded and ready to go when the 1st batch finishes, so there’s never a lag in the baking
  • Freeze cookies in advance: Lots of these recipes can be prepared in advance and frozen! 

My Best Sugar Cookies Recipes

Decorated Sugar cookies- the recipe I grew up with! This simple dough only need 15 minutes to chill and make the most soft & pillowy sugar cookies that just melt in your mouth. Anyone can make sugar cookies, but if you don’t know how to make sugar cookies, I have a very detailed tutorials which I linked to below. Don’t forget these can be topped with either buttercream or this easy icing recipe.

Cut Out Cookies

An adorable present shaped sugar cookie decorated with buttercream

Easy No-Roll Sugar Cookies

I call these Drop Sugar Cookies because you they’re easy and don’t require any rolling out. You can make these 3 ways: Plain, rolled in sprinkles or frosted. The recipe is not the same as my cut out cookies, these are more dense, buttery and chewy.

A sugar cookie rolled in red sprinkles leaning up against a red berry basket.

Sugar Cookie Bars

If you’re short on time, consider making Sugar Cookie Bars instead. This recipe is similar to my Drop Sugar Cookies but baked in a 9×13-inch brownie pan. Color the frosting for a more festive look and grab your favorite sprinkles. 

A stack of 3 sugar cookie bars with vanilla frosting sitting on a piece of brown parchment paper

Classic Christmas Cookies Recipes

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies are buttery shortbread cookies with nuts (such as pecans or walnuts) and then rolled in powdered sugar. These were a staple for us, and it wasn’t until recently I started making them again, and I am so glad I did! 

A small pink dish with gold polka dots is filled with Snowball Cookies

Perfect Snickerdoodles

These are the BEST Snickerdoodle Cookies you’ll ever have!! You may not consider these as “traditional” Christmas Cookies but I do! And this is my go-to recipe I bring with me because it’s fairly simple and always a hit. 

close up shot of a snickerdoodle cookie on a white plare

Soft Molasses Cookies

These chewy, Soft Molasses Cookies are slightly crispy on the edges, chewy in the middle with a kick of ginger flavor and rolled in sugar for a sweet finish. 

A chewy molasses cookie leaning up against a stack of more cookies

Peanut Butter Blossoms

These are always the first cookies I grab from the cookie platter. Soft-baked peanut butter cookies with a hint of chocolate. These are the best!

A batch of Peanut Butter Blossoms with some stacked on top of each other.

Spritz Cookies

These adorable little Spritz Cookies are so soft and buttery. You can make them into so many different shapes and lots of ways to decorate them too.

A bunch of green and white spritz cookies piled onto a white countertop

Anise Cookies

These traditional Anise Christmas Christmas cookies are flavored with anise extract. They’re soft, cake-like cookies with a melt in your mouth glaze.

An overhead view of Christmas Anise cookies

Butter Cookies

Nothing beats a classic rich butter cookie! Just 7 simple ingredients that you have in your pantry.

A close-up shot of homemade butter cookies with dark chocolate and sprinkles decorating about half of them

Gingerbread Man Cut Out Cookies

Easy gingerbread cut-outs are soft and not dry. They’re nice and thick with the perfect amount of spice.

A gingerbread man cookie decorated with a face and clothes with more decorated cookies beside it

No-Bake Candy and Truffles

Coconut Krispie Date Balls

These No-Bake Coconut Krispie Date Balls are made with dates and Rice Krispies and rolled in coconut. I hated these as a kid, but sometime during high school my opinion on coconut turned a corner and I’ve been hooked ever since. My mom loved making these because the recipe makes a lot, so they’re great for gifting! 

An overhead shot of a bunch of coconut balls sitting in a cake tray

4 Ingredient Peanut Clusters

These EASY 4 ingredient Peanut Clusters are a perfect no-bake candy you can serve for the holidays. Another favorite recipe from my mom. Package them up in some festive bags for the perfect homemade holiday gift. 

A cute red berry basket filled with festive peanut clusters

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Easy truffles can be dressed up for any holiday. You can roll them in cocoa powder or sprinkles, dip them in chocolate or roll in nuts. These keep very well can can be stored in the freezer too.

Chocolate Truffles Piled Onto a Light Pink Dessert Plate

Easy Rum Balls

Boozy Chocolate Rum Truffles are an indulgent treat made with chocolate, rum, Nilla Wafers and walnuts for a crunchy treat. The longer they sit, the more flavorful they become.

A glass plate piled high with rum balls decorated in various ways

Peanut Butter Balls

These peanut butter balls are stuffed with rice krispies for the perfect sweet and salty treat with a crunch.

A bunch of peanut butter truffles on a white surface with a bite taken out of the one in the middle

Peppermint and Mint Cookie Recipes

I always loved anything mint flavored, and it wouldn’t be a cookie exchange without some sort of mint or peppermint cookies as part of the spread. 

Peppermint Kiss Cookies

Similar to my peanut butter blossoms, these have a sugar cookie base, rolled in sprinkles and topped with a candy cane kiss.

peppermint cookies coated in festive sprinkles piled on a plate

Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies

Soft and buttery sugar cookies with a peppermint crunch. This white chocolate dip gives these peppermint cookies a fun twist!

Soft and buttery sugar cookies with a peppermint crunch. These white chocolate dipped peppermint cookies are perfect for the holidays.

Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

A combination of dark chocolate cocoa powder and white chocolate pudding make these cookies just melt in your mouth!

stack of chocolate peppermint cookies

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars

Wait until you see how these are decorated to look like a Christmas tree! These are my easy sugar cookie bars with a peppermint crunch and frosted with vanilla buttercream.

overhead shot of sliced cookie bar with frosting and sprinkles

Even More Christmas Cookie Recipes

Do you have a favorite Christmas Cookie recipe? Leave me a comment below and let me know what it is!

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